Do you know this quote?
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
― Alexander Pope
This is my new motto.
Before I share with you some yummy brunch ideas for Mother's Day ...
I want to share a little bit of me. I don't open up very often on here. Yes it's my personal space, and readers like it when we keep it real and honest, but my life right now is complicated. It's messy. It's lovely. And it's full of ups and downs. Every. Single. Day.
I was married for a long time and although I knew I shouldn't have expectations of what marriage would bring and what should happen, I did. And because I had these hopes and expectations I was almost always disappointed. I would often spend Mother's Day and birthdays crying by myself, watching black and white movies. I did this not because my children and ex husband weren't with me, they were, they were just busy doing their own thing. It wasn't their birthday, it wasn't their Mother's Day. There would be cards and hugs, but then everyone would go about their day, as if it was just another one.
I tried many times for a few years to organize a fun day, of family bonding, of activities, and each year my ideas were greeted with new plans. Plans that suited them. I wanted to celebrate bringing three amazing children into the world. I wanted to spend that time with them, doing something as a family. What I didn't realize at the time is that these things cannot be forced, they are not what is most important. That no matter what we were doing, we were together, and that's what should have counted. More than anything. More than gifts and dining out.
So this year I'm letting go. Not because I'm single (and by single I mean dating a really hot guy who doesn't live with me, but who rocks my world). And not because I don't think that this is a day worth celebrating.
But because I'm going to choose to embrace the fact that my children do love me with every ounce of their being. That no matter what we do, even if I am watching black and white movies alone, that this is my choice and they don't love me any less.
So this year I will be woken up at the crack of dawn, because my children don't like to sleep in. I will make a big brunch just like I do every Sunday, and whatever the day brings will be wonderful. Because I will be with my children.
And now onto those brunch recipes.
Scroll through the recipes above. You are sure to find something to make on your special day, or that the kids can help you make. Enjoy!
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