Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day 2016

For many months after we bought the ranch in 2005, I would find coffee cups
all over the property - in every barn and outbuilding, tucked away in the tall grass
in the corner of a pasture, sitting on top of a fence post.
I just didn't understand...maybe because I wasn't a coffee drinker.

When we moved here, we had 2 young boys and 10 cows,
and I didn't think life could get any busier.
I also couldn't figure out how anyone could leave so many coffee cups behind.
Now we have 3 older boys and pastures full of cows.
And I wonder how anyone could possibly remember where they leave their coffee cup?

The life of a mama is a blessed one.
Just about the time you think your plate is full, a little more gets heaped on,
and God proves to you that yes indeed, you can handle it.
Or more like it...He can handle it.
And along the way, you gain strength you didn't think you had,
and a whole lot of humility.

Yesterday morning I was out looking at calves and realized later I had left
my coffee cup behind - sitting on top of a fence post.
I just smiled as I thought back on all those coffee cups left behind years ago.

I realize now that I've added a new list of displaced items to the ranch.
Work gloves, gardening tools, and now coffee cups, too.
If someone new were to move in tomorrow, they'd surely think the woman who
lived here before had lost her mind.
Isn't it funny how life works?

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there. 
We may lose things along the way,
but all we gain by being "mom" is worth it. :)

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