(my friend Jill from the Diaper Diaries holding a goat in the Dominican Republic)
Well, I didn’t really get my mom a goat, but I thought about it! See, when I got back from my trip with World Vision, my husband had not taken the prime opportunity of me being gone to buy Mother’s Day presents. So, on Saturday afternoon I headed to the grocery store to buy food for dinner with my mother-in-law, cards for all the moms in our family and a potted lily or two to boot.
In the middle of the store, right in front of the cards, Lydia decided to have a meltdown. There was foot stomping, screaming, crying and wailing. So, I left the food and the cards in the cart in the middle of the aisle and pulled my two kids out the front door.
Happy Mother’s Day to me!
Lydia went from bath to dinner to bed in the matter of 10 minutes and was asleep at 5:30pm. (In her defense, she had spent the last 2 nights away one of which was her first slumber party!) And as I contemplated what in the world I was going to do for my mom, my aunt, my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law for mother’s day I had a great idea!
World Vision has a gift catalog. You browse through the catalog and can donate in someone’s honor. There are gifts of animals (like the aforementioned goat), fruit trees, seeds, HIV caregiver kit, soccer balls or a well! I chose a sewing machine for my crafty mother. In her name, a sewing machine was donated to an orphaned teen, single mother or HIV-positive woman so she can have begin earning an income as a seamstress. For my mother-in-law, we donated a new baby kit: a bassinet, diapers, blanket, container for clean water, soap and training for a new mama.
It was one of my most favorite gifts I’ve ever given! I know it’s because I was just immersed in World Vision and saw that they actually DO what they say they will and DO make a difference in the world. But really, what a great gift! Next time you need a gift (especially last-minute) for someone, consider donating to a family in need!
So, what did I get for Mother’s Day? A beautiful homemade card from my daughter. A fever of 102 from my son. A homecooked meal (homecooked because *I* made it). And a fun flower lapel pin (that is really a magnet!) from my aunt. Not a picture perfect Mother’s Day, but after a week of being away from my family it was beautiful!
What did you do for Mother’s Day? Tell us about your special day in our community! (I’m closing the comments so you can respond over there…don’t worry, it’s not more clicks, just more fun!)
linked to 5minutesformom’s Mother’s Day link up!