Celebrating Mothers

I was going to write about the hours that Moms spend caring for their families, like the 21,900 meals they cook in the 20-ish years of rearing each child.

Or the 52,000 pieces of clothing and accoutrements they provide, launder and replace in a never-ending cycle.

But instead, I decided to take an excerpt from my A Holiday Handbook and share a few creative ideas, I’m going to do a few of these for my Mom.

Our Mom will be leaving us soon and going on to her reward. The last year has been bittersweet as dementia has taken more of her personality and memory and left us a person we hardly know now. But we believe she will be glorious, healed and whole in the next life; the beautiful, loving, creative, intelligent Mom that we love.


            Create an arrangement or bouquet of Mom’s favorite fresh cut flowers or make a French floral basket with potted flowers that she can transplant to her garden later

            Showcase Mom’s talents by displaying quilts. paintings, family records, flowers from her garden, photos of Mom and Dad, family and friends

            Enjoy the shade of a market umbrella for outdoor events

            Mom’s favorite selections: colors, flowers, china and background music

            Thank Mom for all the love and time and resources she shared with you. Tell her specifically what you remember and appreciate.

            Ask mom for your favorite recipes if you haven’t copied them yet.

            Make a quilt featuring her favorite things and colors. Write notes on blank squares; love will keep her warm!

            Present her with tickets to a favorite concert or play. Take her to a gallery or museum. Or give a gift certificate to a favorite store.

Mom as a bridesmaid in her friend Lila’s wedding party.


  Collect stories about the women in your family, print them and present them to the girls for inspiration and to strengthen loving bonds.

            How well do you know your Mom’s story? Copy the following questionnaire and hand it out to family and friends; have Mom give her answers. How well do you know your Mom?

Have Mom and significant women fill in the following questionnaire.


Your favorite color

Favorite flower

About your birth

What you loved to do with your Mom

Your Dad

Your favorite relatives (and why)

Values they instilled in you

Favorite childhood activities

Family trips

Books you loved

Who were your heroes?

Your dreams?

Your brothers and sisters

Childhood home

Your grandparents

Memories of church

Your favorite teacher in elementary school (and why)

Your favorite holiday (and why)

Your favorite subjects in high school

Some popular songs

Did you play sports, act, write or….

What you did with your friends

Your first job

Your first car

Your first boyfriend

How you he met my father

Why they picked my name

About college

Your accomplishments

Service to God

Service in the community

Your favorite vacation

People you’ve known

Places you’ve been

Your favorite president

Your favorite music

Your adult dreams

Your favorite game

Favorite scripture story

Favorite books

Favorite television and movies

Things you wished you’d done differently

Your passions

Your hobbies

What you’d like to do.

Life’s lessons

My Grandma’s porcelain teacups , a crocheted dress that my Mom wore when she was a baby, flowers from my children; 4 generations of love represented here.

Here’s a delicious Mother’s Day meal to celebrate the love you share.


Serve her favorite foods or enjoy this traditional luncheon menu

Croissant Chicken Salad Sandwiches

            Bake, skin and cube

16 chicken breast halves


1 15 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

6 stalks celery, chopped

1 bunch grapes, halved

2 C light mayonnaise

1 C vanilla yogurt

1/4 C frozen orange juice concentrate

salt and pepper to taste

            Chill until serving time. Scoop generous amounts onto

16 croissants, split almost through

            Garnish with

leafy green lettuce

Fruit with dip or chocolate fondue; offer pineapple, strawberries, melon cubes, grapes, orange wedges, raspberries, kiwi, banana chunks, coconut macaroons

Fruit Dip

            Mix together

8 oz light cream cheese

7 oz marshmallow cream

orange juice to thin to desired consistency

            Chill until time to serve

Wild Rice Salad

            Cook with 2 C. of water and enclosed seasonings:

2 boxes Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice mix (don’t use instant)

                        Cool, set aside.

Mix salad ingredients except avocados and pecans. Combine with dressing, refrigerate 2 – 4 hours. Before serving add avocados, pecans and serve on a bed of torn lettuce.

8 green onions, chopped

6 oz. sugar snap peas, ends removed

4 med. avocados, diced

2 C pecans, chopped and toasted (350* – 7 min)

1 red peppers, chopped

2 stalks celery, sliced

Dressing, combine in food processor

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2  TBSP Dijon mustard

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 C. seasoned rice wine vinegar

1/2 C vegetable oil

2 lemons, juiced

May be made a day ahead.

Honey Lemonade

            In a saucepan, stir over medium heat until combined :

Juice of 10 lemons (about 2 1/2 C)

1 C honey

            Cool, add       

12 C water

            Serve over ice with sliced lemons

Rich and Easy Fondue

            Melt over low heat, stirring constantly

16 oz. chocolate chips or chunks

            Whisk in

1 1/2 C whipping cream

            Serve warm with fruit and coconut macaroons, ice cream, shortbread or other cookies

Happy Mother’s Day!

Corsages for Mother’s Day.

I’ve shared this before but in reaction to a ridiculous political move to reduce the role of Mother’s to “birthing persons,” here is a tribute to the actions, duties and love that follow “birth.”

To Mother, Grandmother,Aunt,Sister, friend and precious women

Who give life,

nurture and give joy.

Who bled and fed and hid Easter eggs,

and wrapped gifts and dyed Halloween costumes.

Who took me to the zoo

and Disneyland,

and grew pumpkins,

and taught me to play chess

and feed my babies.

Who taught me to write thank you notes

And have good manners

and remember birthdays

and ancestors(and love them).And gave me crayons

and dolls

and retainers

and fishnet nylons

and a radio to take to the beach.

Who took me to visit my grandparents

and on road trips

and swimming

and had a barbecue.

Who taught me to pray

and love

and find joy

and set a beautiful table.

And to watch out for little ones,

and spell correctly,

and feed stray kittens,

and read books.

And to try,

and fail,

and try again.

Who found our great grandfathers were kings

and great grandmothers were queens.

Who took pictures,

and listened as I learned to read,

and filled a piñata.

And eat Thanksgiving at the beach like Pilgrims,

and go on bike rides,

and read Luke on Christmas Eve,

and sing carols,

and find treats in my stocking.

To share with those in need,

and love art and beauty,

and wear bows in my hair

and shoes that fit,

and remember God and go to church.

Who sewed clothes,

and prayed for soldiers,

and firemen,

and missionaries,and me.

Who baked cakes

and arranged flowers,

and made 20,000 meals,

and made me brush my teeth.

And bought sugar sticks,

and made drawings,

and bread,

and Beef Stroganoff.

And soothed wounded hearts,

and took us to movies,

and to the woods,

and the sea.

And played

and prayed

and gave time

and love

and life.

Thank you.