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How to Celebrate a Mother's Love
Celebrate Your Mother's Love ~ Any Time of The Year
The traditional time for celebrating a Mother's love is on Mother's Day (AKA as Mothering Sunday). But Mothers are so much more important than to only think about them one day in the year. Let's celebrate Mothers all year!
While Mother's Day is celebrated at different times of the year in different parts of the world they all have one thing in common and that is the celebration of the love of a Mother. The most common months that Mother's Day is recognised are March, April and May.
Mother's Day is celebrated in New Zealand on the second Sunday in May, the same as in the USA.
For me it is a time that is tinged with sadness for the Mother I lost but I also feel an overwhelming gratitude for the love she shared with me.
While I can't give my Mother a gift for Mother's Day this hub is my dedication to her...a way of still sending her my love...and of remembering all the other Mothers in the world: Mothers-in-law, Step-mothers, Foster Mothers, Adoptive Mothers and Grandmothers.
The rose represents my Mom: the flower that she loved.
Some Ideas of How to Show Your Mother She is Appreciated
What follows are some ideas to show your mom how much you appreciate her and how much she is loved. Most mothers don't expect you to spend a fortune as it's the little things that count.
I have also given some ideas for when your Mother is no longer with you.
Breakfast in Bed
My Mom always enjoyed simple gifts. She loved things like breakfast in bed cooked for her by myself and my brother. My brother cooked the bacon and tomatoes and I concentrated on the eggs. French bread was cooked in the pan after the tomatoes and that was my responsibility. All that and a nice pot of tea to accompany the tray.
This was our Sunday ritual...yes, we did it every Sunday not just on Mother's Day. However on Mother's Day we would add a little extra...a flower in a bud vase. It's the little things that count!
As my Nana (grandmother) lived with us, she also received the same treatment Yes, two for breakfast in bed!
It's funny really as I've never been a fan of eating in bed...all those breadcrumbs! Just make sure your mother enjoys the experience of eating breakfast in bed before you serve it to her.
My Mom had a similar one to this. It was made by someone who worked with her and especially designed for her.
Celebrating Mother's Day When Your Mom is gone
Losing your Mom can be painful when anniversaries such as Mothering Sunday, Christmas and birthdays come along. I thought I'd share some of the things that I have done over the last few years. Yes, I still celebrate Mother's Day in memory.
Each year I buy a little bunch of flowers and they sit on the dining room table. More flowers go to the cemetery.
This small metal teddy bear appealed as his heart is green - my Mom's favourite color. The green stone also represents her birth stone. Sorry the photo doesn't show the color but it's true...it's green!
The first year I still purchased a Mother's Day card and thanked her for being my Mother.
Plant a tree. When my Mother died my brother and I set up a memorial page in the memorial log at the cemetery but I soon realised that there was nowhere to go and reflect, talk to my Mom and give her flowers unless it was the day of her death. I felt lost so I arranged to plant a little bush called Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. Now that I no longer live in Auckland where she died I can visit whenever I take a trip to Auckland. If I'm not in the city on special occasions my best friend takes flowers for me...so she is never forgotten.
Now that I'm away from Auckland and can't get to 'talk' to Mom on special occasions a friend recently suggested I get a pot plant and place a picture of my Mom in a plastic bag and place it in the soil under the plant. A memorial that I can take with me wherever I go! I think this is a nice idea, don't you?
If I planted a flower each time I thought of you, my garden would bloom forever.~ Author Unknown
What's in a Name?
I don't mean pet names but the common worldwide names for our Mothers.
My Mother has always been Mom or, when I was small, Mommy. It may seem strange to some as many people from the Colonies say 'Mum' is the word. I think it may stem from the fact that 'Mom' was adopted in my home country of Zimbabwe after American pilots were based in the country during the Second World War.
I call my Mother-in-Law, Mum. She is a New Zealander.
What do You Call Your Mother?
Remembering a Damaged Gift From Two Young Children
My brother and I spent hours looking for something special to give Mom for her birthday one year. We were very young and had limited pocket money.
We were excited to find a porcelain lady that had been reduced. She had a little chip in her skirt. We thought it was just so pretty and the lady in shop suggested she could help fix the chip so it wouldn't show. And she said we could have it at a further reduced price.
The lady got some pink nail polish and painted the little chip with the varnish. We were so pleased as the color was a good match. Of course you could still see the small damage but we thought it was just amazing! And we were delighted at the price...can't remember how much it was too long ago! The lady even wrapped it in pretty paper for us and we were so proud at our special bargain.
Mom was delighted when we gave it to her and it was a treasured item of hers for many years. It sat on her dressing table where she could see it every day.
Thank you Mom for treasuring our damaged gift to you...it meant so much.
Flowers for Your Mom
What woman doesn't love flowers?
Roses were one of my Mom's favourite flowers. Red, yellow, peach or white...what matter the color they all were appreciated!
Flowers picked from the garden or create a bouquet...to eat! Have you got a creative streak? Here's some ideas from YouTube.
Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown
Give Her Chocolates
Shhh...here's a secret
I'm probably more the chocolate fan than my Mom ever was...not to say she didn't like them though...BUT you do get to share!
Shh! That's my secret...
Perhaps my Mom was just generous and loved them as much as I do but was happy to share. That's Mothers for you!
What Do You Think?
Do you think Mother's Day is too commercial? Or do you like to lavish your Mom with more than just love and a card?
Do you think your Mom just deserves a card? Or do you like to do something else that's special?
Is Mother's Day too commercial and becoming too expensive?
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~Jewish Proverb
When I count my blessings I always count you twice ~ Author Unknown
Verses and Poems For Your Mother
Free verses to use for scrapbooking and cards
- Verses by Jon Bratton
Jon Bratton has written several verses and poems for Mother's Day and other occasions. He gives his permission to use these but please note certain restrictions.
- Bible verses
Top 10 bible verses for Mother's Day
- Poems, Verses, and Sayings by Sally Jennings
Mother's Day Card Poems, Verses, and Sayings. Please respect Sally's copyright
Remember your Mother on Mother's Day...whichever month you celebrate her in. And don't let Mother's Day be the only time you tell her you love her. Appreciate her while she's still with you.
...and if you don't live in the same town or city...give her a call and tell her how much she means to you.