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Mother’s Day comes with a lot of meaning in our home – it’s actually always had a lot of meaning to me personally. As a child in a blended family, I had the joy of having two amazing women play mom roles in my life and now I’m experiencing it from the other side within our own little blended family. It’s funny – before I had kids, I always thought being a mom would be one of the easiest things. (I guess that’s a tribute to my own mom and step-mom for making it look so easy 🙂 but it’s taught me some of my hardest life lessons and also brought me some of the greatest joy that I didn’t even know was possible to experience. I’m so grateful for 3 kids that mean so much to me. And even though for two of them I’m only their stepmom, I hope they know what an impact they’ve had on my life and how special they are to me.

It always surprises me how each kid has such a different personality. They have to be parented so differently, they have different love languages, and they are all just so unique in their own way. As moms we continually feel like it’s our job to teach our kids, but today I wanted to share a few things that they have taught me.

Got Mara and myself that each hold a picture of our family. They are so special and I hope she keeps it to give to her daughter one day. Also got one for my Moms as a gift from the kids for Mother’s Day. 🙂

MARA:

The oldest child and the biggest nurturer. I didn’t have siblings growing up, but I can’t imagine a better sister. Mara is super loyal, artistic, and giving. Super shy unless you know her well. She loves to take care of her brothers and play Mom. She’s taught me patience. Honestly she’s more patient than me a lot of times, especially with Beckam. No matter what he asks or wants she is there to make sure he is okay. Mara’s laugh is so contagious and she will make such an amazing mom one day!!

His little toothless smile kills me 🙂

WES:

Wes is always mistaken as the oldest. 🙂 He values quality time and doing things to together. He is the sensitive one in the family, but not in a whiny way, he just senses people’s feelings and hates conflict. He always knows if someone is upset and will be the first to give you a hug or try to include you if you’re feeling down. Whenever the siblings fight he is the first to apologize and say sorry. He’s taught me to let things go easier when Cody and I are in a stupid fight and I love what a cuddler he is! He has such a big heart!

BECKAM:

Partially it is the age, but the way he looks at life is so beautiful. Everything is the most exciting thing in the world to him, rolling down a hill of grass, blowing bubbles, seeing a cool bird in the sky, everything is an adventure. He is also the trouble maker in the family. Full of mischief but the life of the party. His excitement about life makes my day. He’s taught me to appreciate the little things, and to love in a way I didn’t know possible.

I know on Mother’s Day we are always thinking about our moms and, if we have kids of our own, celebrating having them in our life! I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the 3 people who have given me the best gift of being a mom and say thank you to my own moms who have given me such a good example of what that means.

Below are a few more pieces from that I’ve been wearing non-stop lately and a little video we made. (ps. Mara and Wes were at school when we filmed so that’s the only reason they weren’t in it 🙂

They are the best gift and a special keepsake that moms and grandmas can wear all the time to keep their loved ones close. Great gifts for :

XX, Christine

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  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    This was such a warm blog post. Your family is lovely.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Aww thank you Charmaine! Its always fun to do a good sentimental post with all of our kids 🙂

  2. La Bijoux Bella | by kia

    Simply a very beautiful post. Gorgeous photos! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Kia! Xx

  3. Michelle Johnson

    The video is so beautiful! It got teary-eyed watching it! Such a wonderful post!

    1. Aww thank you Michelle! I definitely teared up a few times too 🙂

  4. Liz - Shopping My Closet

    Love the pictures of your family!

    Liz @

    1. Thank you Liz!! Xx

  5. Leticia

    What a beautiful post. You have a lovely family.

    1. Thanks so much Leticia! I do feel pretty lucky to have these great kids in my life 🙂

  6. Jandrew

    I love ❤️ these family shots. Three kids all different and yet so mush the same ! The bracelets are a great jewelry go to .I love signature jewelry.
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part

    1. Aww thank you! I love getting to do posts with the kids too, they really do have all their own personalities and traits. Being a mom is the best 🙂 Xx

  7. Vaishali

    Looking at your lovely family, I feel so good. Always be happy Mother. Happy Mothers Day beautiful.
    Vaishali

    1. Thank you Vaishali, that is really so sweet!! Xx

  8. Caitlin

    Such a beautiful post! You all look so happy together!


    Caitlin

    1. Thanks Caitlin! I got pretty lucky with these ones, its really impossible not to be happy when they are around 🙂 Xx

  9. Katie

    Love your sunglasses from this post. Where are they from and what style?

  10. Brandi Matthews

    Such a beautiful post and gorgeous Mum!!!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Xx Brandi

    1. Aww that’s so sweet Brandi, thank you!

  11. Hayley Larue

    Awwww, I love this! Also love your relationship with Mara and Wes! And you can totally tell how much Mara looks up to you! <3

    1. Thank you Hayley!! Glad you loved the post, I enjoy including the kids in my blog as much as possible 🙂 It has been so special to me getting to be their step mom, love them to death! Xx

  12. marie from heartfelt hunt

    awww – beautiful words!!! thank you so much for sharing this with us!!! you look so cute all together! <3

    xoxo,
    marie

    1. Thank you Marie! I love getting to capture these moments with the kids 🙂 Xx

  13. Alyssa

    This post is so sweet! You guys make such a happy, sweet family! xx

  14. Alok

    I Miss my mom, every mom is special for every child. Only mom can understand the feeling of the child.

  15. Pam

    THIS IS SO FREAKIN SWEET! lOVELY FAMILY <3

  16. AryaChic

    This post is adorable abd your kids are so darn cute!

  17. Nina

    Such a lovely post! I’m so excited to see what my daughter’s personality is like when she gets here this July! Happy early Mother’s Day!

    Xo, Nina

  18. ABril

    Wow It’s crazy that you had the luck to be raised by two wonderful women and now your living the experience again . I’m sure that is what makes you be a great mom . Love !
    X,abril
    The color palette

  19. Fatou Diaw

    this is a beautiful article.

  20. Kate A

    Gorgeous shots! What a sweet post, thanks for sharing!

    1. Aww thanks Kate! I love sharing my real mom moments with you guys 🙂 Xx

  21. Jaye

    I love hearing and seeing your relationship with Wes and Mara. I always think it’s funny when I see you all together becuase they actually look a bit like you as well.
    You’re a brilliant mother!

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