Mother's Day. What does it mean to you? If you don't have children, do you use the day to celebrate your own mother, or is it a hard day for you? Have you journaled about that? Have you created a page about your own mother and your relationship with her? be it good or bad?
If you are a mother, have you created a page about your first mother's day? Or about how the day really belongs to your mom still? or how it totally fits you like a personal glass slipper?
Have you made a page about the changes in you since motherhood descended upon you? Did you marry into a family and instantly become a mother? Have you journaled about that transition? Or perhaps you had a baby the first time you even thought about it? Do you have that written down somewhere?
There are so many mother pages to be made!!
On another note, it pains me to hear how many of my friends are distressed by Mother's Day. I have a Very-Funny Well-Spoken and Equally-Well-Written Dearest Friend in the World who has a blog post that I love. She writes for a magazine and has written about Mother's Day here and here as well. Take a minute and go read them. They are quick reads.
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Funny, no? I love her permission to not try to be that perfect mother. And her honesty. I thought it important to record an honest motherhood assessment in a layout for my daughters to read later.
Amy gives us a glimpse into her thoughts on Mother's Day in her layout, too.
Christa's layout talks about the responsibility of motherhood in a wonderful way. I love how she lists the positive attributes that she wants her daughters to have and how their learning will come through her. What a powerful message.
And then she turns the table and puts together a lovely layout about her own mother. Oh, Christa, so special.
Francine's layout records the flowers she received and the goings on of her day. It has a little grouping of loveliness that she does so well. And the lace and cameo are the perfect touches of femininity.
Lisa has a come up with a terrific plan for Mother's Day layouts. In 2008 she asked her daughter to answer some questions about her. Then she added them to a layout.
Isn't that so clever? And she made us a English version of the quiz that we can download and use on our own layouts! Woohoo! Thank you, Lisa!
Lisa adds, "If you print the pdf you can just add a photo and ask your kid to fill out the quiz (that’s what I did in the new layout!). Easy and you have their handwriting also!"
We hope that this week you have found a card or project that will work for a handmade gift for a mother or grandmother in your life. I also hope that you will try to collect and write your thoughts concerning motherhood and Mother's Day so that your families will know how you felt on this annual day of celebration!
Amy will be here tomorrow with some journaling challenges from our Feeling Thankful gallery! See you then!