This Sunday, most of us will be doing the family thing in one way or another, as we celebrate Mothers Day. My concern with these specific days of enforced emotional celebration is that we tend to lose the essence of that which the day is truly about. I am of the rather cliched view that we should celebrate things like mothers, and love for that matter, everyday. 

 

So this year I challenged myself to seek out the true essence of Mothers Day; to celebrate it with innocence and child-like wonder. In fact this poses no real challenge to me, especially on Mothers Day, as I genuinely have the worlds best mom, Cardies-esque red ribbon and all.

 

Mothers Day 1 for My Lime Boots

 

My mom has always led by example. Strict on my siblings and I while growing up, make no mistake, but always putting into practise that which she preached. She led from the front as she mounted a full frontal assault on this thing called life. Always confronting the truth head on, I look back at the times my brother, sister and I were told before school “we need to have a family meeting tonight” which invariably freaked me out as I spent the entire day pondering the subject of said meeting.

 

The older I get the more I see many of my mom’s traits coming through in my behaviour. One of the greatest gifts I have received from my mom is her capacity for empathy for her fellow man. Always genuinely concerned about others and willing to help out in whatever way she could, this has instilled in me an appreciation for those around me and their unique ‘life story’. I like to believe that this continues to keep me accountable as a human being, as I navigate my own life journey.

 

Mothers Day 2 for My Lime Boots

 

Life has not been without its fair share of challenges. Five years ago, almost to the day, we nearly lost my mom. During the course of three short days she contracted the virus that brought upon Guillain-Barre Syndrome (‘GBS’), a potentially life threatening condition. It was a very difficult time, especially since the diagnosis of GBS was not an easily made one. I was forced to contemplate life, and extrapolations thereof, which I was not prepared for. My siblings and I spent that Mothers Day with my mom in the ICU ward, but despite the situation we celebrated all that my mom meant to us.

 

Mothers Day 3 for My Lime Boots

 

My mom’s recovery from GBS has been remarkable and her journey since then continues to inspire me. By the grace of our Lord Jesus, she has made an almost complete recovery and to see her today you would not know the severe challenges she once faced. Her experience has deepened her sense of compassion, especially for those with GBS, while at the same time bringing her closer to the Lord. It is astounding how at our weakest moments, the glory and power of Jesus comes through – His grace is sufficient for us, His power is indeed made perfect in our weakness.

 

Let me help you celebrate your mom

To help you celebrate your unique, special mom, I am giving away a special hamper of spoil treats that will make her day! I have a 40ml bottle of Oscar de la Renta Flor and matching tote bag as well as skincare goodies from Uber Natural Beauty.

 

Flor is an enchanting fragrance that gently balances freshness and soft sensuality, a modern creation of a fresh, sparkling floral bouquet for the woman who is young at heart, yet contemporary. The offer of fragrance and a tote bag is available exclusively at Dischem stores.

 

Uber Natural Beauty, established in the UK in 1988, is an all natural range of skin, hair and body products made with carefully selected natural ingredients and essences of only the highest quality, sourced from around the globe. Uber Beauty is available at selected stockists nationwide or by contacting +27 (011) 447 0394 

 

How can you win?

It’s really easy! Share a special memory of your mom in the comment section below and you will stand in line to win. For a second chance find the post on my Twitter account and simply retweet it. Bam, you just scored a second entry!

 

The nitty gritty

Please note that the giveaway is only open to South African readers living anywhere in South Africa. The giveaway closes on Friday 6 May 2016 at 16h00. The winner will be announced on Monday 9 May 2016 here on the blog.

 

And the Winner is…

The winner of my Mothers Day hamper is Samantha, who shared, in the comments below, a very moving story celebrating the strength of her mom in dealing with cancer. Well done Sam, enjoy your goodies!

 

My mom is the most prized asset I possess and I truly hope that you too are blessed to have a mother who continually inspires you. She is my biggest fan and my fiercest defender, the greatest gift I have ever received. Take some time to rethink Mothers Day this year and join me in celebrating the remarkable women we are blessed to call mom.

 

Shot on location at Browsers Restaurant and Nursery.

Photography by Lebz Skywalker, on the web and Instagram.

 

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24 comments

  1. my mom means the world to me,i thank god that he blessed me with the best mom ,when i went trough a divorce my mom was by my side,she gave me power to never give up,today im happy and i move on,thanks to my mom

  2. My mum is an inspiration to me.she took care of me unconditionally and is still there for me Even though I have a family of my own.my dad passed away tragically in an accident pretty young but my mum remained strong and always being. Humble and loving.I love my mum immensely.

  3. My mother rocks because she is my rock. She is the one person I can depend on come rain or shine, the one person I can rely on when I’m caught between a rock and a hard place and the one person who loves me unconditionally, despite all my shortcomings.

  4. My special memory off mom, is when I found out I was going to be a mother , an unexpected single mother at a young age I thought I would never survive. My heroine of a mother stood by my side from day 1 helping with my daughter, babysitting for me when I needed some me time. For that I would forever be grateful to her 😊

  5. I carry a lot of special memories but the one that really stands out for me is seeing the look on my mom’s face the first time she met her grandson. Instant love and pure admiration, it was such a rewarding moment. She was so excited about my pregnancy from day one and nutured me through morning sickness and lots of body aches and pains. I could not have asked for a better mom and ouma for my son ♡

  6. For the first in a very long time we went on a family vacation me, my bf and mum. It was really special spending that time with my mum to see her happy makes me happy she has done so much for us and is always there for us through thick and thin and spending last weekend with her on holiday is so special I will cherish it for life. She means the world to me and I would really like to spoil her with this awesome prize 🙂

  7. I have so many wonderful memories with my special mom, the most recent is when i took her to see Roxette live… it was our first concert together. We ended up getting up off of our seats and going to the front of the stage to dance, and we ended up getting a huge crowd, it was the best vibe and i was soooo happy that i could show her a good night out. We both had the best time 🙂

  8. My mum means a lot to me. The memories that i had with my mother was when i was pregnant, she was there for me. Even when i go for checkup she will go with me until the last the day when u was in labour she was there with me. I thank God for giving me a loving mother.

  9. My fondest memory of my mom was the day when she was diagnosed with cancer, my dad and her come home from the doctors room. Without saying anything we all went out for supper as a family and basically celebrated life as I found out the week before that I was expecting. That same night she got really sick and while sitting in bed with her she told me the truth about her cancer. I remember sitting there crying and thinking this was the end, she had so much hope that night and promised me that she would be around for her first grandchild’s birth, she was so brave and had so much fight in her, she was determined that cancer would not be the end of her. This all happened 7 years ago and she kicked cancers butthe and she’s the strongest women I know. She is my hero and a prime example of the love of a mother. She deserves to be spoilt and shown jow valuable her life is

  10. Most special memory of my mom – walking me down the aisle on my wedding day, nothing beats that special moment in my life.

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  11. My mother is my rock. No matter the need, she is always there to advise & willing to help my family. She will drop anything she has going on in her life to help others. Sometimes I think I was switched at birth because I’m so highly stressed and anxious at times. How could I come from this precious woman.

  12. Lelane is the mother of my kids. She has an amazing capacity to love unconditionally! When we got married I had a six your old boy, (who is now 22) whom she loved right through his teens! Our daughter who is turning 11 finds the perfect role model in Lelane and then we adopted a young fella 5 years back! Not to mention the kids in the Joe Slovo community who loves her as their stand in mom! She is the best wife and mom anybody can wish for!

  13. My mom has always been my rock but it wasn’t until I got married, began my own life and had a child that I actually realised just how amazing my mom is. When my daughter Juliette was sick with a terrible fever I remember calling my mom at 2am, desperate for advice and help. She came over and helped nurse my little baby back to health. There is nothing stronger than a mother’s love.

  14. My mom and I used to work together at the same company when I was still a student . I will never forget the breakfast and lunches we had together during work . I was with my best friend( oops best mom!!) with me everyday – even though I now work at a different company and being much older , I am very grateful for the times we shared . I learnt a lot about my mom and especially during that crucial stage of my life when I needed guidance the most . They are still fond memories I hold onto everyday.

  15. My memory of my mom is how she always put us first. She sacrificed so much and went without, stayed home a lot so we (her children)could enjoy life. She was always the glue in the family and kept the siblings close. I strive to be like her.

  16. Our mothers do so much for us and are an important part of who we eventually become. I have a very special memory of my mom. My favorite memory of my mom is her sitting on the couch in our living room while I performed little concerts or dance recitals for her. I would play music on the computer and play my “guitar” (made out of a wrapping paper tube and string) and sing for her. She always acted so interested and clapped after every song, no matter how terrible or long the performance was.

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  17. My fondest memory of my mom is when I was still in school and my dad usually worked late as he was working two jobs. Every night before bed I will make us each a cup of coffee and we will sit on her bed and chat about everything and anything. Now a days my folks stay in Namibie and it is not easy, you can’t just pick up the phone and call when ever you like as it is so expensive, but we still chat daily on WhatsApp, just missing our daily chats…….

  18. A special memory of my mom has to be all her cooking! I love the smell of freshly baked cookies and pastries. Always makes me think of mom <3

  19. My most special memory of my mom? For many years, from the time I was little My mums desire was to go with Dad, on a religious Pilgrimage to Mecca(Saudi Arabia). We were little back then & my Dad being the only sole bread winner, struggled financially to bring us up and he had immense responsibilities of raising seven children. My favourite memory of my mum was the day I told her that her lifetime desire/wish was going to be fulfilled and that travel arrangements have been made for her & dad to go overseas. I still can remember the mixed emotions of shock happiness & excitement she expressed. She initially thought I was joking and did not believe me. I don’t have a top paying job & for the 22 years I have been working I deprived myself of much luxury. I saved up enough money over the years to help fulfil mums dream.I can still remember her boarding the plane, smiling, full of joy and happiness, waving at me as she went off on her lifetime trip. The day she arrived back from overseas with Dad my sister told me that the only person she kept asking for at the airport was me. If only you know how she hugged me when she arrived back home. With so much Love, appreciation & joy! This feeling, memory & moment will always remain in my heart for many years to come. The blessing & joy that comes from fulfilling a parent’s lifetime wish/dream, is the best feeling one can ever experience

  20. Mmmmh….Some of you my think I’m laughing BT honestly it’s sad, I don’t have anything to say about my mom..The think is she abandone us 20years ago ,infact I don’t know her at all,I was one of those kids who never went out on any school trips whether it was educational or for fun because my grandmother could not afford to pay for all those things.My Grandmother now I’m laughing when I say mmmmh ……..because I don’t know where would I be without her, she’s played an important role in my life and she still does…I love her to bits, she’s everything to me and she means the world and without her I’m nothing at all…..I can write thousand words but still no one can Ever understand the struggle she’s bin through just to make sure that we get what we needed to survive but not what we wanted…looking back today talking about it , it doesn’t make me cry but laugh, because the saying that says if it doesn’t kill you it will make you strong…..Indeed I’m strong because of my Grandmother ….and I’ve learnt a lot from her ….She brings joy and laughter and I would never trade her for anything in this world because she’s everything to us…..I love you Grandmother. ..mnwaaa

  21. special memory is when I graduated from Natal Technikon and my Mom was with me to celebrate as I was the first one in my family to attend Technikon, another memory was when my daughter was born and she was right there in the hospital with me holding my hand through it all.

  22. my special memory with my Mom is being able to make these memories with her each and every day as life is so fleeting and we need to ensure that each day is special that we spend with the most treasured and loved members of our family. I remember the day I attended my first Prom and Mom went out of her way to make it extra special, even more o when I had my Matric dance and Mom searched high and low for a dress and eventually found one from overseas and got it delivered in time for me. Every day that I now attend Varsity I thank my Mom for each and every sacrifice she has made as a single Mom to enable me to further my education. I am so grateful to her for raising me to become the woman I am today, I am honoured to call her my Mom and hope to be such a role model to my own children one day.

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