Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mother's Day...

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Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
~Ambrose Bierce

I looked and looked for a quote that I thought was perfect to describe a mother... I couldn't pass this one by without using it. It is so true that when I am chilly... Aaron Jr gets a jacket or my jacket. This is true in more areas than just being cold. I remember growing up if any of us kids wanted more food at the dinner table, if it was all gone, my mom would give them some off of her own plate. I have found my self doing that same thing now. I think that mothers are just like that... always thinking of the comfort and welfare of their children.

Me & Aaron Jr... the joy of my life

My Mom & Aaron Jr.

Aaron's Mom & Aaron Jr.

I wanted to tell my Mother and my Mother in law how much I love them both. Happy Mother's Day.

Aaron Jr... the sweet little boy who is here to allow me to celebrate Mother's Day AS a mother. What a privilege it is to be raising him and what an honor it is to be his mother. I am eternally grateful for him.

I LOVE this hair.

Me, Aaron Jr, & Aaron... without Aaron, there would be no Aaron Jr. Thank heavens there is or else where would I be now?
This is a photo from my very first Mother's Day EVER. Well, the first one that I got to actually celebrate AS a mother. We were visiting my brother Spencer and his family in Oregon, so we got to celebrate Mother's Day with them. It was a fun day.

Being a wife and a mother was all I ever wanted to be. When I got married, that part of my dream came true... but then we had a difficult time with the other part of my dream. After what seemed to us like an eternity of disappointment and discouragement, we decided to try artificial insemination. On April 6, 2005, the test was positive and we were blessed to find out we were having a baby. My dreams had all come true. I was a wife AND I was going to be a mother. We didn't even come close to having to wait as long as some couples have to wait, but when you want to be parents... any length of time seems so long. Aaron Jr is our little miracle.
My three happiest days: the day I became Aaron's wife; the day I found out I was to become a mother; and the day I actually became a mother.

I am grateful to my Father in Heaven for blessing me in my life. I am so grateful to be the mother of Aaron Jr. He brings smiles and laughter to my life. He brings tears to my eyes as he reminds me so much of his daddy, but the reminders also bring joy to my heart. Aaron Jr is the happiest child I know and I don't think that is an accident. I believe his cheerfulness is meant to help those around him throughout his life... mainly me... his mother. I love you Aaron Jr.

Aaron, you were missed on Mother's Day... we love you...

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Vicki said...

I am so happy that your dream to be a mother came true and that you have Aaron Jr. in your life. He looks like a VERY happy boy! I love your photos, too, of him with you, with your mom, and with Aaron's mom. Love you lots!

Anonymous said...

Hi Leslie, I've been thinking about you and hoping you are finding some patches of happiness. I can see little Aaron is a HUGE patch of happiness. What a beautiful boy he is. The joy just shines out of his eyes.

Love to you both,


Jyl said...

Aww, your so right! like the book from Terri Hatcher called Burnt toast, us Moms always take the burnt toast to make sure everyone else is happy! Happy Mothers Day! Been thinking about you! hope your feeling good today! I really love you.

Mindy said...

What a blessing it is to be a mother! I'm so glad you have your adorable precious Aaron Jr. I love your quote!

Joann said...

Your strength really showed through on this post. I am so glad that you have Aaron Jr. to brighten the lives of those around you. I believe the Lord blessed you with him, knowing what lied ahead. You two will most certainly make it through together. I can't wait to see you again next weekend. Let me know of anything I can do to help.

Liz said...

I love his hair!

LL said...

fun pictures (as always) but that one with his arms wrapped around your mom is so so sweet! He's a doll!

April said...

Aaron would be so proud of that mohawk (sp?)!!! Adorable boy made from an adorable father and mother.

Tawnie said...

Happy Mother's Day Leslie!! Love you!!

Karey said...

Nice post, Leslie. So glad you have Aaron Jr. There's nothing like a child to help us forget ourselves. I think that is part of the plan, don't you? He looks so cute. Love you,Les!

dani said...

aaron jr. is a gift from God, indeed, leslie... and he is looking more and more like his daddy every day. i hope that brings you great joy. he is so sweet ans so handsome:D
love and prayers,

E and T said...

Hi Leslie

The quote you included at the beginning of this post so accurately describes the selfless nature of mums. Always putting their children first.

What a precious gift Aaron Jnr is.

Love and prayers

The Daly's said...

Your posts and comments are so inspiring. I am always reminded to be so grateful for all that I am blessed with. Thank you for allowing us to view your life. Our prayers are with you and Aaron Jr.


Kristi said...

Happy Mother's Day Leslie. I am glad that we could have Mother's Day memories with you guys when you came to visit. Aaron is a sweetheart. We miss him and his happy disposition.