Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Today, I received an early Mother's Day present by getting to go on a day pass from the hospital to Bryn's 5th birthday party.  Several weeks ago, while planning the tea party, Bryn turned to me and said, "You won't be at my party!" Of course, I was sad I couldn't come, and told her how many people would be there that loved her so much.  In the background, I began asking around about these day passes I kept hearing about.  I asked my doctors and they were all over helping me so I could go.  Even after the femur setback, my doctor gave me explicit instructions to just sit in my wheelchair, but was happy to let me go for the day!  

I was ecstatic!! It was a surprise for both Jadyn and Bryn in case something did not work out.  Jake took the day off work Friday to come up to get trained and cleared to transfer me from wheelchair to our new car.  The transfer went perfectly.  Our beautiful new car is almost completely level with the wheelchair making the transfer almost easy.  

This morning, Jake came to pick me up and we were on the road by 10.  The party went perfectly, I thought! My fabulous friends Alyson and Shelley, along with my family helped plan and execute the best tea party a girl cold ask for.  Really, it went better than any party I have planned.  I think it helped that the adults in the room were almost all teachers!  They have a way with 5 year olds, and can each quiet a room in seconds:)  

I was blessed, blessed, blessed beyond measure to be able to be there.  I kept saying, Thank you God for this moment!  I got back to my hospital room a little after 3:00.  It was a long day, and quite past my max for staying in the brace, but it was so worth all the preparation and some aches and pains to have made it! Bryn said while snuggling in my hospital bed, "I am glad you got to come to my party." Me too Bryn, me too!! 

Katelyn was a great addition to the party as well and took so many pictures.  Tomorrow, I will try to download some and post on the blog.  

Every time I see Jake, he tells me of someone who is helping at our house with some project that will help me get around at our home.  I am so grateful for all of you who are helping.  And, for so many who help with everyday tasks with the girls, our yard, home, dinners, financial support, prayers...it is so difficult to thank all of you who literally make life work for us.  One, because I learn of something new someone has done literally every day.  Two, because words are hard to come by when thank you is never enough.  

You are amazing.
With much love and a Happy Mother's Day,
Jess

12 comments:

G Pierce said...

We're thankful that you were able to get away today and enjoy a tea party! You are in our constant thoughts and prayers. You are loved!

Gina

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day Jessica!! You continue to be such an amazing inspiration to me.

I love you,
Uncle Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi Jess!
I'm so glad you were able to be at the birthday party! It sounds like an amazing time for everyone!!
Happy Mother's Day to you sweet girl! Enjoy your special day!!

Love,
Barbara (Payne)

Anonymous said...

Sweet Jessa,

Happy Mother's Day! I, too thank Jesus for this moment. One filled with hope, love beyond measure, faith and His promises for us. You remind me every moment, Jessa of the kind of person we are called to be. What a party you planned for Bryn, one she will remember for ever and ever! Jake amazes all of us by his ability to make all of the little ones at the party feel so special. Thank you for letting all of us be a part of the celebration. It was amazing. Happy, happy day, Jessa. I wish every child could have a mom just like you.

Love you more,
Aunt Sandy

Anonymous said...

Jessa
Happy Mother's Day Sweetheart. When I grow up I want to be just like you!!!!!!!! You are amazing and I am so proud to be your Aunt. I love you so very much

Aunt Pam

Anonymous said...

I still think you are adopted because you are just too amazing for us! The next tea party will need to be at the Ritz in Boston...if we can ever find it! Look, there's Harvard!
We will adopt Alyson and Shelly, too, because they are two other amazing people! Dibs on being younger than they are!

Happy Mother's Day. You are a wonderful example to all of us!
Jacque, Zander and Kaylee

Anonymous said...

Your friends in New York are so happy that you got to spend the day out of the hospital and with your girls and husband! We think about you often and pray for you and your family. Happy Mother's Day Jessica!

Carol

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day Jessica!
So glad to hear you got to make it to Bryn's party. I think about you and the family and pray for you all often. I agree with what others have said, that I hope to be a woman of faith like you when I "grow up".

Wendy Casas

Lynne said...

Happy Mother's Day...we are so glad you got to be home with your girls for the celebration... We send our love,

Dave and Lynne

Tessa said...

I am so glad you got to have a wonderful party. I am coming to the hood with a little refrig this week! Love you mean it! Tessa

Aaron said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! What a special day on Saturday for you, Jake, and your girls. Love you so much!
Kim Vann

natalie said...

Jess, Happy Mothers Day and I am SOO glad you were able to attend the b-day party. I know how awesome that feels. I am so bummed for you about the leg set back. I can say this since I am part of the club - stupid cancer!! Mine is misbehaving too, and I need to start chemo again because the Tkerb alone is not enough. Sigh! I am hoping to make it to my 40th B-Day next Thursday and the weeke-end of fun planned without starting chemo. My bones hurt in my back and legs, but I am trying to ignore it for a few more weeks. I gain wisdom and strength from your words, and you got me hooked on the christian music too!! I can't remember if I gave you my blog - www.caringbridge.org and my site is nataliet. If your bored, you can check it out too.
I love you and will keep you in my prayers.
Love - Natalie