Setting aside a special day just to honor mothers is a wonderful tradition. Being a mother is one of life’s greatest privileges, but it is a full-time job. I did not truly appreciate my mother until I became one myself. It gave a new perspective to all of the countless hours that she spent giving to me. I always knew that she loved me and that she “took great care” of me, but I had no idea that once the path of motherhood began, it would open up a new place in my heart. My children are constantly in my thoughts. Every day I think about my sons and their needs. It is a joy and a privilege to be able to watch them mature and take pride in their accomplishments.
My favorite Mother’s Day celebrations always included handmade school gifts. Both boys made beautiful “sunflower broaches” for me when they were in kindergarten. I still treasure the sweet poems and specially designed cards that I received through the years.
The bottom line: The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and express your appreciation for your mother. They do not have to be expensive, but they do have to be special. Below are a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift to celebrate your mom.
1. Thank you note/poem
This is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Every mother will treasure a heartfelt message from a child. It does not have to be long or flowery to be effective.
2. Special time or a date night
Planning a special time to be with your mother will be a big hit. Dinner and a movie is always a treat. And, little ones can plan the evening at home with a favorite DVD or board game. It would also be fun to plan a day trip to a local destination or museum.
A favorite flower is always a good gift. If your mother is practical, a hanging
basket of annuals would be the right touch.
4. Spa treatment
A manicure or pedicure at a local salon is a good choice for
a mother who always works hard and never spends any time on herself.
5. Breakfast in bed
Surprising your mother with a hot cup of coffee, an easy French toast casserole and her favorite juice is the perfect way to start a memorable Mother’s Day.
Easy French Toast Casserole
1 loaf of challah or French bread
8 eggs, plus 3 more for the morning
4 teaspoons sugar
3 cups of milk
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of half-and-half
1 teaspoon of vanilla for morning
Remove the crust of the bread and cut the bread into 1-inch pieces. Arrange the slices in a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish, overlapping the slices. Combine the eggs, sugar, milk, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat together until combined. Pour evenly over the bread slices. Cover and chill overnight. In the morning, mix the additional 3 eggs with 1/4 cup of half-and-half and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour over bread mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Serve with maple syrup and sliced fruit.
A mother’s love is a constant. In good times and bad, she is always there. Take a moment to show her that you appreciate her. Wishing all mothers a very special day filled with love.
As always, thanks for reading.
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