She has the ability to kiss boo-boo’s and make them better… she can find lost-never-to-return favorite stuffed animals… she knows what you are thinking, before you even think it. Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching, and with it comes our undying love and respect for the mama’s in our lives.
God has given women the unparalleled ability to nurture, care for, grow and even feed our children. We are uniquely made and equipped for the job, apart from men (who are equipped in different ways). The ability to nurture, and raise little people doesn’t come without sacrifice, challenge, sleepless nights and even a little drama.
Mom’s have the tremendous responsibility of caring for every aspect of their children’s lives. From their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being, to having their medical record memorized by heart, they intimately know their children. With this intimacy also comes a lot of worry, stress, and exertion on every level. Since Mother‘s Day is a day where we are to honor mom, giving her a special day off from her normal routine, lets take a moment to talk about what mom’s REALLY want for Mother’s Day.
- Rest. As mom’s we adore our children, husbands, families. But this one very coveted day is quite honestly for kicking up our feet and just resting! We do not want to cook, meal plan, grocery shop, bathe people, break up fights or vacuum. Plan ahead…have the meal purchased or the reservations made. Make her breakfast in bed….or heck, just bring her a cup of coffee and tell her to stay in bed!
- Homemade gifts are the best. Since moms are usually the ones to make the homemade gifts with the kids, it’s not too often they get to actually receive those really cute, thoughtful, Pinterest worthy gifts. We love them. You put our child’s handprint on literally anything and we will go bananas.
- To feel loved and appreciated. It is simple really…we aren’t looking for awards or praises. Moms just want to feel loved, appreciated and thought of. This is where planning ahead comes into play….having meals thought of ahead of time…having a special outing or day planned (even if it includes dad taking the kids to the park so mom can take a nap). It feels good to feel thought of, and to have someone else plan for the kids. We don’t want to pick out the kids outfits, and burn 500 calories attempting to get the four year old into his church clothes, while the ten year old screams she can’t find something to wear.
Mother’s Day is a unique opportunity to cherish time with your mom. Whether you are two, or sixty two, remember to take time out of your day to honor your mom. With all that she does for you, has done, and will continue to do, we need to say “thank you” and “I love you” while we can.