Winner of the Mother’s Day contest!

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Winner of the Mother’s Day contest!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We’re delighted to announce Lara C. as winner of the Mother’s Day contest, her amazing story touched us all. Lara will receive a $200 giftcard to the spa of her choice!

We would like to personally thank each and every one of the mothers who submitted entries as they were all absolutely amazing!

Please take some time to view Lara’s story below and have a happy and wonderful Mother’s Day!

-milkmakers

 

How have you changed since becoming a mother?

My priorities are so different now and I’m a master at balancing life.  I never knew I could love someone so much.  I tell my son every day that he is everything I ever wanted.  My husband and I are both on active duty military.  We have a total of 3 combat tours (equal to 42 months total combined) b/w the two of us.  My husband was deployed for the birth of our son and the first 6 months of his life.  My duty and honor has always been to the United States of America, but now I have an even greater duty and honor to our son.  Nothing does or ever will come before him.  I exist in this everyday for him.  I wake up every day, put on my uniform, strap on my boots, and head to Army work.  I understand this is a 24/7 job if the boss says so.  But no matter how high ranking the General is, I’m pretty sure nothing is going to come before me being a mom.  My favorite time of the day is picking our son up at daycare.  I am able to make it through each work day knowing it will end at some point and my time in the evening is dedicated to him.  I cherish every moment knowing that I don’t always have a lot of moments with him b/c of this job.  He is my life, my soul, and my everything.

I worry.  Before being a mom, I didn’t worry.  I definitely thought I was invincible.  Now being a mom, I think of the littlest things that could harm my baby.  I wonder, how will I be able to keep him safe forever?  I have a clear understanding of my mom now.  When before nothing she said mattered.  Now we speak the same language and everything she says matters.  She is my best friend.  It’s amazing how life comes full circle and eventually you do truly understand your parents.  <3

Lara C. of the U.S. Army