For starters, Lindsey and I (Corinne) are sisters, which many of you know, already. If you can't tell by the family resemblance, you definitely can with all the inside jokes and our shared sense of humor. I know the LuLu's girls up here think we're crazy! When we decided to open the store, we went 'round and 'round trying to think of a name and finally, my husband says, "Why don't you just name it after Elise?" (Her nickname is "Lulu" and I've called her that from the second she was born. We didn't have a name picked out, as her gender was a surprise, so Lulu was a pet name that stuck until we chose her real name.) To say LuLu's, the store, is deeply rooted in family and motherhood is an understatement.
|Me and Lindsey and Lulu with our mom and her mom|
When we finally teamed up and opened the store in July of 2010, it was as two mothers with very different stories. Every mom loves to tell her story! Here's a little bit about ours.
I'd been at home for 8 years with my two kids with a pretty normal and exceedingly happy life in Oxford. Motherhood, for me had been a rich growth experience with only the normal annoyances of having a family with two small children. I had my kids very young and had really found my own speed as a woman and a mother. I loved being home with my kids. I miss it, but look back on it as a deep blessing and a wonderful, happy time in my life.
Lindsey has her own story of motherhood that is very different from mine. She has one little boy. His name is Andrew.
When we opened, Lindsey had just had her very first baby, a boy, that past December. He would have been been 7 months old. But motherhood, for her, and for many other mothers, wasn't the sweet picture of drooling babies that we all assume it will be. Her little boy only lived for 13 days and passed away just before Christmastime. Motherhood isn't always easy, but it is always a gift. Another baby is due this October and we all await the sweetness and joy that Andrew's brother or sister will bring to us all. You'll surely meet him or her this fall--Lindsey won't go anywhere without little babe, we're sure.
LuLu's is taking a break this week to celebrate motherhood. All of us either are mothers or have one! There are many faces of motherhood--some seem happier or sadder that others, but all of them are rooted in love. Take a moment this week to walk by our window and see some of the faces of motherhood that you might recognize. Feel free to send us one of your own. We'd love to include your "face" in our celebration!
There is a Facebook album set up and we can add you in. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the store and we can scan it for you! If you have a Mother's Day story, you'd like to share, feel free to email that to and we'll try to include it as well.
Happy Mother's Day!