As a bride, it was important for me to find the perfect gift for not only my mother, but Steven’s too. In this family, we don’t do the “In-law” thing. We love each other’s family unconditionally. I call Steven’s mom my mom because she is.
I hold her in such high regard because her son has done right by me from the very start. I know Steven loves me the way he does because she raised him to. Friends and family always comment on how good he is to me whether it’s the weekly flowers he gets me, the weekends I get to take off from “Cayden duties” because he’s taken them upon himself, the dinners he cooks for us when I don’t have time to make them, or the way he provides for me.
How can I show the woman who made that possible for me enough gratitude for it all? I’m forever thankful to her. And there will never be a day where I don’t show it. I loved her before I even met her. He’s always treated me THAT good.
My mom, on the other hand, will always be my number one girl. We’ve been through so much together. We’ve struggled together, succeeded together, beat the odds together, and there will never be another woman who can take her place. They wouldn’t have the strength to walk in her shoes for a day. My mom is the type of mother that is tough as nails but because of that, she’s got a big heart. When it was easy for my dad to walk away from me, she held me even closer and hasn’t let go.
So when thinking of gifts, I wanted to do something that would be sentimental and a keepsake to remind them of how deeply I love the both of them. Kind of like a party favor that nobody would know about but us because they’re so special to me.
I thought of several items and finally I came across the best one… Custom handkerchiefs. Seems a bit small right? What’s the big deal about a small handkerchief? Well, let me tell you.
While both of my moms and my son were in my suite, I had my photographer present as they each opened their gifts.
Steven’s mom gasped as she read the little message I had printed on it for her. Seeing her eyes water almost made me cry and we weren’t at the ceremony yet. I wasn’t sure if she would cry at the wedding, but in case she did, she had something special to wipe her tears on.
My message to her read, “Mama, Steven is the best gift you could ever give me. He loves me the way he does because of you. I am so grateful and honored to be your daughter. Love you, Angie”.
Meanwhile, my mom doesn’t like to show any type of emotion and she will do whatever it takes to fight back tears. When she opened hers and read it, her eyes flooded and she didn’t need to say anything. I knew she felt me.
My message to her was, “Mami, thank you for raising me to be the woman Steven wants to marry. You have been my example and I hope that I can be the same blessing to him as you are to us. Love you, Angela”
Even though both of them cried at our wedding, they decided not to use it because it was too pretty to get dirty with mascara.
It’s almost been a year and now I’m trying to find a cute frame they can both put them in as an anniversary gift. It goes to show you that the smallest gifts could have the biggest impact. If you’re a bride to be, I highly suggest you gift your mom one of these too.
Happy mother’s day to these two queens. So incredibly blessed to have them by my side on this life’s journey.