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How A Long Distance Relationship Brought Us Closer Together

How A Long Distance Relationship Brought Us Closer Together

I have always been really close with my family and as an adult I lived less than two hours from them. I never realized just how much I would miss my mother until we moved 1,400 miles away. It wasn’t until she was no longer a short car ride away that I realized how much I took that for granted. I tell myself all the time that I should have visited more and accepted those offers when she was willing to come babysit the kids. If you have ever experienced living a far distance from your family, then you can most likely relate when I say that having a long distance relationship brought us closer together. If you have yet to live so far from family, then you may be asking yourself how this has brought my mother and I closer!

How A Long Distance Relationship Brought Us Closer Together

My mom and my two oldest at the top of Stone mountain during her last visit.

Every time my mother comes and stays with us for a visit, it’s like Christmas! Everyone is so excited and we can’t wait to hug, cry, laugh and catch up on life… face to face. Not a minute goes by where I am not trying to think of something fun to do, someplace exciting to bring my mom and ways to create memories during that short time she is with us. Living long distance from my mom has taught me to take advantage of our time together and to let little things go. I feel as if we have made more memories and special moments because we both know just how valuable each visit is. I would have to say that her last visit was the most memorable! If you follow me on Instagram then you know I was recently engaged… but what you don’t know is the story behind it.

 

I can’t stop looking at my hand 😍 Is this real life!!?? 😁 #imengaged #engaged 💍

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A few days before my birthday, by fiance secretly flew my mother here as what I assumed what my birthday surprise. Little did I know that the two of them had been planning this trip for a few months. On her third night here she insisted on my fiance and I going out on a date and she would watch the kids. What I discovered at dinner was the best birthday surprise I could have ever asked for… my partner of over 11 years (high school sweethearts) finally asked me to marry him! What an unforgettable birthday full of so many beautiful memories and happy tears. We of course spent the remainder of my mom’s visiting discussing all the details that led up to the proposal and climbing Stone Mountain.

How A Long Distance Relationship Brought Us Closer Together

My mom and my two oldest at the top of Stone mountain during her last visit.

Something else that I never realized was so simple for me (prior to moving) was being able to give my mother gifts. I could always hand her a gift without any worries of the cash or gift card not getting to her safely. The first time I sent her a gift card in the mail when we moved was so nerve racking… I was so worried it might get lost or stolen in the mail! Then I looked into money transfers, which it turns out they charge outrageous fees. I knew that there had to be a better option out there for me because I always want my much deserving mother to receive the gift I sent her during holidays or special occasions.

How A Long Distance Relationship Brought Us Closer Together

While browsing PayPal one day, I discovered a service called Xoom. This service powers international payments to friends and family in more than 40 countries around the world and it is the number one recipient of payments on Xoom is Mom. Sending money abroad can be time-consuming, insecure and expensive, but Xoom offers a secure, safe and fast alternative. Xoom has a popular mobile app that is used for two-thirds of its transactions. They are also the only remittances company that offers instant disbursements and you can select multiple ways for loved ones to receive money including bank transfers, cash pick-up or delivery, bill pay and mobile reload. Lastly, Xoom provides you with peace of mind by allowing you the ability to  track each payment via SMS alerts and receive a text message when the money is received. It doesn’t get any safer and reassuring than that and I send a Mother’s Day cash gift to my mom this year without any ounce of worry! I have enough on my hands already trying to take care of three kids and work from home, the last thing I need to worry about is a money transaction horror story! It’s so important to me to manage our money securely and teach my children financial responsibilities, Xoom has allowed me to teach them that further.

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My youngest and mother while visiting us!

It’s not too late to gift your long distant mother a gift for Mother’s day! If you are looking for the perfect gift for the special mom in your life, then you are in luck. PayPal is offering Mother’s Day shopping deals from merchants like Macy’s and Kiehls at PayPal.com/MothersDay, you can shop the PayPal Digital Gifts store so Mom can pick out something she’s sure to love!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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