May 13

It’s Mother’s Day.  Maren has already delivered a bowl of blueberries to me in bed.  Just blueberries.  I love that girl.  Now, she is downstairs crafting, and Brad has gently suggested I wait for his, “All clear” signal before venturing down myself.  Maren takes her art, especially Present Art, very seriously.  I can hear Greta babbling downstairs; the tones in her babble sound like real conversation.  They are watching The Sound Of Music; I will join them soon.  Later, we will go out to brunch.  We never would have attempted brunch out with one-year-old Maren.  That child did not. sit. still. ever.  Greta, surprisingly, is quite content to people-watch and eat her finger food.  (Knock on wood.)  I joke that Greta should have been a septuplet; she is so content whenever there is a crowd to watch.

Last year on Mother’s Day, I woke up in the hospital with my one-day-old Greta.  Spending Mother’s Day in the hospital was strange, but I remember I was very, very thankful for my life, for my two girls, for being their mom.  I spent much of the day inhaling Greta’s newborn scent, swooning over her with Brad, and worrying about Maren adjusting to having a little sister.  Maren and Greta have both grown so much this year that my role as their mother seems bigger, fuller.  I don’t want to go back to last year because I would have to miss everything that happened this year.  Greta has gone from a roly poly lumpy baby (oh how I do love that stage), to a little person who squeals and kicks wildly with joy whenever I pick her up.  Maren’s world is expanding daily through knowledge and experiences.  I love hearing her endless chatter about what she “finks” about things.

I’m going to keep loving and keep anticipating.  Good things are ahead.  I know it.


  1. Donna /

    Happy Mother’s Day! You are such an encourager to so many. Continuing to pray for you.

    • This Ma can nearly see the wonderful picture of the wonderful day you all shared and a glowing Mother revelling in it all. God bless you all Ma XXXX

  2. Sue Nitz /

    Happy Mother’s Day Jen! It is going to be a wonderful day filled with lots of blessings! God bless you and your beautiful family in a very special way. Lots of love to you.

  3. Tina Mathie /

    Happy Mother’s Day!!

  4. Katie /

    Happy Mother’s Day! Wishing you a beautiful day that honors the wonderful mother that you are!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day Jen!

  6. Cyndi /

    Ahhh, blueberries and babbles!! Maren and Greta sound like such lovies! I know you will enjoy a great Mother’s Day!! Sending a little extra plj your way today…

  7. Wow! We have even more in common…My girls made me blueberry pancakes for Mothers Day! Our journeys are very similar so I feel a kinship with you. Keep up the good work!

  8. What a sweet Mother’s Day w/loving memories of last year & looks to the Future Mother’s Days 🙂

  9. Tami /

    Happy Mothers Day to my wrecking ball friend. You power me on.

  10. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I started following your posts at the beginning of April (found the link on Momastery) and have been praying for you and your family ever since. I commented on a post weeks ago…as your story encouraged me to make a needed medical appointment.
    Thank you for sharing your story and allowing it to change others lives! You have caused me to pause and cherish my busy 20 month old son time and again when I otherwise might “be exhausted.”
    On a side note: I live in Cincinnati. I got excited when I saw your post asking for local things to do this summer! I have told my hubby of your story on several occasions and knowing we lived near each other made it more even personal. For Mother’s Day I wanted to go to a nice brunch. We made reservations at Stonecreek and when there I saw a woman who I thought might be you based on age of children and scarf. I didn’t even know how to begin to introduce myself and heaven forbid I was wrong!!!! Not sure if it was you or not, but it confirmed how much I’d like to be your friend 🙂 I swear I’m not creepy, just had to leave a comment since I am constantly amazed at what a small world we live in and how God constantly uses everyday events to keep me focused on Him and things that are most important!