Today's post includes a great giveaway from Dayspring - just a thank you from me to my readers for their patience as I prayerfully move forward in what God is calling me to do/write in the blogging world - some fun changes are coming soon!
To anyone who knows me personally, the simple truth that my mom is my best friend, comes as no surprise. I attribute much of the closeness of our relationship to the many years she devoted to educating me at home and as I was an "only child," I received the full extent of her energies and time. As I entered high school and then college, she added to her role of motherhood, the gift of friendship. Besides my husband, there is no one on planet earth who knows me as intimately as she does; no one I laugh harder with or who sees through me and recognizes sin patterns in my heart more quickly.
Now that I have entered the realm of motherhood, I am just beginning to understand the depth of her love and the extent of her sacrifice over the years. I'm also able to recognize the tremendous blessing I possess to have this godly, wise woman beside and behind me as I parent my little Augustine and Baby #2 (due in September). Caring for the hearts and lives of children and coming along-side other parents in their family journey have always been paramount to my mom. With over 30 years of experience in the realm of "loving little people" she has worn so many hats: Daycare Director, Children's Ministries Director, Tutor, School Librarian, Mother, Confidant, on-and-on-and-on! Now, she has added "Nell" to that list - that's "Grandma" for the rest of the world and complete awesome-sauce for my son! For the first year of Auggie's life, she has faithfully come to our home (I love only being 4 minutes away from her) to watch him every morning as I go to work. I have come home to dozens of new toys, wonderful books, lists of the walks and adventures they have had, and wholesome food in the fridge. Her intuition, discernment, and life experience are some of my most treasured possessions in my own "mommy arsenal!"
She has woven words of wisdom and truth around my heart from the time I was very little. She has directed and redirected my path when I get far from Him and when I selfishly place my own will before the needs of my family. She laughs with me until we snort and cry. She has stayed up late with me at night - listening to my heart and my music. Always cheering me forward. Always encouraging me to never become stagnant! The letters I received from her while in college and on tour communicated a depth of love I didn't fully understand until I held my own son for the first time.
Today, we're mamas together and it was so fun sharing that shared title on Mother's Day a few weeks ago! She blessed me with the most adorable set of potholders with my son's hand prints on them and I passed on the sweet gift set I received from DaySpring! The Good Things - Mug and Umbrella set is a perfect combination of practicality (my mom even said the week prior that she was in need of a new umbrella!) and beauty! The quality of Dayspring's products continually impress me and I'm excited to share them with you here! In fact, Dayspring is allowing me to host a giveaway here at Chasing-Eden for an identical set of the Good Things - Mug and Umbrella! The giveaway will end on Sunday night and I'll post the winner on Monday morning! Spread the word, friends - this is a great gift for someone special in your life, or a wonderful way to bless your own heart!
DaySpring graciously provided the Good Things - Mug and Umbrella set for this review/giveaway, but all the opinions stated in this post are my own!