Thursday, May 19, 2011

A belated Mother's Day Surprise

The church where my parents go down at the lake has always been special to the hubs and I.
For a brief moment we even considered getting married there, but the logistics of it all was just going to be too much.
The outside grotto where they have mass during the summer is absolutely beautiful, so when it came time to pick a place to baptize our first son it was an obvious choice.
We were a bit disappointed when we weren't able to have it outside since it was already mid-October, but we lucked out with a beautiful day which was perfect for some outdoor pictures.
One of the centerpoints of the outside area is a large fountain with a statue of Mary at the end.
They call it The Mother's Wall of Life.
Along the granite walls you can have your mother's named engraved.
Several years ago we had my mom's name put on the wall along with both my Grandma's.
It was always special to go and see their names carved amongst all the others.
It also happened to be the place where my mom and I took our last picture together.
I remember thinking that day as I stood in front of the wall, now a mother myself, that maybe one day my own name would be up there.
Well thanks to my dad, last weekend my wish came true when he surprised me with my own little piece of history.  He said it had been the plan all along.  That together he and my mom had decided they wanted to to this for me for my first Mother's Day.

I love knowing that even though she may not be here to see it, she still had a part in it. 

20 comments:

Marcy XOXO said...

OMG WHAT A WONDERFUL MOTHER'S DAY GIFT!!! What a special gift and story!!! HAPPY THURSDAY ;)

Molly said...

Wow. What a wonderful wonderful surprise. So thoughtful.

Molly B said...

That is great- really meaningful!

KatiePerk said...

What a lovely Mother's Day Surprise indeed! That is a gorgeous church.

SG to SP said...

That made me tear up a bit. I love this, what a wonderful surprise!

Lacey said...

Such a beautiful gift. I got goosebumps and tears reading your story. Beautiful church. Which lake is it on?

Ashley Paige said...

...and im crying. seriously. what a sweet mother's day surpise! and what a beautiful place you have that you can go to and remember your mom! i love that!!

Hannah @ The New Black said...

What a great surprise! That is such a lovely gift.

Melissa said...

That is such an amazing Mother's Day gift and I love that your mom was part of planning it even though she can't be here to see it.

dave and jenn said...

That is so, so special! What a wonderful Mother's Day gift!

Married...with a Pup said...

Awww, what a great gift! Great surprise!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

What a wonderful gift!

Jax said...

Ohmygosh what a sweet gift! I absolutely love this! So touching and thoughtful

Domestic Goddess said...

i'm in tears too. she really is watching over you! :) what an amazing gift.

the workaholic momma said...

Oh my goodness - I just totally teared up - what an AMAZING gift! And the pic of you guys together at the wall is simply beautiful.

Ashley said...

This is so special! And a tearjerker :) I love it so much!

Nikki said...

Emily that is so amazing. I'm so glad your mom was able to have a part in this gift to you.

Lucky in Love said...

What a fantastic, thoughtful gift!

d.a.r. said...

This is so special!!!

Gwen said...

This is quite possibly the sweetest first Mother's Day gift ever. And how wonderful that your Mom got to play a part in it as well.