Back to School Dinner {2014-2015} LOOK & LIVE

LOOK&LIVECOLLAGEtvmI admit by this time in the summer I’m entirely exhausted from the excessive amount of technology use in our home, sibling quarrels, and hours of boredom we’ve endured despite activities that were planned to avoid all of those things.  We usually pack our summer with a huge vacation to avoid the summer heat here in Arizona.  But by this time, we’re back, and ready to get into a schedule and focus our lives beyond beating boredom.

Each year I try and put together a special dinner in preparation for the coming school year. I usually include something I’ve been thinking about or learning on my own.  Then I find ways I can teach and inspire my kids.  I have thought a lot about the phrase “LOOK & LIVE” lately.  It may have been THIS VIDEO which has left an indescribable affect on me that started the whole thing. I’m sure you’ve seen it.  And it may have been some very special feelings I felt while reading some verses in MY FAVORITE BOOK.

From Alma, Chapter 37 (paraphrasing)

“By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass; and small means instances doth confound the wise…they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight and His course is one eternal round…”

Teach them an everlasting hatred against sin and iniquity. Preach unto them repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. Teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart…Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in hear; for such shall find rest to their souls.

O remember, my son, and learn wisdom.  Learn wisdom in thy youth; yea learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. Yea and cry unto God for all thy support, yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and withsoever thou goest, let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed on the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night, lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning, let thy heart be full of thanks unto God…

O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so it was prepared for {our fathers} that if they might LOOK, they might LIVE.  And now my son, see that ye LOOK TO GOD AND LIVE. 

A similar phrase can be found HERE in the Holy Bible, which is also a FAVORITE BOOK, and sits side by side with my other FAVORITE BOOK previously mentioned. 🙂

I admit that I felt a greater sense of purpose as a parent as I read these words.  How badly do I want my kids’ faith in God to be at the forefront of all they experience this coming school year? I’m not just talking passing tests and getting good grades…I’m talking their day to day experiences of life, with friends and with situations.  How badly do I want them to seek God daily?  How badly do I want them not to be slothful, but purposeful in gaining knowledge and become good contributors to society and the world as a whole?  Pretty bad.  Bad enough to teach them what I felt when I read these verses.

So earlier tonight, we had a little dinner.  I used this time to teach them to aim high.  To go out into the world with the knowledge that if they LOOKED TO GOD, they would LIVE LIVES of happiness and peace. I had a lot of fun but most importantly, I know the kids listened when I shared from my heart.  I just hope they remember throughout the school year.

LOOK&LIVE7tvmI set the table just so.  Used my nice china, which always spells ‘special occasion’ at our home. The kids were so excited!

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LOOK&LIVE1tvmI used a little already-made chalkboard banner I found at Target. It was so easy! LOOK&LIVE4tvmI compiled some cute little note/scrapbooks for them.  I found the white ones in the dollar section at Target, and the printable I’ve included below.  The wooden pencils, leather, and feathers I found at Hobby Lobby for cheap!

 

LOOK&LIVE5tvmI’m not quite sure how I got lucky to find this globe with the arrow through it at Home Goods just two days before, but I did and it was meant to be, and made the whole set up amazing.  If you ever need to borrow it, let me know.  My stuff is your stuff.

LOOK&LIVE6tvmThese  fake apples were also found at Home Goods but you could easily use real ones. The book set was found at Designer Blvd here in Arizona, and the feathers from Hobby Lobby.

 

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LOOK&LIVE9tvmAnd as one last little favor, I gave them each a little glass bottle with cork to remind them to aim high–LOOK and LIVE. All of which I found at Hobby Lobby in the bead section.

LOOK&LIVEFREEPRINTABLEYou can print out your own LOOK AND LIVE printables by pressing HERE.

Two last quotes that I love and had to share:

“Do the very best you can. Maybe you are not an A student. Maybe you are not a B student. Maybe you are not a genius; most of us are not. In fact the vast majority of us are not. … I have concluded that the work of the world is done by ordinary people who learned to work in an extraordinary way.” {Gordon B. Hinckley}

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others….” {Gordon B. Hinckley}

I’m looking forward with excitement for the coming school year knowing my kids have a better idea of our expectations and all the amazing opportunities that will come to them if they will just LOOK & LIVE.

 

PURPOSE {2014}

I love the concept of “ONE LITTLE WORD” or “OLW” that I think originated HERE as far as I can tell.  Even more so, I love the concept of picking some sort of theme that can be a guide for the year–whether it be a word, a quote, or just a list of hopes for the year that lies before us.

I always try to listen extra hard during the Christmas season and especially during the week following Christmas as we’re winding down and anticipating good things for the coming year.  I like to see what God might be whispering to my heart, telling me to change, or where to put my focus.  And it always amazes me how He sends little subtle messages that help me know how to direct my best efforts.

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My word for 2014 is: PURPOSE

pur·pose n.

1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.
2. A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention.
3. Determination; resolution.
4. The matter at hand; the point at issue.
5. To intend or resolve to perform or accomplish.

Idioms: Intentionally; deliberately. with good results.

Our main goal of The Vintage Mother is to post things that are meaningful and purposeful. It’s every intention of ours to motivate and inspire you to become more focused in your personal efforts.  Even if that means a few weeks here and there in between posts so that we can post something worthwhile, then we’re good with that.

My own personal goal for 2014 is to be purposeful in everything I do as a wife, mother, business owner, and friend.  I find how easy it is to get bogged down with tasks and things that don’t mean anything.  That leaves me feeling empty and entirely unsatisfied with the life I’m living.  I don’t like that.

I want to be meaningful in my interactions with others.  I want to make each interaction count.  I want people to know they have meaning in my life, and I want to be purposeful by showing love and serving them.

I want to be deliberate in my mothering.  Making sure I am communicating knowledge to my children and helping direct their inner compasses.  I want to be purposeful in teaching them and strengthening their souls.

I want to be organized. I want my personal and family systems to be deliberate and focused.  I don’t want to spend unnecessary time looking for things.

And I want to be able to look at everything in my home and know it’s purpose.  And if it doesn’t have a purpose, I want to free myself of it.  And be perfectly fine with not having anything ”meaningless” to replace it with.

These are just a few ways I want to live my 2014.

A few days ago, I was in a dear friend’s home and read this quote in her kitchen (the heart of her home)  I was grateful for the subtle message from God as I read this quote.  It made such terribly simple sense to me.  And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

Purpose of Life QUOTE

As so many of us look for meaning in the 365 days that make up each year, I think we’d do ourselves a favor if we considered the purpose to everything we do.  What a gift that would be for ourselves and our families.

Many best wishes in 2014 from us here at The Vintage Mother.  May the coming year be filled with meaningful, purposeful interactions and experiences.

3 Gifts of Christmas

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Through the years I’ve  had several friends ask about our tradition of giving 3 gifts for Christmas.   First, I wish I could take credit for the idea because it has been so neat for our family.  I attended a women’s church meeting the very year Bill and I were first married. We were anticipating spending our first Christmas as a married couple, and this idea was shared.  That was 15 years ago today and we’ve done this every Christmas.

We all know Christmas isn’t Christmas without gifts.  We give gifts as a symbol of God’s greatest gift sent to the world, Jesus Christ.  We give gifts to symbolize the gifts that the wise men gave to the Infant Jesus.  And we give gifts to show love to our families and fellowmen.

But sadly, Christmas has become a season of present purchasing, equalizing the present piles for Christmas Eve, and spending too much money on meaningless things.

Christmas, to me, is a matter of the heart.  How we view and do Christmas is determined by whether or not we are allowing gift giving as an action that  “leads us to Bethlehem”.  And we know that as mothers, even from that first Christmas night, that it was a matter of the heart.   In Luke 2:51 it reads, “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

Such ponderings lead a woman, a mother of eight, who I don’t know (but wish I did) to ponder on her Christmas, and most specifically her Christmas giving.  I was at a small church event one evening with only about 20 in attendance when she shared her story. It’s a story now when I look back, that I will be forever grateful for.

Her story went something close to this:

It was Christmas Eve, and after wrapping present after present for her 8 children through the month of December, she had both the exhaustion and the eagerness of Christmas morning in front of her.  As she surveyed each of her children’s piles, she could tell from the shapes and sizes what each child had requested that year.  When she got to one of her son’s piles, she noticed there weren’t as many gifts as the other children.  It looked alarmingly small compared to the others.  In her mind, she ran through what he had wanted…and it was just one special toy he’d been asking for for months.  It was there.  In the pile.  Along with a few other things: like some socks, some new books, and another small toy.  But it looked so wimpy compared to the other kids piles…This lead her to a quick late night trip to the local Wal-Mart to fill her cart with other things that would help his pile look the same in comparison to the others.  She got home, wrapped the gifts, surveyed the piles…and this mother of eight went to bed with the satisfaction and joy that Christmas morning brings to mothers everywhere when they know they’ve done a good job with presents for Christmas.

That morning was like the other Christmas mornings they’d experienced together as a family.  Everyone seemed happy and pleasantly surprised with the gifts they were given, and happy that they’d received even more than they’d anticipated.  Later that morning as she looked around the room, she saw the boy whose pile she’d  completed just a few hours before, only interested and playing with the one toy he requested.  Later she would find that he only played with that same toy for weeks after.  A sick feeling came over her.  And she vowed that next Christmas, she would change things.

She prayed.  She pondered.  She researched.  And listened to her heart.  And came up with the idea of giving THREE GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS, reminiscent of the gifts of the 3 Wise Men.

In the Bible, is says in Matthew 2:11 “When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and…presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

What do we know about the gifts that were given to Baby Jesus?  We know that they were symbolic, that they were meaningful because they were rare, that they had been well thought through, for each signified something important.  Gold symbolized Jesus’ royalty, frankincense, an incense used in the temple–his divinity, and myrrh, his suffering and death as it was a substance used for cleaning and burial.

This mother’s gifts would also have power and meaning. And she thought too, that she could offer three gifts with purpose.

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These are gifts that tickle and delight. They are the gifts that are really wanted or desired–The gift that the receiver just can’t go without! A wanted toy, a planned outing, a season pass… something they just HAVE to have.

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FRANKINSENCE {The Gift of Meaning} wrapped in RED

These are gifts that have meaning and express affection. These might include: a scrapbook, a quilt, a special doll, an heirloom, a childhood memento, a piece of jewelry,  a treasure box, a framed photograph, or letters from the heart. This gift is extremely worthwhile and something that shows love.
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MYRRH {The Gift of Usefulness} wrapped in GREEN

These are gifts that are truly needed. Look at your loved one’s needs and choose a gift that would be truly useful. These might include a new coat, a down comforter, or a new pair of shoes and socks. Use this gift for something practical yet worthwhile.

I’ve had many people ask me when I tell them we do this in our family, “Do you really give JUST THREE gifts?”  And the answer is, for the most part, yes.  Some gifts end up being “package deals” of sort, but the point is that with these three gifts our children know we thought specifically about each one.

It is hard to narrow it down to three.  It takes time, and energy and thought.  And Santa brings a little something as well—so the tradition of Santa can be preserved, but the focus is on the special wrapped gifts from Mom and Dad—symbolizing those special three gifts given to the Savior long ago.

I hope this inspires you to consider how you give gifts as future Christmases come and go, and the purpose behind them.

If you are interested in receiving a sheet of information regarding the 3 Gifts of Christmas, please email me katie {at} thevintagemother {dot} com

Live in Each Season as it Passes

Walden

I love this blessed time of year!  I love the cooler Arizona weather.  I love the kitchen smells, the linger of pumpkins, the hint that something grand is just around the corner.

I look at Autumn and Thanksgiving as an appetizer of what’s to come.  I don’t like to hurry it along.  I have many friends who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  And I have to say that I get tempted every year.  It seems so smart to get a jump start on things so you can fully enjoy the holidays.

But I don’t know if it’s for me.

I just don’t know if I can easily bypass the holiday that invites us to pause, count our blessings, and turn with grateful hearts to God.

November is my thoughtful month. It’s a time to gain focus, project myself for the upcoming season, but to embrace the beautiful pause that is given to us for “thanks giving”.  As I look back on this year and the beauties that have blessed my family,  I am grateful.

I am grateful for:

MY FAMILY:  my beautiful children, my tender husband, and our parents and extended family who continue to shape our lives.

MY FRIENDS: new and old.  Friends near and far who continue to bless me with their words, thoughts, and examples.

MY FAITH: my testimony that I know God is in every detail of my life.  And the comfort found in raising my family with that same knowledge.

My husband and I took a vacation back east this fall. The first day, we visited beautiful Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau spent a considerable amount of time.  I love that it was there, in the silence and beauty of the pond that he wrote:

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

I love this reminder to truly “live” in each moment, to let God’s beautiful creations, (because God is in everything) encompass all that we are grateful for.

I’m very excited about what the upcoming holidays will bring, but I’m content taking this time to give thanks in everything.  I hope I remember to do so.

I made a printable to help remind me and I wanted to share.  Go HERE to download. (use the first download link directly under the image)

The Vintage Mother {FREE THANKSGIVING PRINTABLE} webAs excited as I am for all the Christmas festivities to come, I’m still perusing our The Vintage Mother THANKSGIVING BOARD  to get ideas to celebrate with family this upcoming week.  Come check out where some of our favorite images and ideas are from.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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BACK TO SCHOOL Dinner Tradition

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We grew up with a Mom who celebrated fresh starts.  And it seems like the start of the new school year is the perfect opportunity to celebrate.  I’ve loved doing this tradition with my little family and wanted to share it with you.

I try and pick a little theme for the year.  This year it was:  YOUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT. Why I picked this?  Well, I suppose I try and listen to my heart and get a sense of what might be the most meaningful to penetrate the little hearts and minds of my children at the time.  I’m all about bringing more meaning into what we do within our family. Why not take the opportunity at this occasion to do the same?

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I recently read an article from a woman I admire.  She’s talking specifically to young women in our faith, but I just loved so many of her points and felt like she hit things right on the head.  I felt like I could apply what she said when I talked with my children about the upcoming school year.  Just to paraphrase a few thoughts:

“With so much going wrong in the world with oftentimes unfavorable circumstances, it may cause you to wonder, what does the future hold for me?  I want to assure you that your future is bright!

God gave you moral agency and the opportunity to learn while on earth, and He has a work for you to do.  To accomplish this work, you have an individual responsibility to seek learning.  You can be a bright ray of hope!

The pattern of study you establish during your formal schooling will in large measure affect your lifelong thirst for knowledge.  You must get all the education you possibly can…Train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives.”

And a note on technology:

”With technology you are witnessing an explosion of knowledge.  You are constantly bombarded by sound, video, and networking.  Be selective and don’t allow this surge of information to distract you or slow your progress.  Arise!  YOU determine your goals. YOU decide what enters your mind and heart.” 

I also focused on the sunflowers, and how they seek light as they grow.  (Such an amazing little fact about one of God’s creations)  The kids loved this part and loved hearing me talk about how they turn towards the east and naturally rotate to follow the sun throughout the day.

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The table was set.

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Here’s a list of resources I used:

  • Black and White Striped Fabric: Ikea
  • Fake potted grass: Ikea
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon: Michaels
  • Green Doilies for Gift Bags: Michaels
  • Butterflies: Michaels
  • Chalkboard Tags: Hobby Lobby
  • Composition Books: Wal-Mart

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I usually bombard my children with all sorts of school supplies this time of year and new backpacks to boot.  We love it, but honestly, we don’t need it.  I loved focusing simply this year.  I gave them a composition book, an apple, and you might be asking, like my kids did, ”What’s in the bag?”

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I gave them a little incentive for good grades…something they’re always asking me about.

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I introduced GOOD GRADE DAY with this little poem and a little hint of how we’re going to reward the kids at the end of the semester.  Who wouldn’t want to try for some of these?  Plus, they’re FREE.

Work really hard, put your work to the test!

Seek, study, learn, and do your very best! 

We are planning a day with lots of FREE fun,

You won’t want to miss it once your job is done.

“A” grades are AWESOME, they are the best!

“B” grades are BETTER than “C’s” on a test. 

“D” grades and ”F” grades we won’t even relate,

Because those grades surely determine your fate.

 You are in charge and your future is bright,

Don’t let distractions block your sight. 

 You can do a great job; you can earn your degree,

You’re a bright ray of hope that the world will see.

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GOOD GRADE  DAY

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 FREE scoop of ice cream for students with good grades. Only A’s and B’s.

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I hope my kids remember these moments.  I hope they catch a sense that they are the rising generation.  That they have it within them to make a difference and be a light in this world.  And I hope they remember that the value of education is honored and celebrated within our home.

Faith, Home, Family, Country

A little peek inside our most favorite place in the world.  Come and meet our amazing parents + family, and why life for us is about faith, home, family, and country.

Happy July 4th!

Huge thanks to Chris Wilson from Christopher Leigh Studios who filmed this treasure for us.

Tied Together {Father’s Day Gift Idea}

A few years ago I was given some old ties that belonged to my husband’s grandfather.  I had always wanted to make something from ties so I saw this as the perfect opportunity.

I decided to make a generation quilt block.  I began by gathering ties of my husband, his father, and from my husband’s maternal and paternal grandfathers.  It was so fun to look through their ties and choose ones that I thought complemented each other.  Once I chose the ties I wanted to use, I carefully unpicked the ties until there was a large enough piece of silk to cut a shape from.  I cut the silk into simple shapes and then sewed the shapes together until I had a small quilt block.  I mounted the block in a mat and frame and then signed “tied together” and my name on the edge of the mat.

That year I gave my husband and father in law a framed generation quilt block for Father’s Day.  Today, when I look at the framed quilt block, I think of these great men and the family that binds them together.

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Planting a Garden with Children

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Growing up meant spending our Memorial Day Weekend planting flowers and a vegetable garden. As children we would head to Midway and spend a few days preparing and planting beds of flowers and a large plot of dirt devoted to our family vegetable garden. We had already planted our gardens in the city weeks before the holiday weekend but always waited for the end of May in hopes that the plants would not freeze.

So, this weekend once again we took our children to Midway to plant beds of flowers and a vegetable garden. It has become a tradition for my family, just as it was a tradition for me growing up.

We have always tried to plant a little vegetable garden of our own as well.  So, several weeks ago we prepared and planted a garden with our children. We took the children to our local garden store and let them help pick out what we should grow this year.  It is so fun to get the kids involved in this way.  I love watching them get excited about plants and healthy food and to hear them talk about what they could make with the things that we grow. We always try and have the children plant right along with us and do the first watering as well. We have found it helpful to buy already started plants (as well as seeds) so that we see a little growth right from the start. It is always exciting to see a week or so later when the first of the seeds start to sprout.

I love the tradition of planting a garden with my family and for the great example of my parents who encouraged us to start a garden of our own.

Our Vintage Mother Recipient

We are excited to introduce you to Sharon Gough.  Sharon’s daughter Gretchen, nominated her to be honored by The Vintage Mother this year for Mother’s Day.  We agree that Sharon is a terrific example to all women and mothers everywhere and are thrilled to share Gretchen’s thoughts of her mother with you.

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My mother, Grandma Sharon, has many titles.  She’s the “sticker Grandma”, the “cookie Grandma”, the “marathon Grandma”, and the “card lady”.  She works full-time, still managing to find balance in her roles as mother, grandmother, wife, sister, and friend.  She exemplifies the characteristics of a vintage mother, especially in her desire to teach the values of tradition and dedication to her posterity.

 “Sticker Grandma” never visits our home without a new book of paper doll or dress-up stickers to share.  I have fond memories of my own Grandma, my mother’s mother, bringing packs of stickers to Salt Lake City whenever she visited from her humble home in Preston, Idaho.  It’s a tradition my mother continues and as so, my children affectionately call her the “sticker Grandma”.

 “Cookie Grandma” loves to have her grandchildren in her kitchen each holiday to frost and decorate sugar cookies.  Our children delight in the opportunity to bake with Grandma Sharon and use as many sprinkles and colored sugars that one cookie can hold.  Last year, she decided that each little baker needed their own cookie apron.  Each grandchild chose their own fabrics and Grandma sewed 8 beautiful aprons.  What a timeless treasure, and now the cookie tradition isn’t complete without donning their special aprons!

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 “Marathon Grandma” is an inspiration to all who know her, especially her children and grandchildren.  She values the blessing of a healthy physical body and teaches her posterity to treat it well.  Having run more than 112 marathons as of this writing, my children have learned from Grandma Sharon that they can succeed in any goal they set out to accomplish.  Despite various running injuries over the years, including a broken hip and broken wrist, Grandma keeps on running.  This is the dedication of a vintage mother.  I love to see my children running down our sidewalk, exclaiming “I’m running a marathon like Grandma”.  The Park City Marathon on August 20, 2011, marked her 100th marathon.  How lucky each grandchild was to receive an official race medal to always remember Grandma’s commitment to a hobby she loves.

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 Grandma Sharon carries the title of “the card lady” among many of her close friends and family.  Each week, she purchases at least 20 greeting cards to mail to friends celebrating birthdays, notes of gratitude for service rendered, or just a simple note to say “hello”.  In today’s society of texts and Facebook communication, she keeps this lost tradition alive…characteristic of a vintage mother. She chooses her words carefully and I have saved and cherish each card sent to my children, my husband, and myself.  She’s definitely computer literate, but it’s refreshing to see how a letter through “snail mail” can brighten any day!

 Last December, I asked her is she was sure she wanted to take my four children (all under 5 years of age) to the Festival of Trees.  The crowds and noise seemed a bit overwhelming to me!  She replied that it was all about tradition and making special memories for my little ones.  To this day, they still talk about the beautiful trees they saw on display.  Oh how I love her and will ever be grateful for her wisdom and love!  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Congratulations Sharon!  We are thrilled to be honoring you this Mother’s Day with a beautiful gift basket.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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We hope to be able to honor mothers throughout the year.  If you would like to submit a nominee please email us at katie@thevintagemother.com or ginny@thevintagemother.com.

The Gift of Heart

The Gift of Heart | www.thevintagemother.comDoing things with love has been on my mind a lot lately.  How we act, speak, and do can be influenced directly by whether or not we’re doing things with the right heart or in the right spirit.

Don’t be fooled.  Our family, neighbors and friends can feel when we do things in the spirit of love.  They can also tell when we’re doing something just to mark it off our list or for the satisfaction of others.

I get really tired of the harshness of the world.  There are a lot scary things out there that I don’t want to be a part of, nor do I want my kids to dabble in them either.  But one thing scary I don’t think we think about, are the day to day interactions with whom we love.  How are we treating those whom we love the most?  It’s so easy to go on in life, thinking we’re adequately serving, adequately giving, adequately doing whatever has to be done.   How sad!

I think there’d be a lot more love, happiness and good if we adopted the idea to do all things, even the smallest of things, with love.  If it means making the 100-millionth lunch for my kids for school, if I do it in love, they will feel it.  If it’s done as a chore, they’ll feel it. Think of the profound affect this would have on our children if we taught by example, there is genuine good and love in the world.  We’d show them when they are faced with the harsh realities of life, they can have hope in the goodness, sincerity, and peace that comes from being genuine in our actions, words, and deeds.

I’m quite certain LOVE is the most powerful weapon we have to combat hard things.  This mother’s day, give yourself The Gift of Heart and adopt the idea of doing all things with love.

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