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I totally meant to wish you all a happy Mother’s Day yesterday but didn’t have time to blog before church and after church I didn’t have time, what with all of my laying around and doing absolutely nothing but reading (made it through 3 books in 2 days). So here I am now. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mamas out there including my own mom. (Yep, she’s a blogger too.)
my mom and I at church yesterday
So ladies, how was your mother’s day?
Mine was fabulous.
It started off with the wonderful men of Fusion Church making breakfast for all of the women while the best group of teens you’ll ever meet (Spark Youth) took care of the young-uns so we could enjoy our meal without fussing over the kiddos. Most of the Spark Youth anyways, my own son was at his dad’s from Saturday night to Sunday after church and he lazed around in bed instead of helping with his younger siblings at church. There’ll be more opportunities for me to put him to work coming up, so it’s all good.
They made us I don’t know even know how many different types of eggs, hash browns, bacon, my daddy made pancakes, bagels, fresh fruit, I think I saw donuts, it was so good!
Then we watched this video that made me cry. Of course I can’t find it on YouTube. It started out making us all laugh as the mom is watching her son grow up, keeping her up all night, spitting peas on her, ignoring her for dad, then needing her when he was crying. As he got older the emotions…..oh. I cried when he said he asked his girlfriend to marry him.
I cried then.
I immediately thought of Jordan. He’s only 14, but those 14 years have gone by so fast. It started me thinking that with how fast that has gone by, the next 14 will surely go by that quickly as well. I was pregnant and married for the first time at 24. I don’t want him to grow up. I don’t want any of them to. Can’t they all stay under my wing forever? (Remind me I said that in July when I’m ready for them to go back to go back school already.)
That’s why I cried.
It was a wonderful time ending with a short teaching by Pastor Jeff and what to do when we get to the end of our rope. He told us the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 18 and 19. Elijah stood up to 450 prophets of Baal. Kind of cocky, totally confident that our God would be proven the true God (and he was), but then when it came to 1 woman, Jezebel, he ran away and begged God to kill him.
His advice to us when we get to the end of our ropes (which happens way to often with 4 kids) was to do as Elijah did.
1. Get real – talk to our heavenly father.
2. Take a break – rest.
3. Get in the presence of God – worship him.
It was a great reminder that sometimes we just need to stop. As moms we are constantly going, going, going and we carry a lot of stress with us all the time, and sometimes we feel like we are going to break. Sit down and talk to God, take a much needed break – lock yourself in the bathroom?, and then just worship him.
I can say that when I do take those steps, stop trying to handle it all myself, do it all my way, peace washes over me and I feel like I can take on anything with God’s help. It’s when I forget to ask for help, forget to lean on him, that I get overwhelmed, stressed out, and have a breakdown. Why does it take getting to that point to remember to stop and ask for his help? I don’t know. We rush so much in our time and sometimes forget to just sit and be in his presence.
If you can’t tell, I loved church yesterday. I’m not fooling anyone who knows me, I love church every time.
After that we came home, I laid down, and I stayed there all day reading. Pato came home early and grilled food, my request and Katiana came in with a plate full of marinated grilled mushrooms.
I said extra mushrooms.
These were HUGE. HUGE I tell you. I think I ate 12 mushrooms in total before I started feeling a little sick and couldn’t finish my tacos. (Don’t tell anyone, I shared with my dog at that point.)
It was good.
A fun day.
A relaxing day, minus a couple of fights that had to be broken up between my oldest 2.
My girls sat beside me drawing me pictures a lot of the time, Christiano laid down with me on and off just talking to me, and Jordan, he took care of them while Pato was still at work.
Funny story to end with.
Every time Christiano (4 yrs old) went to the bathroom, he’d come into my room and say, “I’m going to the bathroom on Mother’s Day.)
Ok, continue on.
Have a great day today!
P.S. If you’re in central Iowa and are looking for a church home or just want a great place to eat next week, we are having a fundraiser cookout next weekend, May 19, after the service to raise money to send all the kids to camp, including my two oldest. It will be Kat’s first time to go and Jordan’s second. He had an awesome time last year! We would love to have you join us at Fusion Church then or any other time. We have lots of fun things coming up this summer including a huge garage sale the last Friday and Saturday of May and Mega Sports camp for the kids this summer. I coached soccer (go figure) last summer when we did this and it was so much fun working with the kids in our community.