Make Mom “Happy” in May

My mom says she really doesn’t need anything… or does she?

While taking a walk recently, I was thinking about what I could give my mom this Mother’s Day. Then thought occurred to me, “Don’t just spend money. Spend time together.” 

I believe time is more precious the older our children become because their lives become busier. If my two kids were to ask me what I want for Mother’s Day, I would answer with “family dinner.” My son and daughter are both in college now, and I miss sitting down at the table and enjoying dinnertime conversations. Plus, I always enjoy a good meal with good company!

This led me to think about how “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman could be applied to moms this Mother’s Day:

  1. Words of Affirmation – show appreciation with a heart-felt note; write Mom a poem
  2. Acts of Service – unload the dishwasher; pick up the yard
  3. Physical Touch – give Mom a back rub or rub her feet; little ones can cuddle during story time
  4. Gifts – bake Mom her favorite dessert; make a handmade card or another craft
  5. Quality Time – take a walk together; do chores together 

“Acts of Service” is definitely my love language. Working together equates to spending quality time together for me because that’s how I was raised. I truly enjoyed working at Enchanted Acres with my parents and treasure so many memories from our hears here together. I hope someday my kids will look back at the memories we’ve made here and treasure them, too.

Perhaps you can make your mom “happy” this Mother’s Day with a craft or a recipe. Because I tend to show my love for others with the food I make, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite delicious, yet simple recipes:

CONFESSION: I remember my mom clipping recipes from newspapers or magazines when I was a kid. She would have a stack of recipes she wanted to try. Well… this apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I have a digital folder with links to hundreds of recipes that I want to try “someday.” Perhaps Mother’s Day will be “the day” for one of these:

Seriously, what could be better than dessert for breakfast on Mother’s Day? A couple of these recipes legitimize it! Holidays and special occasions call for recipes that you only make a few times each year.