I had NO idea how my life was going to change. None.
I remember my childhood: the lunches packed with a love note, the house and laundry cleaned, the mini-van that might as well have been called a taxi. We must have had a fairy to do all the work at the house.
And then… I had my own tiny litter of kids. Now I KNOW how the refrigerator supplied groceries and how the crisp sheets appeared on the bed. All of this exhausting work done during the day, yet we still got our Mom’s undivided attention during snack-time, to talk about everything that happened during the school day. She was there to hug us when we dropped our ice cream or when we were embarrassed because of forgotten homework. Mom fell asleep in the chair holding us when we couldn’t breath through our stuffy noses in any other position. But, of course, no matter what happened during the day there were always books and hugs and kisses at bedtime. And now I know, she was exhausted as she read Dr. Seuss so many times.
This is my mom and me at 3 months old.
From what all my relatives tell me, I wasn’t an easy baby. I had a ton of allergies and I didn’t develop an affinity for sleep until I was in my early teens. I was up every two hours, on the hour. But my Mom held me constantly and found some all natural “tummy drops” that seemed to help.
Of course, I wasn’t ALWAYS difficult. I was an early walker-I have videos of that. You would have thought she was cheering at a World Series game by her applause! During bath time she taught me every single word in the “Three Little Fishes” song before the age of two.
My oldest was born seven years ago. I remember holding her and knowing that there wouldn’t be anything I wasn’t going to do for her. Yes, we had the sleepless nights, but I have the paper with her first beautiful hand-written word written on it: “mom.” That’s ME. It’s all worth it. Everything. I know there will be more in store for us in life, but hands-down, this is the most amazing job in the world. I am tired, but I am so beyond blessed.
American Greetings put together a job posting for a Rethom, Inc. (Mother spelled backwards!!!). It asked applicants to discuss whether they would be qualified to do everything that moms do as the “Director of Operations” without letting them know it was really about what a mom does! They placed it across 27 markets by way of job postings, 14 market newspaper classified ads and 2 Google sponsored ad units. A whopping 2.7 mm impressions came from this, but in the end Cardstore only had 24… yes TWENTY FOUR inquires. There you go! A mom’s job is the toughest job (but MOST rewarding) in the world!
Do you think that American Greetings missed out on something in their qualifications list for the World’s Toughest Job? Go to https://po.st/jZxAGd and let them know what you would add to the description list!
The Cardstore, from American Greetings, allows you to make the perfect greeting card. They are encouraging you to go the extra mile to show your mom just how special she is. Call her or invite her to a special brunch, but make sure you have a personalized card to give her. Then she will know just how extraordinary all the things she has done for you are. If you would like, the Cardstore will print, stamp and send it for you too!
After a family vote, we decided that Nana should have the Photo Tree card. After all, read what it says inside:
Families take root in a mother’s love., personalize with your own photos
For all the ways you fill our family with love – thanks, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day
It’s perfect for us, and for her. I clicked on the large “make your card” button, it prompted me to upload my pictures, I was able to drop a photo into each place and enlarge or shrink each picture or turn it black and white.
I was able to choose pictures that captured my happy boy, my sweet youngest girl and my oldest that is the crazy one in the group. It is perfect for us!
Go to the Cardstore and you can make your Mom her own perfect card for only $2.49 (instead of the regular $3.69)
using the coupon code CCF4249! Hurry- Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the coupon code is valid from April 24-May 5!
What special things do you remember your mom doing for you as you grew up? And how are you going to thank her this Mother’s Day?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cardstore.