5.14.2012

ON THE HUDSON RIVER LINE


oh, mother's day. you sneaky little thing. 

with every year that passes i feel less and less angsty about mother's day, is the good news. it's starting to become just a day again. a day for my own mother, finally (lucky you, mom!), and less a day reminding me of my failures. and thank heavens for that. maybe by next year i'll stop feeling jealous when other women announce their pregnancies? probably... not for a while. but someday. i can feel it.  

this mother's day, after attending church and eating a crazy amount of brandon's famous pasta primavera, we took a nice long stroll along the hudson river. me, the tall red one, the short red one, and the woman i am proud to call my genetic predecessor. the weather couldn't have been more perfect, or the people-watching more divine. could a mother's day get any better? 

also, we saw a dog on a yacht and a parrot in the park. for those keeping track.







being a mom is lots of fun.

to all the mamas-in-hoping out there:
hang in there. it'll happen for you. i know it will.
and once it does, it will be everything and more. i promise.
there are so many amazing experiences you have look forward to. you'll get there.
you and me, you guys. fist bumps.
xo

43 comments :

  1. yesss hot mamas day fistbumps!

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  2. Miss Natalie, you and your family are pretty much the cutest ever. AND I may need you to send me all of your shoes. That is all.
    -Gentri

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  3. Happy mothers day to you! I love this - it's the first year I could celebrate after three years of dreading this holiday. Much love, April

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  4. Such a wonderful, honest, and sweet post. Thanks for it.

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  5. Happy Mother's Day! I loved the last bit. Mother's day can be a very sad day when you are trying unsuccessfully to start a family. I am fortunate that I was able to celebrate with my little family and wish only the best for those hopeful mamas to be.

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  6. Great post, you've got an amazing family! And I agree with others, I need those shoes.

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  7. Love this post! Are you wearing Kork's? I was so tempted to buy some this weekend.

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  8. you may have a hot mama, but huck does too, ya know!

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  9. huck's eyes. oh. my. gosh. so cute.
    i love reading your posts. so honest and beautiful.
    happy happy mothers day natalie!

    loveandthisplace.blogspot.com

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  10. I have to tell you that I have been addicted to your blog for some time now.
    I'm one of those creepers lurking in the shadows that never steps into the light to say hello.
    Until now. Hello.
    ... I have to tell you that as a women who as been married for 7 years and of those 7 been "trying" to conceive for 5, its not been easy.
    I feel led to tell you a great big THANK YOU. Thank you for your transparency in telling your story of trying to conceive your Huck & your most recent journey to add to your family.
    You're story gives hope.
    As well, thank you for your always sensitive nature to the women reading your blog who are still on the road to receiving their babies.
    As one of them myself I am grateful. Continue to be your wonderful self. You are making a positive difference in the lives of those in your sphere of influence.
    Happy belated mama's day sweet lady!

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  11. 1. Your adorable.
    2. So is your little mister.
    3. Thank you for this post.

    <3 from a lady who is waiting/wanting to be a mommy.

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  12. Love this post. My husband and I were able to get pregnant quickly, but I wasn't sure that would be the case originally since I was having some health problems. Good wishes to all the mamas-in-hoping (and waiting) out there.

    Anyway, Natalie, I recently read this quote and thought of you and your little huck:

    "Everywhere in nature we are taught the lessons of patience and waiting. We want things a long time before we get them, and the fact that we want them a long time makes them all the more precious when they come.” ― Joseph F. Smith

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  13. I love your note of encouragement. While my husband and I haven't started trying yet, I'm super impatient to become a mom. We're waiting due to student loans and general life situations, and while I know it will be for the better... I get kind of jealous when friends announce their pregnancies. Hopefully that will change!

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  14. I'm obsessed with your shoes? Could you share where you got them from?

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  15. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    I've commented before, but I really just cannot thank you enough for your words of hope and encouragement :) you are wonderful. I am just starting on the path of hopeful motherhood, and your story brings me so much peace. I adore your blog. And I am so happy for you and your little family! Good luck, I know you'll have that next little soul join your family soon :) praying for you!!
    Love and fist bumps, Rach :)

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  16. You are so great. Love- fist bumps- and I am hoping for you too Holbrooks!

    http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm pretty sure we had the same weekend.

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  18. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    i wish i could bottle your optimism. your blog has become a mirror to my own experiences, but i'm not in the same optimistic place yet. hopefully someday. thank you, please keep writing for everyone else too afraid too.

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  19. I got to give a talk in my branch about mothers. I thought it was silly at first that I was asked to do it because I'm single and no where near ready to have kids. But it was very helpful for me to give it. I was recently diagnosed with a condition that has a high chance of infertility (I like paying attention to the fact there is still a chance I could become pregnant someday). I spent a good deal of my talk though talking about mother figures. It was a great reminder, mostly to myself, that even though we may or may not have children, we always have opportunities to be a mother figure. Thank you for you words. Your experiences reminds me that with faith and patience it is possible.

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  20. Nat, it was such a pleasure to meet you at church! I am so glad I did. You are such a kind person and I am grateful for your kindness...sorry we couldn't chat longer.
    Sister missionary really wanted to talk so I couldn't connect with you longer...next time I'm in the city, will you take me around?

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    1. oh thank you, sweet thing! it was such an exciting honor to finally meet you. ad lady, the next time you're in town, you and i shall paint the town red ;).

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  21. i love your shoes and i am so glad you got to have such a wonderful mother's day. i am hoping i might be on the mother end of the holiday next year or the one after that. i guess we will see!

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  22. First off, I love your shoes.
    Secondly, I know how you felt this mother's day! Our little Jack is just a few days younger than Huck, and every year Mother's Day gets more wonderful because of my little boy. But it's frustrating - I don't have fertility problems, but I'm 23 weeks pregnant with a little girl right now. And that precious little girl has a severe birth defect and if she makes it til birth, she won't live but mere moments here on earth. So basically what I'm trying to say is I know it's hard to count your blessings at a time like this, when everyone around you is having healthy beautiful babies. I'm going through the same thing, knowing we're going to be just a little family of three for a lot longer than I had previously anticipated! Hang in there, and remember that cheerful little huckleberry of a boy was sent to your family at this time for a reason. :)

    (and if you want to read more, you can go to my blog: http://blog.doublejones.com/2012/04/an-eternal-perspective/)

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  23. just came across your blog today. my husband and I live downtown and I go to fashion design school at FIT. love your blog so far! very cute!

    xoxo,

    Taylor

    www.taylormorgandesign.blogspot.com

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  24. This post is so sweet. I am one of those still hoping and oh sometimes Mother's Day is so hard. Thanks for reminding me it's worth and that maybe one day it will be a little easier. Thankfully I have wonderful people in my life that made it ok for me too and wished me a Happy Mother's Day and recognized that I'm a mother too, even though I don't have children. So many talks during church were so helpful and sensitive to those who might have a hard time with the day. Geez my people are the best.

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  25. Happy Motherhood to you!

    Sometimes this ride called life is just a little Sunday walk in the park-- those can be the very best of times. I'm so very glad you got to share that with your mother too.

    xoxo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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  26. hope you had a happy mother's day! you look beautiful, as always! :)
    xo, great little day

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  27. Oh man. That last little bit you added in there, I needed so much. Thank you! Fistbumps.

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  28. So needed to hear that last part. So needed. Fist bumps all around.

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  29. I thought I wanted much more this Mother's Day--fanfare, prizes, the whole shabang--but I also had a simple, lovely day. And it was perfect - sounds a lot like yours, except our walk was along the East River.
    http://staycationmama.blogspot.com/2012/05/perfection-from-coffee-to-yellow-brick.html

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  30. A dog on a yacht and a parrot in the park all in one day is awesome. Happy Momma's Day to all! I can't wait to be initiated into the momma clan myself :)

    Jen
    motu viget

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  32. Such a lovely post!
    Www.lifesapotty.blogspot.com

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  33. what a beautiful, funny, honest, and heartfelt post. i'm not a mother myself, but i'm excited for this day to truly understand this mother's day holiday! and yours sounds just wonderful! you with you little family of three. nothing beats it...except maybe that dog on the boat. ha, just kidding ;)
    xo TJ

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  34. This post is a reminder why I love your blog so much. Thank you, Thank you - love, another mama in waiting.

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  35. AnonymousMay 15, 2012

    Oh this looks like such a great day! Unfortunately I didn't get to see my mother on Sunday, but at least we talked a while on the phone.

    And thanks for your great words at the end. I'm hanging in there, although its rather hard after two and a half years of trying (I have PCOS). But your blog is such a big help in believing that someday it will happen.

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  36. Your baby make the most hilarious faces. He may be camera savvy or he may just be that amusing all the time! Either way, sounds like you had a lovely mothers day. To be honest, following your blog from Australia makes me want to have a Huck someday soon. At 23 I might wait a while but gosh you make it look good.

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  37. I needed that fist bump! Looks like you had a really lovely Mothers day :)

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  38. I'm glad that someone else has had the same feelings towards Mother's Day. Glad you were able to spend Mother's Day with your Mama!

    xo
    Rachel

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  40. thank you for your post..I really really needed to hear that. Fist bump back at ya!

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  41. I needed the fist bump too! Fist bumps to all the ladies that posted before me and to you Nat!

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