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Best Moms Day Ever

This is a photo of the people who I lived with for the first 23 years of my life.

my family at Taras wedding

They are my family. In the photo, I am pictured with my bother, sister and my parents. The picture was taken the day that my sister got married and it’s the most recent photo of the five of us together.

Here we all are with the rest of our loved ones. My brother, Brian, is pictured with his fiance, Angelina. My sister is with her new husband, Phil and I am with Chris & the boys. This is the only picture existence of all of us together, so I treasure it. I have a printed copy of it framed in my living room and I love how happy we all look in this photo.

Mom from taras wedding

The thing is, my mom is not well. She hasn’t been in a really, really long time (many years). She’s a melanoma survivor (going on 4 years), she has a liver that practically doesn’t work anymore (she’s on the transplant list), she’s a diabetic and on top of all that, she literally has no immune system. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

Because of all her ailments, she is constantly getting wounds that just don’t heal. The majority of them are on her legs. She has terrible varicose veins which make her skin susceptible to skin irritations. Minor skin irritations turn into big ones and because these wounds take months and months to show even the slightest amount of improvement, she is in and out of the hospital with constant infections. Not to mention, she is in pain all of the time.

In the past, whenever she left the house, she had to make sure she had a cane with her to help her walk. The pain of taking steps with the open wounds hurt her too much to walk without one.

mom with cane

But over the past few years, she’s upgraded to a more effective form of getting around:

mom in scooter

It seems as the years go by, the more frequent she’s getting these wounds on her legs and each time, they seem to get worse.

My mom’s most recent hospital stay was this past January. One of the wounds on her leg had gotten so badly infected that she was delirious and my poor dad ended up having to call an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

Since she’s been sick for many years, I always like to make sure that Mother’s Day is extra special for her. Since she was so sick earlier this year, I want this Mother’s Day to be the best ever. I was out shopping with my husband last week and noticed this amazing One-Stop Shop by American Greetings at Walmart. They had everything I could ever need or want to create a truly special gift for my mom this Mother’s Day.


This display was filled with all sorts of great gifts for mom. My mom is one of those people that has everything – and if she doesn’t, she goes out and buys it for herself. That makes gift giving challenging sometimes, but when I saw all the great things in the One Shop Stop display, I decided to pick up a few things that I knew my mom would like. And guess what? I got everything for under $25! I got a cute magnetic memo board, a set of 3 memo pads and a cute journal with an anchor on it. She loves all things nautical, so I knew she’d love it as soon as I laid eyes on it. I can’t wait to give it to her!


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  1. Alli

    You’re such a good daughter and your family does look happy in that photo! I wish my mom lived close by, but she lives in another state and I won’t get to see her on Mother’s Day. She will get a gift, a card and a phone call. Of course, we talk often, but it’s not quite the same.

  2. Nicole M Williams

    Your story had me all teary eyed. I am sure any gift you get her will be special.

  3. maria @ close tohome

    Have to agree what a heart felt story about your mom and glad you are making Mothers Day so special.

  4. Jessica Beal Harlow

    Obviously, you have a special bond with your Mom. I hope spring brings some physcial relief for your Mom. It’s hard to see someone you love be in pain. Enjoy a marvelous Mother’s Day together. No doubt she’ll love the special gifts you’ve found for her!

  5. Michele

    No–they really do not care what their child gets them when it comes right down to it–I know mine is just happy that she is still in great shape and can keep going out and about–with me as the chauffeur a lot of the time!!

  6. Jenn

    Awww, you are such a good daughter. My mom never cared what we got her as long as it was from the heart.

  7. Erin @ Sugar Crumbs

    You are such a lovely daughter! I bet your mom really does have the best mothers day ever!

  8. Alissa Apel

    Look at your family all dressed up! Everyone looks wonderful! What a great family.

  9. toughcookiemommy

    I agree, that is such a beautiful family photo. I’m so glad that you have it framed in your home.

  10. martinkadelux

    That’s what I think! Your mama is a blessed woman! I hope you and I actually get to meet up one of these days- you have such a kind heart <3

  11. Pam

    I definitely agree. She is so blessed to have such a great daughter.

  12. Rosey

    I love that you’ve picked up all of these for such a great price! I’m sorry to hear about your mom being in such bad shape. She sounds very lucky to be surrounded by so many in the family who care.

  13. Chubskulit Rose

    I am sorry to hear about your Mom’s condition. IT is always hard when our love one is doing well with their health.

  14. Carissa Pelletier

    My heart goes out to you and I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s condition. It’s great to see her getting around and I love that American Greetings and Walmart make it easy to shower her with a little something special!

  15. Olivia Schwab

    Your mom will have an amazing mothers day! I’m sorry your mom isn’t doing the best but I hope she gets better or at least gets her spirits up!

  16. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Holy crap, that is so sad. =( I’m glad you’re making all your memories count. Fingers crossed she gets a liver soon!

  17. Michelle F.

    Sounds like you have an amazing mom. Love that you are making her Mother’s Day extra special.

  18. Jeanine

    You have such a beautiful family Robin! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and how she’s feeling. That must be so difficult for her and everyone. I love everything you picked, I’m sure she will too! How lovely! She will have an amazing mothers day, she has to with a wonderful daughter like you!

  19. Jeannette

    I’m so sorry that your mom is not doing well but I’m sure your gift is a great way to cheer her up! I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for my mom this mothers day and this post really inspired me! Thanks!

  20. Cheryl Collett, Itty Bitty Foodies - Yummy Adventures with Kids!

    Robin what a personal and touching post. I’m so sorry she’s not well and wish her and you a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  21. Autumn Blues Reviews

    That is such an awesome present. It is sad that your mother has these problems but great to know she has a loving daughter who cares.

  22. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    It sounds like they’re both pretty lucky. There’s nothing quite like an awesome mother/daughter relationship.

  23. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Awe I am so sorry about your mom being sick. What a cute selection.

  24. Michele

    At 92 my Mom has virtually everything and like yours–if she wants it–she goes and gets it for herself. I know I will be taking her to the Outback for a steak dinner (we both love steak)–what would probably make her the happiest is if I went to get my nails done with her–well–we will see.

  25. msposh2013

    That is really the sweetest post ever. You are right that you really have to stop and count your blessings. I lost my mother almost 5 years ago.

  26. Marika

    What a lovely family you have! Great shots too!

  27. Kim Delatorre (@shopwithmemama)

    Sounds like your mommy has many people who love her, she is a lucky lady!! Love all the family pictures too!

  28. Shirley Eliza Martinez

    I’m so sorry your mom has to deal with that. It’s heart breaking to watch and I hope she finds relief soon.

  29. Tami

    I’m not sure what I’m getting my mom yet this year. I know she always enjoys flowers or even something practical.

  30. lisa

    I hope your mother has a fabulous mother’s day and I’m sure you will make it so special for her!!

  31. Jennifer

    I love the big family photo from the wedding! What a great shot! I’m sorry your mom has been so ill. I’m sure your personal thoughtful gifts like these help her feel better!

  32. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Oh looks like your mom is going to have the best day ever! You make it so special.

  33. Britney Mills (@princesscowboys)

    Those gifts are super cute! I need to get thinking of gifts!

  34. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug)

    What a lovely family you have and the scooter is pretty cool. I can’t wait to head to Walmart to check out their One Stop Shop for the best moms day ever collection.

  35. Jessica

    I bet your mom was surprised with the gift.

  36. 3decades3kids

    Wow. Your mom is actually incredible to keep on going and waking up every morning trying! So sorry to hear about her health. It looks like Walmart has an amazing place to get everything you need to make Mother’s Day perfect this year!

  37. sgarrison05

    Your mom is going to love this!! I love that memo board and the notebook so cute!!

  38. Katherine

    It’s always nice to get things on Mother’s Day

  39. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    God bless your mom for her strength and survival.

  40. JanetGoingCrazy

    Your mom is so beautiful and I’m so sorry to hear about all of her ailments. I will say a few prayers for her and for your family. I hope she loves your gifts and feels like the special woman that she is on this Mother’s Day. #client

  41. Jamie

    I will make my mom a personalized gift and also give her a gift card to a craft store!

  42. Christina

    I love greeting cards to show how much I care. All the best to you and your mom.

  43. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I agree and they have such a nice selection to chose from!

  44. vsudarsan

    Lovely photos! Mothers day is very special day for all mothers.

  45. toughcookiemommy

    I’m so sorry that your mom has had to suffer through so many health problems. It’s so great that you always make Mother’s Day so special for her.

  46. Michele D

    That is so sweet of you. Cherish every moment with her. My mom has health issues and is in 3rd stage of cancer. It’s not a easy road.

  47. Theresa

    My heart goes out to your mom. It must be difficult to have constant ailments, but she sure has a lovely smile still. I hope she does have the best Mother’s Day this year!

  48. Stefany

    Someone needs to tell my kids that I need the anchor journal for Mother’s Day! I LOVE that. I can’t wait to head to the store and see this display. There is so much to choose from. I hope your mom enjoys her Mother’s Day!

  49. upliftingfam

    This post makes me miss my mom. My daughter had me stop by my mom’s gravesite last Saturday afternoon. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 4 years without mom but it has. Cherish your mom ladies and gentlemen. Now on the brighter side, I’ll have to find something for my mother in law.

  50. asbestrecipes

    You have a beautiful family I will pray so that your mom feels better, sending best wishes

  51. [email protected]

    I haven’t thought about what I am getting my mom for Mother’s Day. Thanks for the great ideas.

  52. Debra

    I am so sorry your mom is ill, I hope your gift brings her a smile!

  53. Roz K. Walker

    I like the items at the One Stop Shop. Some good gift ideas for my mom.

  54. Cinny

    Aww, what a sweet thing you’re doing for your mom. Some days, it can definitely be hard but good family support makes a difference!

  55. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Robin I am so sorry to hear that your mother has been so unwell over the past years. I really hope she gets her liver transplant soon. You picked her up some gorgeous gifts, I’m sure she’ll love them!

  56. Rachel @RunningRachel

    I love your fondness towards your mom! I am sorry she isn’t in the best health and pray that this is an awesome MOther’s Day for her (and you)

  57. kelseyapley

    Your mom sounds like such a wonderful woman. She has been through so much I can imagine how hard that is. I pray she gets a liver transplant!!! I hope you guys have the best Mother’s Day!

  58. Jaime

    You have a great mom. I’m sure she’s going to love these gifts. (I love the nautical journal!)

  59. Danielle I

    I love Mother’s Day. Throughout the year we don’t always cherish our time with our mothers or thank them for everything they do. So when Mother’s Day comes around, it’s nice to make it extra special for my mom. I know she does a lot for me and I want her to know how much she means to me.

  60. irishred13

    Beautiful photos and family! I hope you all have a great Mother’s Day

  61. Allie D.

    It is so hard to see a love one suffer from illnesses. I’m sure that your mom will have a fantastic Mother’s Day, because she knows how much her family loves and cares for her. My brother and I get our mom a bouquet of her favorite flowers and a humorous card, because she’s got a wicked sense of humor. We take old pics of ourselves, cut out our heads, and paste it on the people on her cards. She actually started that tradition with our birthday cards and we have just continued to do it too. It makes the cards funny and personal.

  62. jbresheffield0718

    First, I can not believe that just around the corner is Mother’s Day. This year is flying by and I haven’t even blinked it feels like. This is going to be a great day for her for sure. Such a thoughtful gift. I need to start planning.

  63. Jennifer

    I sounds like everyday is the best mom’s day for you guys. You’re both so lucky to have such a great relationship.

  64. Catherine S

    What a beautiful family photo. I am sure your mom will love all of it. What a great giveaway.

  65. Tina @ My Highest Self

    Such a wonderful post. Your mom has a great daughter :).

  66. Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    This was a lovely post – what a beautiful family you have.

  67. clbustad

    What a beautiful family. Your mom sounds wonderful.

  68. ascendingbutterfly

    We have a bit in common regarding our moms, my mom has battled cancer twice and shares many of the health problems your mom is going through, sending love to you and your mom, Happy Mother’s Day!Thanks for the neat giveaway, I entered!Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  69. Maria

    Great story!! I haven’t even thought what my plans will be! I got to get thinking for my own mother.

  70. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Love your momma’s new ride – so spiffy! Great gift ideas, too! I was just thinking about Mother’s Day earlier this morning…

  71. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    Mother’s Day will be here before I know. I need to start on some gifts!

  72. yumeating

    Oh Robin. You made me cry! I love that you have such a good relationship with your mom and that despite her medical issues you want her to have the best that she can possibly have. My mother and I are very close. We’ve had to deal with a lot with all the things that have happened to me. She’s my rock. Now that I have all these health issues and chronic pain, I worry that for some reason kiddo is going to be angry at me later in life because I missed so much. I hope she knows my struggles and that despite them, I do the very best I can.

  73. becca112971

    Wow your mom is awesome sending her healing thoughts. As for mom’s day not sure what I will be doing.

  74. Megan Elford

    She’ll love receiving those goodies for Mother’s Day! Give your mom a big hug from all of us!

  75. Mrs. Jilly Fisher

    I love that you try to make it extra special. My mom is flying in for Mother’s Day and I plan on making it extra special as well. =-) Healing vibes!

  76. Lesley

    That is really precious of you. May I say you both look beautiful in all those pictures.

  77. tammi

    Awe, what a precious story. This time of year is a great reminder to always be grateful for those you cherish in your life.

  78. Heather

    I remember you mentioning your mom had health issues. I love her new ride and I hope her health improves.

  79. Patricia Figurski

    Wow! Love your ideas and that you care to make that Mother’s Day really special for her. I hope she’ll feel better soon!

  80. Krystal's Kitsch

    What great memories. I am loving that Mother’s Day is coming up. Already thinking of cards + gift ideas!

  81. yumeating

    I can’t believe its almost here. Weren’t we just celebrating Christmas?

  82. moesly15

    I think there is too much made of all these man made holidays when you feel the need to buy a gift. The gifts from the heart are truly the best.

  83. mabi

    Your mother is very lucky to have you. She’s going to have a wonderful mother’s day!

  84. Amy Desrosiers

    Aww, I hate that your mom has such an awful illness. I am glad you stand by her and will give her the best Mother’s Day ever!

  85. Rebecca Swenor

    What amazing pictures of the family indeed. Which you gave me an idea for mother day with my sisters wedding picture of our whole family. I will have to check the stuff out at Walmart indeed. I love the memo and journal idea too. Thanks for sharing.

  86. NutriFitMama

    Aw you are such an awesome daughter, and SUCH a sweet family!

  87. Ann Bacciaglia

    I like to make my mom a home made card each year. This year we are going to have a spa day together.

  88. martinkadelux

    your mom is lucky to have such a wonderful daughter! I wish you both a very happy Mother’s Day!

  89. Pam

    Very nice tribute to your mom! I am actually planning on flying 2000 miles to be with my mother on Mother’s Day. Can’t wait.

  90. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Awe your poor mom. I hope she is well now. She looks great on the scooter!

  91. Kelly Hutchinson

    You moms latest stay in the hospital in January must have been super scary. I lost my mom last Christmas, so Mother’s Day is kind of sad for me.

  92. 3decades3kids

    I am not sure if I commented. I don’t see it here. This story is just incredible and the strength of this women is incredible! It makes me not want to sweat the small stuff for sure. I hope she has a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  93. Karla Campos

    Sorry to hear about your mom’s health. I am glad that she has found comfort in traveling through the use of the scooter. Great family photos! Entered your contest : )

  94. casavilorainteriors

    You are a great daughter for making your mother feel special on mother’s day!

  95. eliz frank

    What a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to your precious mom. Your gifts will keep that warm smile on her face…. <3

  96. Crystal

    That one stop shop display really is awesome, it has so much! Hope your mom has the best mother’s day ever!

  97. Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way

    Beautiful post! My mom is all about being a grandma so anything with my boys face plastered on it she would absolutely love!

  98. Amber NElson

    All moms deserve a day of their own. I think all moms should be pampered!

  99. rane25

    Thats a beautiful picture Ron .. I can see why you printed it .. you and your family look so happy

  100. shaunatorres

    Your mom sounds amazing. My MIL is pretty amazing too and deserves a great Mother’s Day!

  101. Pam

    My mother in law has similar problems with wound on her legs. I love the journal you picked out for your mom.

  102. Kecia

    I am getting my mom a FitBit! She’s been wanting one and she is the kind of person that doesn’t splurge on herself much. My sister, my husband, and I all have one and compete with each other, so I know she’s feeling a little out of the loop!

  103. maggiesblog2

    Those photos are priceless! You look so much like your momma!

  104. Amanda

    Your mother is beautiful! I think that you picked out a great selection of things for her. Love the anchor card <3

  105. Sarah Marturano

    I absolutely love your family photos! I’m sending prayers up for your mom.

  106. Jaime

    You have a beautiful family! I love the photos. I can also tell how much you love your mom and how this will be a wonderful mother’s day for her. Hugs!

  107. Ricci

    Cherish every day you have with your Mom, but I’m sure you already know that. I lost my Mom a long time ago and I would do anything to have just one day back with her again.

  108. mmgmom

    I love seeing the pictures of you and your whole family. Your mom seems like such a sweet person I feel for you I have been there done that in the past few years with my dad. Make the most of each memory.

  109. Vera Sweeney

    This is a great gift for you mom!! Love the family photos, I bet your mom loves the gift you got her!

  110. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    You guys look adorable, I hope you have the best Mother’s Day ever. I sure hope I do!

  111. foundfrolicking

    I’m so sorry about your mother. I can imagine a little what it feels like to see what she is going through. I hope you have many more wonderful memories shared together!

  112. Lisa Rios

    What a great post indeed! I hope your mom will definitely be so much happy on mothers day, because you did it so well. All the gift items at this shop looks very beautiful. I really like the pictures you have posted here. Love the giveaway as well.

  113. Stefani Tolson

    I think that is great that you make Mother’s Day special for your mom. Those gifts are great!

  114. Gabriel Bregg

    It’s great that she’s such a survivor though. My father in law has had melanoma along with prostrate cancer and we are greatful every day that he decided to fight instead of give up. It teaches you to cherish those you love because you never know how long you will have.

  115. [email protected]

    I am ready for Mother’s Day. Haven’t decided what I am getting my mom yet.

  116. Rorybore

    Oh I am so sorry that your mom is living with that kind of constant pain. It must be so hard to watch her suffer like that — but she truly sounds like an amazing and strong woman! I am finding it hard this year facing the reality that my parents too are getting older and more and more health issues are happening. it’s a hard and strange role reversal to be taking care of your parents!
    I am sure your mom will love and appreciate the special things you got for her!

  117. April G

    I know your mother must appreciate that you are there for her on top of the gifts that you’ve given her.

  118. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    What a thoughtful daughter you are. I am sure she will have an amazing mother’s day

  119. MamaLuvsBooks

    Mother’s Day will be here before we know it! There’s nothing more special than a “perfect card” for Mom! #client

  120. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    Clearly your mom is very loved. I’m sure she knows that and it will be an amazing day.

  121. katrinagehman

    great giveaway. i’m having surgery a week before mother’s day so we will just be chilling out at home.

  122. Amber C.

    Because we’re all moms now every mothers day we all go for pedicures and it’s a great time together!

  123. Manu Kalia

    Your story is so inspiring, every mother deserves a great gift. was that John Piper on your wedding photo?

  124. indah nuria Savitri

    big hugs for your mom…I miss my mom..She’s far away back home now but we are always in touch, thanks to technology :). Love your gift for her..I will find one that she likes as well..

  125. Shannon Gurnee

    I love the different sections they have at Walmart. Sounds like it’s gonna be a great Mother’s Day!

  126. Dawn McAlexander

    That anchor journal is awesome. I got one very similar to it the other day myself.

  127. Stacey - Travel Blogger

    Your poor mom! I feel so bad for her with the leg wounds. I hope she gets some long term relief soon.

  128. Aisha Kristine Chong

    That will surely make your mom happy. You are so sweet. Hopefully, she recovers soon though.

  129. Dawn

    I love that journal! I think it’s adorable!

  130. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    I am in need of a memo board! I will have to check out Walmart!

  131. Jenny Temcio

    It’s hard shopping for someone who has everything! Walmart sure is the place to look though!

  132. Gena

    I so love this! You and your family seem so sweet and close knit!

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