Mothers Day Everyday

Mother’s Day is a great time to show your love for all the wonderful women (mother figures etc) in your life.

Mother’s Day is today and a nice time of year when you get to celebrate your first best friend and the person you always turn to when you need advice. It’s a day for honoring all the women in your life who support and nurture you, from your sister to your grandmother.

Our mums/grandmothers/carers are our superheroes and biggest supporters, but we usually don’t tell them enough how much they’re appreciated.

Did you know that this year marks the 112th official Mother’s Day? Small gatherings to commemorate mums began in 1907 under the leadership of Anna Jarvis, who started the trend of wearing a white carnation to signify that one had visited their mother or attended church services in her memory. But it wasn’t until 1914 that Woodrow Wilson declared it an official holiday. For more information click here.

Every year as the second Sunday in March approaches, we are reminded to show our mothers/mother figures the love and appreciation that they so deserve. There are countless things that we love about our them, but what do people value most? With my own mother it’s resilience, her advice, sense of humor, intelligence and positivity.

My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was. Mothers/mother figures are like glue – even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together. My Nana is also a second mother to me and both women provide me with support and love (my Nana also provides the sass)

Mother’s Day can be a pretty painful day for those grieving the death or absence of their mother, and for many, the day becomes about just getting through – I hope whoever is in this position has love and support.

Happy Mothers Day to the two best ladies I know – my Nana and my mum.

Thank you for laughing with me in the best of times and sticking with me through the worst of times.

To me a role model is a person who has positively influenced someone in life and isn’t a person filled with selfishness and greed. These ladies are perfect role models as they are wonderful human beings (despite our vast differences in opinions and occasional bickering *cough cough nana*) They are wise and caring and throughout my own journey of single motherhood they’ve helped a lot and guided me through it and supported my children and I literally couldn’t of done it without them.

I think parents, single or not, put a lot of pressure on ourselves trying to balance it all. It’s NEVER going to be perfectly balanced—the sooner you know this, the sooner you can relieve some of the pressure you put on yourself.

As a single parent/carer you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had, each day is a new lesson.

I miss my babies being babies but I’m excited for the next steps, each phase of their childhood is challenging but growing up with my children I think was the best gift in life I gave myself. I never knew what I was doing or what I wanted throughout my teens, teen life was a messy time.

My sister asked me the other day how I feel with my eldest being 10 and Secondary School in September and honestly I’m ok, I’ve spent a decade maturing with her and I feel sad but at the same time just… Excited.

Won’t lie I do feel nostalgic for those early memories.

Memories of just having the one child and learning about a whole new life.

Memories of learning about myself and how strong I am alone.

Memories of holding my own newborn for the first time knowing I’d spent an entire pregnancy alone, to produce the child to then bring up that child by myself (which I then repeated having Winnie) the most empowering thing I must admit. Childbirth is so exhausting and  painful (in my own experience) but at the same time I felt such a strength in it.

Anyway, I have good days and bad days. Days I question my sanity, my life choices and generally everything about myself. Then other days I remember what I’ve achieved and what I’ve gone through.

Below are just some random photos of my babies that were on this WordPress album!

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