I said I’d post a picture of the little gifts that I helped Liz put together for the ladies in her ward, so here they are. Liz put a lot of thought into what to do; first there was a money constraint and the suggestion to make it a “token of appreciation”- not a big gift. Then there were her thoughts that some people don’t like chocolate, or are trying not to eat it, flowers get smooshed, and most importantly, feelings are so tender on this day- some women desperately want to have children and can’t, some desperately want to have children and aren’t married, some have lost children or their mothers, or are mothers and are sad comparing themselves to what they think is the ideal; and she definitely didn’t want to add to anyone’s pain.
So we decided to make magnets- something that would last past the day, something that wouldn’t get eaten by someone else or mangled. And we found a fantastic quote, one that can apply to motherhood or not, to our potential as women without bashing you over the head with it, hopefully something that will bring peace and inspiration every time these ladies look at it on their fridge.
The quote is from Pres. Dieter Uchtdorf (LOVE HIM!) and it says: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.”
Don’t you love it?
I couldn’t get very good pictures of the magnets, but here’s what I got:
I’ve had a lovely Mother’s Day so far, despite being woken up early by Tiny- but she was an ecstatically happy Tiny, so that made things a bit better. 🙂 I got awesome presents from my sweet girls, and from their wonderful daddy who picked out the presents for them. 🙂 And who got me chocolate because he knew I really wanted it even though I said I didn’t. 🙂 (Not in a mind-game kind of way, I wouldn’t have been mad if he hadn’t gotten it.) And Z is very into holidays, so every half an hour or so she comes up to tell me Happy Mother’s Day again.
So Happy Mother’s Day to you! Especially, as my cousin Kim said this morning, “to all the FMA (Future Mother’s of America)…or FMW (future mother’s of the world) who have been missing out on all the accolades for want of a baby.” Thank you all for being such great examples to me. And happy Mother’s Day to your mom, because she turned out a great kid. 🙂