This month's mighty mom is being spotlighted by her daughter, Ashleigh:
Meet my Mom, Karen Bailey. Or as I always fondly call her, my Mama.
She is one of the best people I have been blessed in this life to know, and to love. She is a strong, funny, caring, kind-hearted, sweet and giving woman whom I admire incredibly. I am so lucky to have her not only as my Mother, but as I've grown older she has become my best friend too, and it is a friendship I cherish more than anything.
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I was born in March of 1990, and my Dad was in the British Army. My life up until a few years ago was spent in many different countries including Germany, England and Canada and we would never live anywhere for more than 3 years at a time. Moving was normality. But it was hard too. You always left your home, your friends, and the place you had grown to love.
Being in the army, my Dad often worked long hours, nights, and was often away on training courses or even at war. When I was four years old, I remember hearing my Dad had to go to Bosnian War, and I remember my Mom telling me that he was going to be okay. Dropping my Dad off and seeing him cry for the first time was the hardest thing my little four-year old heart had ever experienced, and that Christmas it was just my Mom and I. But despite my Dad being gone, my Mom made me her utmost priority. That Christmas, despite it being a quiet one, was great because she made it so. She always made sure that my Dad was on our minds as we would frequently send him care packages, cards, letters and drawings. If it weren't for my Mom being who she is, I don't know how I would have dealt with my Dad being gone for so long, and with the uncertainty of whether he'd return. She really was the glue that held our family together.
Skip ahead 12 years, and my Dad was retiring from the army and we decided to move to Canada. I was 16 at the time, and did not want to leave where we lived in England. But regardless we moved, and not long after we got to Canada I began to suffer from depression. My Mom was there for me, through everything. She shared my tears, she shared my pain, and she shared the odd smiles too. It had always been my Mom's dream to return to Canada for good but she was even willing to give up that dream which she had since she was 8 years old if it meant I would be happy. If it weren't for her being my rock when I needed her the most, I don't know where I'd be today.
After living in Canada for several years, my Grandmother moved over to Canada from Germany. Not long after she moved here, she was diagnosed with cancer, and not long after she was admitted to hospital where she passed away. My Mom was amazing. I don't think I have ever admired my Mom's strength as much as I did when my Grandmother was ill. My Mom would visit her everyday in hospital and my Mom made sure she was well taken care of. My Mom and I were both each other's rocks at that time, always reassuring each other that all would be okay in the end. It was through this difficult experience that I truly realized what a wonderful woman my Mother is, and how much I hope to be like her. All was well in the end, as my Grandmother passed away peacefully, and she is now in a better place with no worries or pain, just her good old wonderful self again.
My Mom is my best friend in the world. I am SO lucky to have her. People always tell me how awesome my Mom is whether it be my friends, friends of friends, or even cashiers at stores that she frequents, they all tell me how she manages to put a smile on their face. And I can see why. My Mom really is my sunshine and there is not a day that goes by where she doesn't tell me how much I am loved. She has been there through every struggle and hardship I have had to endure with open arms waiting to help and nurture, and she has equally been there for every triumph, success and victory I've had ready to celebrate. If anyone is on my team, she is, without a doubt. And this year as I get married, she will be one of my 4 bridesmaids standing with me as I marry the man I love. I love you so much Mama, and I hope that this is just one little way I can show you that.
Thanks Karen! As thanks for being such a fantastic mother, Pick Your Plum will be sending you a special $25 Plum box with some fun products. They are one of my favorite daily deal sites, and I was so thrilled when they happily agreed to honor you in this way! Here are some examples of some of their fun products:
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