It was by all accounts, just a really nice weekend. After the emotional tizzy I'd worked myself into, I really needed to just take a deep breath, soak up a little sunshine and remember on whom my faith rests. Mother's Day weekend turned out to be the perfect weekend to do just that.
For starters, there was SUN, real honest to goodness, shadow casting sunshine! I can't tell you what a difference that makes. On Saturday, Austin and I headed out to this sweet little place that has a carousel, a tiny train, some rescued animals, a few shops and a fabulous organic, locally produced, over the top gourmet ice cream shop. We rode the train and carousel, saw the animals and had some ice cream. Well, what we really had was the best Belgium Waffle Sundae we've ever had. We ordered a small ice cream to share, but what we got could have filled a small bathtub! And oh my! Chunks of dark chocolate bits on top of homemade whipped cream with a waffle made from dough, not batter. Austin nearly literally dove face first into the bowl. Wow, is all I can say. On the way home, I stopped at a lavender farm which has a small gift shop and bought myself a few Mother's Day gifts of my own. The farm is so beautiful. It has been featured in several magazine articles and the soaps, candles and cream they produce are heavenly.
She let him blow the horn, play with the radio, turn the wipers on and off, on and off, on and off.... play with the locks, the air condition and any button he could find. She even taught him how to put in the key and start the ignition. (Uh, thanks. Good thing his little legs can't reach the gas....yet. Better hide those car keys from now on.) She had such a blast with him, and he was in heaven. I was truly surprised the car actually had enough battery power to start back up and drive her home! Of course, the next day when we had to run an errand, he hops up front and says, "I can drive the car Mama!" Slow down little man.
And here are my goodies from the Lavender Farm:
Also a sachet of lavender, some soap and recycled glass soap dish. I love the way the light shines through it, and the soap just makes you look for excuses to wash your hands just to smell it!
And.... Lavender Honey! Yum!
Like I said, all in all it was a lovely weekend. I loved having that fun afternoon on Saturday, just Austin and I, just a mama and her little boy (and a whole lot of ice cream!) but I also loved the family time with Brian and Aunt Mary on Sunday. I am feeling so much better, so much calmer. Which is good, because tomorrow, a Fed Ex truck will deliver an absolutely scary amount of medications to my house. I meet with the IVF doctors on Thursday for preliminary blood work, etc. and on Friday, I start the cycle with my first shots. I still have some concerns, but I am taking this, and all of life, one day at a time. I guess that's the only way to take it because that's how it comes, in one day installments. I will see how it goes, one day, one shot, one prayer at a time.