With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to give back to the women in our lives who have been there from the start (and nine months before that); our mothers. To celebrate, we asked the founders of JMD to share what gifts they’ve received from their own mothers.
Marianne Bouza is a mother of four, 3 girls and 1 boy, while she would describe her mom as: Intelligent, Strong and Graceful, Marianne says it best, “My mom taught me the importance of the foundation of family and faith in my life. She gave me the feeling of unconditional love and she showed me the value of always giving back to the greater good in life.” Well said Marianne, we know you’re in the right place for giving back!
Julie Wallunas is a mother of three, 2 boys and one girl and grandmother to one adorable little boy. For Julie, the gifts from her mom were Faith and Family. Julie says, “While I never really wanted to attend CCD (religious education), which is a bit ironic since I now teach freshman Faith Formation, my mother always made sure we attended. I walked from our home in Daly City to Our Lady of Mercy each week”. Julie is also grateful for the gift of Faith as it has helped her more times than she can count. Julie goes on to say, “I have 2 younger brothers whom I’m very close to, there is no competitiveness between my brothers and myself. We’re a large supportive unit, always there to help each other… but we also share a sense of humor and have no problem laughing at ourselves and each other. I enjoy a close relationship with both of my sister –in- laws and my nieces and nephews, which brings me great joy.” Julie wouldn’t be who she is today without her family !
Jennifer Montana is mother to four children, 2 girls and 2 boys. Jennifer says, “The most important gift my mother gave me was Independence at a very young age. She was a single-parent raising three of us. We were brought up in a very strict, Catholic environment. We found strength in her, through her actions and her example. She gave us the gift of Faith, and always there was Love!” Jennifer goes on to say, “My mother is also an eternal Optimist! To this day, I depend on her for her strong opinions and solid advice that’s always fair and comes from a loving heart. My mom always encouraged a Sense of Humor, that is a bit on the wicked side! I celebrate my mother on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because she is everything to me.” What a wonderful tribute to Jennifer’s amazing mom.
Faith, Family, Strength, Grace, Intelligence, Love, Independence, Humor and Optimism, what a wonderful legacy our founders’ moms have given their beautiful daughters. All three of our founders are grateful for these gifts and have started a company that really embodies all that they have been taught.
Celebrate the gifts your own mom has given you on May 11th, Mother’s Day. We’d love to hear from you about what gifts you’ve received from your mom. Don’t be shy, please leave us a comment. Happy Mother’s Day!
PS- For last minute gifts, check JMDs special Mother’s Day Key necklaces.