Happy Mother’s Day – A Special Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a special day, a chance for families to show their appreciation for their mothers and maternal figures.

The day has evolved into an occasion for kids to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums.

In the UK, it was originally linked to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day.

If I’m honest, the only reason I am started Spirit & Grace (originally Isla Grace) was that I could be a stay-at-home mum, because of my children.

 

Spirit & Grace - Twin Mum

Oliver & Daniel come home from the hospital

 

I give myself a pretty hard time when it comes to striving to be this “great mum”

It goes without saying that being a mum is one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs out there and not a day goes by where we aren’t grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices that mums across the world make for their children and families. This Sunday is a special chance to say “Thank you Mum” and “We Love You & Appreciate You!”.

While appreciation for any parent should be every day of the year, it is important to me to extra appreciate my Mum on this special day.

We had quite a long wait to become parents, and at one time thought it would never happen for us! I had no idea how hard (yet amazing) motherhood would be until we finally got there. My love and respect for my own mum raising 4 girls all very close in age (and anyone out there who has ever raised a child) grows more and more every day.

Prior to parenthood, I was part of the corporate world and it is so very different! Working from home with children & juggling around the school run, it has its complications!

Phone Conversations

If you’re in an office and a colleague is on the phone, you know it’s polite to keep quiet and wait for them to finish before interrupting. And naively I assumed that my children would recognise the same thing. But unfortunately, as I have learned to my cost, they don’t.

School runs

When the boys were babies and then when they were toddlers, they needed me pretty much all day every day, I dreamed of the day they’d start school, and I would have six delicious, uninterrupted hours to work!

But I didn’t factor in the school run. You see the downside to school is that someone (me!) has to take them to school in the morning, and be at the school gates waiting for them in the afternoon. And six hours isn’t a whole lot of time to manage an online business, keep the house running smoothly and find new clients.

In fact, six hours can feel alarmingly short when you’re trying to squeeze running a business, plus housework and food shopping. And those leisurely days out with friends I was looking forward to? They simply don’t exist.

Sick Days

But as short as they are, school days are a breeze compared to sick days. When I was little, I used to think my mum was heartless – my sisters and I never got to have a day off sick!  But now I’m a mum myself, I get it.

I love watching our boys grow, learn and discover. I am so grateful that they are healthy and happy.  Many nights when they were babies I stayed up all night, just watching them, questioning and doubting my decisions.

Hands down motherhood has been the greatest challenge I have ever undertaken and by far the greatest gift presented to me. I respect the person I’m becoming because of it.

I wanted to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for reading and/or commenting. We all have something special and unique to share as we walk down our own motherhood journeys.

 

Mother's Day 2018 Day Out

Mother’s Day Outing – 2018 – West Green House Garden – National Trust

To Our Boys – Oliver & Daniel

In a few days time on 3rd April, you will turn 10yrs old.  I will have been your mummy for 10yrs now and you are still standing, still in one peace!

“You make the world a better place just by being in it. Our lives just would not be the same without you – quieter, yes but nowhere near as much fun!

You are each other’s best friend and continue to show us how intrinsically linked you are, whilst also developing your own individual characters.

You mean the world to us!”. 💙💙

 

Oliver & Daniel sunning themselves on holiday

Oliver & Daniel sunning themselves on holiday

To my Mum – Jackie

It is hard to put into words what you mean to me, plenty of ways to tell you how unique and amazing you are, but;

“Thank you for your constant love throughout everything.  You’ve carried me through storms and have been by my side through the sunshine.  Your love is timeless and unforgettable. I love you. Happy Mother’s Day”. 💗

 

Mum & I - Special Moments

Mum & I – Special Moments

 

I want to be someone my children can lean on, trust and laugh with. To give them a solid foundation of good morals and a strong work ethic. A sense of security, to be themselves and to follow their dreams. And if I keep going back to those fundamentals then I think I’m on the right track.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Do you have anything fun or out of the norm planned for today?

Enjoy & take care

Katie Xx

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Katie Topping

Following the success of ‘Isla Grace’, sold in the main through corporate offices, school fetes and charity events, I have now decided that I want to grow my business with an online presence and expand my offerings to you, where I will continue to offer you exceptional value for money without having to compromise on quality!

  1. Melanie Perry on March 31, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Great blog Katie and so true – juggling a business with childcare, running a household and trying to have ‘social time’ is extremely difficult. It is certainly not the easy option to work for yourself!

    You should feel very proud – you have amazing boys, you are a fantastic mum and you have an AWESOME business (I should know! 😘).

    • Katie Topping on April 1, 2019 at 6:22 am

      Thank you Melanie, motherhood is certainly the toughest job I have ever done, the plate spinning never ends!

      I think we have to remind ourselves to take a step back and look at our achievements or they will pass us by!

      Thank you for commenting Xx

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