Mothers Day: The Hidden Gift
This year, Mother’s Day was a big jumble of emotions for me! With the losses, and countless disappointments, over the last three years, plus the fact that my dear hubby was away – the truth of the matter is that I just didn’t feel like celebrating. A quiet day at home, with my boy, would have been just fine. I had, however, planned to go to lunch with my mother and some friends, so I had to put on a happy face and try to get through the day. I made a point of thinking only on the good – and that good is this: I have an incredibly gorgeous child, and more blessings than I could ever deserve. Meditating on that for a while…
I was ready to face the day was a smile on my face.
When I woke up I was actually feeling okay, but I became really sad when Justin called. He was in the car, with his folks, driving home from the Dallas Airport. His best friend, and his family, were at the house, swimming, BBQing and relaxing in the Texas afternoon warmth. I THOUGHT that it would be nice to see him arriving at the house, and seeing all of their reactions. However the opposite was true. It was absolutely awful seeing everything together, on the opposite side of the world, while Eli and I were sitting alone at home. THIS is what got me sad, and feeling down about EVERYTHING.
Buuuutttt… After some chatting, Justin said, “Do you want your present?”. We aren’t big into gifts, so I thought that he was just going to show me something he had bought for me on his journey to Texas. Instead, he told me to go upstairs to the spare wardrobe in Eli’s bedroom. He said that there was something hidden on the top shelf…
The Hidden Gift
A new handbag, some amazing smelling candles and a gate card holder (which is REALLY needed – he’s so smart).
Plus a really lovely card, which just made me so happy. I couldn’t help but be happy after finding this hidden gift. I felt so loved, and thought of. It is little things like this that are really the BIG things.
If you have been following us for a while, then you WILL KNOW all about DejaVu! We went there went I was pregnant, and craving burgers, we went there for many gatherings, even on Eli’s first birthday we stopped in there for lunch. On Eli’s second birthday, we had his party at DejaVu. This little cafe was unblock away from where we lived, and we LOVED IT!
It closed down sometime at the end of last year, and we were gutted!
Later, I found out that it had not closed down, but merely moved to a new location. It was completely by chance that I saw some pictures on a Chinese persons Moments feed on WeChat, and recognized the DejaVu decor. Unfortunately, it is no longer near our apartment, but its is up the road from Justin’s school. We definitely won’t be going there as much as we did before, because it is no longer in a convenient location for us. But I was excited to see that it was still open! I was planning on taking Justin there on a surprised date, as I assumed he had not seen it.
Meanwhile, It was no secret
Even the publishing of this blog post has been delayed, because I didn’t want Justin to see these pictures before I took him on a date to DejaVu. Much to my surprise, and despite all of my efforts to keep it from him, last night I found out that he DOES know that DejaVu moved. In fact, he was planning a surprise date too! He had seen DejaVu while on his way somewhere, and wanted to take me there. Well, what do you know?!
We took a rather long bus ride to DejaVu and sat down for lunch. It was all ladies and Eli (who was, by then, fast asleep in his stroller). The restaurant is much bigger, and more spacious, than the former DejaVu, but the style of decor is exactly the same. I love love love it there, but sadly, it is just too far from our house for us to enjoy it regularly. It is surprising that they
closed moved, because many people knew, and loved, the previous location. In it’s place, we now have a rather lame bakery! Booo…
The waitress brought us a plate of Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies to share.
Since I am trying to make healthy choices, I went for a salad that I have had many times at DejaVu. Although the menu looks different, most if the the old items are still on it. The burgers, omlette sandwich, quesadillas, salads, and soups are all still available.
We sat under a large world coffee map, and chatted for hours. After lunch, some of the ladies had dessert, and then we all had coffee. It was a really relaxing afternoon.
Buttons buttons Everywhere!
When Eli woke up, he played with a few of the items that I had packed in his backpack. I am NOT one of those moms who packs a suitcase full of entertainment, but I did take a few items with on this particular day. Since Eli now has his own backpack, I put a couple of things into it. I thought that he would enjoy threading some buttons onto pipe cleaners, but instead, he sorted out the buttons into sizes and colors. Go Figure! That is totally and Eli thing to do, I should have known.
Oh well, regardless of what he did with them, he loved them.
A Sweet Mother’s Day Project
Sarrah and Misti were working on a Mother’s Day project. They had printed out pictures of their mothers’ faces, and attached them to popsicle sticks. Their plan was to get as many pictures as they could, with their moms out enjoying Mother’s Day with them. A very sweet and clever idea!
Above, Sarrah and her mom enjoying some coffee and a slice of cake.
After our very chilled lunch, we all jumped into a taxi, and made our way to the Korean stores close to where I live. Ironically, the Korean store are right next door to the old location of DejaVu. On the way home, Eli kept reaching his zebra over the carseat, to walk on my shoulder. I love that sweet boy, and the fact that he made me a mother.
We spent quite a bit of time checking out the foreign products at the Korean store, and then ordered some for at the Korean restaurant next door. The sun was setting, and the air the most perfect temperature. It was a great evening to be outside.
Elijah, I love you sweet child. I am so incredibly grateful to have you, know you, and be blessed by you on a daily basis. You are truly a special little one, and I am so proud to be your Mama!
I love you Eli.