mothers day ideas
WOW. What an amazing couple of days. I haven’t even been able to write because I’ve been overwhelmed from all the comments, emails, phone calls and messages. It’s amazing what can happen when you put aside your fear and allow yourself some vulnerability. Thank you all so much! (What on earth is she yammering on about?)
I woke up this morning with what I strongly suspect is strep. It’s been coming on for a couple of days and I’ve been doing my best to ignore it and hoping it would pass. Forcing myself to exercise yesterday in the hopes that I’d sweat it out was probably not the best choice I’ve ever made! But a day in bed won’t kill me. Besides, if I wasn’t feeling ill, I would never have had this heartwarming experience this morning:
I had to get up this morning with the girls, just like mom’s everywhere do every morning – even when they’re sick. And while I was making lunches and my back was turned, those two sweet darlings had gotten a chair, climbed onto the counter and went through the medicine cabinet to gather all the medicine they could find. They proudly set it on the counter and told me “they hoped that something they’d found would make me feel better.”
You do see the cats and dogs on the top of the containers, don’t you? Yes, this is all medication for the animals of the house. Along with some Alka Seltzer and a few cough drops (which I may actually use).
But I instantly felt just a smidge better. Happy Mother’s Day to me!
If I were feeling better, and if my mom lived close enough so that I could surprise her with some small tokens instead of the flowers I’m ordering (don’t read that part, Mom), these are some things that I would love to make for her:
From my own site, I would make these:
Bowls of chocolate filled with fresh berries and freshly whipped cream. Something gorgeous to make her smile!
Her oatmeal pancakes that she cheerfully makes again and again for kids and grandkids who have come to expect and demand them for breakfast, lunch and dinner when she visits. I would serve them to her while she was still in bed, along with some twisted bacon and eggs. And a mimosa!
Another idea – which I did for her last Christmas – would be to turn a photo into a canvas! I took the above photo of her Oatmeal Pancakes and then put a quote from each of her four grandchildren around the sides, each saying what was so special to them about Nana’s Oatmeal Pancakes. (I got mine from Easy Canvas Prints. Their slogan is “Canvas Prints – The Gift that Keeps on Giving” – isn’t that cute? And it’s true…my mom hung hers in her kitchen and I think it helps keep her grandchildren just a little closer to her.)
Something lemon because the woman LOVES lemon anything! When I took these photos she was visiting and I’d made this dessert just for that reason. Who says you have to wait until Mother’s Day to show your mom you love her?
And some things I’ve seen elsewhere but I know she’d love:
I met the fabulous Steph from 52 Kitchen Adventures (don’t you just love that name for a blog?!) last weekend and I swooned when I saw this!! She said it’s really easy to make and I definitely plan on giving this a try one day soon.
I’d love to print out these cute sayings and add them to that breakfast in bed I mentioned above. And you can print them out for free at this website!
But most of all, I’d want to tell her these things that she should know (blatantly copied and then adapted from this pin on Pinterest):
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and immediately wanted to paint another.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake and learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal for someone who was sick and I learned what it means to serve one another in brotherly love.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how hard you worked to keep our home clean and sparkly and I learned the value of a hard days work.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you pray over me and kiss me goodnight and I felt loved and safe.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come to your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, “Thank you for all the things I saw…when you thought I wasn’t looking.”
And Mom, thank you also for the things you did that you knew I saw. Thank you for surprising me the year you and Dad took me to the rodeo. Thank you for working tirelessly for weeks on end making pillows and window hangings and all the accessories I’d need to go with the furniture you and Dad lugged up those stairs, all by yourselves, just to see the look of shock and happiness on my face when you surprised me in my first apartment. Thank you for standing by me when you could have turned your back on me. Thank you for letting Dad buy me that Daisy bb gun so that Jonathon couldn’t shoot all that rotten squash himself. Thanks for giving me the freedom to ride my bike into town and for buying me a horse. And thanks for being the first person I call (it’s a close tie with Alan ;) when something good or something not-so-good happens. But most of all, thanks for showing me how to be grateful and to always look for the bright side of things.
I love you, Mom.
Okay, so is this an inspiration blog or a food blog? Show me the recipes!!
I know, I know! This is most definitely a food blog. And we will continue with our regularly scheduled programming very soon. I just can’t help sharing these wonderful experiences with you! The one permanent change I’m making in every post from now on is to write down one thing I’m particularly grateful for that day. It’s my way of keeping my own heart in the right place while hopefully inspiring you to think of one thing that you may be grateful for, too.
ONE THING I’M GRATEFUL FOR TODAY: Having strep throat. I know, crazy, right? But I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to do my goals workshop from those new CD’s I bought. I just finished them, having done the workshop from my bed, and I’m so grateful that I was forced to slow down so that I could get my life moving!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE AMAZING MOTHERS OUT THERE!!