Well if it weren't enough that my sweet daughter Jessyca bought me a whole set of my favorite Bath and Body Works scent "White Citrus" complete with bubble bath and body butter, and that my son and his wife had saved something special they'd bought for me on their honeymoon in San Diego, my stepdaughter Jessica gave me the ultimate in mother's day fare: a pair of baby booties, and a card that said such sweet, encouraging things that I got a little teary-eyed. I'm going to be a grandmother! In 7 months or so, I will be snuggling a teeny tiny new life that is a part of my precious husband, which has been a dream of mine since we met. These may be things the average mom expects eventually, but the step-mom... it's like winning the gold cup at some... well, event that hands out a gold cup for a prize!
There was of course the expected absence of my youngest son from my Mother's Day, but his silence makes me no less his mother. And as I move forward in life I know I don't have to subtract his whatever from the blessings and gifts and love I received. Yes, it hurts. But receiving the love of my daughter, my son, my daughter-in-law, and my step-daughter truly has my cup running over. I don't understand God or His ways, but He tells me, whenever I say I can't see or feel Him involved in my life, "Hey. I'm right here. Fear not." And that's how I will keep on.