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I just want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day out there. While I enjoy the day of being treated extra special, it is also always a day to count my blessings and to reflect and appreciate just how lucky I am to be a Mom. Becoming a Mom was actually one of the reasons I started couponing. After 6 years of trying for a child, I was finally blessed with my son Austin, but he did make an earlier-than-expected entrance into the world.

When I was 5 months pregnant, my husband suffered a heart attack at 39. He pulled through thankfully, but between that, moving and other things going on in my life, it was a time of great stress, and I believe the reason that Austin arrived 2 months early, although I will never know for sure.

Austin at 1 Week, 1 Month, and at 6-Months.

It was really rough going in the beginning, but he was a fighter for sure, and after almost a month in the hospital, he had finally reached 4 lbs and was able to come home. I did everything I could to give him the best chance at catching up. And we had great success- Austin started gaining weight and before I knew it he was reaching milestones that we were worried would never come. I was so lucky, and never felt so grateful but so terrified at the same time from my experiences  that something would happen to take it all away.

Despite having insurance, between my husband’s recovery and Austin needing special care, medications and therapies in the beginning, the bills seriously piled up and before we knew it we had blown through everything despite tightening our belts as much as we could. I had never felt so desperate in my life. I was almost 40 and the life I had established was falling apart.

I could not imagine how else I could manage to stay home and give Austin the care he needed without going back to work. And that’s when I turned to couponing. Being able to prevent some insanely crazy amount of money being spent on groceries and other needs every month allowed me to put off going back to work when Austin needed me the most. And I am so grateful for it and perhaps the reason I am so passionate about trying to help others save money as well.

My Mom and Austin, and my Sister Kelley with Austin in the NICU

I am also grateful for 2 other very special Moms in my life, my Mom and my sister Kelley. When I think back about Austin’s birth, I also think about how lucky I am to have them both in my life. They are always there for me when I need them the most and I know I could not have made it through that time without them.

I was in labor for 3 days with Austin, in order to administer steroids to try and help his lungs along before he was born. Not being allowed to take any pain meds for such a long duration was not in my vocabulary and my Mother, was by my side and never left me once. She cheered me on, and kept telling me I could do it, and I know that was part of what helped me make it through. And my sister Kelley, who came right after Austin was born and helped me keep my scattered self together somehow through all the stress.

But their love and support goes way beyond that crazy time in my life. My Mother has always tried to do whatever she could to make my life easier and better. She is always there to listen and to give me a pep talk if I need it.

And my sister, who is always there when I need her, no matter what the crazy circumstances may be. I am grateful for the support and encouragement she always seems to have in endless supply. So happy Mother’s Day with Love to you both!

I know that I can be reseved and private here on the blog, but I guess I just wanted to share how incredibly lucky and grateful I am for being Austin’s Mom. He is now a happy, healthy 6-year-old and the true sunshine in my life.

So thank you for listening, and here’s wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. I hope you get treated extra special today and that you are appreciated for all the things you do to try and make life better for your children. I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful day.

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87 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day & What it Means to Me”

  1. Florence S says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for sharing your very personal journey. I now love your blog even more than I did before!

  2. florencia g says:

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoy your website and loved the personal touch?

  3. Heather says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Jaime says:

    Happy mother’s day!!! thank you for opening up to us on your blog and sharing about your journey to motherhood with us :) I appreciate all that you to help our family save for a better future :)

  5. jenny says:

    Happy Mother’s Day ;-)

  6. jane cate says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful post! I am so happy for you and your family!

  7. Monica Ransom says:

    Thank you for sharing ! Your story also made me tear up. What a testimony ! Blessings to you and your wonderful family !

  8. Lisa says:

    What a great story. Thank you for allowing us to hear it!

  9. kinga says:

    Happy Mother’s day to you and your family! :)

  10. Dora says:

    Babies are miracles! Happy mother’s day!

  11. Leah says:

    Like! :) Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It brought me to tears.

  13. Stacia says:

    Happy mothers day to you too! Thank you for all you do! As a stay at home mom for a now 7 month old little boy who is my little miracle, its help from sites like this that keep me able to stay home with him. :)

  14. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! His eyes are absolutely incredibly gorgeous!

  15. Nikki says:

    What a great testimony! And what a beautiful son and family you have!

  16. Sarah says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for sharing your story; I started couponing for the same reason (needed to stay at home with son who had some medical challenges). I am so thankful for the work you put into this blog. :)

  17. Angie says:

    Wow..amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Shelly says:

    Happy mothers day! Being a mother is the most wonderful thing that I have experienced. It can be challenging, but it is soso rewarding. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I love target and love your blog!

  19. Karri says:

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!! Thanks for sharing your very personal story and I’m so happy you made Totally Target. Thanks for all you do. :)

  20. shannon says:

    Kerri, thank you for sharing such a personal glimpse into your life. Many blessings to you and your family. Thank you for all that you do for my family. Happy Mothers Day!

  21. Lori says:

    What a heartwarming story. My oldest was 5 weeks early and spent some time in the NICU – that experience is why I became a nurse! They were so wonderful and encouraging, and they really cared about us. It had such an impact on me…anyway.

    Your son is blessed to have such a sweet mom who loves him :)

  22. Joy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this story, Kerri. It is so sweet to see the pictures of your precious tiny baby and the handsome little 6 year old he is now. I know what it’s like to wait for years to conceive thinking you never will, but I can’t imagine the long awaited little one being born early and requiring a long hospital stay. I’m glad you all pulled though! And that couponing helped when you needed it the most. It helped me, too, when I needed it desperately, and much of what I learned came from you. So thank you for passing on the blessing!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  23. Ginny says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  24. kat says:

    Awe, I really enjoyed your story. Thank you for sharing. :) Happy Mother’s Day.

  25. Allison says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! THanks for sharing your blessed story!

  26. Lily says:

    My baby was born 3 months earlier, she weighs less 2 pounds, but thanks God, she is very healthy…And she is almost 5 now…Good for you also!

  27. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the Mother’s Day story and information about your life’s journey. Sounds like you are a strong person with a good support system and that is wonderful.

    I read your blog daily (sometimes a few times per day) and really LOVE IT! Thanks for all of the great deals you post. It helps me and my family so much.

    Your son looks like a sweetheart. I have one son also and he is my sweetie for sure. Enjoy him and count your blessings.

  28. theresa says:

    i already knew that austin was your sunshine from reading the blog, but i really appreciated being able to read your story – very encouraging! and i liked putting a face with your name!

  29. Mom says:

    Thank you for your loving tribute to me and Kelley. That’s the kind of gift every mother should receive and the kind of daughter you are! Your heart is almost too big for you to handle. I am so proud of you and the woman you have become. And Austin is one of the luckiest little guys on the planet! You should tell the story of Quantum House. That would be perfect for Father’s Day. Just saying …

  30. Lily says:

    thanks so much for sharing your story, really enjoyed reading it. and thank you for this great and helpful blog. hope u had a wonderful mothers day!

  31. SnowgalUP says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful post, sharing your wonderful story of hope and love. Saving money to give your more for the important people in our lives makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for your dedication.

  32. Amy says:

    Kerry, thank you for sharing your story… it really brought tears to my eyes. I can’t imagine all the stress you went through before. You are such a resilient, wonderful, loving, caring, and generous person…. Austin is so blessed to have such an awesome mommy! He was such an adorable, precious little soul of a baby and now he’s growing up to be such a handsome little man. :) I also want to thank you again for all that you do…your generosity and hard work in putting together this site and keeping it going has also helped my family financially. Thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day… you definitely deserve it!

  33. grace says:

    Thank you for sharing, I hope you had a great mother’s day

  34. Brandy says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post! And thanks for doing such a great blog that helps me with my couponing so I can stay home with my little ones!

  35. Cindy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and hoping you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

  36. Gayle says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your life with us!! And all you do to help us!

  37. Kris says:

    Between your story and your mother’s thank you…I need a tissue. Thank you for sharing your story and your talent and generosity w/this blog. It helps more people then you realize. Happy Mother’s Day to you & your Mom as well and all your “Mom” followers!

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