My First Mothers Day….

Begun with me launching myself out of bed and chasing two naughty Chihuahua’s down the passage in the dark at 5am! Not the best start! But it did get a whole lot better from there.

The morning was a mad dash as we had to attend the 8am church service as we had a meeting with our pastor directly there after to go over the details of Ava’s dedication scheduled for next weekend. But Walter kindly saw to Ava so that I could get ready and even manage a bit of make up for the day.

He bought me a lovely card, with an IOU inside it. Pretty much I’m still on maternity leave salary till the end of this month when I get full salary again. So between that and the  rather OTT dedication we have planned for next weekend, things are somewhat tight. However, he is insistent (yay) on buying me a Bacio bracelet to match the one we’ve purchased for Ava for her dedication for my first Mother’s day gift.

We went to my favorite restaurant for lunch…. Toadbury Hall. Its a beautiful 5 Star Country Hotel and the food is delish! We had a hot prawn and crab salad starter, lamb loin as mains and there was a dessert trolley full of mini tartlets. Here are a couple of shots from our lunch:

I just love this photo, my beautiful daughter.

I'm so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter & loving husband.

I also received many many touching messages from my IF sisters wishing me a happy mothers day, and not just from the ones who’re now mommy’s. I was especially touched my the loving messages from those of you still battling through and who would have found today very painful.

My parents also phoned me early this morning, a little family tradition, whenever its my birthday they phone and sing happy birthday, well today my mom and dad phoned and shouted happy 1st mothers day on the phone to me. My mom also sent my a mother’s day card from Ava. So very very special.

But probably the most special of all is the beautiful message I received from Ava’s tummy mummy. It read:

Dearest Sharon, God created you for a very special purpose and that was to share your wisdom, love and care with “our” daughter. Proverb 31 comes to mind today and I hope that you will find strength, wisdom and pride in these words. Thinking of the wonderful day that you and Ava will have today and hope that Walter will spoil you for the duty you fulfill. All my love and best wishes, your Tummy Mummy. Kisses to the little princess.

I immediately started to cry and then went and read up on Proverbs 31:

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10  [4] An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself [5] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet. [6]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

It has been a strangely emotional day for me today. I’ve swung between such joy at finally having the privilege of calling myself a mother, of sadness because I remember how painful this day is for many, especially those close to me and sadness for Ava’s tummy mummy and how difficult today must have been for her.

But all in all, it was a beautiful, perfect, wonderful 1st mothers day and I feel totally blessed.

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  • Reply ksmind

    …and so you should! xxx

    May 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Me

    Glad to hear you had such a good day….

    May 10, 2010 at 12:26 am
  • Reply niseysmusings

    Ava looks so happy as do you and W. it is so special that your tummy mummy is such a thoughtful person who clearly loves ava deeply. ava is blessed to be so very very loved.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:02 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    Wow – what an incredibly special day you had; and what a beautiful message from Ava’s tummy mummy. Shoo.. had to wipe away some tears myself! When I looked at your pics, I thought to myself how wonderful it is that you and W have come to this place after your long struggle. It’s beautiful to observe.

    Oh, and on a funny note and before I forget AGAIN! I always think of you when I see the new Aurus ad on TV – have you seen it? The one with the chihuahua and the boxer??

    xxxx Lisa-Marie

    May 10, 2010 at 7:28 am
  • Reply skrambled

    You look sooooo happy in that picture……pure bliss.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:39 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    The 3 of you look stunning on the pics. Not just in a superficial way but deeply felt hapiness and contentment.
    Thanks so much for sharing those precious moments with us!

    May 10, 2010 at 8:55 am
  • Reply trishdg

    Oh I am so glad you had a fab day. I love the pic of you and Ava, it is just so “Mommy and adorable daughter” beautiful!

    May 10, 2010 at 9:45 am
  • Reply marina1605

    Glad you had such a wonderful 1st Mothers Day. The pics are lovely Sharon. Ava is sooo adorable, I love her little smile. So sweet.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:50 am
  • Reply tanyakov

    So glad you had a good day. I do understand how mixed it must have been for you.

    Those pics are amazing – as “privileged” as you are to be a mom, so too is she to be so loved and cared for.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
  • Reply thebinges

    Your transformation is unbelievable, and Ava is breathtaking.

    So glad you were finally able to enjoy a mothers day.


    May 10, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    I’m so glad you had a great day! The pic of you (and W) and Ava is so awesome, you both look so happy and she is just the cutest baby I’ve ever seen!

    May 10, 2010 at 10:24 am
  • Reply rvdmerwe

    What a special message from your tummy mummy. I think that now that you have been blessed with your precious daughter, it makes you even more sensitive to those of us that are still on our rollercoaster, and to what we are missing. Thank you so much for the message you sent me. I really appreciated it.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 am
  • Reply jhcwp

    Look at Ava’s smile…its gorgeous!

    May 10, 2010 at 11:26 am
  • Reply suestuart

    What a beautiful message from your BM. If there was nothing else at all, that is validation enough. But so glad that you were spoilt by all 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 11:46 am
  • Reply charnetrollip

    ok i got tears in my eyes and could hardly stop myself from crying, your tummy mummy’s message is indeed speical and i know will be treasured forever


    May 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply samcy

    Amazing message from Ava’s tummy mummy. SO glad you had a special day Shaz.


    May 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply thebsdiaries

    wonderful. she is beautiful and all three of you look happy and at peace.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply shirl34

    Glad you had such an awesome day Sharon…and the message from your BM really touched me and bought a lump to my throat.

    I dont know if its just me but I was amazed at how similar your DH and Ava look…amazing how life works. She is such a gorgous little thing and you look so awesome and happy.

    I know this was only your first mothers day but may every mothers day from here on out, bring you as much joy!


    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply dee

    You just made me cry – stunning tummy mummy you have!

    I love that pic of you and Ava, very very special.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    This beautiful post had me in tears. Those pictures are gorgeous. Am so happy you enjoyed your first Mothers Day. Ava’s Tummy Mummy is soooo thoughtful. You are so, so blessed.


    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply mozzie01

    Beautiful pic…beautiful mommy…beautiful daughter…beautiful tummy mummy! You are blessed Shaz and I am so very happy for you! x x x x

    May 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply TJ

    Beautiful Pics…such a gorgeous smile you all have!

    And what a stunning message from tummy mummy!

    May 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply kirstymac72

    aaah – she is looking sooo gorgeous! her cheeks have really filled out!
    Your Tummy mummy is awesome! x

    May 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply anynamesavailable

    that is all so beautiful thank you for sharing it shari

    May 11, 2010 at 9:34 am
  • Reply elna3

    I agree, what a blessing!!! Gorgeous pictures and I must say your hair looks great short.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:21 am
  • Reply ldr1604

    Yay for OTT dedications. Go all out and enjoy it. I swear Ava has Walter’s chin, mouth and dimples. Possibly your nose too. You 3 are all looking great, big happy smiles.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:07 am
  • Reply mrssee2

    Just catching up on the weeks blogs. Seems like you have had quite a week!!!
    But just wanted to say (before I get down to the serious business of reading properly) that I am loving the short hair. It really suits you 😉

    May 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply theresak80

    Lovely pictures! I agree with above, DH and Eva looks so alike. I just love how happy you look with Eva. Enjoy your beautiful baby, S. It’s about you and your family. Nobody else. You are a mother and nobody has the right to make you feel bad about that. Congratulations on the beautiful family.

    May 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    Stunning photo’s of you all~!
    Sharon you shine in yours~!



    May 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Mash

    Oh wow, that tummy mummy is so incredibly special! I still cry every time I think of her. I’m convinced that God put some people on earth as angels, and she’s one of them. I don’t think she will ever know the impact she has made.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:37 am
  • Reply peanuttam

    I am so glad that you had a special day Shaz and thank you for thinking of me and sending me a message! You look so happy and it makes my heart happy too. The pic of you and Ava is just beautiful!


    May 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    Beautiful photo’s the joy just radiates through the photo’s. This is just the first of many more happy mothers days.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply irene0211

    Oh my Sharon – has anyone told you that little Ava looks so much like her daddy? I can’t believe the resemblance in the the picture above. She is so beautiful – I’m so happy you all had a nice Mother’s day xxx

    May 19, 2010 at 10:00 am
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