Happy Mother’s Day! What better to share on this treasured day than some adorable seal mom and pup pairs from my favorite spot in the world, Point Lobos State Park.
This particular beach is not a seal hang-out for most of the year. However, when it comes time to birth babies, late winter/early spring, this tiny beach, completely surrounded by rock cliffs, becomes a true seal nursery. This is NOT a zoo. This is the real world, animal style.
ALL of these photos were taken by Aunt Janet, photographer extraordinaire.
This first mom and pup pair are the funniest. This little fella’ was rambunctious, robust, and ready to do some more swimmin’. Mama was trying to take a nap, and he kept sneaking off to the ocean.
This Mother’s Day is coming at perfect timing for me. I have felt a little down lately, mostly due to my mystery low-grade fevers. They zap my energy, and leave me feeling confused and a little hopeless.
But Mother’s Day reminds me of my most basic and happiest job. I am first and foremost a mom, and I am tickled pink to be Mom to our four precious sons. I always considered myself a “girly-girl”, so it’s ironic to me that I am now the mom with the baseball nails, trying to learn basketball lingo, and passing rules about not bringing slugs into the house. When I brush everything else aside, every other worry, every other commitment or hobby, this is the job that I most cherish: being wife and mom. I was never so happy as I am when I’m being mom.
-Trying to convince JD to poop on the potty.
-Reading These First Four Years to Joshua and Caleb
-Reading Green Eggs and Ham to Daniel and Caleb
-rocking JD in the rocking chair
-pushing them in the swings
-cooking their dinner
-buying their clothes
-hugs and kisses
-talking through their problems
-teaching them about Jesus and praying with them
-watching them play baseball
Oh, I love it all so much. What a wonderful gift to be entrusted with. I hope I can walk worthy of this calling.
And I’m thankful I don’t have to go it alone, like the seal mommas.
Mother’s Day is a reminder for me this year. It’s a reminder of how blessed I am. Healthy or not, I have a glorious life, full of purpose and every good thing. I must remember to be thankful and always share with others what I have. I am renewed with joy. What a blessing.
I better get to sleep. Alan and Caleb are making me french toast in the morning, and I’m super excited. I say Alan and Caleb, but they will probably all insist on helping.
Happy Mother’s Day, y’all!