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When I was putting together this party, all I could really think about is how fabulous moms everywhere are and how little credit we give our own selves. It's really time to make a change and have a party celebrating our moms and make sure that we save a spot for our self at that table.
In all reality, this was probably the easiest party I've ever put together because everything was pre-baked, pre-bought, pre-printed or in one spot for me to buy. I didn't have to go running around, I didn't feel frazzled thinking that I had to make the best of the best. I really could take the time to enjoy peoples company.
This last weekend at the SNAP! Conference, we had the pleasure of hearing David Tutera speak. Someone had asked what makes a great hostess, he simply said that you are the first person they see, you are always making sure that they have food or a drink and you are the last person they see. That is so true. All these minuet details are so vain and we think that's what makes a party but what really makes a party is the people being present. That is always what has made our mothers so special, is that they are always present when we need them.
My mother and my mother-in-law are two women that I hold in high regard and there are two different reasons. My mom has always been a hard worker outside and inside our home. I have always contributed being successful in the workplace and not being a stay at home parent. My mom has always helped me throughout the struggles I've had the last 5 years when I started staying at home with my kids. Another thing that has happened in the last 5 years is my mom was diagnosed with Renal Failure. We all thought that we'd be able to donate to her and that would be that. We were really wrong.
It turns out that because my moms diagnoses was from her diabetes, they are nervous that us children could all in fact get diabetes. They won't allow us to donate because they don't want us to be in the same situation 30 years from now. It's extremely frustrating because as a child, you want to help your mom just as she has helped you, but you can't. She has continued to fight and work all at the same time battling infections and denials of transplants, however, she has continued to stay positive all for the sake of her children and grandchildren. She still continues to take time out of her day to still help me fold my laundry even.
My mother-in-law has always been a great caretaker in the home. Shes had 14 children all starting at the age of 18. My husband comes in third in the family so when we go see everyone, it is always a blessing to be surrounded by younger siblings. When my husbands father was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2006, we had no idea what undertaking she would endure. She still had 7 kids left in the house, by this time 2 of the younger kids had passed away from a heart defect and from something unknown. She had to fight everyday to tend to the bush, to the house and now it is getting more difficult because there are only 2 children left in the house to help. I am amazed by her strength in the LDS church and how it has never wavered. She is so sure that she will see her husband again and I know that by seeing her testimony grow, mine has grown.
I am so blessed to have these women in my life and so honored to be their daughter. I love that I have the opportunity to mail these cards out to them and that I can express to them the greatness they are in my life. Head on over to Walmart to grab some of these adorable and heartfelt goodness. They also have some perfect gifts to hand out to those loved mamas in your life. Make sure you enter the sweet giveaway below, too!