Mothering has offered me so many benefits beyond feeding and diapering.
I am eternally grateful that I was able to be a Mom.
It has been such a huge part of my life...
Tears well up when I recall past events or look at their baby pictures.
I turn to mush.
They grow up so fast and when they leave the nest it is painful to see them go...
knowing that my job was done and that time of my life was over and done with was not without sadness...
sure there would be new beginnings and opportunities would present themselves, but it's not quite the same.
In the quiet moments of solitude over a mug of steaming tea I often go back to those busy days,
the house littered with toys
mounds of laundry waiting to be washed and folded
cookies to bake
lunches to be packed
baths to be drawn
hugs and kisses
the goodnight bed bug song before lights out...
Was it really so long ago?
It seems like yesterday and my heart is full with wonderful memories
and yet sometimes in the space that happens "in between" moments...
I feel an ache that goes very deep
and it startles and humbles me by it's sheer power.
Spending time with my adult children is so precious
I feel honoured to be invited into their homes.
I love how they have turned out.
Last weekend we were invited to our son and lovely DIL's for dinner
which meant there would be playtime
Isla = hours of grammy good times = LOVE
talk about tugging at my heart strings!
I snapped a few pictures and video's which were emailed off to friends near and far.
Who have responded with oohs and ahhs...thanks guys for indulging me my bragging "grammy time."
The other afternoon our darling daughter called and asked if she could come over and watch The Batchelor
(the ritual mother/daughter show)
and cook us a Thai dinner...
well that's a no brainer...
I'll be the sous chef,
bring it on!
Oh it is so delicious
Thai jasmine rice
Le Creuset wok full of Thai tasty goodness...
chicken, peppers, beans, coconut curry...
so amazing that I had seconds.
(sadly it's not low cal)
We enjoyed cooking together and critiquing the Batchelor
there is always so much drama!
I wonder if Ben the winemaker will find a wife?
Downton Abbey was fabulous
I just wonder how that housekeeper sleeps at night!
is a relatively new favourite of mine
such a great cast and the episodes always make me laugh.
If you are a mom and your kids have left home...
do you still hear their voices,
and listen for their footsteps on the stairs?
Sitting here in the glow of the candlelight
I reflect on days gone by....
while a new life has been born
Welcome to Rose Ashley
lovely DIL's BFF has become a mom!
I feel that great things are on the horizon
the circle expands
we are all in this miracle of birth and life together....
Sleep well mom and babe....
know that you are in our thoughts and hearts tonight...