Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day ~ A Day Late

Mother's Day for me is becoming more and more special. I have been blessed beyond measure. When I was little all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a mom. I loved playing house with my sister and neighbors. We had a log cabin play house in our backyard complete with a play kitchen. We would play in that house for hours with our baby dolls. As I got older, I traded the dolls in for a car and hanging out with friends, but my desire to be a mom never weakened.

When I went off to college my original major was Pre-Law. After a year of majoring in Pre-Law I decided that being a Lawyer and a mom was not going to work for me so I changed my major to Psychology/Social Work (I am still working on it).

Blake was born a year and a half after Matt and I were married. He is the one who made me a mom. His voice is the first to call me mom. Because of him I get to celebrate Mother's Day as a mom. Over the years I have had to much to celebrate and be thankful for.

Two years ago I celebrated Mother's Day in China full filling a long time dream. On May 8th 2008, Mylee was placed in my arms for the very first time. There's not much that can top having your child placed in your arms for Mother's Day.

This year not only did I get to celebrate Mother's Day with my 6 kids (I never thought I would say or write that), but Emma had her First Holy Communion yesterday. What a gift it was to see my daughter walk down the aisle of Church to receive the Body of Christ for the very first time. Emma was absolutely stunning in her white dress. She was SO excited to finally get to this point. For those who are not Catholic, this is a big deal in the Catholic Church. This is one of our Holy Sacraments and the kids worked all year all to get to this day. We were so proud of her.

I will be posing more about our China trip and how everyone is adjusting sometime this week. I did manage to get my tests taken and my paper written in time but things are still crazy busy. Luckily now that I am done with school for the semester, I will (hopefully) have more time to get other projects done.

Enjoy the pictures...

Seriously, can she be more beautiful?

Of all the pictures I took yesterday, this was one of my favorites.


Alycia said...

Emma looks beautiful in her dress! God bless her!

We are still waiting on TA... hoping to get Adahlyn home by the 1st weekend in June.
Would love to hear what her YeYe had to say. I can hardly wait to meet him!
How did exams go this week? i've been praying for ya!

Tara Anderson said...

What a special day...for so many reasons! Emma looked absolutely beautiful and I know you were bursting with pride as she achieved this spiritual milestone! Of course, I'm sure you were pretty proud of all SIX of your kids!!! I hope I have that many one day! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos Mandi--can't wait to see a photo of your whole family together! Love and blessings, Manna(Tara's Mom)

Mike and Barb said...

Wow, you didn't have any time to rest after your trip, didn't you!
And you are right, your daughter is absolutely beautiful, and she looks so full of joy over her special day!
Blessings, Barb

*Overflowing* said...

Beautiful...absolutely beautiful!

Isn't it awesome to sit back and watch the God given dreams as a little girl come's unbelievable!!

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WilxFamily said...

I don't know how I missed this post and your Beautiful Emma!! Oh my. She is just simply beautiful. What an extra special mothers day having the boys home too!

Chris said...

What lovely pictures! Your daughter looks absolutely gorgeous!

Can't wait to read how y'all are doing!!

God Bless!