You Are an Amazing Mom!

Yes, you are!

I have only been a mom for less than two years, but if there’s one thing I’ve quickly learned is that we are all so hard on ourselves. I bet if I asked you to write 10 things that you need to be better as a mom, you could come up with the list in less than 10 seconds. However, what I really want to know is what is your best quality as a mom or what is the one thing that you think you do better than any other mom or what is one thing that you are really proud of as a mom… You get my point, right?  Tell me, tell me!

I’ve been seeing a lot of Mother’s Day contests, but they are all about nominating another mom. I want you to nominate yourself. Be proud of the mama that you are. I know you are amazing and I bet your children would agree with me.

And because I know you have the hardest job in the world, I want to reward you. All of you. Leave a comment below and I’ll give you $50 off a regular session that is booked in the month of May (you can schedule your session for anytime in 2014). Also, one lucky mama (chosen randomly) will win a free Mother’s Day Mini Session and all mamas who leave a comment below and book a mini session will get 5 extra high resolution images!

Mini Sessions will be held on May 17 and 18 in Gilbert. Times are 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00

30 minutes + online gallery + favorite 5 images in high resolution + printing rights


Happy Mother’s Day!

When I was searching my files from this past year, I was looking for just one image for this blog post, but this is what I ended up with because you are all amazing and I’m so honored and touched that you trusted me to capture these beautiful moments with the ones you love the most. Thank you!



  1. It is a must to capture London & Milan now at age 2 1/2 & 1 years old! Your pictures when Milan was first born for Mother’s Day were so beautiful! I will always be Thankful for my sisters reconnecting me with you! You’re Awesome! This is great!

  2. I’m an amazing mom because I have, and will always sleep in my daughters crib with her if/when it brings her comfort! :) my back hates me, but my daughter doesn’t, and that’s all that matters!! <3

  3. Sad but true, the thing I am best at is scheduling. With 3 crazy boys going in 18 different directions scheduling and getting everyone where they need to be is key;)

  4. I’m an amazing mom because I’m always ready for a dance party! At home, in the car, at the grocery store, at the mall or restaurant. If there’s music playing and she wants to dance we dance! And she loves it :)

  5. I am an amazing mom because of my perserverence. With 4 children 5 and under you just have to go with the flow and take it one day at a time. I always see moms and grandmas out doing stuff together with their kids, and it is hard to watch since I lost my Mom and Mother-in Law the year I got married. But it makes want to be a better Mom and make them both proud of me. I have learned to take what life hands you and either go with it or learn from it:)

  6. I am an amazing mom because I am a record keeper. I capture and preserve life’s everyday moments, or as I like to say, everyday miracles. I started a family blog six years ago to keep family and friends in touch, but I’ve kept it going all these years, not for them, but for my children and for my own memory.

  7. I would LOVE to win this!! A photo such with my Lemon would be the BEST Mother’s Day gift! I am an amazing mom because I live and breathe for my daughter, I exist only for her. Thanks Cristi for this opportunity, I hope I win!! xoxo

  8. Cristi-this is great! It’s easy to find the qualities in someone else, but it’s often difficult and a great challenge to talk about the good in you. You are your worst critic, after all. It’s so easy to fall into the bad habit of comparing myself to other amazing moms out there who craft, blog, work, do all sorts of terrific things with their kiddos. I have learned to stop comparing and simply be the best that I can be for my son. I have only been a mother for two years as well, but I know that I am an amazing mom because at the end of the day, when I am often exhausted from work, household chores, and other wife/motherly duties, and trying to juggle it all, there is nothing more important than dedicating quality time to teaching my toddler how to be a special little person. He is my priority and the biggest blessing I’ve received is being called “Mama”. Every time he asks to hold my hand, give me kisses, giggles hysterically when I slow dance with him, or looks at me with the most beautiful loving eyes, I know that he is truly happy. To him, I am the most amazing mom. What more could I ask for? :)

  9. I am an amazing mom because I am a mother, nurse, teacher, and cheerleader. I try to wake up every day with a fresh attitude to help them tackle whatever they dream of. Thanks Cristi. :)

  10. Wow! Just have to say Cristi this is an awesome mother’s day contest but also one of the hardest/scariest to enter!!

    Why am I an amazing mom? Hmm well let me just first admit, having a child is by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life yet the best gift I have ever received!! I have only been a mom to my sweet little Brooklynn for about 15 months but I feel I was meant to be a mom but in my own kind of way if you know what I mean!! I think I am pretty amazing simply for the fact that each and every day my sweet, chubby cheeks, 3 dimples and blue eyed daughter makes me want to be a better person and to live each day full of life and I have finally allowed myself to start doing this! So if she wants me to read 100 books to her instead of cleaning the floors, done! If she wants me to crank up the music and shake our booties together, done! If she wants to accidentally drink some hair gel, well I will drink some too just to make sure it won’t hurt our tummies! I have realized that my sweet baby girl is what completes life and she inspires me to want to help change the world for the better so she can grow up without chaos, negativity and craziness we often surround ourselves with these days.

    I want to give a shout out to all you mama’s out in this world because no matter what you truly are an amazing moms and you should never forget how awesome you really are and enjoy this life you have with your babies!!

  11. You are so right… It’s surprisingly (and sadly) easier to think of how I can be a better Mom, instead of reasons why I AM an amazing Mom. I’m embarrassed that I actually had to sit and reflect on it during my quiet times these past few days, just to try and put together an answer! Thanks Cristi, for calling me out (haha) and inspiring me to give myself a pat on the back once in a while.

    I am an amazing Mom because I never stop learning, growing, and striving to be a better mother for my girls. I’ve learned along the way that almost nothing works the same way for any of them and they all have their beautifully unique qualities and needs that I’m constantly adapting to. You’d think after almost 15 years, I’d have a better idea of what the heck I’m doing! But thanks to my three little ladies who keep me on my toes, I’m learning right along with them. What makes me a sane Mom, is keeping my sense of humor and knowing I won’t always get things right… it makes for great stories and funny memories :)

  12. I’m an amazing mom because we all are, aren’t we? There are dishes to do and laundry to fold and toys to pickup and husbands to make time for and a million other little things that we juggle and shuffle and prioritize.

    I’m an amazing mom because I try to do something special with my son every day. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget that childhood is such a limited time opportunity. I try to pack in as much love, fun, and wonder as I can each day, because I know it will all be over too quickly and before I know it my little man will be all grown up.

    I’m an amazing mom because I put my family first, always, twenty-four seven, and you know what?

    I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  13. There is nothing like a very delayed answer to a blog post, is there? I am a slow processer (and introspective), and it took me a while to process why I am an amazing mother. (Kind of like free therapy if you ask me!)

    The first thing that came to my mind is that I try to say a blessing over my children as many nights as I can. The best time to do this is while they are sleeping–mainly so that they don’t interrupt me (hee hee!) but also so that I can have a few deep thoughts to myself when it is quiet. (And every mom loves watching a sleeping child!) I will quietly whisper a prayer blessing over them—for my son that he will grow into a strong man of integrity and honor and make wise choices; and for my daughter that she will grow in integrity and grace and know her worth in every aspect of her life. (I know these things may sound a bit lofty for young children, but I leave their rooms so uplifted and encouraged regardless of how frustrated or flustered I was with them that day.)

    The other reason that I am an amazing mom is that I realize the importance of asking for forgiveness from my children. If I lose my cool and injure their feelings in same sitting, I sometimes just have to humble myself and say I’m sorry. Some of the time it is easy, sometimes it is not; however, I recall my mom asking me for forgiveness when I was a child, and it always meant so much—I am not perfect and sometimes simply telling my children “I’m sorry” is the best recourse I can make.

  14. Being a mom makes you reflect upon your own childhood, the loving examples and lessons learned that you want to carry-on for your children. The quality I am most proud of centers around my becoming more self-reflective. This is not always easy, edpecially with the hectic schedules we keep. But, in order to be the role model that my children need and deserve, it will be critical for me to remain plugged-in to who I am and the person I am modeling for my children.

  15. Making sure that I am fully engaged, fully aware, and 100% in touch when I’m with Samuel is the quality I’m most proud of. This is extremely important to me and I hold myself to it because during the week I’m at work full time. He deserves every moment of me when I’m not.

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