On each little slip of paper was written a Thank-You note for something I'd taught one of them during their early childhood, teenage and young adult years.
There was over 300 little Thank-You notes in the box.
From my oldest daughter and firstborn, I laughed when I read, "Thank you Mother for teaching me that there are other colors besides just red and green". Those were the only two colors she wanted to use in her first coloring book, and dogs, cats, chickens, houses and trees were all either red or green. I remembered sitting down with her one day, and talking about the sky being blue, and some flowers yellow, etc.
From my middle daughter, I laughed when I read, "Thank you Mother for making me wear that dress to Jimmy's birthday party. It got me my first kiss". Sure enough, she'd come home that day from her little friend's birthday party so full of herself. She had a "boyfriend". It lasted 4 days, then it was a new boyfriend. What was special was that first kiss though, and she gave me the credit for it because I wouldn't let her wear her raggedy old blue jeans. (She was my tomboy).
From my youngest daughter, I almost cried when I read, "Thank you Mother. Thank you so much for helping me to save the money for my horse". Her first horse was a 17 hands high jumper and she looked so tiny up there on him, but she wanted that horse so much and I matched her dollar for dollar in order for her to save up enough to buy him.
And from my youngest child, a son, I cracked up laughing when I read, "Thank you Mother for showing me 1573 times how to tie my shoes".
Everything they could think of that I'd taught or helped them with was written separately on a little "Thank-You" note. It took hours for me to read them all, and for all the laughing and crying and talking about each one... but I'll say this. It was the most wonderful gift I've ever gotten in my whole entire life.
That pretty little box is my most precious treasure, more than any diamonds or gold or rubies worth millions of dollars. If this house were to catch on fire, (God forbid), I'd grab my kitty cat and that little box and hit the door.
As far as I'm concerned, I've been given everything I'll need now for the rest of my life.
I just wish I'd thought to do that for my Mother. I have so many things to thank her for.
Source: My four children.
By Julia (Pookarina) from Boca Raton, FL
From free to more expensive, not in order however:
Remember a gift is always nice, but it really is the thought that counts, just being remembered by the children they choose to have is what means the most to any Mother.
By Latrtatr from Loup City, NE
Editor's Note: Do you have any favorite Mother's Day gifts that you would like to suggest? Post them here!
For Mother's Day, after quizzing my mom about what she wanted/needed, one of the things my mom requested was a joke book. I considered checking a used bookstore for a unique and inexpensive joke book but am making one myself for cheap!
I am including clean "Yo Mama" jokes, knock-knock jokes, other known jokes, a selection of jokes I made up, and joke contributions from a few loved ones that they make up themselves, which will personalize the joke book and make it extra special.
Some good joke sites are:
I'm using Microsoft Word to print up the joke book: Landscape page orientation, 2 columns, with a cover and table of contents, in an easy-to-read font. I will probably scatter occasional, appropriate clip-art. For the cover, I may use scrapbook paper or print out the cover from Microsoft Word onto nicer paper or card stock.
By Erin813 from Seffner, FL
By Virginia G. from Porterville, CA
By Bobbie from Rockwall, TX
My mom is in a nursing home and Mother's Day is right around the corner. I started out giving her pictures but everyone else has followed suit and her room is so full. Any ideas what I could give her as a remembrance? Please help!
Karen from Clemmons, NC
Go to http://www.showergiftsbydawn.com/ for some ideas
I am looking for something easy, simple, and inexpensive for my Mother's Day gifts for an Assisted Living facility. I did corsages last year and do not want to do them again. There are 16 females. I had bought some white roses with rosebuds for them, but need a great idea to go with it. I will be hand making the cards.
Thanks for your help.
By gem from VA
Make them each a little Box of Love (google it for directions). It has an awesome saying to go with the box. If these ladies are demented (or even if not), they may each feel special with a glittery crown or tiara that you have bought or made.
What are some thrifty ideas that children, 12 and under can do for Mother's Day for their parents?
By quivershivershake from Desoto, TX
The sweetest gift any of my kids ever gave me was a little poem one of my sons wrote. If you're not a poet, write out a list of "reasons we love Mom." She'll love it!
What are some pointers on getting mom that special gift for Mother's Day?
Amanda from Shorter, Alabama
Amanda, I don't ever think it matters how old the daughter is. My most meaningful gifts are ones costing nothing except your time! A hand written letter w/special memories or some thing you've never shared w/Mom before, lessons she's taught you thru life etc.another that costs very little, get a picture frame (only$1.00 at any $$ store) Round up some early pictures of her & you at her age and collage them. Cherish every moment w/her. Life is uncertain...God Bless....
Does anyone have good gift ideas (under $100) to give a mother who lives in a different state. She doesn't drive anymore, so dinner certificates are out because most of her friends don't drive either. She's not a hat person, so no hats for Mother's Day. She mentioned fruit being too expensive to buy. I know there are those companies where you can buy fruit, but I don't want to buy an entire case. Any suggestions besides flowers or cash?
By EasyLikeSunday from Philadelphia, PA
My folks have never complained at all about the foods they get. Try it and you will see many wonderful things you can send your mom or anyone for that matter. We do this for yearly gifts to several different people which makes it a lot easier on me and really easier on our budget! IF there isn't a Schwann's delivery truck in her area, THEY will mail what you order for her (in dry ice) to her (but) they are located in all 50 states and with several branches. They are a Godsend to us. Everyone eats and everyone loves this food! Keep me/us informed on what you do. (05/13/2009)
By Paula Jo
By Glinda Diane
My mother had always told us not to put flowers on her grave when she was gone, for she wouldn't see them. So I came up with an idea. On Mother's Day every year, my hubby and I would buy her a rose bush for her yard. We made a big party out of it. Not only did we get her the rose, we came up with some kind of garden themes for her yard because my mom loved her yard. One year, we did a iron donkey planter with a rose planted inside. The next, we planted a rose inside of sombrero.
I am so glad I did this for her. She is gone now and I still have some of the rose bushes that we bought for her and I can remember that day we planted and had our own private party.
By Dar from Texas