One of my favorite days (right after my birthday, of course!) is rapidly approaching: Mother's Day. I am the master of milking these special days for all they're worth, cramming as much sleep, lolling about and my favorite foods in them as possible. Unlike my birthday, though, Mother's Day is not all about me (cue Mike rolling his eyes and saying whatever). No, I take the opportunity during my sloth-like day of glory to think about the other mothers in my life and how much they mean to me.
One mother that particularly brings light and joy to my life is my sister, Ana. As some of you may know, there is a large age gap between myself and my siblings. My brother was 11 and my sisters were teenagers when I was born. Ana married when I was 6 and began having a family of her own shortly after. I was the only kid in third grade that also happened to be somebody's aunt. Ana had 3 children under the age of 6 when her marriage ended. As an adolescent I had no way of knowing the struggles she endured as a single, working mother. Now, a mother myself, I look back in admiration. I might have been wrapped up in my own teenage dramas, but I still have lots of memories of my sister having fun with her kids despite their difficult circumstances. Her home, though loud and crazy, was a place of joy. My niece and nephews, adults now, tell their own stories of growing up and they are always filled with laughter.
She's a nana now to two lively little girls and I just adore watching her with them. I saw a decorative wooden sign in a catalog the other day that said "Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children" and I couldn't help but laugh and think of Ana. My patience is tested daily with my two, and my situation is a walk in the park compared to what it was like for Ana. I'm sure she had her days, but I think it speaks volumes of her mothering that what her children remember most is the fun and closeness they shared.
My sister showed me that no matter what your circumstances, your children are your most precious gift. She taught me to focus on the light they bring into your life rather than the dark things that lurk in our corners.
As a special Mother's Day thank you, Root Candles has generously offered to give away a special prize pack to one reader. This prize pack includes a large Veriglass candle, a Reed Diffuser, and a Scented Tassel in Alabaster. The winner will get to choose from one of three fragrances: Sun Dried Cotton, English Lavender or Ginger Patchouli.
I have the Reed Diffuser similar to the one below in the Sun Dried Cotton fragrance and I love it. It's so different and pretty and I love that my downstairs now smells like something other than macaroni and cheese.
Is there a mom in your life that's brightened your world, and made you a better mother? I'd love to hear about her! Leave a comment and share your story for a chance to win the Root Candles Scent Collection.
If you really, really want to win, here are some extra ways to enter in addition to leaving a comment:
1. Become a fan of Root Candles on Facebook, and leave a comment on their page. Let me know that you did so here in the comments section.
2. Tweet about this contest using the #rootcandles tag (you can tweet daily, just make sure to post a link to your tweet in the comments section below)
3. Blog about why you want to win the Moms Light Up Our Lives contest with a link back to this post as well as a link to the Root candles homepage (http://www.rootcandles.com/). Include a link to your blog post in the comments section below.
Deadline for entries is midnight PST on Monday, April 26th, so you can have your prize in time for Mother's Day! I'll notify the winner by e-mail. Thanks and good luck!
Disclosure: Root Candles and the Clever Girls Collective provided me with a review sample of the Root Candles Scent Collection prize pack. I was also compensated for my time to manage the contest with a Visa gift card. The sentiments expressed in this post are mine, all mine, though.