3 purple lies

On a being a mom

Becoming a mom is one of the most challenging and beautiful gifts I have ever been blessed with.
It has opened my eyes in a more profound way to the sacrifices my mom made to raise me.  To think she had me at 21 and that I was a teenager when she was my age right now. I could NOT imagine having a teenager right now. Although Lucia does act like one sometimes...that attitude....
It has also made me insanely appreciative of my mom friends. I don't know how I would function if I didn't have these ladies in my life.  It feels so good to share my trials and my triumphs with people I trust.  Yay for people who understand you.
Lastly, motherhood has given me a deeper, more spiritual understanding of what love really is.  I see it everytime those beautiful kids look me in the eyes.  I feel it when my husband hugs me after a long day of work.  Love's presence, or God's presence, is clearly everywhere in my life right now as a mom.

Monday night I received an early Mother's Day present from my kids.  Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Jordan's husband, Hugh, and with the help of the other husbands, a table was purchased at the SilverSpoon Gala for 8 deserving ladies.  Great husbands, indeed.
So Jordan, her sister Jessica, Kerri, Heidi, Kyla, Alynne, Michelle and I all got dolled up and spent a great evening socializing and listening to the beautiful Jann Arden speak.  What an inspiring night!
Her speech was so simple, yet sincere.  She spoke of her life and her lessons learned.  How she is where she is because her mom let her fail.  Isn't that true though?  We only learn and become better when we make mistakes.  That fight I had with my husband taught me something and it made our relationship better.  There is always a lesson to be learned.
Another point she made that really hit home was her coming to the realization that the person we have to rely on the most in life is ourselves.  We all have insecurities and doubts, and they are the things that stop you from being brave.  We need to learn how to speak to ourselves in a mindful and kind way.
This rings so true to me and is definitely something I struggle with.  I'm sure there are a lot of people that do.
Ms. Arden made a clear point that we should work on making thoughtful, mindful and kind intentions and that the foundation of our lives relies on these intentions.  We need to be exactly who we are intended to be and in that process, we need to be kind to our own souls and our own spirits.
Listening to Jann Arden speak was truly a gift.  She is beautiful, she radiates joy, she is freaking hilarious and her voice. Oh my, her voice.  When she sang one of my favourite songs, Good Mother, acappella for us it tied everything together for me and moved me to tears.  No surprise there though, she is Jann Freaking Arden and she reminded me to love myself and to love where I come from.

I've got money in my pocket, I like the colour of my hair.
I've got a friend who loves me,
Got a house, I've got a car
I've got a good mother
and her voice is what keeps me here.

Feet on ground, heart in hand
Facing forward, be yourself.
Just be yourself.


  1. What a wonderful experience - such a thoughtful gift! Thanks for sharing some of Jann Arden's insights. I especially like the idea to rely most on yourself - I definitely need to work on that more. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  2. what an AMAZING gift!! Bonus points for the hubbies!


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