She probably thinks that I don’t notice, but I do. This Mother’s Day will probably be one of the toughest for my wife. It may seem silly to some, but I get it.
Up until a little over two weeks ago, Jen and I have been, for the most part, blessed with three healthy children. April 20th marked the birth of our fourth little wonder, a teeny tiny little girl that we named Evelyn. Aside from being very small, she’s in perfect health and for that, we are eternally grateful.
The only downside attached to this momentous life event is that we’ve decided that this is our last child. We feel as if she completes our family, two boys and two girls. PLUS, according to numerous sources, it will cost in upwards of $400k to raise a child today – so forgive me as I write this from the bathroom, sitting on the floor in the corner, drying my tears with the few dollars I have left.
There’s a bittersweet sadness that comes along with realizing that you’re doing something for the last time. It tugs at your heartstrings, especially when it comes to parenting. The trick is to never look at the glass half empty. The healthy thing to do is to slow down and appreciate those moments as you experience them.
Beyond that, the next best thing is to document those amazing times and display them as an ever-present reminder of how much love and laughter filled that place in time.
THAT is my focus this Mother’s Day. Find those moments and bring them back to life for mom.
Fracture is the company that got me all the way there.
With a tool on its’ website that allows you to either natively upload photos OR access your Instagram account – in just a few minutes, I went ahead and selected two handfuls of images that represent special moments in our lives.
I chose to go with squares (they also offer rectangles) in an effort to create an Instagram-themed wall arrangement – vivid pictures printed directly onto glass.
They come adhered to a soft cardboard-esque backing and mount with a drywall screw.
My wife loved this arrangement so much, that we’re adding another row and column! Strategically placed outside of our bedroom, it’s a great reminder every morning of how many incredible moments we’ve shared together since their birth.
It has a way of putting everything into perspective. If either of us wake up on the wrong side of the bed, this wall of moments allows us to reflect.
Whether it’s splashing in the tub, the joy of a holiday or making a heart with their hands on a lazy Saturday morning – it never fails to remind us about what really matters.
What are your favorite moments that you share as a family? Are they different then the moments that mom would chose?
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