There’s really nothing that can truly prepare you for motherhood. I’m nearly eight years into this thing and I can honestly tell you I have no idea what the heck I’m doing. But while there is no parenting handbook, there is something that’s a million times better; my mom. Do you know who the first person I called the very first night Harlan and I were home alone when MacKay moved to Manhattan? My mom. The first phone number I dialed when I just needed to get out of the house and walk and have some adult conversation? My mom. The one who I begged to come over and rock a crying baby because I just needed an hour of sleep to help me be just a little bit more functional? My mom. I didn’t need a how-to guide to get me through those rough moments. I just needed my mom.
Entering into motherhood elevated the relationship that my mom and I have. It was as if suddenly I had so much more respect, love, and admiration for every single thing that she did for me and my brothers and sister. Motherhood is the first thing that really made me know what it means to be truly selfless. I’d do anything for my kids, just as my mom would do anything for us.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the Lands’ End #DearMom video shoot. Little did I know walking into that shoot how emotional I’d get when they asked me questions about motherhood, my kids, and my own mom. But the truth is, motherhood is such a big part of who I am. I am a mom to Harlan, Avery, and Macks, before I am anything else. And I’m okay with that. They take priority of my life. And I’m okay with that, too. They make every single aspect of my life better and I know that I am on the path that I am today because of them. Being a mom really is the best job ever.
Not only does the Lands’ End #DearMom campaign celebrate our favorite moments in motherhood, but it’s also a chance for us to take a second to thank our own moms. I know if it weren’t for my mom, I couldn’t possibly be where I am on my own journey of motherhood.
Dear mom, thank you for your selflessness. For your undying love and passion for me. Thank you for leading the way and showing me what it means to be a good mom. Thanks for always picking up your phone and for coming to my rescue in the drop of a hat. You’ve always been there for me. Thank you for always letting me know that you love me so that never in a million years could I doubt your feelings for me. But most of all, thank you for being my mom. There’s no one in the world who could replace you and I thank God every single day that He chose you to be my mom. Happy early Mother’s Day.
To celebrate Mother’s Day and the #DearMom campaign, Lands’ End wants to give you a chance to win! There are so many ways you can win:
- SHOW MOM SHE’S LOVED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: From April 24 until May 10, the socially savvy can follow daily prompts to share a Mother’s Day message, motherhood moments, photos or videos on Instagram and/or Twitter using #DearMom, #sweepstakes and #mylandsend for a daily chance to win a $100 Lands’ End gift card. Winners will be chosen at random and participants are encouraged to enter daily, because Mom can never hear enough how much she’s adored
- WIN A TRIP WITH MOM: A Lands’ End survey found 86 percent of mom respondents would like to spend more quality time with their children. As a result, Lands’ End is offering one lucky winner the chance to win a trip with Mom through the #DearMom sweepstakes. From now through May 10, 2017, everyone can enter for a chance to win a four-day trip for two to America’s favorite modern classic destination, Hilton Head Island. This “mom and me” trip includes a stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, luxurious treatments at the Westin Heavenly Spa, and three days of private poolside cabana access. To enter daily, fill out the form at https://www.landsend.com/dearmom/
- MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: This Mother’s Day, give mom a gift that gives back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). From now through May 14, 2017, add a select Mother’s Day or Pink Ribbon Embroidery to a Lands’ End item from totes to towels and the company will donate $4.50 of the $6.00 embroidery fee to BCRF to further support the organization’s mission to be the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Find gift suggestions at landsend.com/dearmom