Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all the moms out there (moms, aunts, grandmas, birth mothers, angel mothers, biological and adoptive) are having a beautiful day. My Mother’s Day is usually postponed since my husband is an Executive Chef which means he works all weekend to ensure moms are spoiled when they go out to eat with their families. It also means I stay home with my son like any other day and watch my Facebook feed light up with special moments for other moms. We all celebrate differently depending on our families. But we should all celebrate somehow because we have a hard role to fulfill daily as we guide and teach our kids. It often feels never-ending and more thankless than we imagined. Then sometimes the littlest thing reminds you why you do it, why you love it from the bottom of your soul, and what it’s taught you about yourself. We are not perfect. We do the best we can with the information we have, in the situation we have, with the kids we have. So find a way to spoil yourself today (beyond the usual practice of self-care I preach about). You deserve a break and some recognition!

Speaking of, I want to congratulate the winner of the first Mother’s Day Essay Contest, Mara! Below is her beautiful submission about her supportive mother-in-law, Andrea. We all deserve such wonderful support! Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have a wonderful brunch at Blackstone!

“I wanted to take a moment to recognize my kind, giving, selfless mother-in-law, Andrea. Not only is she an phenomenal mother to her own son (my husband), but she is an amazing grandmother to her grandson (my son) as well. Andrea raised my husband, Joel, on a single income in New York City. She gave everything she had to put him through the best schools, move him to a safe neighborhood, and teach him to be the best man possible. She was both a mother, and a father to him.
If that weren’t enough, when our son was born this year, she selflessly gave up her life in New York and permanently moved here to Iowa City to help us and to be there for her grandson. She is constantly fostering his growth, both physically and mentally; as well as showering him with constant love and attention.
I have so much respect and admiration for her as a woman and mother; weathering whatever hardships life threw her way and always coming out stronger on the other end. She has done so much for us and I just want to show her my gratitude and let her know how much she is loved and appreciated.”