But shortly after that, my day took a dramatic turn for the better. I won't give you the blow by blow, but I will give you the highlights.
~A half an hour of complete and utter solitude in the bathroom. Priceless.
~Breakfast prepared for the family by Jeff. He even included some of the Sourdough English Muffins I'd made on Friday (my new obsession). Everything was delicious!
~A collection of precious cards, presented with beaming smiles and a hug which literally took my breath away for a few seconds. So precious.
~My husband took the kids to church with him (we drive separately because my husband goes a bit early and stays late. He'll often take some of them, but today he took all of them along. This gave me a good 40 minutes of leisure time. I chose to take a my new book outside and read in the sunshine. It. Was. Glorious. So relaxing!
~A stunningly beautiful day. Thank you, Lord!~Lunch out. Bacon cheeseburger with caramelized onions. 'Nough said.
~An afternoon outside enjoying the gorgeous summer-like weather. Bathing suits, running through the sprinkler. Checking the garden, soaking up the sun. Popsicles. Heavenly!
To be honest, each year I try to go into this day with fairly low expectations. Then when my clothes get urped on right off the bat...when I find myself up to my elbows in a diaper blow-out...when regular life threatens to mar the shiny, polished, idealized Dream of a Perfect Mother's Day - well, it's easier to keep perspective. This year my day was a lovely gift, but also a reminder to find the moments of undeniable beauty in our crazy, "typical" life.
I hope all of you had a pleasant day - whether you are a mother or not!