Instagram post by @mer_mag Merrilee Liddiard

I was the perfect mother...before I had kids. (I also never swore before I had kids ๐Ÿ™Š). I had more time, sanity and a much better memory. But I also never listened to my 11 year old tell stories with awe at their complexities and think "wow, that kid is mine". Nor did I know how cool Pokรฉmon is or Mario or how magical it is to see your own 8 year old son utterly lose himself to nature and his imagination. Nor was I forced to socialize with everyone I crossed paths with because my unabashed 4 year old daughter takes life by storm and considers everyone her friend and a part of her magical world. Nor did I make sure I took every possible moment to soak in life and to dance. To give kisses, dream buttons, I'm sorry tears, I forgive you hugs, restarts, bedtime cuddles, and Sunday cookie nights. Motherhood has been hard for me (like really hard) but it's also been the most thrilling and rewarding thing I've ever embarked on. Happy Mother's Day friends. ๐Ÿ˜˜ #merillustration #mermagwings


  • 48w ago kelliedigs kelliedigs

    Beautiful, and it is a hard job. I'm so grateful for those I'm sorry tears, I forgive you hugs and restarts too. Happy Mother's Day.

  • 48w ago

    So beautiful

  • 48w ago mer_mag mer_mag

    #illustration #art #watercolor #drawing #mothersday #mothersdaytribute #painting #sketch #motherandchild #portraitdrawing #mothers #children #letthembelittle

  • 48w ago yazzy_lozano yazzy_lozano

    Love this. Beautiful words and beautiful illustration

  • 48w ago jenbanner jenbanner

    You're amazing , Mer! Happy Mother's Day!!

  • 48w ago ohbabybird ohbabybird

    Beautiful words and stunning illo. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’žโœŒ๐Ÿผ

  • 48w ago rubi_jones rubi_jones


  • 48w ago mer_mag mer_mag

    @jenbanner you too Jen! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • 48w ago tafisroute tafisroute

    Wonderful illustration๐Ÿ’ and great words!

  • 48w ago pupabel pupabel

    so true about being the perfect mother before kids ๐Ÿ™ˆ love the illustration and the nice color balance with the black. beautiful โค

  • 48w ago camilla.rivas camilla.rivas

    Just *love* everything about this post Merrilee. Hope your day was fabulous โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ

  • 48w ago mariejohnsoneire mariejohnsoneire

    beautiful little mummy story,my sons brought me back on a magical journey to the wonders of childhood,and it's through them i rediscovered all that is creative within me.i remember planting my first daffodil bulbs with my eldest ,then 2years old,when they flowered we ran out to see them,he ran and as he was about to pick one i almost called NO but in that moment i learned a huge lesson,it was my dream to see waving heads of daffodils in the breeze,for him it was to touch,smell and see the details

  • 48w ago maddenco maddenco


  • 48w ago livealifewithus livealifewithus

    Such beautiful words and all so true! Happy mothers day

  • 48w ago eshanne eshanne

    Wonderful. ๐Ÿ’• Beautiful. ๐ŸŒฟ Perfect. ๐ŸŒธ Thanks for sharing those mother's thoughts. It sums it up rather well. What a gift. โœจ

  • 48w ago marrylor marrylor

    Happy Mother's day sweet Merrilee ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  • 48w ago concretehoney concretehoney

    Gorgeous gorgeous illustration and words xx

  • 48w ago mapaidolls mapaidolls

    That is so beautiful! And true...๐Ÿ’•

  • 48w ago cloudydaygray cloudydaygray

    Yes! I couldn't agree more!

  • 48w ago heatherpalmeri heatherpalmeri

    Favorite motherhood post ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

  • 48w ago chricook chricook

    Beautiful. Happy Mother's Day.

  • 48w ago dlyndlyndlyn dlyndlyndlyn

    Yay love this!!! We do dream buttons over here too!

  • 48w ago bukaska bukaska

    Every word so true! Happy Mother's Day!!

  • 48w ago nattydylan nattydylan

    This is so beautiful ๐Ÿ’•

  • 48w ago

    Beautifully said ๐Ÿ’

  • 48w ago sarahjanestudios sarahjanestudios

    Oh I love this!! So perfectly said. Never thought of it that way! I was for sure a perfect mom Before kids too. Like mary poppins perfect:) ha!

  • 48w ago heatherascott4 heatherascott4

    Love everything about this! Love you! Where is this print available for purchase?

  • 48w ago edaturan edaturan

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ @nhnatk

  • 48w ago melissahaupt melissahaupt

    @mer_mag You forgot to tag where that mom got her dress....?? If you would'nt mind ๐Ÿ˜œ.

  • 48w ago taneiallday taneiallday

    Haha! I do swear so much more now!

  • 48w ago mer_mag mer_mag

    @melissahaupt I made it up. But now I want it in real life too!

  • 48w ago melissahaupt melissahaupt

    @mer_mag Well yes of course you did, and I consider it quite unfair that your characters have the wardrobe I desire. Start a clothing line. Do it.

  • 43w ago lunaantigua lunaantigua

    Love this!

  • 12w ago kateandpine kateandpine

    I adore this!

  • 6w ago mer_mag mer_mag


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