To all the amazing mothers out there, this is your day, but really, we know the hard work and time you put in to be a great mother. Enjoy this moment because we all know you don’t get recognized enough. Even if you do not have a child, I promise that you’re a mother to somebody and that you’ve helped someone along the way.

This year, especially, has been so difficult. Each and every one of you deserves to be celebrated because not only have we taken on the job of mother, but also teacher, coach, social director, and so many other jobs. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back. You deserve to be showered with love and appreciation.

The reason I started this business was for my four children, I wanted more quality time with them.  This business affords you the time to be there for your family, your children, and still have time to run your business. It was the best decision I ever made! I was there in the morning at the bus stop, when they came home from school, and for family dinners. Even though I was a single mom, Chris, Nick, Matt, and Lauren knew I was there for them. I am so grateful thousands of other mothers who that have the freedom to make their own schedules and prioritize their family needs.

On this day celebrating you, I want to give a piece of advice, something that I learned through the years. Don’t be so hard on yourself. There are many nights I laid my head on the pillow and thought that I didn’t do a good job. Some days they’re going to tell you they don’t like you. That’s ok. They don’t have to like you every single day. So, don’t be hard on yourself, you are doing an amazing job!

As for my mom, I think of her every day. And looking back she really taught me the importance of quality time and recognizing the unique qualities in each child. They might have come out of the same womb and you might’ve set the same rules and same examples, but each child is so different, and that’s what makes them all wonderful. I am so grateful for the one-on-one time I get with them, even today.

Being a mother really is the gift that keeps on giving. Then, becoming a grandmother became the honest reward for the job I did as a mother. I can’t even explain how it has changed my life and the happiness my grandchildren bring me.

To everyone reading this message, reach out to someone you considered a mother, someone who had a great impact on your life. Today, we all deserve the reward! Sending you all love and happiness on this Mother’s Day.