This year will be my 5th Mother’s Day. I don’t get a Mother’s Day Card each year…I get something even better. A few years ago I made a suggestion to my husband, in part to make it easier for him and in part to have something I really wanted. I bought a journal with empty pages, eager as to how my husband and children would fill it each year. It’s a yearly tradition that I truly look forward to each Mother’s Day. Here’s how the Mother’s Day Journal works.
Each year my husband and kids fill out a page or two in lieu of a card. It could be a drawing, photos, quotes, handprints, letter…I don’t care as long as it is from them. That’s the most important part. Each year I can’t wait to see what they’ve put inside. Sometimes more elaborate research of poems and handprints. Sometimes something simple. Each year I love it all.
As children get older, the content will change (as expected). The first year it was a special poem and photo of my son and I. Last year my son could add more input, and they used fill in the blanks with his answers such as:
My mommy’s eyes are _____ and her hair is _____. I think my mommy’s _____ years old. My Mommy’s favorite food is _____. My Mommy and I like to _____ together.
As I anticipate the new page each year in my memory book, I can reflect back to a booklet full of keepsakes ALL IN ONE PLACE. Seriously, if I had my list of items I would want to bring with me if I had to evacuate or the house was on fire this would be on the list. Do yourself a favor. Copy and past this link, and send it to your significant other. You deserve it and you can thank me later as it becomes one of the best gifts you will get year after year on Mother’s Day.
BONUS: Don’t forget about those single mom’s out there. If you know a lady who would love and treasure this, make her day with something simple and non-expensive yet it will be the most valued item to her. You can even save the items done at preschool and daycare to glue into the journal. If you’re strapped for creativity, below are some ideas.
- Draw pictures
- Handprint or footprint with paint
- Bonus if you can make that handprint or footprint into a cute animal
- Fill in the blank questionnaire (see above for a short sample)
- Poems (for example I got this one from my son’s pre-K: Thank you for watering me with love, feeding me with encouragement, and nourishing me with time and energy. I am growing beautiful because of you!)
- Favorite quotes of the children
- A list of what they love about their mom
- Letter to mom
- Be sure to add the date or year, and have the child sign the journal if they can write