Wednesday, 20 April 2016

an early celebration of Mothers' Day

there are no perfect parents and there are no perfect children - my feature on the Seeing Me Project for Mothers Day

I was very honoured to be asked to write a post in honour of Mothers Day by one of Australia's leading women's fashion brands.  Millers Fashion is aiming their range at 40+ women who want to be vibrant and visible.

They started a site called "The Seeing Me Project" to give mature women a voice, they use real women for their models and aim to inspire us to own this stage of our life - I love that and was so happy to share some of my story with them HERE.

there are no perfect parents and there are no perfect children - my feature on the Seeing Me Project for Mothers Day
1989
I'll never be the perfect "Mrs Brady" mother, but some how I've ended up with pretty fabulous children and I am grateful for that every day. Mothers Day isn't for another couple of weeks here in Australia but it's nice to have an opportunity to start the celebrations early. I'd love you to pop across and read my post and say hi in the comments!

there are no perfect parents and there are no perfect children - my feature on the Seeing Me Project for Mothers Day
2011


37 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post! I love the pictures. Your family is beautiful! It's wonderful having beautiful memories isn't it? You are so right, there aren't any perfect families, but the memories are so very perfect!

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    1. I think that's the biggest lesson I've taken away from parenting - we all make mistakes, but if our hearts are in the right place then there is happiness and plenty of great memories along the way.

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  2. ". . . so many perfect memories along the way." This!

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    1. Exactly! the memories are what we circle around to through life and they are our shared history - and make for great stories over the dinner table!

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  3. Beautiful family, in the end memories are all that matter.

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    1. thanks Rena - and memories are really important aren't they?

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  4. I agree, Leanne, there aren't perfect people, but there are wonderful memories. Motherhood is the gift that keeps giving. That's what's wonderful about it. Lovely post.

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    1. I love that motherhood doesn't stop once we launch the children - it just changes and some of the effort we put in comes back to make the effort worthwhile :)

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  5. That was a lovely post. My son wasn't the perfect son and I wasn't the perfect mother. His teenaged years were quite stormy. Apparently we've all survived and both my husband and I are happy he is in our lives. So is his grandmother! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. If we survive those teenage years then they gradually dim in our memories and the fun bits start to take their place - I'm glad you weathered the storm Alana :)

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  6. You all look beautiful and happy. Oh and perfection? It is such a myth.
    Carol Cassara

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    1. I love the idea of perfection as a myth Carol - it reduces the expectations 100%!

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  7. Congratulations, Leanne! Also I love the photos and sentiments. I had to scroll up a few times to compare 1989 to now. Wow. What a lovely family. You are truly blessed. Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. thanks Cathy - Those babies of mine have certainly grown since 1989 - hopefully on the inside as well as on the outside :)

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  8. Hey Leanne, congrats! This is really great! Your family looks so beautiful, God bless! Will pop over to visit when you do the special post :)

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    1. thanks so much Kala - I'm very proud of them x

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  9. Great to see you back in the Miller's group Leanne and a lovely post to return with. I love the photo of you and your daughter - you seem so close.

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    1. thanks Sue - it was nice to be asked and Erin was happy to be "famous" with me :)

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  10. I love the words on your first photo. Beautiful family and I thank you for sharing at my party this week.

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    1. I love your party Michelle and thanks for visiting my post :)

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  11. What a beautiful post! I am in the early stages of the parenting children with three children under the age of 5, and it is nice to read a piece reflecting back. I can certainly relate to "frustrated Mommy"!!

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    1. three children under five would certainly make for moments of frustration (and fun) and just think, one day you'll be looking back at the memories too x

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  12. Lucky children you have that they know how you feel about them! A true gift a parent can give to their children. Congrats and Happy Mother's Day

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    1. thanks so much - I'm truly blessed to have them in my life :)

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  13. Congrats on picking up the sponsored post :)

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    1. thanks Gary (although no money changed hands!)

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  14. This sounds like a great opportunity for you AND a wonderful company. I'm headed over to read now. :)

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    1. It's lovely to see a big fashion store aiming at our generation Anna - the fact that they are trying to be more relevant to women like ourselves is a big plus in my opinion.

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  15. That's lovely - great memories, & such an accurate account of what most families are really like. We have a number of things that my sister and I insist happened a little differently to how my mum insists they happened in our family too!

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    1. I think it's funny how you can be positive an incident occurred in a certain way and yet someone else who experienced it with you remembers it completely differently :)

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  16. Fantastic pictures, Leanne. I enjoyed reading your post on the SeeingMe website too.

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    1. thanks Corinne - it's lovely to look back at them as little children and see how far we've all come!

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  17. Great post Leanne. Really lovely to read. Surely good parenting isn't about getting it right every time, it's about doing it with the best intentions and love in mind? Sounds like you've got it spot on - an inspiration to all.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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    1. I think you summed it up beautifully Sally - the best intentions and Love seem to cover a multitude of missteps along the way :)

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  18. So awesome that you're sharing your mid life story, with us, and with the Seeing Me project. Of course I went and checked out your other Article too. I agree, none of us are perfect parents, and our children are not perfect either. But together we can form a unit that is pretty darn close to perfect. And if we were completely perfect life wouldn't be nearly as fun, would it? I love the stories that you told, how you see it differently than your children. It's so funny to look back and talk about things and see how they remember things versus How We Do.

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  19. You have such a lovely family, Leanne. Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party.

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