If you're coming here for the usual dose of daily life with a healthy dash of humor from Grace, I am sorry to disappoint. Instead of Grace's "Simon Says" posts which usually feature equal parts hyperbole and hyperbole, this one is the real deal. (For those of you who haven't gotten your first cup of coffee in: Grace isn't writing the post, I (Simon) am)
Grace is taking the day off today as it is Mother's Day and she qualifies (x2) and needs the break (x9209318312830129). So I figured I'd sneak here on blogger and write her a little Mother's Day post which I'm hoping qualifies as a good present (comment and say yes! send to your friends and get them to follow! like on facebook! tweet it: #bestpresentinhistoryofworldshootijustusedmyonehundredandfortycharacters!). If it doesn't, I'm going to be in the doghouse like I was on Valentine's day.
Sorry to be long winded. The real reason I'm here is to praise the very best mom on the planet. No matter what she chronicles on these pages, Grace is an amazing example day in and day out of what it means to be a good parent. Like most couples, on our wedding day we pledged to be by each others sides through good times and bad. I don't want to even begin to imply that having two healthy little kids is the worse side of "for better or worse", but that 3am vomit-scream fest is one time when your realize that you've transitioned from the happy go-lucky newlywed stage to wowstuffjustgotreal.
It seems in life it's the challenges that show us the character ourselves and those around us, and getting to know Grace as a mom, especially over the last year, is definitely one of those times. Between my long hours and the constant needs/demands from the little Pattons, Grace often has little time left for herself. Instead of growing resentful or bitter, she manages to have this unending source of patience and self-sacrificing love. When one thinks about what true love is and how the greatest Example of this love lived and died, it transforms life full of sleepless nights, diaper changes, and lack of adult interaction into a perfect opportunity to show love as He did; which is exactly what Grace does on a daily basis.
Julia and Sebastian, if you're reading this I hope you realize your mom truly loves you and how lucky you are. I know I do. Grace, if you're reading this, sorry I hacked into your blogger, and most importantly: Happy Mother's Day. I love you.