So, I do believe I owe someone a little gift for guessing correctly where I went for my Mother's Day weekend! But guess what? Three of you commented, all three of you guessed right, and so I have three little gifts for all three of you! TARA, CHRISTY, and JAMIE all guessed right, that I went to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, ME! And you guys were all so close in the times you guessed, that that just gave me warm fuzzies, and although Tara was officially the first, I just know she won't mind at all that I'm just pickin' all three of ya! So, please email me your addresses, and I'll send you your prize! Mind you, I don't have a lot right now, so this seriously is a little gift, but I think you'll still smile when you open it.
I had a terrific weekend. It never ceases to amaze me how the RMH can refresh me, energize me, open my eyes to the world around me, and make me realize how precious my Little Man is. On Friday night, a couple arrived that had just spent the whole day next to their 5 month old's bed in the ICU, due to an almost fatal case of SIDS. The dad had peeked in on his sleeping baby, only to find him blue and not breathing. He gave the baby CPR until the EMT's arrived, and then he was rushed to the hospital. By the end of the night, the baby was breathing on his own again, and was showing no signs of brain damage. This couple were only visiting from out of state. There stay at the RMH was the absolute last thing they expected to be doing. I gave them a tour of the house, and the mom was just crying with first exhaustion, and second, with wonder at all that the House would do for them in their time of need. They had a two year old at Grandma and Grandpa's, so they loved watching Little Man run around! Talking to them, sharing our story, hearing theirs, is all I needed for Mother's Day. A Connection. A way to help, and make a difference. Paying it forward never felt so good. I was tired when we arrived home on Sunday evening (the beds there are awful, unfortunately! What do YOU think of Number Beds?!), but filled with a sense of peace that I only ever really receive after being there. We are going to go back in August. I already can't wait.
I am sad Mother's Day is over, and I am trying to pretend that every day is Mother's Day. :) It truly is actually. I love my life, and what each and every new day brings!