Mother's Day was precious, of course. The kids were excited to make me gifts, but I didn't care about "being spoiled" - I am just thankful to be the mother of them all. They are all the gifts I ever need! My husband, too, spoils me year-round, and then also took me out for not one, but two lunch dates on Saturday and Sunday.
Guys, the best way to show your wife you love her and affirm her as a competent wife and mother is to make her a mother again and again! It's also a great way to secure your wife's enduring love. :)
I am not one to enjoy breakfast (or any meal for that matter) in bed. In fact, I can't stand to stay in bed once I wake up. The kids all know this, so they just quietly stayed in bed while I puttered around the kitchen making breakfast - overnight sourdough waffles with whipped cream and strawberry sauce.
How's that for a double-barrelled shotgun?? These cast-iron beauties are actually antiques, as the company that used to make them went out of business many decades ago. Besides not needing non-stick coating, these cannot be beat for churning out the most flavorful waffles that are crisp on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. I am always looking to find these waffle irons used, as I am determined to send each of my children into marriage owning one of them. :)
There are many things that never used to bother me when we had fewer children. One of these is being asked: "What's for breakfast/lunch/dinner?" It is a perfectly normal and understandable question - until I am asked it in excess of two dozen times each day. At this point, I just can't bear to be asked that question ever again. It's not because I don't have a plan for every meal of the day (that would be impossible with how many mouths I am feeding), I just feel like my lips and brain get fuzzy saying the same thing again and again. Just being realistic here! So, in an attempt to get the kids to stop asking, my pat answer has become "Food!" It worked, sort of, except now they slink around the kitchen trying to figure out what I am making instead of asking.
Well, John came up with this cute laminated menu plan to keep on the fridge. I write the meals on with a wet erase marker (lunch and dinner today, breakfast tomorrow), and we all live happily ever after.
Solomon and Isaac surprised me with a very unique and cool gift. They had found an abandoned wild bee hive at the peach orchard two days before Mother's Day, and decided to turn the beeswax from it into hand lotion. They melted and strained the wax, added other ingredients based on a recipe they were using, and then scented it with my vanilla essential oil. It turned out really nice!!
Solomon also made me a paper-quilled card.
Anna liked what he did so much, she used some of the materials to make me one, too. :)
I know I am biased, but these eight kids are the best in the world. I cannot believe I have been blessed with them all!
Please excuse the post-meal mess. They are still super cute even when their faces and clothes are dirty.