For those who are new to following what I write, here’s a quick introduction: I am a stay-at-home mom to an almost three year old happy and lively girl. I am a housewife. I do have an online job doing Marketing and Bookkeeping, but that is basically what I am doing on the side. I am a full-time mom and wife, and that takes my whole time.
So, Mother’s day was already a few days ago. My husband set up a card, where my daughter doodled in. The cover says “Wonderful Woman, Amazing Mom”
They kept this a secret since the Friday before Mother’s Day.
Now, the card is actually my daughter’s plaything. She would put it inside the envelope, then she would ask me to close my eyes. When she says “Surprise,” that’s actually my cue to open my eyes and act surprised. Then she would say, “Happy Mother’s day, Mamee! Hug!” Such a sweet girl, don’t you think?
So, it’s Friday now, and she still greets me “Happy Mother’s Day,” and it’s not just every day, but I think it’s every moment she has the card with her, she would go to me and say, “Mamee, I have a gift for you! Happy Mother’s day, Mamee!”
Anyway, enough about Mother’s Day. My husband’s having his birthday in a week, and there are still so many things to do around the house. We’re having a little get together, just the family, and we’re having it at home.
Now, our house is almost always messy because of Sofie’s toys, and some of our things also are on almost every nook and cranny. One would find a tower of toys, which my daughter usually pretends play as a cake and then blow. Every time she sees her Dadee, she would say, “Happy Birthday Dadee!” Every-freaking-day, without fail. 😀
When my daughter was just around two years old, she would sing the “Happy Birthday Song,” but always missing the word “Birthday.” So basically she’s just singing, “Happy Day to you.” (wrote about it in my old blog, which you can check here.)
And in relation to that blog, I have always believed that there is always something to celebrate about. There is always something to be happy and celebrate about. What I said may be a bit insensitive, especially to those undergoing depression, and it may not make any sense to people who are undergoing difficulty. But, yes, there is actually something, and even if it’s just a little something, it’s still that something that you can celebrate about.
Revelations 21:5 says, “The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.”” [NABRE]
A new day is worth celebrating. New breath is worth celebrating (so you can celebrate every inhale and exhale, no matter how silly that seems). New life is worth celebrating (a new baby, or a new life found in Christ). And in every celebration, be happy. Genuinely happy. You know you only live once, right? But then, if you do it right, once is really enough, right?
If in case you cannot really find something to really be happy and celebrate about, you may look for something to smile about. You may not be able to think happy thoughts, but at least think about loving thoughts. Think about what gets you going, what drives you. What makes you wake up and get up each day. Perhaps, think not just about yourself, but think about family or friends. But if these things still make you sad, lonely, depressed, or angry, I beg you to reach out to someone, and ask for help.
Amidst the craziness of motherhood, and just being at the house with an active and sometimes unruly toddler, I am still thankful that my kid and my husband, and our good Lord still provide me that source of happiness. Despite the mess, I am happy that it is because I am able to cook meals (and leave dishes on the sink); I am happy that my kid has a wild and imaginative mind (and leave toys everywhere). Everyday that my daughter lives and lives a happy life, I have a happy mother’s day everyday. Everyday that my husband lives, I am a happy wife. And every day that God lends me this life to live, I have a happy life. 😀