Mothers Day

Mother’s Day 2020

We had a lovely Mother’s Day in the Zottola household!

Succulents in decorative pot and yellow tulips

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law gifted me succulents and beautiful yellow tulips!

It started with Jimmy bringing everyone into bed to wake me up. Having Jimmy, Sadie, Malcolm, and Niva all piled into bed is one of my favorite ways to wake up. It’s total chaos, but the best kind.

We had church online, and then Jimmy ordered us Starbucks coffee and it was glorious! I had a tall blonde roast with cream and he had a cafe misto. 

I got to do some of my most favorite things:

  • Watercoloring
  • Worked on our garden
  • Took a family walk around our neighborhood

Watercoloring and Starbucks coffee

We also got the grass cut and weed whacked while Sadie was napping, and then finished out the day with the evening church service online.

Afterwards, I did a bit of real estate work while Jimmy worked on our dryer.

Broken dryer

I turned it on the other day and heard a loud noise + saw a flash. We turned it on and it seemed like it was working, but we quickly figured out it wasn’t actually drying anything because the heating element broke. Hopefully we’ll get it back in working order soon 🙂

How was your Mother’s Day?

Life Lately

I feel like it has been a long time since I just popped in here and wrote about whatever random things are on my mind and going on in my life. So, here I am!

Life has been busy and good and so blessed. Our days look a lot like the picture below…

Laundry, Mac, and baby toys on bed

Laundry, work, and baby toys strewn about. Lots going on and lots of goodness. We have been having so much fun with Sadie. I feel like she’s at a really great age. She’s able to sit up and play with toys, but isn’t crawling all over the place yet 😉 She’s also teething, which has been so tough on her. We’re going to try out an amber teething necklace. I’ll report back on how it works!

We are working hard on our garden, loving the warm(ish) spring weather, bird watching all the time, working on house projects, and spending time with family.

Jimmy and I went out to eat alone the past two weekends and it was glorious.

The food was great, but the conversation was even better. We are so blessed to have family that is willing to watch Sadie so we can have time together as a couple!

House projects galore have been happening around here. I cleaned out our bathroom vanity and it feels great to have it uncluttered! I plan on organizing my baking supplies next.

I kind of want to rearrange where I keep everything in our kitchen. I think I want to keep all my flours, yeast, sugars, etc. in my line of sight so I’m prompted to bake more 🙂

Hannah graduated from nursing school! I won’t tell you how much I cried during her graduation. I’m just one proud big sister over here. I can’t wait to see her become a mom any day now!

Speaking of motherhood, I had a great first Mother’s Day! Jimmy and Sadie do such a wonderful job of making me feel cherished and loved every day.

Mom holding baby girl

I even got spoiled with a new bird feeder and a bag of seed as my Mother’s Day gift and it has been extra special to see all the birds come to the fancy new feeder!

Yellow bird feeder for finches and songbirds

We heard two great Mother’s Day sermons at church on Sunday and one on the story of Hannah really resonated with me. She was infertile and prayed desperately for a son. God answered her prayers and she was obedient by keeping her promise to God and giving her son Samuel to serve Him.

What really struck me was how our preacher noted that Hannah viewed motherhood as the highest calling and a privilege. On tough days, it can easy for me to slip into thoughts like “I’m just a mom” or “I have to do this” when I should be thinking “I’m so blessed to be a mom” and “I get to do this.” Just the way you think about a situation can really shift your perspective, you know? It was a blessed first Mother’s Day and I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am that God made me a mom to Sadie Mae.

Now we’re looking forward to our nieces arriving very soon and getting the garden planted! More on that soon 🙂

What would a picture of your life lately look like?