The last 2 years I’ve struggled with Mother’s day. This is my third one without Mom, who passed away from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor in October 2014. The last two years I struggled because my kids were so excited to celebrate Mother’s day and give me gifts and show me love, but I felt so sad and heartbroken not having my own mother with me to do the same. Being motherless and also a mother is so hard to balance….
Every year I do a series on Mothers Day but this year is different. I am offering these pretty Mothers Day bookmarks that can be printed out and given to your mom as a simple and inexpensive gift.
Mothers Day Bookmarks
This is my first year without my mother. I am trying to keep my head up but suddenly it’s in my face. All. The. Time.
Of course I am grateful I had someone to call my amazing mom for 38 years. I am lucky. So blessed and fortunate to have someone who could teach me right from wrong. Top Rules to Live By like how to drive a stick shift and to always be assertive.
I’m not sure who to give these bookmarks to.
I think I will send them to my aunt who has always been there for me, even when her life has been crazy. I was resentful when she tried to step in after my mother died, but I am actually very thankful now that she did. If she didn’t step in and take over a lot of the planning and logistics, I am not sure if things would have been completed. I am quite sure I wouldn’t have made it this far in one piece had she not been a phone call away in my darkest times.
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What plans do you have for your Mother’s Day? Do you keep it simple or go big?
So many people believe you need to do a grandiose gesture to show your mother you love her. But is just not true! Your mother just wants to know that you appreciate everything she does.
This week my preschooler came home with an early Mother’s Day gift for me and it was a simple decorated paper bag with baked goods that they had helped the teacher make at school. I was so touched, just because she was giving me something she was so proud of and made just for me. That’s why a simple card and a healthy brunch can be the perfect gift for your mother. Just let her know you are thinking of her and took the time to write out the card to let her know.
|Did you know Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12? It seems like it just snuck up upon me this year. I am thankful my mother is healthy and active but I will always wish for her to live closer to me. Visiting with her always requires advance planning and an overnight stay, at least for me because of the kids. If I could be with her this Sunday for Mother’s Day, I would surprise her with some of these healthy brunch ideas and show her how much I love her.
The great thing about these healthy brunch ideas is that they can be used for any holiday or family gathering and they won’t leave you feeling heavy and overloaded the rest of the day. It’s important to start the day with protein and fruit to give you the energy to resist munching and snacking during the day.
Have kids answer these questions about their mom for a funny gift and sweet keepsake!
Celebrating Mother’s Day Series – Mommy Survey for Kids
2. What makes mom happy?
3. What makes mom sad?
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
5. How old is your mom?
6. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
7. What is your mom really good at?
8. What is your mom not very good at?
9. What does your mom do for a job?
10.What is your mom’s favorite food?
11. What do you and your mom do together?
12. How do you know your mom loves you?
13. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
15. Complete this sentence: “My mom is as pretty as ………………………….”
16. What’s the SMARTEST thing your mom has ever told you?
17. If you could give your mom ANYTHING in the world, what would it be?
18. What kind of stuff is your mom REALLY GOOD AT?
20. What’s ONE THING you think your mom should do LESS OF?
21. What’s ONE THING you think your mom should do MORE OF?
22. What does your mom do to RELAX?
23. What’s the CRAZIEST THING you’ve ever seen your mom do?
24. Is your mom a GOOD COOK? What food does your mom COOK THE BEST?
My preschooler recently asked me, “Mommy, since Baby Sister is in your belly, that means she is always with you, right?” I told her yes, that is true, but the more I think of it the more I realize that as mothers, our children are always with us, even after childbirth.
Reflections on Motherhood
The old saying that having a child is like your heart walk around outside your body is so true whether a woman has one child or five. Children never leave their mother’s hearts. I wish I could explain to my daughter that even when she is at school, or out with someone besides me, she is still with me. She is always part of me. And she will never be separated, no matter how far apart we are.
I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine –
she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.
I am so lucky to have an amazing mother who has given me the best tools to raise my kids in an honest and loving way. She is such an inspiration to me, in how I strive for my goals, treat my loved ones, and interact with people in everyday life. When I was young, she was in school, first getting her bachelor’s degree and then her master’s, all while working full-time and having a family. On the weekends when my dad was working, she would take me and my brother to the library so she could do some research and my brother and I would take out a big stack of books for the week.
After we finished our errands, we would go home and spend the rest of the weekend all reading together. In the winter, it was super cozy to sit by the woodstove with Choose Your Own Adventure or Judy Blume and just devour the pages. I know that my mother still carries guilt for having to spend so much time in school, but when I look back on it I see us spending the weekends together and learning to love reading. She taught me the value of hard work, changing our family situation because she was so determined to do so and had the support of my dad to do it.
This mother’s day, as I am about to become a mother for the third time, I think about the female role models in my life. My mom and my beloved late grandmother are a huge part of who I am today. I am so thankful my mother has such a close relationship with my kids, and I just hope I can teach them how amazing was their great-grandmother (and great-grandfather).
My beautiful, amazing and beloved Grandma with her great-granddaughter. She always had so much love in her heart for all different people. She used what little she had at the holidays to thank those who had helped my grandparents throughout the year and also those who had much less. She had this quiet grace about her and she never denied her love to those close to her. I see so much of her in baby #1 and I am proud. I miss my grandma every single day but seeing her in my daughter just helps to keep her alive in my heart.
A Mother’s Prayer for Her Daughter
As I prepare for the amazing gift I will receive in a few weeks of my third child, a daughter, I have been thinking about her life and how I want to teach her and protect her and give her the best life possible.
First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.
When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.
Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.