Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

I am blessed to have an amazing & inspiring Mum, who I love and admire more than words can express. I am one of 5 children.

My beautiful Mum, with my Dad
 
There are so many gifts my mother gave me (and my 4 siblings):
 
The gift of herself
 
The gift of life
 
The gift of nurture
 
The gift of unconditional love
 
The gift of tough love
 
The gift of faith
 
The gift of sacrifice
 
The gift of encouragement
 
The gift of believing in me, when I didn't believe in myself
 
The gift of  always being there for me, no matter what
 
The gift of example - how to love, nurture, comfort, encourage, listen, bless others, how to be a wife, a mother, a friend
 
The gift of an excellent & well rounded education and the work ethic required for success
 
The gift of intelligence & creativity, and the constant encouragement and opportunity to develop both areas of my brain
 
She taught me to appreciate life, to make the most of what you've been given and to be grateful in all things.
I am forever grateful. I LOVE YOU, MUM


I was very young when I first became a wife (18) & a mother (19)...
 September 1984
 
I wasn't ready for motherhood at 19 but I embraced it with all that I had. I loved being a Mummy so much that I went back again and again.
I gave birth to 4 children; Sarah, Daniel, Benjamin & Rebecca, but I also lost 2 babies to miscarriage (one at 8 weeks and one at 13 weeks). My youngest child was born just after my 27th birthday.
 
Being a Mum is not what gives me my identity but it is a huge part of who I am. If not for my children, I don't think my life would be as rich as it has been. They have taught me an enormous amount about life & love.
 
When their Dad left us, they were aged 13, 8, 6 & 5, and we became the inseparable "Denehy 5" who laughed LOTS, cried a bit too, made wonderful memories together, we hurt together and we healed together. Together we've lived the great, the good, the bad & the ugly.

 Jan 1998 - the "Denehy 5"

Jan 2001 

June 2003

Dec 2004

Every day I am grateful for being a Mum to these precious 4...
December 2009

If not for these 4 amazing people, I would not be a mother. I am incredibly blessed.
Thank you Sarah, Daniel, Ben & Bec. ❤
 
I thank God for the gift of motherhood. You have made the last 27 years of my life so wonderful xxoo ❤

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a big hug to you, liz, for today and whatever life brings you next. :)

Filip and Kristel said...

Super family pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Michael S-B said...

Beautiful, Liz. Yes, your Mum has taught you well. You are a great mother and a great wife, and I honour you. Xoxo

Bec Denehy said...

This is so beautiful mum; you are so amazing and I'm so blessed <3 xx

SportyMummy said...

What a beautiful post Liz...It had me blinking back tears from the emotion in the words and pictures. (my father abandoned my family when I was 11, and my brother 8....I feel quite a connection with this post).

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful post, Liz.
Thanks for sharing.
Mette

Seeing Each Day said...

Excuse me while I tend to the tears that have just welled up so much my vision is temporarily blurred - what a gracious post , I especially love the words 'the gift of believing in me', always a powerful gift to receive. It was also lovely to see the photos over time of you and your children, the word that comes to mind about you is 'strength' to be able to take that role on by yourself. And lastly, lovely to read those two comments of support from those closest to you echoing and confirming who you are as a mum.

GB said...

What a beautiful post. What a beautiful family you make.

Stasha said...

Here we go, crying on my keyboard... you have a beautiful family and you come from one too! Reading your blog always makes me so happy, full of gratitude and joy for life! Thank you for sharing the happiness with us. you are an inspiration. And honestly, how good looking are you all!!!!?

jenniferworrell said...

What a gorgeous family! I am in awe--you have so much to be thankful for. I really appreciate the inspiration today! http://wp.me/p2gpEb-a8

Liz said...

Thank you, my friend! You too are an inspiration. You have your own amazing story of courage. And you have an incredible outlook on life. So back at you!!

Doc Bill said...

Beautifully and sensitively written Liz. Because I am your Dad, I endorse all you have said. She is an incredible woman your "Mum" and my "Wife"

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Oh what a moving and beautiful post for Mothers Day, particularly poignant for me as my own Mum died last June.

Daddy said...

Beautifully beautifully written and very memorable shots ....glad that I drop by

Janne said...

Hello Liz! I think you are a good wife and a good daughter. Now i have moved in to the partment next to me so now i have a bigger room and a nice kitchen. Have a nice day !

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful post Liz, you have some great family photos too.

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