A Mother to Admire

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my Momma pals out there! I hope you find a way to kick back & truly soak in the day today. The hubs & my girls treat me like a queen on Mother’s Day… I’m a lucky chic.

I’d like to dedicate today’s post to a Momma I truly admire: my sister. L recently became a Mother for the first time after giving birth to her daughter 6 1/2 weeks ago, but she has endured more in the last month than many Moms will experience in a lifetime. L’s willingness to stay strong, letting emotions out when necessary, but not allowing them to consume her is a trait I may have missed out on. My niece is a very lucky baby to have such an incredible Momma by her side through all of the trials she has faced. 

Today, I have decided to share the Matron of Honor speech I gave at my sister’s wedding…

I know these speeches typically start with I have known the bride all my life but I honestly don’t remember a time before Lindsay existed. I was a little younger than my daughter Sedona when I became a big sister for the first time. The earliest memory I can recall is the day Lindsay was born. I remember my Dad lifting me up in his big, strong arms to see my Mom holding a tiny baby-Lindsay in the nursery window. I pointed at my new sister and shouted Shawn Patrick! I was obviously wrong, because if I wasn’t, we’d all be guests at a very different wedding right about now!

But seriously though, I feel so blessed to have had a sister like Lindsay in my life. Since we were only 2 years apart, we have shared so much together. Memories of family camping trips together, Youth Theatre, family reunions at the cottage, even friends; we shared a room & even a queen bed for a few years until we were 14 & 16 years old. Sorry Brian, you aren’t the first person to sleep with Lindsay. I had her first. Then came the hormones, and the boyfriends… and about a year ago, Lindsay shared her feelings about this guy she started seeing who is seated next to her this evening. Lindsay gushed about Brian in a way that I could tell, even over the phone, this wasn’t just a random guy she was going to see a few times before moving onto someone else, there was something special happening, and I could feel it all the way in Grand Rapids. We met Brian on Lindsay’s 30th birthday last year… they were absolutely connected & in love. Literally, they were connected at the hip and barely let each other go to the bathroom alone. I thought we were going to have to get out a blow-torch to separate them. Geesh. I’ve been with my husband for over 15 years, and we are more in love than ever, but I haven’t had anyone physically connected to me like that since I nursed Sedona for nearly 2 years.

I couldn’t be happier for you love birds and I’m so honored & thrilled to share this amazing day with you. So let’s raise our glasses to this beautiful couple, whose love and devotion to each other will only grow deeper & stronger as time goes by, making them the envy of everyone they meet. To Lindsay & Brian!

Happy First Mother’s Day, sis.

I love you.

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