|Did you know the energizer bunny's name is actually Jan? Well, now you do.|
And then, Crazy Jan, as I like to call her (lovingly, of course) offered to work the late shift (11-7) for an entire month, so I didn't lose my sanity learning how to take care of a newborn AND a very demanding 3-year-old while Rob was at school. My children's mother stupidly signed her older daughter up for swim lessons during the exact time her dad would be at class.
And here's why my mom is saint status. Every morning, she would arrive at 7:30, ready to help. And this woman doesn't just make googly eyes at Gabby while I take a shower, she HELPS. Got a shelf that needs hung up? Avoiding putting the dishes in the dishwasher away? Need handprints of your kids while they're still young? Laundry been sitting in the dryer for three days? She does it all.
|Yes, that's my underwear on my mom's head. Yes, they're clean. The things we do for Faith...|
But mom? No. She bounces from one task to the next and did so this summer until it was 11 o'clock and she had to go to work. Whenever she left, I was amazed at what we'd (ok, she'd) gotten accomplished. Not only did she go on to work eight hours, she then went home to her husband, who was really tired of eating lettuce salads every night. I realize her sacrifice was his too and I'm grateful these people are two of my parents.
It doesn't stop there. For Mother's Day, my mom -with little help- built me a washer/dryer stand by hand. It was backbreaking to load things into the washer and I was always sitting on the floor to do the laundry. Mom, ever the perfectionist, spent her weekends building and perfecting the stand until it was done. (She also was probably was sick of her back hurting from getting clothes out of the dryer all the time.)
|I couldn't have designed it better myself! It turned out perfect, ma!|
"Happy Birthday #31! You grow more beautiful each year. Thanks for making me 1 proud mama and Grandma to your two beautiful little girls. You chose a wonderful guy to journey through life with.
p.s. It's wonderful to enjoy your day with me."
I'm laughing because I think she meant to say "It's wonderful to enjoy your day with you," but what she wrote was exactly right. It was wonderful to enjoy my day with her. I can't wait to do it again next year. Love ya Mom!