If you ask me what I am most proud of in life, I will always tell you – my children. I make no apologies for the countless ways in which I celebrate all five of my children, through my blog, in the posts that I write, the photographs I share and the stories I tell.
I can sing my children’s praises at the drop of a hat, at the check-out in the supermarket, sharing my son’s glowing report from parents evening that week, in the doctors waiting room, regaling the person next to me with tales of the hilarious comment that Megan said over breakfast that morning. In the park, the playground, to anyone who will listen, I will never run out of ways to tell you how special these children are to me.
And it’s funny because as much as I love to share how amazing my children are, I often overlook the fact that actually, being a Mother to them is pretty amazing too. And, although loving my children is easy, parenting them is the toughest challenge I have ever faced. Through our battles to conceive them, to carry them to term, throughout their labours, their time in hospital, those sleepless nights, dirty nappies and the days when I wondered how we would ever survive, it is without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever faced.
There’s quote about Motherhood which I love, it says, –
“Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own. To teach the hard lessons. To do the right thing, even when you’re not sure what the right thing is. And to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.”
And I can so relate to that, so quick to blame myself for the things I cannot change, to berate myself for snapping at the children during the chaos of the school run, for being too busy, too tired, too caught up in trying to do the right thing when in all honesty, most days I am winging it with the rest of you. Never do I take a moment to commend myself on raising four children, for making it through every single day without one of my children in my arms, for holding together a home, a job, a family, a life. Never once do I remind myself of the fact that actually, us Mothers are truly amazing.
And yet one fantastic blogger who continuously celebrates other Mums is Pearl, from Miraculous Mums. When she approached me about collaborating on a week long project to celebrate Mothers together, I knew that it was something that I, and all of you, not only needed, but deserved. And we have a whole host of posts to share with you, ranging from Mothers Day baking, crafts, giveaways, interviews and personal accounts from both Pearl and I on how being Mothers, and having Mothers, has shaped our lives.
We would love for you to join us over on social media throughout the week, using the hashtag #CelebratingMothers to show us the moments that make you proud, the photos which best sum up this crazy world or parenting, the beautiful little faces that made you a Mother and the ways in which you too celebrate Motherhood. At the end of the week we will be choosing a winner to receive their very own personalised photographic mug from www.mrnutcase.com.
We are so looking forward to sharing this week with you and celebrating the fact that, as amazing as our children are, us Mums are pretty amazing too!!