Mother’s Day Coffee Talk 05.13.18

Greetings and happy Mother’s Day!

I realize this can be a hard day for some, so if you’re struggling today due to infertility or the loss of a mother or child or any other heartache, my prayers are with you today. I hope you can still find some joy in the day, celebrating with those who are with you.

I won’t be with my mom today, but I do plan to enjoy having my kids all here with me… for at least one more year!

Last night we had to vacate the premises so the new owners of our house could have their inspection, so my husband took us out to dinner for Mother’s Day. We’ll be cooking at home today, so it was nice to go out to dinner, especially now that everyone is on the mend and feeling better.

They had a funny card for me, and I splurged on the filet and a really nice glass of wine, and I even had dessert. We ate at Harvest — a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant chain in our area.

You’d think “farm-to-table” and “restaurant chain” would be an oxymoron, but these days locally sourced restaurants are becoming more and more mainstream, and I love it! I used to search far and wide to find one of those, and it was always a small ma and pa operation — which is still my favorite kind, but it’s nice to have so many more options now.

I used to write a lot on food topics, and while my blog has evolved into more of a fashion & beauty destination, supporting our local food economy is still a passion of mine. I always search Trip Advisor to find locally sourced restaurants when we travel, and we have found some really cool spots that way.

In other news, I’ve started planning my son’s graduation party. He doesn’t want anything big, but I’ve decided to have a small, casual afternoon open house on the Saturday of graduation weekend. After all, this celebration is partly ours too! Paul and I have worked hard to get him this far, and we’re incredibly grateful for God’s provision through it all. We’d love to share our joy with friends and family, and I think David will enjoy it when all is said and done.

I hope the weather cooperates so we can use our deck. I want to keep it really easy so I think I’ll do a hoagie platter and a lot of cold foods. That way no one has to man the grill, and people can just come and go and eat whenever. My parents will be in town to help, which will be nice.

I’m open to suggestions from anyone who has done this before. I know the kids tend to have a lot of gatherings and want to make the rounds on graduation weekend, but most of David’s friends graduated last year so he says he doesn’t have a big social agenda that day.

I cannot believe how fast this is all happening, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I did have 18+ years to prepare for it. Whoever said the new house might be a welcome distraction from the magnitude of my firstborn graduating and going off to college is a wise soul. I am truly grateful for that!

I don’t tend to be an overly emotional mom, but I’m definitely an over thinker, and this is a lot to take in. I’m realizing how being a family of five has been a large part of my identity for the past 12 years. It really dictates a lot of things in a world designed for families of four. I find myself saying things about being a family of five as I’m planning ahead, especially with the new house, and I have to keep reminding myself that we’re going to be primarily a family of four from now on!

Then I think about how things will only continue to change as my kids bring home girlfriends and boyfriends, and then spouses and kids… and yes, I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but we moms all know how fast things change. It’s as true now as it was when they were little — as soon as you get used to a new stage of parenting, it’s time to move on to the next one!

I have some friends with babies and toddlers right now, and I’m watching them come to this realization. I always tell them, it just keeps changing!

Anyway, all these thoughts have been flooding my mind during this Mother’s Day weekend.

I often post pictures of my Mother’s Days through the years for my Mother’s Day blog post. The last one I did was in 2015, so maybe after we get our picture today, I’ll update this post with the last few years. I looked back and can’t seem to find one from 2016, but I have one from last year, and I hope to get one today.

Unfortunately the weather is not being kind to us today. I don’t think we’ve ever had rainy Mother’s Day (as you can see from my Mother’s Day Through the Years pictures) but today is definitely a gloomy one.

I can’t complain, though; we’ve had a lovely week of spring weather. I’m just glad we aren’t hosting any outdoor gatherings today. In fact, it’s looking like a really good day for an afternoon nap… of course, I think any day is a good day for a nap. Haha! That is pretty much my Sunday afternoon tradition.

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough. Funny, after my lengthy life update yesterday, I didn’t think I had anything left to say for Coffee Talk today. I guess this is proof that I can always find something to talk about!

I hope you all enjoy your day, no matter what your plans hold. To all you moms out there, hug your kids, get a nap, and be sure not to wash a single dish! Happy Mother’s Day!