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.
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.
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.
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.