Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

This past weekend my little family loaded up the car and we headed toward Indianapolis to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

We had been wanting to visit the Indianapolis Zoo for awhile now and figured since we took Jack to the Cincinnati Zoo for my first Mother’s Day, we would continue the zoo tradition this year as well. Thankfully too the weather was absolutely gorgeous! This was such a blessing, especially since last year we got poured on at the zoo. Believe me that running through the crowds in the rain with an eight month old was quite adventurous – and hilarious once we finally made it to the safety of our own car!

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Although it was a beautiful day, the zoo really wasn’t as crowded as we expected it to be. We were able to see all the animals pretty easily and the walking paths weren’t super tight and full. I thought there were maybe more animals to see at the Cincinnati Zoo, but the Indianapolis Zoo definitely felt more spread out with extra space.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Along with the zoo trip, we also went out to eat at a few yummy restaurants, stayed in the same Marriott hotel we had a few years back on the way to this wedding, and my boys gifted me with a gift certificate to my favorite spa ever that I can’t wait to put to good use!

I also had a humbling moment Sunday morning before brunch. While we waited for our table to open, Tim took Jack to run around a bit while I got to sit and rest. (A welcomed departure when you have a 1 1/2 year old!) As I watched Jack play, I started thinking to myself about both how much harder and more wonderful motherhood is than I ever expected. I’m not sure if it’s my pregnancy hormones or just feeling extra sensitive on Mother’s Day, but by the time we were seated I crying out of nowhere.

Tears are a good thing in my opinion because they let our emotions out and I always feel better after a good cry. I remember while growing up, my grandma would always encourage me to have a good cry and to let it flow. Especially during those adolescent years! I am so thankful to have been given that safe space, love and permission to not need to hide my feelings. Unfortunately though, Sunday’s said tears came in the middle of a delicious brunch and I couldn’t stop! My poor husband just looked at me across the table and held my hand while tears rolled down my cheeks – on Mother’s Day – at brunch! The poor guy was probably praying that no one noticed his wife in tears on her special day.

I think for me, being a mother is the biggest attack on my perfectionist ways that I could possibly imagine. I am a control freak by nature, have been my whole life, and it really is hard for me to accept when plans change or expectations don’t match reality or when I don’t live up to the impossible standards I set. I truly believe though that God is using motherhood to work within me and through me. Although the journey is not always comfortable, I know it’s necessary for me to change my ways and my heart.

So often on social media and here on the blog I share the beautiful, picture-perfect moments, but there are also a lot of messier moments behind the scenes. I don’t often share those because a) I am extremely protective of my son and my family and b) some things I like to keep private between just us. I am sure you all understand. We are certainly not perfect and our kids are certainly don’t behave perfectly, but they are perfect in our own eyes and in God’s. Their pure joy, sweet souls, and loving  hearts is the greatest Mother’s Day gift any mother could ask for.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

So if you have been having a hard day, or a hard week or year, please know that you are a good mother. We are gifted new days to redeem ourselves and to find forgiveness in our mistakes. I hope today you will give yourself grace, find humor in the not-so-perfect moments, and accept that where you are right now is exactly where you are meant to be.

Oh, and I just re-read this post I wrote to Jack last year on Mother’s Day. Cue all the waterworks. Jack Timothy – YOU made me a mom.


  1. Oh my gosh your poor husband! I totally get it though. And once those tears come streaming, it’s hard to stop them! I’ve let mine roll through this pregnancy- heck anytime really. It can be as silly as a commercial or watching Annabelle grow up and being so nervous about her world changing. Gosh I’m about to cry now! Gahh!! What a beautiful mother’s day, though!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Lol I know! I felt so terrible, but I couldn’t make the tears stop! And I honestly don’t even know why I was crying, it just happened. This is actually the second time in about a month I have cried at a restaurant for no reason. Pregnancy hormones on over drive!

  2. Amen sister. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is truly overwhelmed by all of the emotions of motherhood. It’s a beautiful thing, but so hard on your heart! I cry almost daily it feels like! Mainly out of happiness and thankfulness. Your zoo trip looked like a blast! The Fort Worth Zoo is FIRST on my to-do list when we move! Keep sharing your heart, friend, you’ll love having these posts to look back on in a few years. As will Jack 😉 and baby girl #nonameyet.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      You are definitely not alone sister! It seems to always hit me at the most inopportune times lol.

      And yes – the zoo was so fun! Last year he just kind of looked around, but this year he was much more interactive. He loves the book Dear Zoo so we talked a lot about that throughout the park, pointed to the animals he was seeing and I would ask him “What does the ____ say?” So cute!

  3. Pregnancy hormones are so unpredictable — most of the time I feel really good, but I cry out of no where sometimes too, especially when I think of how quickly everything goes!

    I’m glad you had fun in Indy, you were only about 25 minutes from me :). Did you like the zoo? I think there’s more to do and see at the Columbus Zoo, but because the Indy one is on the smaller size, it’s a good place to go with a toddler! Also, I think we might’ve worn the same dress on Mother’s Day, just in different colors! Old Navy?

  4. Motherhood has been the biggest test of my perfectionism. I’m happy to say I’ve learned to let go a ton and try my best to relax in the moments I find myself struggling because it’s best for B. Although, we ALL have our moments!
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