Each year my mom does her best to gather all her girls under her wings any way she can. There is something pretty special about sisters. And there’s something ESPECIALLY special about a mom who works hard to get them together.
I have realized this more than ever this year since I’ve been working up my own mother/daughter gathering. More to come on that soon, but for now I’ll just say I have come to appreciate my own dear mother’s efforts in such a more profound way. Sometimes it’s just not a cakewalk to wrangle kids or activities! I love you mom!!
“MFME” Special Gatherings with Sisters and my Mom
Ever since the beginning of time (for our family), we’ve named these gatherings “MFME” since they were for the “Mothers and Future Mothers of Eyrealm.” And then after we all became mothers, we shortened the acronym to “ME” since it was simply “Mothers of Eyrealm” by then.
Sometimes there would be an agenda when we got together. Other times we would read an article or book before we gathered to discuss. We would talk deep about motherhood and life. Sometimes we would travel to far-off lands. Every time we gathered we would feel heard and strengthened by each other. No matter which way we have done these gatherings, those memories have become velvety-smooth in my heart. And the women have become lifelong confidants as we have grown together in womanhood and wifehood and motherhood.
What we did for MFME this year
This year we squeezed in a dinner after the reunion festivities were wrapped up. We wrangled kids scheduling and headed out across the lake for some food we wouldn’t be making or cleaning up. Although we really do like to cook together, this was a welcome little break.
As we got ready to head out a huge wind storm came up. I LOVE when this happens at Bear Lake, breaking the spell of ominous heat that can surround us in the afternoons.
It made for some pretty funny pictures before we left:
We relished the views from the car as we drove around the lake.
And basked in togetherness.
We sat and ate dinner as we each shared the biggest thing we have learned this year.
Then, of course since we were so close, we had to stop to get Bear Lake famous raspberry shakes for dessert.
Relished the views all the way home, as conversations lingered and we talked about some of the things we can keep in our prayers for each other.
Yes, there’s something pretty special about sisters…and that mother wrapping us up all together.
Thank you, dear Mother, for not only this special sunset dinner togetherness, but all the years and efforts and love you have poured into your girls.
Thanks for always being the one to point out beauty, whether in nature or in people.
Love you forever.