Are you a mom? Do you remember the day you became a mom? I do. Like it was yesterday.
It WAS yesterday, wasn't it? No? No. *sigh* Baby is 16 now.
Being a mom has brought more joy to my life than I ever thought possible.
I have joy in:
Watching him learn new things, from first steps, to tying shoes, to playing an instrument, to driving a car.
Watching him show love and kindness to others. His heart is huge and made of pure gold.
Watching him become his own person, with his own ideas, his own feelings and his own view of the world.
Watching him revel in his own successes and learn from his own mistakes.
Watching him need me less.
Watching him need me more, in different ways.
Watching him with pure love and joy in my heart.
Every day, I am grateful for motherhood and what it has brought into my life.
I've captured much of his life in pictures. Back in the film only days, I started scrapbooking. I got through year one, and half way through year two before I became completely overwhelmed. Because all that scrapbooking meant having extra TIME. A priceless commodity, as you well know. Then I stayed on top of vacations only, swearing to come back and finish the rest. And I will. But in all likelihood, that won't start until he's off to college.
In the meantime, I stay on top of the current stuff with digital photo books. Helloooo Shutterfly. They are easy to use and the product is great. Vacations, sports, special events, or everyday stuff. Easy to do and the end result is that our current memories are organized and ready to share.
Which leads us to Mother's Day gift ideas. Every mom or grandma would love one of these for Mother's Day.
Personalized gifts would be great for Mother's Day, too. They always say to use a unique luggage tag to help identify your suitcase. What is more unique that your favorite photo?? Or how about a deck of cards with the grandkids' picture on them?
I use Shutterfly for Christmas cards every year, but I'd like to try them for Thank You cards for special events. What a nice touch! Then again, Hubs turns the big 5-0 this year - maybe party invitations... hmmmm.
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Yes, I really do use the photo books. I really do order Christmas cards there. And I really would like to try those other products. And yes, I do get free product for this post. But I really will still use them outside of that. And I really do love my son and love being a mother.
I just wanted to see how many times I could say "really" in one paragraph.... *wink*