I've already written a lot (or shared some re-runs) of posts about my own mother for Mother's Day. I've mentioned my mother-in-law quite often as well. If you click on any of the links above that are highlighted, you can re-read some of those posts/thoughts from times past.
Tonight I think I will just list some of the wonderful ways God has blessed this Mother's Day...for me, and for others.
Today we surprised my sweet mother in law with the whole family showing up at the nursing home to wish her a Happy Mother's Day! She was totally surprised and thrilled.
Here we are all together:
This is "Nanny" with her grand-children who were present...
And here she is with her two sons:
And also with some good friends who came along to help us celebrate with her...
This is a huge answer to many prayers, and we are very grateful to the Lord.
This was just as much a Mother's Day gift for me as it was for her. It was wonderful to have our family together and to enjoy this time of joy and laughter. After our visit in the nursing home, the family enjoyed a great lunch together at a local fun restaurant...and we had such a good time no one wanted to leave there either! Plus, the good news was...it was finally raining outside! Such another huge answer to many prayers!! So it was great to sit inside the restaurant and visit and not rush outside. The waitstaff didn't even seem to mind that all 12 of us were taking up so much space for so long!
I have another special reason to be joyful...but nothing is official and I can't tell anyone yet. I'll have to wait for permission from others before I can spill the beans. But it's exciting to this mother's heart, and another HUGE answer to many long years of prayer...so stay tuned.
These lovely flowers are from one of my sweet sons and a friend...
Another happy, but kind of bittersweet thing happened for my mother's day celebration. I went to the "Memorial Garden" this morning...the place we have set aside as a memorial to our son Matthew, who went to be with the Lord three years ago...and I was so thrilled to see these special flowers blooming there for me for Mother's Day...I believe a special bouquet from Matthew:
This is another picture of the same blossom, but it was just so pretty with the early morning soft raindrops on it...another blessing of the day...and there is another bud waiting to open maybe tomorrow? On the real day for Mother's Day? We'll have to check and see in the morning...
And these Easter Lilies have become "Mother's Day Lilies"....blooming about a month too late for Easter, but perfect timing for Mother's Day here in the Memorial Garden. Another special blessing.
I was so thrilled to see them finally blooming after waiting all month since Easter wondering when they would ever appear! God's perfect timing! And there are several more waiting to open...maybe tomorrow as well!!!
While I was sitting there in the Memorial Garden (this evening), this little Hummingbird flew up to the feeder for a drink, and I happened to see her just in time to get a picture...
I was also enjoying the chiming of the beautiful copper windchimes that were created especially for Matthew's Memorial Garden by a dear friend of ours...The Dove of peace is at the top, followed by a moose, a fish, and at the bottom a sunburst, (but I don't think you can see that in this picture) These are all things that remind us of Matthew...he was an avid outdoorsman from Maine.
Just another side view of the garden...getting very full of shade and more beautiful every day...especially now that we've had a little rain!
I read this Psalm this morning in our devotions:
Yes, He has done marvelous things, and this mother is very glad. Yes, He has given us some "huge answers" to prayer in so many ways...and has caused us to rejoice in the marvelous things He has done. Oh, yes, there have been some very sad times and heartbreaks...but our God is a loving and merciful God...and
I pray that each and every one of you sweet mothers reading this will be blessed on Mother's Day and beyond...and that you will be able to say of the Lord: