You know those songs that just give you all the feels? They hit home to you for whatever reason it might be? “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” is one of those for me. Immediately I had tears welling in my eyes when I heard it for the first time. I can’t sing worth a damn, but I remember singing this to Jack when he still got rocked to sleep. When I couldn’t bear the sound of my own voice, I’d turn it on my phone instead. Poor Jack probably had tears in his eyes from my singing…not in a good way. Chase was already long past being rocked, but all the same, this song makes me all mushy thinking about my little guys and their daddy. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Never pictured myself singing lullabies
Sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night
In the quiet, in the dark
You’re stealing every bit of my heart with your daddy’s eyes
What a sweet surprise -Carrie Underwood, Brett James, & Hillary Lindsey[/pullquote] Becoming a mom is the greatest gift I have ever been given, hands down. Do I have days where I think I might go insane? Yes, lots of them, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I remember reading an article some time ago, written by a female unable to have children. I do not remember the exact quote from the article, but the overarching theme will always stick with me. The constant crying that often accompanies a newborn baby boy or baby girl and the nights of no sleep, that many of us (myself included) at some point or another complain about is a blessing. The author of the article I had read longed to just have the chance to hear that cry, she would have given anything. I tell myself that God has a bigger plan for that woman, and for so many others who are in like situations. Yet, I still struggle to comprehend why, there are so many things in life that just are not fair. I don’t know who the woman was that wrote that article, but I want to give her a big hug. Moreover, be conscious of the fact that I am so, so lucky to experience the cries of my children and the sleepless nights…the waking up to my toddler throwing up blueberries next to me in bed, the endless calls for “mommy,” “a drink,” “the hall light on,” and whatever else they come up with before falling asleep. If I didn’t have these experiences, then I also wouldn’t have the snuggles, the laughter, the “mom, your the best,” and all of the other heart warming moments that I hope to get to experience through my 100s, yes I would love to live that long. Hold onto these moments and live them. Not just because “the time goes so fast,” but because we have been given the chance to live them in the first place.
Mother’s Day is just under 3 weeks away and I thought I would do a mini-blog series on Mother’s Day gifts. Before I jumped into it I guess I needed to get a little emotional on you guys. For many of us Mother’s Day is a day filled with happiness. However, for many it can be just the opposite, or maybe it is a little bittersweet. Not everyone grows up with a mother to look up to and others may grieve the loss of a mother. I suppose all I really want to say here is that we all have different ways of celebrating, or not celebrating Mother’s Day, and I hope that everyone can find their own peace when May 13th roles around.
That being said, I did decide to start this mini series to help others brainstorm ideas for the mothers in their lives. Have you ever searched on the internet for gift ideas and come across top 10 lists where you don’t like anything on this list? [I’m raising my hand]. Enter this mini blog series, hopefully there is something different in one of my posts over the next couple of weeks that can help you with your Mother’s Day shopping! …Or maybe these posts will be for you, what my unsuccessful internet searches have been for me in the past…I hope not!
Onto the first gift area of focus -coffee cups and candles. Anyone looking for a reasonably priced gift for mom (or perhaps yourself), please read on. Coffee cups and candles, neither idea is something new, but in my opinion you can’t go wrong with either of these unless 1) your mom does not drink coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. and/or 2) your mom is allergic to candles. If your mom does not fall into one of the latter categories, then check out some of the shops below for some fresh ideas. While you can get a coffee cup or a candle from a bazillion different places, I’ve handpicked 11 shops below that are rather unique and not your standard item from a chain store. Okay, one fib there -I do have one from Target, so 10 shops…but ya’ll know you can’t go wrong with moms and Target :-).
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That wraps up my list for Coffee Cups and Candles this Mother’s Day. Is it just me or does it seem like the word “Cupcake” should be added in there? Probably just me, I’m hungry. Comment with other unique shops that you know about, I love finding gems like these! Stay tuned for the next post in this series coming soon.