Mother’s Day is only a few days away and if you are a procrastinator (no judgment here because I am one of the biggest procrastinators out there) and don’t have a Mother’s Day gift for the Mom in your life then I’m here to help you. I’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day since I found out I was pregnant in 2009. Every year my husband and kids have spoiled me there is no doubt about that. The problem is I can’t remember what it was they have got me except for the past couple years.
I feel awful saying that, I really do. I know my husband has given me nice gifts, it’s just that they are more material things that kind of all blend together with every holiday so I can’t always pinpoint if this bag or necklace was something I got for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, my birthday…etc. We will be going on 10 years together so there has been a lot of gifts to remember. Now don’t get me wrong, it is always nice to receive those things and I do appreciate them, but the gifts I remember getting are the ones that cannot be bought. I know it sounds cliche to say that but it’s true.
It was Mother’s Day a couple years ago and Xander was 5 years old. I remember waking up that day and Mike having Xander hand me my presents. I believe one of the gifts was an Alex and Ani bracelet but what I remember the most was the handmade flower bouquet he gave me. Made with construction paper cut-outs of Xander’s little hands for the flowers, pipe cleaners for the stems, all glued to a cut-out construction paper vase decorated with stickers, and on each hand flower was something Xander loved about me. I remember getting it and feeling so emotional.
The fact that Mike took the time to make this with Xander and to have something made from him meant the world to me. This ” I Love Mom Because” vase is something that I have treasured and will keep forever. It is a reminder of how little his hands were, how innocent his sweet words were, and how thoughtful my husband was to make this for me.
We have since decided to scale back on the gift giving for holidays and rather put our time and money into making memories and having experiences together. I can honestly say that I am so glad we have done this. I’m looking forward to the picnic we have planned this weekend for Mother’s Day and spending time with my little loves.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to come from a store. Flowers will die, handbags will end up collecting dust in the closet, and jewelry may be forgotten about but what never goes away are the memories made with your family. I may not remember every gift bought from a store but I do remember the ones made from the heart. Our kids are only little for so long as time is a thief, but having these handmade gifts from them is something we can hold onto forever and keep to help us bring back the memories of the best years of our lives.
This Mother’s Day we Moms just want the simple things; to know that we are loved and appreciated and to spend the day with our family because after all, that’s what we live for…our family.
I wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day!
To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.