I've decided to seriously consider eliminating the space between "Amy" and "Hutton" and just make it one word: "AmyHutton." That's how Deanna says my name anyway. She says "AmyHutton" super quickly like it's just one short word. Like Madonna. Or Bono. Or even Cher. AmyHutton. I like it.
I realized yesterday that De and I will forever share the same Mother's Day anniversary. Yesterday was our 4th Mother's Day together. It's kind of cool to think that we both became mothers on the same day. Isn't that a special and unique bond to share? I only made this obvious realization as I opened the card that Deanna had made for me, and I saw that the front of the envelope said, "Happy 4th Mother's Day Amy Hutton!" Has it really been 4 years already? That I cannot believe.
So how did I spend my Mother's Day? Don, De, and Deanna stopped by my house yesterday for a quick visit (they were in town visiting Don's mom and dad this weekend). Deanna hopped out of the car, performed an impressive display of gymnastics, and watered the flowers, plants, and large wooden swing in my front yard. (Apparently the swing still had some growing to do.) Then we took some Mother's Day pictures, and Deanna gave me a card that she decorated especially for me. It was really sweet.
This Mother's Day wasn't nearly as tough as some of the previous ones I've experienced. In the past, Mother's Day used to be a day filled with self-pity and sadness. Woe is me. But yesterday was different from the others; I'm not sure why that is exactly, but I do know that I am feeling more at peace with my decision than I ever thought possible. Not only that, but instead of feeling like a forgotten mother, I had a plethora of family and friends saying "Happy Mother's Day" to me. This was a small, simple gesture that really meant a lot. It's nice to feel appreciated. :) Not that it's always going to be easy for me from now on, but at this point in my life, I am at a place of acceptance and complete faith in the Lord. I know that I made the right decision. I know that my life, Deanna's life, meeting the Dollars, were not merely accidents or coincidences. And I know that God has amazing things in store for me. I'm not sure exactly what yet, but I've got a great feeling about this upcoming year.