Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Mom

My mom is my forever rock–and has continued to be so through this quarantine period. I call her daily on my neighborhood walks with Rex and Willow (if not multiple times a day) and she’s consistently that calm energy that keeps me going. Always reassuring me everything will be okay.

It breaks my heart that we won’t be together this Mother’s Day so I wanted to create something extra special to send to her. I went through my stash of older photos and my digital archive of Rex and Willow from this past year (Willow’s first birthday is right around Mother’s Day as well) and had them printed in an Artifact Uprising Layflat Photo Book. I love these photo books so much and have created a number of them now over the years to commemorate special memories and people. They’re perfect to have out on display and in this digital age I like to print my absolute favorite photos. I also find the process of creating the photo books themselves to be so sweetly reflective–looking back on those milestones, silly captured moments and carefree family times. It always puts things into perspective and is nice to take that walk down memory lane.

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I also have my fingers crossed that my mom and I will be able to make a mother-daughter getaway with my sister happen one day sooner rather than later. A spa day is calling my name!

It truly takes a village to mother and I’m so thankful for the amazing women (and men) I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. Who have unconditional love and have continued to support me through the years. And now, those who help support me as a mom and take care of my kids!

It’s really been breaking my heart that my parents are missing out on this time with Rex and Willow. Willow especially (as she turns one in just a couple of weeks). At this age they change so much, week by week… so missing out on this time with the grandparents is so hard. I’ve been mourning both the time I don’t have with my own mom right now as well as the time Willow and Rex are missing out on with their grandparents who they love so much!

I love taking the time to look back through older photos and to have these memories printed to do so. I try to go through my digital archives every few months to clean things up and print my favorite memories so I can stay on top of it and it never gets too overwhelming. I love to create photo books or just print Artifact Uprising’s Everyday prints and store them in boxes.

(My mom, sister, and I with Rex when he was a baby in Palm Springs. My mom with me as a baby. And my mom and aunts.)

I have so many amazing mother figures in my life! Including my younger sister who is a wise old soul and someone I go to for advice more than she probably comes to me, ha!

Getting this photo book back brought tears to my eyes! It’s such a special way to document these memories!

Thank you to Artifact Uprising for supporting this post!

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