When I found out Zach and I were expecting a baby, my first thought was I hope I can be half the Mom to this baby that my Mom has been to me. I had no idea at the time just how selfless and giving she has been to my brothers and me-it took having a child of my own for me to see how much she sacrificed to show us unconditional love. Her patience is beyond description; I can't tell you how many times I deserved to be yelled at and sent to boarding school, but my Mom never, ever lost her cool. She dealt with our mess-ups in such a way that made us want to act better not only for ourselves, but also for her. Her gentle nature commanded respect in a way that was more powerful than any spanking or severe punishment.
For the past decade, she's not only been my Mom, but also my best friend. Watching her with Bear, I'm overcome with happiness knowing that she is loving him like only she can. And that he'll carry that love with him always.
I wanted to share my Mom's picture and beauty on Hello Honey, so my sweet grandmother mailed this picture of my Mom from her high school days. It's always been one of my favorite pictures of her, and her outfit inspired me to create a similar Mother's Day look of my own.
Our Mother's Day happenings will likely consist of church, lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, shopping, and coming home to watch movies on the couch all evening. Yoga pants will ensue later in the day, but the look above is what I plan on wearing prior to parking it on the couch. When I think of Mother's Day I typically think of shades of pink, but this periwinkle blue lace is delicate and really lovely. I added the fun pom pom clutch to keep the outfit fun and not overly dressy. Plus, the clutch is surprisingly roomy and great quality for $22!
For all of you that consider your Mom your BFF, and those of you that just wanna treat yo-self, I put together a gift guide with francesca's finds that everyone is sure to love.
1. Home is Where Your Mom Is Floral Spoon Rest
2. Freshwater Pearl Suede Necklace
3. Seedbead Tassel Earrings
4. I Love You Mom Artisan Trinket Dish
5. Elmview Chain Bracelet
6. Cool Mom Travel Mug
7. Floral Swim Cover-Up
8. Pineapple Apron
9. Scalloped Tote & Crossbody Combo
10. Hey Y'all Texas Floral Coaster Set
11. Jack Rogers Metallic Sandals
To all the mommas out there trying to survive long days, sleepless nights, and crazy children-you are doing an amazing job! Your love is, and always will be, enough.
To my own Mom,
I love you, Duke. I will never be able to repay you for the love you've shown me; just know that when I occasionally get something right, it's all because of you. Thank you for giving me the greatest example of motherhood a child could ever have.
*this post is sponsored by francesca's, however all opinions are my own