A new Mother’s Day tradition…Bucket Lists and Gratitude Journals!
What’s up with May?
Hi friends, how are you? I have to admit I am really tired (although how is that different from any other day/week/month?) haha! May has turned into the busiest month for our family with so many school and extra-curricular events, celebrations, practices, rehearsals, recitals, and more all intersecting into just a few weeks. Is it the same for you? The word on the street from all of my Parent Teacher Group friends and other mommy friends is that May has gotten out of control!
Many of us are finishing up or starting the recovery process in our homes and energy levels after so much of our time and attention went into creating a successful Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week celebration at school.
I am also getting really excited about my garden and planning out the flowers I want to use in my planters this year. Do you love garden season like me? The question remains, when will I find the time to fit it all in? And of course Mother’s Day is almost upon us!
Father’s Day already?
I was recently chuckling to myself about the lack of Mother’s Day crafts/decor/gift ideas from Pinterest as of late. Unlike any other holiday or event, Pinterest usually keeps me on track for what is approaching on the calendar! I have already seen some project ideas float across my feed for Father’s Day, but not so much for Mother’s Day. Isn’t that something!
The irony of motherhood
This whole idea got me thinking a little bit about Mother’s Day and the irony of it all. I recall life back in the days of my infertility struggle when I looked at this day with sadness and had so many questions. It left me wondering if I would ever be lucky enough to be able to celebrate this magical day with my own family.
Fast forward a number of years when we had a particularly hectic Mother’s Day with lots of running around, cleaning, food making…you name it. I threw a little pity party because I had a whole list of things that I wanted to do, but instead I folded clothes and did a bunch of things for everyone else – just like every other day. I distinctly remember just wanting some quiet and relaxation.
Before I allowed myself to go too far down that angry fit, I reminded myself how far I had come and then I started to think about the future me. I imagined the mother I’d be years from now. I wondered if I will be lucky enough to live close to my beautiful children and be able to spend (at least part of) Mother’s Day with them.
And that got me thinking about all of the older mommas who maybe have a very different Mother’s Day now. Maybe their day is very quiet and even lonely. Perhaps these mommas wait for a phone call or card that will never come. They would likely trade me for my hectic and noisy day in a flash to be able to hold their babies again and breathe in the scents of their children once more! It all goes too fast, doesn’t it?
This year for Mother’s Day I am going to try to really enjoy the moment, the day. I am not going to waste my time thinking about some magical image of the perfect Mother’s Day. Instead I promise to really focus on being present and treasure the time I am SO lucky to be able to spend with my family NOW!
I want to challenge you all to do the same! Be present, even if it means doing it while also doing the laundry. Enjoy the little moments with your children and/or your own mom, even if some tantrums flare. This day only comes once per year and each one is a gift!
It’s time to Celebrate YOU!
To help make your Mother’s Day a little more fun and help you celebrate with your family, I wanted to share two printables that I made just for you!
It’s time for a Mother’s Day Bucket List
So many of us make Bucket Lists for the summer or for the fall, or for whatever other holiday or season we deem fit. Each summer we make a family bucket list and the kids work together to come up with fun plans they want to be sure to fit in before school starts again! Does your family make one too?
Have you ever thought about a Mother’s Day Bucket List? Okay so I am not talking about a list that includes trips to Paris or expensive spa visits for 1 (although they would be AMAZING!) No, I am talking about realistic little gems that would bring you joy. Things that you would like to do with your family or have them do for you (like paint your toes or brush your hair)! I know most Bucket Lists have many more than 5 items, but I didn’t want to set unrealistic expectations.
Here is a copy for you to use!
Just print out and write in 5 little things that you’d love to include in your Mother’s Day celebration and then show it to your family. Maybe even consider sticking it to your fridge!
And just to give you an idea, here is mine!
One more thing…
Being a mother is a wonderful gift… It doesn’t always feel like it, but it truly is one of life’s most precious gifts to receive. It is so easy to get caught up in the grind of life and lose track of the wonderful magic all around us!
To help us all reflect on the blessings that abound in our lives, I thought Mother’s Day would be the perfect time to take a few minutes and jot down some the things we are most grateful for. They can be little things, big things, silly things, or serious things. Just take some time to remind yourself of the many blessings surrounding you each day.
Wouldn’t it be a nice idea to try to do this each Mother’s Day? You could even get your family involved and have them join in the fun. Wouldn’t it be lovely for them to share here the things about you that they are grateful for?
Many happy Mother’s Day wishes to you!
Have other fun ideas for making Mother’s Day even more special? We’d love to hear them. Please share. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in to say hi to me! I hope you enjoy the printables I made for you. Let me know if you get a chance to include them in your special day!