A Mother’s Day Filled with Abundant Blessings

Releasing the balloons

After Mass on Mother’s Day, our family drove over to the cemetery to bring pinwheels to Lucy and Annie’s grave. As we drove into the entrance, a man from the cemetery staff stopped us and handed us a flower. He also asked us if we would like a balloon to release – he said that people were writing the names of their loved ones on the balloons and then releasing them. “The kids really seem to enjoy this,” he said with a smile. “Sure, we would love that,” I responded enthusiastically. Without knowing anything about our family, the man handed us two pink balloons. I felt like God was winking at us. “I’ve got your back,” I could almost hear Him whispering in my ear. The kids did love releasing the balloons into the air, and we all watched as they floated up into the sky.

It is perfect that Mother’s Day fell on May 12th this year, exactly one month before the one-year anniversary of Annie Rose’s birth and death. I have decided that I will take this month as a time to reflect on the past year, on where our family has been, where we are right now, and where we are going. I will be intentional about remembering Annie and Lucy, and about all of the people who have played such an important part in our journey with them. I will give myself time to pray, time to cry, time to write, and time to recognize all of the ways that God is working in my life and in our family.

On Mother’s Day evening, at the end of a big weekend, my husband and I sat down to watch New Year’s Eve, a refreshingly light and sweet movie that weaves together several people’s lives on New Year’s Eve. Towards the end, there is a scene in a hospital where a nurse says to one of the visitors, “Do you want to see what we do on New Year’s Eve?” The scene then moves to a nursery full of newborn babies, with the song What a Wonderful World playing in the background. Of course, my sappy self couldn’t help but cry :) My husband and I had chosen this song to be our first dance at our wedding almost 10 years ago, and we have done our very best to approach life with this attitude: And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.  We even had the opportunity to dance to this song at an event on Saturday evening. It was as if God was reminding us of where we started our marriage, and of how we have always wanted to live our lives, with hearts full of gratitude and joy no matter what life brings. We had chosen, for the second reading at our nuptial Mass, a reading with this very message: Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again, Rejoice! In times of joy and in times of suffering, we have abundant reason to rejoice if only we can remember to rejoice in the Lord, and to focus on His provision and promise rather than on ourselves.

I pray that each of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with many blessings. Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    Katrina, this is an absolutely beautiful post. What a blessing your family is to all of us. Praying for you during this month of remembering, rejoicing, grieving, and living. And I am thanking God today for the precious gift of your friendship and spirit.

  • Mary Alice Teti

    That is beautiful. I think that as busy mothers (humans!) it is so healthy to be intentional about making room for emotion and reflection without being melancholy, so I am glad that you are going to do so. I am sure that Our Lady will be very close to you this month, and perhaps it should end with a pilgrimage to visit her at a different church in your area?

    Also, I am sure that seeing your children was a gift and a source of joy to anyone else who was at the cemetery and struggling, I think that children are always a great light in difficult circumstances, they force us to smile, somehow.

    I had mother’s day brunch with my 90 year old grandmother, and without my children, and it was funny how I really noticed the cute kids all around us, and they made me really happy and hope-filled, fat babies and sweet little boys and young teenage girls helping little cousins pick out dessert, families are just a great source of joy.

  • ayersjd

    How beautiful- and I love how you saw God in the pink balloons. I was talking to this wise EWTN theologian the other day about “coincidences” and he said, “this is our faith- when we experience something special to us we just say Thank You.”


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