|Last weekend at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival|
I got married when I was 19, which I realize is incredibly young, but it has been the best decision I've ever made. Carl has been an inspiring person to spend night and day with and has helped me to become the mother I really wanted to be so very much. We decided to grow our family a few years later and I have found now that that decision was also a choice to grow myself. I am a changed person because of my children. I am grateful for the lessons they teach me in looking for the joy in the simple things like the excitement over an ice cream cone or building a block tower taller than themselves. I wish I could bottle up that pure joy and breathe it in whenever I'm frustrated that I've asked Ezra to put his shoes on for the umpteenth time or when Vivienne decides that coloring her hand and the couch with a sharpie is a good idea. It helps to take time and ponder the joyful things though and I will be making more of a conscious effort to remember these things. May we all have more gratitude in our hearts for the people who have made us mothers. Happy Mother's Day!