Monday, May 14, 2012

Hardest Job = Best Job...Happy Mother's Day

A day late....

I saw this video on a fellow bloggers page a few weeks ago and found myself watching it over and over, forwarding it to people, and becoming extremely emotional...with Mothers Day this weekend, I thought it was perfect for my first Mothers Day post.

I wasn't effected just because I too am now a Mother, but because I see what it was like for my Mom and Dad. Sports were always such a large part of my life. I remember Mom dropping me off at 5:45 am for swim practice, I can still hear my Dad's voice yelling "C'Mon Manda" before the gun went off for those dreaded 400 hurdles, and I can see both of them standing and shouting "Let's go FAAS" as my name was announced for the start of a basketball game. I can only imagine what it was like for them seeing me succeed and fail doing what I love and worked so hard to do. And I also realize that I never would have accomplished what I did, had it not been for their dedication to what I loved. I can only hope to be as big of a cheerleader and supporter of Jimmer as they were for me.

It's hard for me to sum up into a few words what being a Mother had done to me and for me. It's impossible to tell anyone or make anyone understand how much I love this little person who blessed my life just 6 months ago. In just a few shorts months, I feel kinder, more considerate, my faith has grown, I'm a better wife, find it difficult to even become angry or upset, and truely know how to live selflessly. Jimmer did that for me. I never realized the effect he would have on the kind of person I was...I knew I would love him more than life itself...but I didn't realize that someone who can't speak and craps himself could make me so much greater as a human being. I am finding on this day set aside to thank and appreciate Mother's, I'm filled with gratitude for my son for all he's done for me.

Nothing that has ever happened in my life can come close to comparing what I feel as a Mother. I'm thankful God brought me to Nick and gifted us with Jimmer...because that's what he is...a gift...a blessing....the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I want to wrap all the good things of the world in wrapping paper and give it to him...and put the rest down the garbage disposal. If only it were that easy. I have accepted the fact that I will be in a constant state of worry from now until my last breath. I look forward to the years ahead when our family hopefully grows and I see Jimmer become a big brother. Nick and I are very lucky...he's a great baby and so happy. I know I will love all my children, and from what I hear when another one comes along you feel the same wave of emotion and love all over again. But for now, I can't imagine loving another like I love Jimmer and I want to enjoy every second with him  (Future children: Mommy loves you more than anything in this world too...but you are not here I have not yet had the opportunity to feel this special bond and love with you...which I surely will:))

I had the most perfect day. God gave us beautfiul weather and Nick made me feel so appreciated and thankful. I can't tell you how many times I cried happy tears that day just from things he was saying. We spent the whole day as a family...and he even got me a new pair of nike running shoes. I actually have the same pair in a differnt color but LOVE them. I can sync my ipod to them and track my runs which I love. I will keep the card he gave me forever.

Ignore my double chin....Jimmer looks too fabulous not to post:)
I also have to give a special shout out to my Mother June Ellen. I am the Mother I am because of the Mother you were and continue to be for Ashley and I. And I guess with that I should thank you too Grandma Vanover....the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree:)

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers and soon to be Mothers out there. The hardest job truely is the best job.

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