Life Motherhood

Mother’s Day Expectations

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I have noticed personally and in talking with friends over the years, that Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for many.  This sometimes is due in part to expectations of a particular gift, a special dinner, the vision of how your family will honor you, or some type of celebration you have in mind that does not materialize.

Here’s what I learned many years ago  that totally changed my expectations on Mother’s Day:

Since it is such a joy and honor to be a mother, I use the occasion to write a personal letter to eachof my children, telling them how blessed I am to be their mother. I also point out attributes and character qualities I admire. This is a great time to recall specific examples demonstrated in their lives. In addition, I list skills and talents I see in them and say something like, “You’re my favorite 10- year- old in the world” or “I hope you have a child like you one day.”

This letter (short or long, typed or handwritten) is given to them during meal time.

By the way, I personally do not enjoy going  out to lunch on Mother’s Day because of the crowd, long waits, and loud atmosphere. Thankfully, my husband and kids do the meal for me. (If this was not the case, I just might prefer eating out.)

When at home, gathered around our dining room table (not necessarily on Mother’s Day), I read aloud each child’s letter. While glancing  into their eyes, I end it with, “I love you and I’m glad I’m your Mom.” 

 There have been years when their letter is placed under their plate or in a special box at each child’s seat. Sometimes  they read them silently to themselves. However, my favorite way is to share aloud the worth of each child with the whole family.

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About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

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Rhonda

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

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