Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy (Belated) Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day yesterday. I know I did. We went down to Bury St Edmunds after church and had lunch at Pizza Express and then wandered around the Abbey gardens with some friends of ours. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful way to spend my first Mother's Day. I know I've blogged it before, but I feel so lucky to be Caleb's mom. He's so funny and smart and cute and wonderful. He has his fussy moments, but for the most part, he's been such an easy baby (so far!) He's a happy little guy that loves peek-a-boo, belly kisses and bath time.

I also feel really lucky to have a great mom and mother-in-law.

My mom is pretty much the kindest person I know. She sacrificed so much when she left her job and came overseas to spend three and a half months with me when Caleb was born. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. Beyond that, though, she's always been my biggest fan and best audience. She laughs at all my jokes and loves the stupid songs I sing. She reads this blog like it's on a best sellers list. We certainly had our rough patches as I grew up (as I'm sure most mothers and daughtes do), but she's become such a good friend to me as I've become and adult. She listens to every mundane detail of my life. I love you, mom!

My mother-in-law welcomed me with open arms the moment I met her. She has raised five really cool kids (of which I have my obvious favorite!) and has a house full of pictures to show her pride in each one. All three of her sons have served in the military, and she's waited patiently for phone calls from all over the world. I've never felt like a stranger or guest in her house. From the moment I met her, I felt like part of the family arleady. In fact, there was a time I wasn't sure if Tommy and I would survive a long distance relationship, and then we went to his family's home in SC for the first time. Getting to see my then-boyfriend in the context of his family really sealed the deal for me. I knew walking away from that weekend that I was going to marry him. More than anything, I love Linda for raising the smart, kind and considerate man I now call my husband.

So it's a day late and a dollar short, but Happy Mother's Day!


  1. I love you Kelly! Thank you so much for the beautiful things you said about my family and I. I cried a good cry, you touched my heart! The gifted way you write keeps me connected to you, Tom and Caleb. I would miss all of you much more if you didn't write this blog. Thank you, thank you so much for taking the time out to make entries in your blog. Love now and always, Linda

  2. Happy 1st Mother's day!! I love hearing girls talk about their amazing moms, cause I can totally relate! Love the pics. All I can think of with the last one is "Um excuse me, I believe I ordered the LARGE cappuccino"

  3. Happy 1st Mother's day - belatedly. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been enjoying reading about your experiences of living in the UK. I'd just like to clarify one thing, mind: it is FAR scarier driving on the Los Angeles freeways than trying to overtake on English country roads!

    PS. Don't worry, I'll be posting the crossword answers...