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actually, THIS is what I want for mother’s day…

This post is part of a collaboration with PinkBlush, all opinions are my own.

I have read so many blog posts lately about what moms really want for Mother’s Day.

Sleep and time to themselves, in case you were wondering what seems to be the general consensus.

Don’t get me wrong, those things sound great too. Heaven knows I need a nap just as much as the next girl, maybe more so. And an hour or so to window shop in a store without having to calm down my children every 10 minutes sounds pretty heavenly.



But can I be honest with you?

I really do want the “ideal” and  stereotypical Mother’s Day.

I want breakfast in bed.

I want time at the spa.

I want new clothes from a trendy online boutique.




I want handmade cards and thoughtful presents.


What I really want for Mother's Day... featuring PinkBlush


And you know what? I don’t feel badly about that.

If you think that sounds selfish then I will say that you are totally entitled to your opinion.

But let me tell you something. My body has experienced five pregnancies in five years–one miscarriage and four births. I carried four healthy babies for ten months and then pushed four healthy babies out without an epidural.

My typical day starts a little after 6:00 am and doesn’t end until I roll into bed, by 11:00 if I’m lucky. From the time my kids wake up around 6:30 or 7:00 am until they go to bed at 7:30 pm I usually don’t have a minute to myself.  Sure, the hubby and I have date night probably every other week and might be able to sneak away for an occasional trip, but any parent will tell you that the prep time leading up to time away almost doesn’t make it worth it. Almost.


What I really want for Mother's Day, featuring Pink Blush


My world pretty much revolves around cooking, cleaning, driving, homeschool, church, and a myriad of other “mom” and “wife” and just general “adulthood” responsibilities. Oh yeah, and blogging.

I’ve never had a massage and my hair gets done a few times a year. I can count the number of manicures I’ve had on both of my (badly in need of new polish) hands.

I don’t say this to complain, or brag, or get a pat on the back, or any other reason other than to say that I–like most other moms out there–do a whole stinkin’ lot. And sure, we don’t do it for applause. We do it because we love our kids, we love our family; we do what we do because it’s one of the ways that we show that love to our family. So although I don’t feel entitled to a facial and some flowers, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t appreciate them, or that there is anything wrong with wanting them.


What I really want for Mother's Day, featuring Pink Blush


So yeah, a nap would be really great. Maybe a little time alone. But feel free to make me breakfast in bed. Cover my nightstand with homemade cards. Buy me some shiny jewelry or some great new clothes.

Because we only get one day (maybe two if you count our birthday), but you all get the other 364.


7 Responses to actually, THIS is what I want for mother’s day…

  1. Dara May 12, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    I did not know you have 4 kids! Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you get what you want.

    • Justine @ Little Dove May 12, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Haha, thanks Dara! This year it’s actually also my son’s birthday, so I’m trying to make the day about him and I figure I’ll try to catch a rain check for the next weekend. 😉 We’ll see if that happens though.

  2. Angela Kim May 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    You deserve all that you stated here. Don’t let anyone else make you feel otherwise! Mothering is the hardest and most sacrificial task ever and every mother deserves to be pampered and feel good about her life!

  3. Christine May 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve love a nap too! Someday it might be pamper time for moms. 🙂

  4. Katie May 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    You are one busy mama! I hope you can have a relaxing Mother’s Day! I love the top too!

  5. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins May 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    Can I just say that I want all the things you mentioned? Haha. My husband is actually really good at spoiling me on Mother’s Day. He gets up with the kids, makes me breakfast, gives me a gift and helps the kids make cards. I love it and I don’t think there is anything wrong at all with wanting to be a little pampered and spoiled for the things that we do as moms. Sure, we do them because we love our kids and want the best for them, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want a little love and recognition for those things too. 😉

  6. Heather Bramlett May 19, 2017 at 4:15 am #

    What an awesome post. Motherhood is the toughest job in the world but also the most rewarding!!

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