My mom is celebrating her 64th birthday this weekend. She has had a rough few years and I have watched her handle her health issues with grace and courage. This year, I am extremely grateful to be celebrating her birthday with the mom I know and love. In the midst of difficulties, it is so easy to forget how truly blessed we are and that we are so much stronger than we think with God's help. This year, I wanted to give her a poignant gift -- one that reflects how much she is loved. I came across a beautiful album by Sugarboo Designs and knew I had found the perfect gift.
It is a stunning weathered (just like us) leather album filled with beautiful vintage style paper stamped with the most beautiful sayings... "you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think..."
When I became a mother, and only then, did I realize how hard it must have been for my mom to raise all of us. It is the toughest, most rewarding, most under-appreciated job there is. So, this is a thank you. A thank you for all of the times as a child, adolescent, adult, that I didn't say "thank you" from one mother to another.
I filled it with images of the ones she loves. Her four children and their spouses, her husband, sisters, mother, father and nine grandchildren. I filled it with images of the ones that love her back. All the way to the moon...
I found pictures from when her grandchildren were born right up until my brother's wedding this past Spring. I found pictures of my mom and dad before an onslaught of children and pictures of my brothers and me when we were.... well, not very cute.
Yes, I do look mad. Perhaps is it because I have the same haircut as my brothers...Or my outfit leaves much to be desired.
My mom doesn't read my blog unless I print it for her (she isn't very tech savvy). If you see her, please don't mention her surprise... but do wish her a very happy birthday!