Introducing Celebrating Mothers week

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!!

 

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  1. March 20, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Sounds ace and yes, mums rock!! Popping over from #marvmondays

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      They certainly do!! xx

  2. March 20, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Oh what a totally gorgeous idea! Will definitely join in! #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks lovely, will look forward to it! xx

  3. March 20, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I love this post! So true all you say here. Motherhood is tough, no doubt, but I too am so grateful to be a mum, and to have these little ones to cuddle every day. Beautiful idea to celebrate mums and being a mum! #mg

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you Mac. It’s the hardest job in the world, and yet the best job absolutely. I’m looking forward to sharing the week with you. xx

      • March 21, 2017 / 2:10 am

        just wanted to send you a huge virtual HUG! I know how tired you are and I want you to know I am thinking of you and going you make some time for yourself. You are amazing, never forget that!

        • Laura Dove
          March 21, 2017 / 9:25 am

          Ahh Mac, thank you so much. Virtual hugs right back at you my lovely friend. xxx

  4. March 20, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Ho lovely! Totally agree with everything you have said. I will be taking part! #postsfromtheheart

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you, I think we often over look how amazing we are as Mums, I’m hoping this week we can all celebrate our successes!! xx

  5. March 20, 2017 / 11:06 am

    This is a lovely idea and such gorgeous photos. You really are one beautiful family! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much Fran. I’m really excited to share our week with you all, and hopefully remind us all how amazing us Mums are!! xx

  6. March 20, 2017 / 11:22 am

    What a gorgeous idea! Looking forward to seeing the posts and I’ll certainly be joining in on social media xx #marrvmondays

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Ahh thank you Fi, I shall look forward to it. xxx

  7. March 20, 2017 / 11:34 am

    What a fantastic post. You’ve linked to some really great Mum bloggers!!

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks Jon, I’m really excited for a fantastic week ahead! xx

  8. March 20, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    What a lovely idea 🙂 Being a mum is incredibly hard but amazing! x

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      I completely agree. Best job in the world, but absolutely the hardest! xx

  9. March 20, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Love the idea of celebrating mothers and those who mother us (who may not be our mothers). #mg

    • Laura Dove
      March 20, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Absolutely, we as women are a cause to be celebrated! xx

  10. March 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I have a lot of respect for Mums. You have a hard job and I don’t think it’s always acknowledged 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:31 am

      Thanks Jo, I agree, and I think it’s us Mums who don’t acknowledge it like we should. We do the hardest job in the world, about time we celebrated that! xx

  11. March 20, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Yes all us mums are awesome, you have 4 beautiful little munchkins their and you are dong an amazing job x

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Thank you Lindsey, I often forget how amazing we are, this week is all about us! xx

  12. March 20, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    what a lovely post and amazing pictures, you do great! x

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Thank you Natalia. xx

  13. March 20, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love anything that celebrates mothers – and that quite is just perfect.

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Me too, I think we seriously under sell ourselves, we are amazing! xx

  14. March 20, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    A lovely idea and you write about it all so beautifully, combined with stunning photos. Alison x #mg

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Thank you Alison, I’m looking forward to sharing our week with you all! xx

  15. March 20, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Aw what a lovely way of recognizing the beauty of mothers and the collaboration will be a great way to foster community spirit in the parenting community x

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Thanks Ana, Mothers deserve to be celebrated don’t they? One day didn’t seem enough, a week is far more fitting! xx

  16. March 20, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    What a great idea, perfect for mothers day. I love all the photos of you and your children – beautiful xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you so much. xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thanks lovely. xxx

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Ahh thank you Kellie. xxx

  17. March 21, 2017 / 6:21 am

    What a lovely idea. Beautiful post and pictures 🙂 You have such a lovely family Laura.

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thank you so much, they are very special that’s for sure. xxx

  18. March 21, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Such a lovely idea… I’ve added the tag already over on Instagram to some rather low but realistic motherhoodmoments this week! Aargh, been a tough one xxx
    #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Ahh thank you so much for joining in with the tag. And I sympathise with the real moments, they aren’t the prettiest but they are the most honest. I hope that today is a good day! xxx

  19. March 21, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I can’t wait to tell my mum that she’s about to be a grandma! Special Mother’s Day coming up… and she is totally not going to have a clue. #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Oh that’s so lovely, what an amazing Mothers Day present!! You should film it! xx

  20. March 21, 2017 / 9:46 am

    This is a superb idea. We mums are pretty awesome and need that bit of appreciation and celebration. Cheers to us mums!
    #dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thanks Nicole, high five Mama!! xx

  21. March 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Five children is undoubtedly an achievement!

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thank you, I think so too actually! xx

  22. March 21, 2017 / 10:29 am

    This is such an incredible idea. You are so right that we so often forget the job we do as a mummy, we should all sit back a little more often and be glad of what we have achieved – even if sometimes that is just getting through the day. Thank you for sharing this with us at #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Thanks lovely. That’s exactly it, even the smallest things to us are actually the biggest achievements!! Thank you for hosting as always. xxx

  23. March 21, 2017 / 10:41 am

    What a wonderful idea! It’s easy to judge ourselves, but overall, I think mums are doing a fantastic job! Will tag when I can! #triumphanttales #postsfromtheart

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Thank you Ann, we really do deserve to be celebrated! xx

  24. March 21, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I love this idea! Mums certainly should be celebrated, so I will be joining in 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you Abi, will look forward to seeing your photos! xx

  25. March 21, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    What a lovely idea!! With Mother’s Day around the corner this is perfect! #Dreamteam

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you Catherine! xx

  26. March 21, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I love that quote about motherhood, it is so true. My well- being was always more important for my mom than her own. It’s a great idea to encourage other ladies to celebrate their motherhood- you’re all doing great job!:)

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Kat, it’s one of my favourite quotes, I think we can all relate cant we? xx

  27. March 21, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    That is a lovely idea, us Mum’s often get forgotten about

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Kara. xx

  28. March 21, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    What a wonderful idea. We all love our kids but we do forget about ourselves and all we do. But I think it is worth it to see them smiling and happy 🙂
    #TriumphantTales

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks Ali. It definitely makes it worth it when we see them so happy, but every now and then it’s nice to think of ourselves too! xx

  29. March 21, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    What a fantastic idea because no matter what anyone says, we do an amazing job as mums. And yes, we should celebrate! #mg

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks Carol. We definitely deserve to be celebrated! xx

  30. March 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Oh this is just lovely! I really want to join in. Does it start from now? Thanks so much for linking this up to #DreamTeam! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      March 21, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Yes! All good to go! Thank you for joining us! xx

  31. March 21, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    What a fab idea. I never praise myself enough. Motherhood is tough x

    • Laura Dove
      March 22, 2017 / 11:54 am

      So tough!! We Mums are amazing! xx

  32. March 22, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Such a great idea, we really do overlook ourselves far too much. Love that quote too!
    #DreamTeam

    • Laura Dove
      March 22, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Alana. xx

  33. March 22, 2017 / 9:59 am

    What a beautiful post and lovely idea, Laura. I so agree that motherhood is the hardest thing I’ve ever done too, but it has also been the making of me. As your quote says, learning to truly put others before yourself is such a big part of it. Not that I was totally selfish before, but I’ve learned how to be strong when I don’t feel strong, because I have to for my kids’ sake. The pre-mum me would have just curled up into a ball and coddled myself when things were bad, but I don’t and can’t do that anymore. Thanks so much for linking up with #EatSleepBlogRT. Hope you can join again next week.

    • Laura Dove
      March 22, 2017 / 10:36 am

      I totally agree, it has made me a much better person, and probably the person who I was meant to be. I never really understood what love was before I had the children, to put someone elses needs before my own and realise what is important. Motherhood is the best isn’t it? xxx

  34. March 22, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I love this idea Laura and the reminder to celebrate mums. That quote is so very true – especially the last sentence about having to forgive yourself for doing things wrong. It is so easy to beat ourselves up over the many mistakes we make and to forget about all the things that we do right each day. Mums are amazing and we should focus more on this sometimes! #candidcuddles

    • Laura Dove
      March 22, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Louise. It’s one of my favourite quotes, I beat myself up every single day for the things I have done, and am doing, wrong. I think we should go easier on ourselves and accept that we are doing the best we can! Plus our kids think we are amazing, and that’s the most important thing! xx

  35. March 22, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    This is such a lovely idea, we forget to celebrate ourselves! We grow, carry and nurture our children, but we tend to celebrate their achievements and not our own. #TriumphantTales

    • Laura Dove
      March 23, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Absolutely, and we really should celebrate ourselves, we are amazing!! xx

  36. March 23, 2017 / 10:31 am

    So true we get so caught up in celebrating our little ones that we sometimes forget ourselves. #mg

    • Laura Dove
      March 23, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      I am always bottom of my priorities, I think that’s what us Mums do! xx

  37. March 26, 2017 / 8:57 am

    This is such a great idea – especially with Mothering Sunday this week! #postsfromtheheart

    • Laura Dove
      March 27, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Thank you! xx

  38. March 26, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    This is a wonderful idea and thanks so much for linking it up to #TriumphantTales. I hope you’ve had a lovely Mother’s Day. xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 27, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thank you, you too!! xx

  39. March 27, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Oh my goodness, that quote really speaks to me! It totally sums up what motherhood is all about – love, uncertainty, worry & perseverance to do the best for your children. And I love the part that says while not knowing what that is! What a lovely idea to celebrate mothers all week! Thank you for sharing with us at #candidcuddles xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 27, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      It’s one of my favourites, it really sums it up doesn’t it? I hope you had a wonderful mothers day. xx

  40. March 27, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    This sounds amazing! It sucks I missed it all!! I hope this week was a success for you both and all of us mums were celebrated like us amazing mums should be!
    Thank you for linking up another post to #TriumphantTales. Looking forward to reading more of your work!

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Thank you! It was lovely to celebrate us Mums! xx

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