It’s my last day of celebrating Moms and how awesome they are. It has been fun! Hope you have entered to win all of the awesome giveaway packages this week. If not, you still have time. You can enter them all here - Giveaways!
Being a Mom brings all sorts of adventures with it from challenges to fulfillment, from difficulties to pride, from embarrassment (which always happens at one time or another) to comfort and many others. All of these experiences leave some sort of lasting impression on us and some lend to great stories.
We all have our favorite Mom stories and sometimes it’s hard to pick and choose which are our favorites because there can be an abundance of them. Some may be humorous (which a lot are), some may be serious and some may be heavyhearted. They become our favorites for special reasons.
Here are some favorite Mom stories:
Mine: “Last Spring we took a trip to Death Valley. While out exploring around the campground J-man discovered a ladybug. I held it in my hands as we observed it and then it got tired of being stared at and flew away. Every night after that we would have to search for ladybugs. I thought it was a fluke to see a ladybug in such a dry desolate place but night after night we would find at least one. I thought J-Man would get up the courage to let the ladybug crawl on his hand but night after night he would freak if it would come close. He was so eager to find the ladybugs but not eager enough to touch them. A year later he loves to see them…but from a distance.”
Erin from AK on the Go: ”My oldest son is on the autism spectrum, and has lived away from our home, and outside Alaska, since 2008. Our youngest has only seen his brother a handful of times since then, which hurts my Mom-heart quite deeply. We planned the first family visit two years ago, and I arrived ahead of the others to prepare my oldest with some social skills and tips for greeting his then-5 year-old brother. I never know if he really understands what I’m saying, but I almost burst my buttons when they met, and big son got down on his knees and took the hand of small son, just like we practiced.”
Lindsey from Outside Mom: “A few months ago we took our kids (2 and 5) out to watch a meteor shower. For some reason they were nervous being out in the middle of nowhere in the dark (not the case usually). While watching for meteors I made the mistake of pointing out all the coyotes howling in the distance. I thought it was cool, they started to panic like they were going to be eaten.
Nancy from Family on Bikes: “I suppose there comes a time in every parent’s life when they realize the tides are turning; when they realize their children are, all of a sudden, able to take care of their parents rather than being cared for, but I never expected that day to come so soon.
It was as we cycled through Panama that my day came. Within the first hour of the day, my stomach started hurting and it periodically cramped up feeling like someone took a big ol’ staple gun to my gut. My head was spinning and I wasn’t quite sure which way was up. And I was tired.
I was pedaling up steep Panamanian hills on the hottest day we had experienced yet, already dehydrated and getting more so by the minute, sick to my stomach, dizzy, and tired. I wasn’t sure I would make it to town.
Eleven-year-old Davy, knowing I was feeling lousy, fell into position right behind me. All day he stayed right on my tail – never dropping back, never pushing on ahead. Escorting me.
I remember looking in my rear-view mirror at the young man behind me thinking, “I’m so glad he’s there. If I collapse and tumble down, Davy will be able to help. He’ll know what to do.” I was very comforted by that thought.
There was a part of me who would willingly collapse into my son’s arms, knowing he was a young confident man capable of rising to whatever challenge lay before him. There was another part of me, however, who rebelled at the idea. I was Mom. I was the provider. I was the strong person in this relationship. Davy was my son, my baby. My little one I cradled in my arms and kissed his boo-boos. It wasn’t time for him to grow up. I wasn’t quite ready for that to happen.
And yet I couldn’t turn back the hands of time. My boys were becoming young men.”
Here’s your chance to win the GRAND giveaway package and what an awesome package it is.
Hi-Tec: V-Lite Sheba Strap sandals perfect for summer.
Eno Hammock: SingleNest hammock excellent for lounging in your backyard or camping.
Sierra Designs: Hurricane jacket that will keep you dry in a down pour.
Nuu-Muu: The best running dress, lounging dress, travel dress and run errands dress. A dress for pretty much any occasion. (you pick)
Headsweats: The Go Hat. For someone that doesn’t wear hats when running or hiking, I love this hat. Lightweight, breathable and cute (that’s a must).
Isis: Henna Day bra and hipster. Comfortable, breathable and non-restricting. You won’t even know you’re wearing them.
Here’s how to enter:
~ Upload a photo below of you with your tykes.
~ Leave a comment in the comment section with your photo description and one of your best mom stories. (unfortunately, when loading the photos there is no way to add name or email. Comment section is how I will match the photos)
*You MUST do both.
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**This giveaway ends Saturday at midnight (MST), May 12th and the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 13th.
Thank you Hi-Tec, Sierra Designs, Nuu-Muu, Headsweats, Isis and Eno Hammocks for providing these items for the giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.
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