The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever ~ do not abandon the works of Your hands. Psalms 138:8

We live in a beautiful part of the world, and I must make a point of taking more time to enjoy it with my family more often.

The sweet smell of lilac

This reminds me of the song...He, the pearly gates will open, so that I may enter in, For He purchase my redemption, and forgave me all my sin

Bob and I had a wonderful time with my Mom on Saturday morning, and had a visit with his Mom later in the afternoon on Sunday. We are thankful for both our Moms (they are in their late 80's). We pray that God continues to bless them and give them peace.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day.

PS: Just need to be honest here and let you know that even though I choose to write about the brighter parts of my life, does not mean that everything is rosy, all the time. I have, over the years, had really crappy Mother's Days.
Sometimes it was because of my unreasonable expectations, or that I failed to communicate my needs to my hubby in a timely manner. (Like a year in advance, with friendly reminders leading up to the day.) I have also had poor responses to my Mother's Day plans for my extended family, and have been disappointed time after time.
I remember one Mother's Day when Shawna was just 6 months old. We had decided to have a quite celebration lunch with just our wee family. We went to a family restaurant and from the moment we sat down, Shawna ( an ALWAYS happy baby) cried, and cried, and fussed, and cried. The only relief we got was when one of us would take her into the washroom. We finally figured that the restaurant wall colors had set her off (they were orange and bright pink) and the washrooms was in brown tones. Needless to say, it was not the lunch that I had envisioned, we ate in shifts, and left frustrated.
All that to say, we all have a choice on how we set ourselves up for disappointments. I am still learning, but think that I have grown over the years to really try to accept with a thankful heart what blessings come my way, and to not give too much attention to the storm clouds that always seem to gather at the edge of my most joyful and sunny of days.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heard
Psalms 37:4

Be blessed, and thanks for droppin' by


Jason and Kristin said...

Glad you had such a great mother's day! And thanks for the note at the bottom...our mother's day brunch was great, but we had to all sit in shifts due to Landon not wanting to sit still! But, that's him, and I tried to remember that its just a stage and that it really wasn't that big of a deal!
Love Kristin

dylonhoustonlaetonreid said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day...I really enjoy your blog, I especially needed that last little bit!!
Heart Hugs!!

sugarcube said...

Hey Joanne, stumbled on your blog through Tania's. I still remember your fabulously decorated Christmas season home when Steve used to meet with the CLA youth at your place. (I am a wee bit over the top during the holidays now and you ALWAYS come to mind.) Love dropping by to hear about your days...and enjoy your encouragement during my stay-at-home tenure. Janean Bennett

Christy said...

Great post Mom! Looks like a special day......we're still holding your gift hostage but I'm DYING to give it to you because I swear I walked by it and it SAID your name :)