|Mother’s Day 2012|
Last year I began a new Mother’s Day tradition.
I was inspired by Lisa-Jo Baker’s post How Not To Be Disappointed This Mother’s Day. (I just took the time to re-read her words and realized how perfectly the theme ties in to the post I wrote last week on expectations and entitlement.)
Lisa-Jo shares an Upside Down Mother’s Day Gift List. I adapted number 8, and this week I will be writing a letter to each of my girls telling them why I love being their mom.
Since my daughters are different, their lists will be as well. They have distinct personalities and I love to highlight the unique ways that they bless me and our family.
This jotting down of words and passing on of encouragement to my girls helps me to pause and realize the blessings they are and the privilege it is to be a mom. Even if there were no such thing as Mother’s Day, I’d have so much for which to be thankful because of my precious children!
In this season where I sometimes feel I’m trapped in correcting negative attitudes and behaviors, this also gives me a chance to praise their positive actions and the growth I see in them.
I hope this new tradition will leave a legacy of blessings for my daughters. (They saw me writing this post and both went and got their last year’s letters from their rooms. That gives me hope that they will save these letters and be encouraged by them for many years to come!)
Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?
What a great idea! We don't have any Mother's Day traditions except that we usually go out for supper the night before. And sometimes John takes the kids to the Dollar Store and lets them each pick out a gift for me. It's fun to see what each child choses. 😉
Tracey Brewer says
We usually go out to eat the night before, too – much less crowded than on Sunday! I like that gift tradition, too!
We don't really have any traditions. My husband usually has to work on Mother's Day so I don't generally go into it with high expectations. 😉 I really like the idea of the letters and shifting the focus to the blessing of motherhood.
We don't ever do much, either. I love that list idea!!!
CE Watson says
Tracey, thanks so much for sharing this! What a tremendous idea! You have a way of always preparing your girls for the next thing, and this is a great way to do that! Love ya! Chris
Tracey Brewer says
Thanks for your kind words!! Have a wonderful week!
aurie good says
This idea is great! We are having a *normal* Sunday – Ken will be preaching and then we'll go to dinner.