This post is sponsored by Gymboree, and filled with the joys of being a mom!
Did you know that my sweet little Eli was born on Mother’s Day, 2007?
And in just a couple of weeks that he will turn 9 YEARS OLD!
How did that happen?! Eli is the youngest of my four boys, and we call him the “cherry on top” of our family. One thing Eli is not lacking is personality and charm, let me tell ya! He keeps us laughing 24/7. He still likes to snuggle with me on the couch, and loves being my little helper.
He was THRILLED when I got him this fedora hat from Gymboree! He has always wanted one of these because he says it makes him look like Rocky Balboa. HA! That kid!
Adam is one of my middle children. He is the spitting image of my dad at his age, and definitely has genes from my side of the family. Adam will turn 13 this fall. He gets brown as a biscuit during the summer and looks great in bright colors, so the green shirt from Gymboree was perfect for him.
Adam has a servant’s heart and is a perfectionist. He struggles with anxiety issues sometimes, but I am so proud of all the ways he tries to conquer his fears. He is a hugger and a lover. He tells me at least once a day that I’m beautiful and ten times a day that he loves me. He fills my heart up. Some of my favorite moments with Adam is when we are driving around in the car, and he tells me his stories. #priceless
Adam is also a stud on the basketball court. ;) Well, actually they both are. Eli has great ball-handling skills, and Adam can jump out of the gym. They love playing basketball together outside our house. And believe me, this mama LOVES going to their games and cheering them on! Yes…I am THAT mom. :)
I consider these two my “younger two” sons. And I am so proud of the young men they are becoming.
These two keep me young and on my toes! They are half of the reason that I LOVE being a mom.
And here is the other half…my oldest two….
Jonathan and Luke have passed me up in height, and I’m 5’8”. Y’all know a lot about Jonathan because he’s my singer, and I have talked about him a LOT on my blog, so let me tell you about Luke. Luke is the funniest kid alive. He has me in stitches every day! He is super smart and loves anything to do with reptiles. Outdoors is his favorite place to be, and he is a true adventurer. Luke loves to sing too and has a great voice. He is going to be 15 this fall and is growing more independent each day, but he still has time to give me hugs and tell me he loves me every single day. :)
If you had told me when I first got married that I would have FOUR BOYS, I would have told you you were cRaZy!
But the Lord surely knew what he was doing when he gave me these sweet things! I could never ask for more!
Now don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been a piece of cake raising them. There were many times that I would talk to mom about how hard it was, especially when everywhere I went people where saying “Bless your heart,” to me. I started feeling sorry for myself, but Mom was always there to lift my head and tell me to hang in there. She would remind me daily how blessed I was to be CHOSEN to be the mom of four boys. Mom loved her grandsons more than anything in this world.
Mom passed away over six years ago, and my eyes are filling up with tears as I write this. I think back to all that has happened over the past six years and how very proud she would be of the young men my boys are becoming. She was always at every ballgame or school event cheering them on. And don’t even get me started on the fit she would have thrown over Jonathan being on The Voice! Ha! (Let’s just say that all four of the coaches would have probably known her by name!)
And then there is the adoption of our little girl! Mom would have never believed it, but she would be over the moon about having another granddaughter! And she would be helping me get everything ready for her arrival.
She would also be a mighty prayer warrior on her behalf, covering our little girl in scripture. Mom would be so thrilled to share God’s love with our sweet girl. And yes, I believe that my mom is still praying for her children and grandchildren in heaven. I know she is filling the Lord’s ears up on a daily basis. :)
I miss my mom.
But the beautiful thing about a mother’s love is that it never leaves you. Mom’s love and words are still very alive in my heart. I still make decisions today based on what I “know mom would say.” I know first hand the life long impact that a Mother’s love can have on her children.
(my beautiful mom with Luke)
It’s the same impact that I want to have on my children, and my children’s children. A mother’s love is mighty and strong and never-ending.
Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the special ladies in your life! For help outfitting your little ones for the occasion, check out Gymboree for more cute outfits like Adam and Eli’s! :)
Do you have a favorite Mother’s Day Moment that you could share with me?
Or one you are planning this Mother’s Day? I would love to hear about it!