I recently donated a crap ton of toys/books and baby equipment to a local charity and I give all Claire's too-small clothing to a friend. She is the only friend who has a daughter younger than mine. Everyone else either has boys or older girls. I also gave away my whole cloth stash. It was taking up so much room. I also give all Ben's clothes away to a friend with a younger son. Feels so good to purge and just get it OUT of my house.
For Mother's Day I got my usual - sleep in, breakfast, flowers and a card, and a relaxing day of puttering in the garden. That is all I ever ask for (minus the flowers - I don't freak if I don't get flowers). Actually, I got my greenhouse planted, my herbs potted and I bought 4 shrubs for my front bed that the effing deer and rabbits treat as a fall/winter buffet. My new shrubs are junipers and Cherry Bomb Japanase Barberry, which has some pretty sharp thorns, and a Sunsation Japanese Barberry. I also got a new Hosta and a onion chive. I love chives.
My next door neighbour is a lovely woman - a single mom with 2 amazing girls aged 10 and 6. Claire and the little girl have become very good friends. Anyway, Claire had her friend over for a sleepover 2 weekends ago and on Saturday I found a painting that M had done while at our house. I took it next door and C was mowing the grass. I gave her M's picture and she just burst into tears. It seemed as though her husband (they are separated) wasn't going to let her have some time with the girls on Mother's Day (it was 'his' week with them). She was so upset and I just started tearing up along with her. I couldn't help it. I went home and cried. It was so sad. That was actually a gift to me, if you can call it that. It just reminded me how lucky I am, as a mom and wife. I don't need a bunch of gifts. Just give me my man and my kids.
I never really get when parents (on either Mother's Day or Father's Day) want to spend the entire day WITHOUT their kids. I couldn't imaging being forced into that situation like my neighbour.
In the end she did get her girls for a few hours yesterday and she was so happy. I was humbled by her gratitude for those few hours.
Last edited by ClairesMommy; 05-14-2013 at 01:01 PM.
By the way, please send good luck and good thoughts my way...have a follow-up interview today for the job that looks really fun. I'm very nervous! (But at least I get to wear jeans to this one so I will feel more like myself.)
I Googled the people I'm meeting with, I looked up news & info on the company, I went through their site, and I made a list of questions to ask.
Any suggestions for what else? I think I really want this one, providing they can deal with my work-life management needs. (I'll work as late as necessary but from home, so I can spend my evenings with the kids.)
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 11 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
Baking Adventures In A Messy Kitchen (blog)
Laurie good luck! Fingers crossed!
I came here to complain about having a moderately bad cold and for starting my period on the same day and feeling wiped out but Bonita your post put my complaint in perspective. That is just very sad news. I'm wishing and praying for only a good outcome and for the strength to see that family through such an awful trying time. I cannot imagine either.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)