I’ll be the first to admit it. When my kids were little, the only way I wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day was by myself! As a stay-at-home mom with two kids under two, this mama was worn-out and just wanted a moment of peace and quiet alone—and perhaps some ice cream too. I felt awful that I didn’t want to spend the holiday with the two people on this earth who made me a mom in the first place, but the good news is I didn’t feel that way forever.
I’ll never forget the first year I truly enjoyed celebrating Mother’s Day with my kids. The day was simple, uneventful, but totally heartwarming. My husband surprised me with a dinner he and the kids made for just the four of us. They set the table and even brought out the cloth napkins. They made homemade cards and then gave me a special homemade gift that was totally from the heart. My eyes filled with tears as I saw just how much enjoyment they got from the chance to celebrate and love on their mama. They showered me with the gift that I showed them day in and day out—to put others first and love unselfishly.
Each year that passes, their excitement grows with how they will get to celebrate me, their mom, for Mother’s Day. My daughter, now quite the artist, has grown in her abilities to design homemade cards, and my son makes sure I know all day long just how much he loves me. Now it’s a day we look forward to celebrating together. We don’t always do the same thing each year, but they sure know how to make me feel loved and appreciated.
Sometimes plans don’t seem important or grand enough to mean something, but I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. As a mom who received a humble home-cooked meal and homemade cards one year, I felt just as celebrated as if my family had taken me to a fine restaurant.
I love hearing about special ways other people celebrate Mother’s Day, even if it’s not on the exact day. Setting time aside to appreciate that special woman is always appreciated! So whether you celebrate mom on Mother’s Day or a different day, here are some great ideas to help you show her just how special she is:
Prepare a relaxing bubble bath for her.
Go for a family walk, hike, or picnic.
Set up a scavenger hunt at the beach.
Take her to brunch.
Ask Dad to grill dinner.
Prepare a tea party at high noon.
Give her a special bouquet.
Ask for Dad to do the bedtime routine.
Send her on a solo trip to a coffee shop (if children are under two).
Mamas, I hope you feel celebrated and appreciated for all you do!
Moms, don’t forget to enter our special Mother’s Day Bible giveaway! You can enter to win here. Enjoy this month!