I never realized how much my life was going to change when I became a mom. I was young when my oldest son was born, only 20. When you are 20 your life still very much revolves around you. My decisions were driven by what I wanted to do and what I needed but as soon as that baby was placed in my arms it was no longer about me. I didn't just become a mom that day, we became a family.
It's true what they say that once you become a mother you begin to appreciate your own mother and their sacrifices for you. I know I hear stories about how I didn't sleep for the first three years of my life. Well, I got payback because I had one of those kids myself!
Becoming a mom allowed me to see my mom with new eyes. The eyes were sometimes strained with exhaustion, sometimes worry and oftentimes pride, but my new eyes could see the compassion. I don't know if you can fully realize quite how much your mom loves you until you have your own child. There is something about experiencing and knowing that mother's love that you just didn't know before.
Love begins with family.
While it's nice to show appreciation to your mother every day of the year, it's always nice to stop and take the time to express that appreciation on Mother's Day. My family is everything to me, but family didn't start with me. Like the branches on a tree, we all come from a strong base. We have roots that ground us and people in our lives that steady us. I wouldn't have been able to branch off without my parents, which is why I'm giving this Tree of Life Necklace from Hallmark Jewelry to my mom.
Inside the custom gift packaging from Hallmark there is a card inside that says "love begins with family." I just love this saying, because it is so true! Which is why I created a custom card to go along with the Tree of Life necklace that I am sending to my mom. I printed it off in grey, but it also comes in color. I'm including the link to download so that you can print it and send it to your mom on Mother's Day.
Find the free printable "love begins with family" Mother's Day card here. I know my mom is going to love the Tree of Life Necklace. You can find Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com