Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My Dear Boys,
To be your mother is my life's work.
My greatest joy.
The love I have for you is fierce,
unrelenting, pure, and unconditional.
You make me proud, humble, grateful, and teach me grace.
I make mistakes, I lose my temper,
I have days when I am exhausted and
feel I've given all there is to give of me to you.
I have moments I'd like to do over again.
And days when I want to freeze time,
 to remember the way your breath smelled when you
were newborns, to keep you small,
so you still fit cozily on my lap.
I want to experience your first steps,
your first jumps off a diving board,
your first lost tooth, 
the way your tiny arms feel wrapped around my neck
over and over again.
I want to remember your sweet voices when they say
bedtime prayers or call out my name.
The way your eyes light up when you are excited.
Your laughter.
Your innocence..
The sweet compliments you give me.
My days begin and end hugging you.
When I see you, Andrew, skipping for no reason at all,
or excitedly telling me all the details of your day,
or the way we snuggle together to read at night -
I want you to know how much I cherish those moments.
And Charlie, when you tell me "Mama, cuddle" or "Mama, hug",
when you give me Eskimo and butterfly kisses for the entire 15 minutes
waiting for our train ride at the zoo,
or we recount the highlights of our day as a tuck you
in  at night and you giggle at each new memory,
I want you to know I don't take a single moment for granted.
All I ever wanted to be was a mother,
but I never knew the way you would fill
my heart so completely.

I love you both with every ounce of my being,

And Happy Mother's Day to my incredible Mum!
You are my biggest inspiration.


  1. OK...this is THE sweetest EVER!!! I hope you'll print a copy for each of your boys to keep. You are a PRECIOUS Mama. I love your heart, sweet village friend! ;)

    Happy Day to you!

  2. The love of being a mother ~ the greatest gift of all!

    Wishing you a very special day with your sweet boys.


  3. Darling picture! You are a great mom!

  4. Beautiful picture! Your boys are very lucky to have you as their mother. Enjoy your day!

  5. This post brings tears Tessa. I hope you are having a wonderful day today.

    Happy mother's day.

  6. I couldn't have written any better... You completely expressed how all of us feel. Have a wonderful rest of the day!

  7. Tessa, that was so beautiful and it brought me to tears. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your precious boys! xo

  8. That was just precious! So well written and what a beautiful picture of all three of you.

  9. Beautiful! Simply beautiful. I agree with Lorri, your boys are lucky to have you as their mom.

  10. Such a beautiful poem. Beautiful picture of you and the boys!

  11. Wonderful photo! Great poem - hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  12. Such a beautiful note to your made me cry. Such a cute picture too...hope you have it framed.