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    When I was a little girl in Spain, I lived with my grandparents.  They were the ones who basically laid the foundation for who I am as a person.  Although they both played an integral part into molding me as a person, my grandmother has been a constant in my life in so many ways.  To say that she is special to me is an understatement because there aren’t enough words to describe the profound impact that she has had on making me into the woman who I am today.


    I have so many fond memories of the special things that she would do, on a daily basis, to demonstrate her love for me.  My grandfather would wake up in the wee hours of the morning to head to his job at the steel mill and I would promptly crawl into bed with Tata.  She would scratch my back until I fell asleep and just feeling her loving touch was so soothing to me.  Every single time she brushed my hair, straightened out the clothes I was wearing, or guided my hands as she taught me how to sew, I could feel the tenderness in her caress.


    From the moment I found out that I was going to be a mother, I knew that I wanted to make my children feel as loved and supported as my Tata has always made me feel.  She taught me the importance of not only telling my boys how much I love them, but also showing them that love through everyday demonstrations of it.  My grandmother also instilled in me a sense of right and wrong which I also try to impart to my sons.  As their mother, it is my responsibility to raise positive and productive members of society.  After all, Tata taught me that life is not always fun and games, sometimes it can be serious business.


    It has been extremely difficult to be separated from my grandmother when our family moved back to the United States.  Although we call each other and communicate online, it has been extremely hard having an entire ocean between us.  With so much distance separating us, small gestures such as sending a greeting card for Mother’s Day every year have become an important part of me showing her how much I love her and how much she has meant to me all these years.  Hallmark cards have always had the perfect selection of cards to say exactly what my heart wants to say even from a whole continent away.


    Although I fell in love with a lot of the greeting cards that Hallmark has this Mother’s Day, these are my four favorites that I’ve narrowed them down to from which I will choose my grandmother’s card.  I’m really excited about Hallmark’s selection of cards in Spanish because, although Tata lived in the United States for many years, she is still more fluent in Spanish than English.  I love the idea of being able to send her cards in Spanish that echo my exact sentiments.


    This Mother’s Day, show the women who have inspired your motherhood journey how much they mean to you by visiting a store to purchase Hallmark cards that best represent their priceless contributions to your life. and role as a mother to your own kids.  As my grandmother always taught me, it’s important to not only tell others that you love them but to show them too!

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Let’s Discuss:  Who has inspired your motherhood journey from the beginning?

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  1. What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother – my grandmother was the same with being so apart of my life. I am going to go to hallmark and get something special for all the mothers in my life, a card anyway.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    My mom inspired me. She is the best mom anyone could ever ask for and I try to raise my kids the way she raised me.

  3. Mother figures are such an important influence on who we become. This is a sweet tribute to your grandmother. I’m certain she knows just how important she is to you.

  4. if I had children I can honestly say it would have been my Dad’s Mom who inspired me the most. Always loving, always caring and always there for me. Unfortunately she died many years ago now but she is still in my heart and in my memories.

  5. My moms has been my inspiration. I can imagine how hard it has been for you to be far from your Tata.

    • Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

      I can’t imagine being that far away from my Nana. I am lucky because she is only 20 minutes away and I get to see her all the time.

  6. You know, I think that we often forget ourselves as mothers… I’m doing my best to think of what to do special for my mom this year. She’s had it rough lately.

  7. I think I have always been a little mother at heart, even when I was little. I never really an inspiration, I just knew I always wanted to be a mommy. Babies are just precious, I want a million of them but I can’t afford it. LOL

  8. This was a beautiful read. My grandparents did a lot for me too

  9. My grandmother inspired me to do all the things a mom is suppose to do the right way and my mother inspired me to do all the things a mother should never do.

  10. how sweet! what a great tribute to all moms.

  11. This brings tears to my eyes. My mom is my best friend and she has by far inspired me the most!

  12. I had a wonderful grandma like you did. She really did shape and inspire me, and she still continues to, even though she passed some time ago.

  13. Catherine S says

    What a great post. My mom and grandma inspired me. We use to see my grandma every Sunday and in the summer each of us kids would go spend a week with her.

    • I think my grandma inspired me a lot with her kindness. Funny that she wasn’t the best mother, but as a grandma, she rocked it out.

  14. My mom was my best friend. I love seeing all these sweet Mother’s Day posts and the wonderful cards from Hallmark.

  15. I see my Grandmother as my mother. She is the most fantastic lady in the world. So caring and so beautiful.

  16. I love the story of your Tata! She sounds like a very special person. And I love Hallmark. They make the best cards!

  17. Hallmark always knows just want to say on paper. I like giving my mom funny cards .

  18. This is such a sweet post. I have to find the perfect thing for my mom this Mother’s Day.

  19. This brings tears to my eyes. My mom passed away less than a year before I become a mother myself. This time of year is always bittersweet.

  20. My mom inspired my journey. Even though she isn’t here she still inspires me everyday to be the best mom I can be!

  21. My mother and grandmothers inspired me to be the mom I am today. I learned a lot from my mom when I had my first child. She, unfortunately has passed away but my mother-in-law has been a great replacement.

  22. The love that my husband and his siblings have for their mother is my inspiration. They are a lovely family and she is just wonderful.

  23. I really love this post. Really a great tribute to your grandmother. These Mother’s day cards looks beautiful as well. My mom and grandma have inspired me a lot and I have learned so much from them.

  24. I love Hallmark. My grandma has been an inspiration to me!

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