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This Mother’s Day, I’ll be pampering my mom with some thoughtful gifts I found at the One-Stop Shop at Walmart. After you read my mom’s story, you’ll see why it’s so important for me to make her feel appreciated and loved on her special day.
This photo of my mom (she’s the one in the middle) and her family was taken on the day she graduated from high school (hence the leis). My mom grew up in Hawaii and was heading to Seattle University. It was a happy day and the future looked bright.
But just a few short months after this photo was taken, my mom’s life would be changed forever. My grandmother died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm. My mom was just seventeen years old, an ocean away from her family, and she would never see her mother again. This would have broken a lot of people, but my mom carried on.
She finished college, got a teaching degree, married my Dad and had me.
But the sad times were’t over. Just before I was born, my Mom lost her Dad, leaving my mom’s younger siblings totally alone. Even though she was only twenty four, and a new mom dealing with her own grief, she stepped up to be there for them. My parents helped two of them go to college and my uncle (the youngest) even lived with us for awhile.
Incredibly, her sisters and brother weren’t the only people my mom was nurturing during this difficult time. My parents were also foster parents to Becky, who had been one of my mom’s students.
Here’s a picture Becky and I when I was just seven months old. So by the time my Mom was twenty five, she had already been a kind of “mother” to get three younger siblings, foster daughter and me! Pretty incredible right?
Well, my Mom is incredible. She is smart, determined, loving and STRONG. She does not wallow in “Why Me?” When something tough happens, she picks herself up, figures out what needs to happen and then does it. She is an amazing person. Here we are with my little brother, Dave.
Mom went on to have a very successful career in education, somehow rising up in the ranks, all while making a home cooked meal for our family every night. In addition to her own accomplishments, she also got to see two of her siblings graduate from college as well as her foster daughter Becky. Plus, she helped thousand of other kids as a high school teacher and later a middle school principal. That is a lot of lives that she touched! Now my mom is a retired grandmother of five.
How do you honor someone like my mom who has done so much for so many?
You make her feel special with a basket of thoughtful gifts.
I wanted to find things to make her feel nurtured and special. Just like she’s been making other feel since she lost her own mom at seventeen. Here’s what I chose.
Gifts to Pamper Your Mom
1. A comfy “I Love my Grandma” pillow that she can cuddle up with when the grandkids aren’t around.
2. A stylish place for her to keep her jewels (including the homemade bracelets and rings that the grandkids give her).
3. A pretty magnetic board where Mom can proudly display photos of her grandchildren.
4. A yummy smelling candle Mom can light and relax to.
5. A cute “What Happens at Grandmas Stays at Grandmas” cup
I found all these items at the “One-Stop Shop” at Walmart where you’ll find tons of inspirational ideas.
Check out all the goodies! This fun aisle was towards the front of my local Walmart store. There were colorful pillows, candles, flowers, memo boards cards and more.
They have basically everything you’d want or need to honor your mom.
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Moms are the heart of the family. How are you going to pamper your Mom on Mother’s Day?