Oh, how I miss my mom. She was my biggest cheerleader and fan. She believed I could do anything and always had an encouraging word to share not only with me, but with everyone she encountered.
My mom was one of the most positive people I know and her outlook on life greatly impacted mine. She was tired from all the illnesses and meds she had to take and eventually, on August 8, 2018 she took her last breath before she entered into her forever home with Jesus. I’ll never forget the single tear that fell from her right eye the moment she left us all.
This is one of the last moments I have with my mom that was captured on film by my sister in law. I slept with my mom every night she before died and we held hands as we slept. I cropped the photo and used an “oil” filter on it to make it look “painterly”. This is still a very tender moment of time and if anyone has lost a parent, child or grandparent, I know you’ll understand.
Next, I layered this photo on a background of her writing. She’d always sign her cards and letters with XOXOs or “I love, love, love you! Mom”. I put it all together in Canva.
Mother’s Day is a day of recognition with so much meaning. If we all take a little moment to reflect on what motherhood means as a child and hopefully, as a mother too, I pray that a smile will cross your face.
Here are some ideas that you can do for your own mom, or give as suggestions to your kids, if they need a little help.
I’m all about sharing love and not about material things. Sometimes the best gifts come from the heart.
These 10 heartfelt low-cost Mother’s Day gift ideas are inspired by the fun times I had with my own mom.
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1. Schedule a tea and cookie date with your mom and sit a while on a porch to simply have a conversation. We’d snack on ginger snaps while drinking green tea.
2. Make your mom a fancy dinner. One Valentines Day, I was at home with my in Texas to help her recover from a hospital stay, and we had lobster tails and steak, with a great bottle of wine. Make it all about her!
3. Make her a card and try your hand at crafting it yourself. I love watercolors and paint cards often to give a personal touch. If painting isn’t your thing, try writing a poem or recall a special moment in time and turn it into “art”. (See the image of our hands that I did above.)
Need artful inspiration? Here’s a great watercolor service called Let’s Make Art that can help you get your “art” on. They make art simple. It’s like going to a studio but in the privacy of your home. You could actually order two kits and paint with your mom!
4. If you’re too far apart, do a call using Skype, Zoom or Facetime and have a virtual coffee together. FREE!
5. Put a slideshow together of memories that you can turn into a pdf document and booklet. You can use a great platform for FREE called Canva to design your creation with thousands of beautiful layouts, fonts, icons and even upload your own photos. I use this all the time to create my social media graphics, documents and personal items. It’s awesome!
6. Bring her her favorite breakfast as a surprise. My mom loved cinnamon rolls!
7. Take her on a picnic or to a beautiful spot she loves like an arboretum or a museum.
8. Take the number of years you’ve been alive and write her a memory or thought of each year she’s been your mom on a separate piece of paper and put them in a keepsake box.
9. Cut flowers from your yard or buy fresh cuts ones from a store and make her a beautiful bouquet. If you’re not sure how to make one, check out Michael Gaffney’s videos. He makes everything look so simple.
There you go.
I hope these gift ideas inspire you. A gift from the heart doesn’t need to cost a lot. What’s most important is the intention and thought that goes into it. Make your mom feel special for all the life and love she’s poured into you.
I’d love to hear from you if you choose one of these to do. If you have other special low cost, heartfelt ideas for a Mother’s Day gift…do share.
May your Mother’s Day be oh so blessed.
Till next time…
Have a beautiful day!