He may have continued sleeping through the night, but that same weekend i ended up spending a few nights at my mom's so that she was able to get away for a couple days. My mom's birthday landed on Thanksgiving this year and was pretty much forgotten in the busyness of the holiday. About a month before, my siblings and i all decided we wanted to do something special for her this year, just because.
She has wanted her bedroom painted for way too long and so we decided we would start with that and see what other rooms we could accomplish with our remaining time.
My grandparents, (who were in on the scheme) picked her up and whisked her away to Detroit to visit my uncle and family (her brother). That Thursday evening, after she had left, we set to work.
We chose some colors for her bedroom, her bathroom, and the guest bathroom. It was a long couple of nights full of steaming the ugly borders, scraping, sanding, tapping, and prepping. It was a good time for all of us, and we had some much needed bonding time. Coming from a large family, who has had our share of difficulties along the way it is hard to stay connected and make memories with each other. To say the least, i appreciated the time with my older sisters and brother. Sadly, my other brothers were far away.
After it was all painted and dry we did our best at agreeing on how the rooms should all be arranged. I had some pictures printed from my brothers trip to Porto Rico and bought some new frames for the guest bathroom. We diligently worked until the moment my mom arrived home. Everyone ran into her bedroom with all my nieces and nephews, and Isaiah and shut the door on me! I grabbed my bottle of water and began slowly walking by the hallway as she opened the front door. I innocently and calmly said, "oh...hey." As if surprised to see her home.
She made her way to her room with my grandparents and i closely following behind her. I could tell that she had NO idea what had gone on while she was away.
She opened the door to her room and all the kids jumped up yelling, "Surprise!" She was totally taken back. She couldn't believe it! After she had checked out her bathroom i told her that we had one more surprise. She got a little scared and i took her hand and brought her to the guest bathroom. She loved it, she loved it all! It was so much fun to give her such a big gift! We all felt pretty proud... and pretty tired! She gives so much to others, and (i feel) gets so little in return. She has worked so hard to provide for her family as a single Mom for the last 8 years and has done such an amazing job at it! We are all so indebted to her.
I love you Mom, you have been one of the greatest gifts on earth to me. You have been the best friend any one could ever ask for. You have loved me despite my ugly heart, and given me encouragement whenever i have needed it. You have been such an inspiration and role model to me, and i have always aspired to be like you. I am glad you love your rooms, and have felt a bit of relief from the accomplishments. I love you Mom!
Sadly, i don't have any pics of the finished project.. but i can post some later. Here are some of us working though :-)
|Looking pretty tired..|
|My attempt at an artistic photo :-)|