Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Can you think of a better way to give your mom a gift next week than to give her back what she gave you: (a portion of) your beautiful life?!

Not long ago I read a great idea from my friend and former visiting teaching companion, Kelly. It went something like this: her sister’s children go to her house the Saturday before her birthday each year and spend a few hours doing whatever she’d like done: repairs, cleaning, gardening, etc.

That is what I want to give my mom this year! I want to take my family over and spend a few hours doing whatever she’d like done.

I was looking for the details of this sharing on Kelly’s Facebook page when I found an awesome video made by P&G (Proctor and Gamble) for the 2012 summer Olympics. It made me cry! The spirit of this video hits the target: We are raising amazing children who can and will be victorious in whatever they are meant to do and shine in if we do our part in nurturing them. This nurturing requires lots of love, hard work, and sacrifice!

In trying to find that video to share it on my website, I also found the P&G “Thank You, Mom” Facebook page with this video on it:

Here’s a great example of a company doing what C.S. Lewis talked about:

“Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars and government exist for except that people may be fed, warmed and safe in their own homes? The homemaker’s job is one for which all other exist.”

What a legacy Maria Shriver’s mom wanted to give and our moms want to give us: Give your best to your children first, then do what you are meant to do for the rest of the world and your children will follow your example! With a time and season for everything, if you do the best you can to nurture your children and share your light with the world around you, whether it be serving in a job or your church or your community. Your example will show your children how to serve and SHINE!

I have always loved a quote that Connie B. taught me indirectly when I was younger. I found a medicine bottle filled with quotes in it that she had made and given to her daughter, and I took all the little slips of quotes out and copied them down. I think this was one of those. Here it is:

“Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

So what can we give to our mothers on Mother’s Day? Give our best selves! Give them our love, our kind words, our service, and our service to the people around us. That way we can make next Sunday a GREAT Mother’s Day!

1 thought on “Mother’s Day Gift Idea”

  • It is so easy to take moms for granted. They quietly, daily serve their families, essentially never taking any credit nor praise for what they do. Yet, what they do is the most critical, the most difficult, the most valuable and the most wonderful thing in all the world. Thank you my dear for your great service and sacrifice. I love you.

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