Archive | March 2016

Gratitude: Thanks Mom

 

Our First Mother-Daughter Weekend Get-Away

    When I was little and my Mom would come home just beat from work , I would see in her eyes just how tied she was and I would promise “ When I grow up, I’m going to buy you a limousine and have someone drive you around in it so you can rest Mommy.” She’d just smile, hug me tight and say “Thank You Baby”. It was in those moments that I could see how hard she was trying, first as a Single Mom in the Army, then as an Active-Duty Army Wife & Mother-of-Two, and the on to be a Veteran Wife & Mother recovering from brain aneurisms.

My Mother has always been there, even through the growing pains, she was always there to support me; band competitions, volleyball games, dance recitals, crazy life decisions, horrible break-ups, and ALL OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (whether physically or in spirit). She’s always been THAT Mom; the one who is available to talk not only on the maternal level but also a friendship one.

Over the years I believe I’ve grown wiser and more mature and come to the realization that honoring our loved one’s while they are still with us is much easier on the heart than having the feeling of regret for best intentions set. To me it’s all about GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION as we travel this JOURNEY of life TOGETHER.

Mommy has always wanted to go on a cruise, but timing and capital haven’t always been on her side. While initially taking her on a cruise would have been ideal, timing really isn’t on my side either. So, I decided to do the next best thing, I planned a weekend getaway for the two of us. While the promise may have been a limo when I was younger, but that’s not even cost effective or environment-friendly these days.

Planning this trip has been so exciting, from finding an AMAZING location to ensuring Mommy had her passport updated (somebody let their previous one expire).

Do you have your passport? Is it up to date? IMG_0464

 I have been able to keep the location a secret from her and only gave a hint that it’s in the Caribbean. I made sure we both have our swimsuits and great chillax gear, I’ve set up a few SPA Surprises, and can’t wait to see her face when we get to the airport. It means so much to me to be able to provide my Mom with such a gift of love and appreciation.

It’s high time for my Mom to relax on the beach, even if that means she brings her boyfriend, KIN’ along (Her KINDLE FIRE). I’m looking forward to her smiles, jokes, and well-rested spirit.

Well enough about me, I would love to hear from you. How do you show gratitude and appreciation for your loved ones? Do you have any upcoming vacation plans that include honoring loved ones?