Take in the MOMent



Update on March 25, 2014:

My heart aches for a family in Canada. I never met them in person, but my life was profoundly touched when Leanne reached out to me early last year and asked me to do the unimaginable. She was battling Stage IV breast cancer, and she wanted me to create a TYPOGRFX with words of wisdom to inspire her children after she’s gone. Sadly, her time on earth ended last night and her family will be receiving the special gift I helped her create. I am both honored and overwhelmingly sad right now. Prayers for her family at this difficult time.. May her memory live on through her children!

Original post May 11, 2013:

Leanne and family

I’m sure by now you know that tomorrow is Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate, appreciate and remember the special women in our life. I know that I will spend time with family, call those I can’t be with and I will try really hard to enjoy every single moment I am given, because I am inspired by Leanne, the woman in the above photo.

Rewind to a few weeks ago. I received an email that made my heart sink and soar at the same time. It read in part: “I have Stage IV breast cancer and unfortunately have precious time left. I am married with three children, ages 5, 7 and 15. I’d like to create a piece of art for them to inspire them everyday. With words of wisdom from me. Can you help me?”

My first reaction was of terrible sadness. My second was of pure admiration. I mean, I can’t image what this woman is going through, but somehow she has the strength and courageousness to look towards the future and the legacy she wants to leave behind. So of course, I immediately responded with a yes!

When I received her “word list” tears streamed down my face as I read all of the inspiring, thoughtful and sometimes funny pieces of advice she wanted to include. Of course, designing it proved to be difficult with teary vision, but I finished it up and sent it to her. Her response:

“You have given [my family] a gift and a memory of me that they will have forever. And a reminder that I will always be in their hearts. Amazing.”

So tomorrow I will hold my own son a little tighter, because I know that there are moms who know their time is very limited with their own children, and I want to take in every moment.