Mother’s Day…a day that instills in me feelings of angst, excitement and nostalgia: the angst in finding the perfect ways to say “I love you” to all the phenomenal moms in my life; the excitement in waiting to see what fantastic creations my own kids will come up with; and the nostalgia in recounting endless special moments with those closest to me.

It’s amazing how often life as a mother changes. From the all-consuming days with a newborn (the snuggles, tiny toes and that irresistibly sweet smell of their hair – seriously, what IS that??) to life with a toddler (the first time they say “I love you”, the super-hero-hugs and that sweet little voice) to…well….I haven’t gotten that far yet. The only thing I have figured out so far is that I haven’t figured it out yet. Just when I think we are in for smooth sailing, everything changes, and most often it is without warning. But that’s the crux. The good stuff is in the nitty-gritty, the crazy days, the late nights, and in the least expected places.

Being a mom means to be present, supportive, patient, humble and most of all – loving. Being a mom is undoubtedly experiencing love at first sight. Being a mom is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. Being a mom is always wanting better for someone else than what you ever had. Being a mom is to experience the most precious blessing – creating a life.

There is one thing I HAVE figured out: my mom has been right all these years. Go figure. I love you, mom!

So back to the task at hand: finding the perfect way to say “I love you” to the moms in my life. Some of the most cherished gifts I have gotten as a mom are the things my kids have made. But I can’t lie; a nice bath soak with a good book sounds fantastic.

If you’re in a pickle and can’t think of a gift for mom this year, check out our new Pinterest board with lots of great ideas!

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How will you celebrate the amazing women in your life? Share your ideas in the comments below!