Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Mom Celebration Re-run

This is the story of our family.
Once upon a time there was a girl named Marty and a boy named Dee.

They fell in love and decided to get married.

They lived in a little tiny house called a trailer. All their stuff fit in perfectly, because they didn't have very much stuff. It was their first home and they were a happy family.

But Marty wanted to be a mom. So pretty soon they had a new baby. They liked her so much they wanted some more.

When they had their third baby, they moved into a regular house. The kids had stuff, too, and it wouldn't all fit into their little trailer. Their new house became a home because there was a happy family living inside. Lullabies, baby quilts, and squishy stuffed animals gave the home a soft, cozy feeling.

By and by they had even more kids. It was getting pretty scary! There was yelling, teasing, crying, and loud music. Home didn't automatically feel soft and cozy anymore. It took some effort to make every person feel happy.

Sometimes their home seemed like a giant party, when they played games together, laughed and were kind to each other. It felt peaceful.

Other times it seemed like an Insane Asylum. Chaos ruled.

Short people were hanging around everywhere making a racket and doing crazy things, concentrating on themselves and forgetting to be nice to each other. It was noisy and raucous.

It was enough to give a person a headache.

But at the end of the trail, everyone was still smiling. And the whole family had learned important lessons from trekking through life together.

It's hard to see the big picture when you're inside the frame. You're so busy trying to be happy,
it's possible to forget how happy you already are. It's helpful to look closely at the memories.

I see it all in better perspective when I spend time with the next generation. I feel so blessed that I got to be a mom. Now I celebrate Mother's Day with an attitude of gratitude.

I love the encouragement the Lord gives moms in this scripture:

"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing,
for ye are laying the foundation of a great work.
And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."
Doctrine & Covenants 64:33

Happy Mother's Day to everyone in the Mother'hood.
It's a great place to raise a family!


Michelle said...

happy mother's day Oma! I adore you!

Kathy C. said...

What a BEAUTIFUL story, AND family! Happy Mother's day!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the great inspiration, Mom. As always, you've helped me remember the big picture of it all. Have a fun trip & Happy Mother's Day! I love you... we love you...

Sarah said...

Perfect scripture for a perfect day! Happy Mother's day!

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

Hands down, the first picture of you "holding court" with all your grandbabies is my favorite. Hope you had a great Mothers' Day.

Susan Adcox said...

What a creative way to tell the story of your family. I think I'll steal the idea and post my version of my family website.