It was given to me by a dear friend for Christmas 2001... It's only partly filled in, but the moments that are captured on the page are more precious than rubies...
Moments like playing eye-spy with Sam (aged about 6 years) on a rainy day... his answer to the letter 'C' - 'continuous rain'!! Esther (aged 4 years) 'writing' her shopping list and actually writing out m-a-n-g-o!!
Listing the things that give me pleasure... the expected 'my kids', 'my husband', 'a good book', 'chilled Chablis'; the less-expected 'line of clean washing' (with a wee drawing)!
I've never been house-proud, but I always found doing laundry very therapeutic! I honestly grieved for it after the stroke - and it still pains me that I cannot do it :(
Then on a double-page, on which I stuck a wee Picasso drawing of a mother and child, I wrote my thoughts on motherhood... a dream I never thought would become real, after 3 miscarriages and a stillbirth... the sheer joy of the kids and their friends running through the house on a hot summer's day...
I dedicate this to all my US friends who celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow, mindful that 'being a mother' means more than actually having kids - friends who 'mother' the Earth, 'mother' their communities, 'mother their nieces and nephews'.
May you all enjoy an extra-blessed day tomorrow!!