This giveaway prize was provided by Fresh Flowers. All words and opinions are my own
She’s a mum.
She is amazing; worth more than gold or diamonds.
She is trusted; by her partner and her little people. They know that although she fails, her goal is to never let them down.
She is the best thing they could hope for. She will always be the best thing, her whole life long.
She works hard and long and doesn’t stop. Even when she is tired, she soldiers on.
She’s a mum.
She gets up in the night for sick babies. She wakes from deep sleep to hear the cry of a bad dream. She pulls scared or tired children into her bed even when she knows she will only get a sliver of sleeping space. And then she drags herself out of bed even when she is tired, to get breakfast for early risers, or to ferry athletes to training.
She cooks and cleans and washes clothes tirelessly; even when she knows she will only need to do it again. She plans birthday parties and play dates, and cuts up fruit for after school sport. She misses out on buying clothes for herself, because she is shopping for children that grow like weeds, and for socks that go missing on a daily basis.
She watches the stretch marks grow bigger and bigger as her belly expands.
She watches her waist line disappear until she is just a great big ball.
She breast-feeds through the pain of cracked nipples and mastitis and despite the glares of those who think she should do it in hidden room. Or she bottle feeds because she knows that for her family, that is best, despite the glares of those who haven’t got a clue.
She wishes for babies to sleep, but then misses them when they do. She spends so much time begging for space, and then when she gets it, can’t wait to get home. She sends them to school with tears in her eyes and a gallop in her step. She exults in every moment of independence they get, whilst despairing at the fact that they need her a little less. She can’t wait for them to grow up, but is heartbroken that they do. She tolerates toddler tantrums, wishing for it to stop. Then endures teenage tantrums, and wishes they were toddlers again.
She is overjoyed the day they take their first steps into the world, and yet so devastated that she won’t be the one holding their hand this time.
She’s a mum.
She’s informed about the world; she is not just a mum or a wife. She is a person with ideas and inspiration and plans. She studies to better herself. She reads up on politics and holds her leaders accountable for decisions. She advocates for human rights. She understand’s current trends in clothes. She seeks to protect the environment. She knows the property market inside out. She gets social media. She uses the information she gleans wisely, and her family profits from it.
She is passionate about what she does. She knows what she can do, and she does it well. And when she doesn’t know, she seeks to find out.
She’s a friend. She’s a lover. She’s a daughter and a sister and an aunt. She has people all around her that she talks with and encourages. She goes out for coffee or wine or shopping dates. She’s a whole person, apart from the little people in her life. And she knows that showing those little people that she is all of that, makes her a better person. Makes them better people.
She’s a mum.
She loves her family. She adores them. Everything she does is for them, to give them a better life. Even when she fails she keeps trying and trying and trying. She never gives up.
She knows that even if she is not all these things, all the time, or even some of the time, that that is ok.
She knows that she is their mum, and they are her blessings. She is the best person for the job ahead; she is the best person to raise them. Not the mum down the street who does the awesome Pinterest-type parties. Not the one who always fills the lunch boxes with healthy home made treats.
Not the one who stays home all day doing craft.
Not the one who works and provides a comfortable life.
Not any of the other women who seem to do so much better than her. She knows, that when it comes to her children, she is the best they will ever do. Because no one will ever love them like she does. No one could even come close.
Because not only is she a mum.
She’s their mum.
And she loves it.
Fresh Flowers are in awe of all the fantastic work that mothers do, and to thank them, they are giving one Essentially Jess reader a beautiful bouquet of Mothers Day Flowers valued at $90 (their Pink Elegance bouquet) to say thanks for being such a wonderful mum. To enter please visit the website and answer the question “which arrangement do you like best from Fresh Flowers?”
Disclosure: I received monetary compensation to write this post. All words are my own.
Entry is open to all residents of Australia over the age of 18.
The prize can only be delivered to an address within Fresh Flowers delivery area. To find out if your mum lives in Fresh Flowers’ delivery area please visit the website www.freshflowers.com.au and click on the link at the top of the page “Do we deliver in your area?”
To enter you must provide a valid email address in the comment itself or the comment form.
To enter you must answer the following question: Which bouquet do you like the best from the Fresh Flowers range?
The competition opens on Thursday 24th April, 2014 and closes on Friday 2nd May 2014 at 5.00pm (AEST)
Prize value is $90 – http://www.freshflowers.com.au/style/bouquet/pink-elegance.aspx?catid=88