Ever since I was a little girl, Mother's Day has seemed so happy and magical to me. At church, our pastor would give special recognition (large, full hanging baskets of flowers) to the youngest mother, the oldest mother, the mother with the most children present in the service that morning, and the mother whose child(ren) traveled farthest to be with her that day. My own mom actually won once. She tied for "mom with the most kids present" by having us three girls there. She tied with Donna Prichard, who usually won that title, but tied that year because one of her four kids didn't make it there in time. ;) Donna graciously let my mom take the basket of flowers that day, and I've never forgotten that.
Mother's Day has always been a big deal, but even more so when I became a mama myself.
And not because it meant that I'd get a gift. ;) Like many of you, I don't think it's really about the gift itself... it's about the thought behind that gift. Right, moms? It's an opportunity to teach our children how to love well, to give with intention, to show honor and respect, and to make someone feel amazing and appreciated for the job they do and the sacrifices they make.
Truly, I could not be happier if I only receive homemade cards from my children, because their love is pure and sweet and simple and these precious art pieces are straight from their little hearts!
But.... Daddy doesn't get off the hook so easily. ;)
My husband knows that I want to be recognized, appreciated for all I do for our family. Whether that may be shown with a sweet gift that he thinks I'll like, or a special dinner out alone or with the family (so I don't have to cook or clean up the mess), or a bouquet of my favorite flowers, or lavish attention and a day of extra-special honor in front of our children.
Just notice me. Recognize me and pay special attention to me today. Encourage me that I'm really doing okay at this motherhood thing. Tell me you love me and that I'm making a difference in our children's lives, even if it doesn't feel like it some days.
Because some days, don't you think that being a mama is the most challenging job in the world??
SO. DO. I.
Here's the thing: we all know that even the most beautiful flowers still wilt and fade. Stylish jewelry goes out of style eventually or it gets shuffled around and forgotten in the jewelry box. Dinner is only delicious for an evening. Eventually I'll have to cook again, and the dishes will pile up in the sink tomorrow. (Those handmade cards, though? They'll be precious forever!)
What I'd really love is a memory. A keepsake. A way to freeze this precious time of life, to actually see how much my children love me, how happy they really are, after all. An encouraging reminder on tough days (cause they're coming) that I'm still doing a good job. That I'm doing meaningful work, and that I matter to these tiny people who call me Mama.
Do you feel the same way? I thought so.
With that in mind, this year I'm planning something wonderful for my photography clients:
MOTHER'S DAY MINI SESSIONS.
Sweet mamas, these are just for you and your children! (Or you and your own mama.) A few wonderful minutes, captured on film, with your children on your lap, in your arms, and holding your hand. Your place of honor. A printed, tangible reminder of their love, on the wall for years and years (because don't we all have kind of a sinking feeling that the teenage years are going to be worse than the teething ones??).
So I chose a gorgeous new location with lush greenery, sand and sea. I have fun, sweet ideas in mind for getting you and your babies snuggled up close for real, beautiful portraits that will be an encouragement to you for years to come. I've got special Mini-Collections that allow you to own digital files, matted prints and/or a beautiful modern album telling the story of your day. And I'm offering them to you now, in plenty of time to have your prints in hand (and maybe even framed) by Mother's Day.
Now. Tell me that isn't better than flowers.
(Mamas, forward this post to your significant other TODAY. If they are anything like my husband, they truly do appreciate it when you spell out exactly what you want!)
Or, gift this special session to yourself, to your mother, or to your children! I promise, you'll never regret making the investment in photographs of your sweet loves.
Stay tuned this week for your opportunity to register for one of these limited-edition sessions. I can't wait to give you this beautiful gift and to encourage you in your mama-journey.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11