1st Mother’s Day

This is my first official Mother’s Day. I’m so excited celebrate with my daughter and relax the day away. Although I can’t help but look back at all the people that helped ‘mother’ me along the way and shape me into the Mom I’ve become.

To my Dad: You took on the role of both mom and dad. There were so many things you didn’t understand about raising girls–but you figured it out wonderfully. You learned how to put our hair up in ponytails thanks to the vacuum cleaner. You learned how to do the laundry correctly after a few mishaps with bleach. You learned which feminine products to pick up from the store along with a chocolate bar (smart man). You also taught us how to work on cars, showed us how to deal with hardships, and always made sure that we were well taken care of. You let our imaginations run wild as well; if we thought we could fly you built us wings, if we thought the flooding yard was a lake you built us a boat, and if we thought we were homemakers you built us our own tiny house. You went above and beyond at all times. You are the best!

To my Sisters: I got to be the pretend mom when I would baby-sit you and looking back I loved all the time we got to spend together. I love not only being able to call you my sisters, but my friends as well. All six of you are awesome in your own unique way and it’s fantastic. It’s been amazing to watch you all grow and some of you become moms as well!

To my Step-Mom: You didn’t always have it easy with the addition of four more girls to your household, but you tried your best to work with us all. You welcomed us along on your adventures. You accepted who we were and helped us become who we are now. You loved us as if were your own. My favorite times with you have been the quiet moments, like picking blueberries out in the woods or those relaxing moments at camp.

To my Aunts: Thank you for your encouragement and for helping to boost my self esteem when I needed it most. You truly shaped and guided me during the teen years when I didn’t have a mom around. I feel blessed to be so close to each and every one of you.

To my Best Friends: I’m so thankful to have you gals in my life! You were the first ones I called when I found out I was pregnant and the ones I turn to for advice constantly. You gals have been with me through thick and thin. You have stood by my side on my wedding day, helped out with my baby shower, and have given so much to Cora. I’m so lucky to have called you my BFF’s for so long now.

To my Grandma: I miss you everyday, but I’m so thankful for all the years we got together. Thank you for taking me on bike rides when I was too little to ride a bike. Thank you for saving articles in newspapers and mailing them to me while I was away, your letters were always the highlight of my week. Thank you for letting me photograph you when I was first getting into photography and for always being my cheerleader. You are truly missed.

To my Mother-In-Law: I feel so lucky to have you in my life. You have truly allowed me to break out of my shell and become more girly. You introduced me to my first mani/pedi and you showed me that it was ok to treat myself to a shopping day. Your love, patience, and trust has always been appreciated.

To my Husband: You are the reason I’m a mom now. Your help throughout the pregnancy was tremendous, you always made sure I was well taken care of. Now that Cordelia is in the world you have really went above and beyond. You have given me the ability to spend so much time with her by taking on more of the work. You have always made sure that I had everything I needed in order to take care of her properly (food, water, sleep, shower..etc). You are so incredible and I hope you know it.

Last, but certainly not least, my sweet little Cordelia: You are my world. You have taught me patience, you have shown me a love like no other, and you make so happy. I have loved watching you grow these past five months. Every new stage that comes along is my new favorite stage. No matter what happens in life I will love you unconditionally. You are so loved little one!

Happy Mother’s Day to you all. I’m so thankful to have you all in my life. Xoxo-Jen

P.S. This Rose Gold designer dress was FREE from Rent The Runway for my birthday, how cool is that?

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After our little session we were parked in the van admiring the sunset and warming Cora up. Alex snapped this one randomly and it’s truly one of my favorites.

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