I volunteered to be in charge of Mother’s Day dinner this year. I always start off planning meals thinking, I’ll just keep it really simple…and then I end up making a double batch of homemade naan to go with all of the other stuff because I was afraid we would run out and I wanted to make it extra special for my mom and middle sister.
I’m pretty sure the more effort I put in, the more they know I love them. That’s the way love works, right?
Oh, and while I was at it, I volunteered to make breakfast that morning, too. My sister and brother-in-law were down in Denver for a super fancy award ceremony to honor my brother-in-law’s exceptional work as a nurse, so I stayed with my niece and nephew the night before Mother’s Day.
How do you moms ever get any sleep?? I slept in my sister’s room (right next to both kids’ rooms) to make sure I’d hear them if they woke up (which they did), but I hardly slept a wink that night because I was just sure every sound I heard must be the kids in grave danger. Oye.
Major kudos to all of you tired mothers out there.
But I was up bright and early to get food prepped before everyone had to leave for church!
For breakfast, we had crustless spinach quiche, fresh strawberries, and cranberry nut muffins. It was a hit! Oh, and I promise the quiche was fully cooked, but the spinach added some extra moisture.
I was able to spend some time outside journaling that afternoon in the sunshine. That swing is one of my many happy places. Especially when I have my journal and a mug full of tea.
My sister and brother-in-law got home that afternoon and they brought flowers for us to use as a dinner table centerpiece. These are extra special flowers…my brother-in-law ordered the exact flowers they had at their wedding to surprise my sister on their fancy weekend away. He’s a good one. We’ll keep him around, for sure. Anyone that treats my sister well earns major bonus points in my book.
And they’re gorgeous! This picture is now the background on my phone.
For Mother’s Day dinner, we had slow cooker coconut curry chicken & sweet potatoes, homemade naan made with white whole wheat flour, and zucchini tots. The curry chicken was amazing and I can’t wait to make it again!
Also, thanks to me doubling the recipe, we had about 8,000 pieces of naan. We did not even come close to running out. #success also… #NaanForDays
Oh, and we had a lemon cheesecake mousse for dessert that was less like mousse and more like creamy Jell-o. It still tasted good, but the texture wasn’t my favorite.
My mom was incredibly grateful for the meals, as she always is for any kind gesture, no matter how small.
And she knows I cook because I care!
She’s always done the same thing. Major holidays were always celebrated with special meals and she even used to take the time to intricately decorate our birthday cakes every year with whatever our current interest was at the time.
Anyways, Mother’s Day was a fantastic day. I will take just about any excuse I can to celebrate my mom! I really am so incredibly thankful to be her daughter.
I could write a book about all of the ways she has bettered my life (and, really, the woman should win some sort of award just for raising me – I was an incredibly obstinant child!), but I’ll try to boil down just a few of the qualities I love most about her:
- Her patience. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone more patient than my mother. It showed in her parenting, it shows in her grandparenting, and it shows in 1,000 different ways every single day in her interactions with everyone, from telemarketers to crazy drivers.
- Her generosity. I guarantee you that I don’t even know a fraction of the things she does for or gives to other people.
- Her service. She not only serves our family wholeheartedly (and constantly), but she’s also a deaconess at her church, she’s on the board of her PEO chapter, and she helps out with a million and one other things.
- Her sense of adventure. My parents love traveling the world, exploring, and learning about foreign cultures. There is never a dull moment with this woman! She was a Girl Scout leader for years, she took up belly dancing for awhile, and once she boldly walked past a nearby buffalo in Yellowstone when she grew tired of waiting for it to move away.
- Her faith. Over the past decade, I have watched the process of my mom drawing nearer to God and it has been one of the best examples I could possibly have in life. She makes time to read her Bible, serve her church, pray for people in her life, write encouraging notes to women in need of encouragement, and she leads Bible study at her church every Tuesday morning after our morning run (we run together 3 times a week).
There are a million and one more reasons that I love this woman and I try to never let a day go by without thanking God for all that she has done and still does for me.
How was your Mother’s Day?
Did you have a special meal?
If you’re a mom, HOW ON EARTH DO YOU SLEEP??