Marriage is a Gift

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This is our anniversary month so my heart is always a little more aware of things in October.  I remember why we picked it.  October marks the start of an abundant fall–the winding down of a beautiful summer season– and  a renewed focus on God as one anticipates the bounteous blessings He rolls out in the coming months.

I often wonder if my husband and I adequately express gratitude for the amazing gift that we share.  With our comings and goings, and our full and busy lives, I’m quite certain there have been many days that I’ve lived below the standard of a Godly marriage.   And though I consider marriage to be my most treasured gift I possess, I often neglect to show God how much our union means to me.

I love the thought that we offer up a gift to God in gratitude by creating a quality marriage.   Surely the way we live and love in our marriage, is a direct reflection of the way we live and love God.

“Marriage is a gift from God to us.  The quality of our marriage is a gift from us to Him.” (L. Whitney Clayton)

I AM BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. Our blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and we joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Us, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? Here we go!

We wanted to take part.

Because we believe in this message so passionately.

You see, our oldest daughters are 14.  And that’s an interesting age, isn’t it?  Stuck in the middle of childhood and womanhood, sandwiched between extrinsic expectations and what really counts.

And it just wasn’t so long ago that we felt the same way.

And sometimes still feel the same way from time to time.  There are some things we never outgrow.  Those feelings of being insecure, or not enough.

 We’re doing it for our daughters.  Because we want more than anything to know they are beautiful without all the fuss.

We’re doing it for others.  Because we believe their is strength in numbers.  That women need women.

And we’re doing it for us.  Because sometimes we grow the most when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations.  And because, despite our vulnerability, God has a purpose with this message and we’re pretty passionate that it gets out there.

This is us.  GINNY & KATIE. With Makeup.  All dolled up.

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And this is us.  Naked (without makeup), vulnerable, and happy.  Because #iambraveandbeautiful.  #WEarebraveandbeautiful  and we believe in this message.

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Please join with us and a hundred+ others in celebrating TRUE BEAUTY.

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

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59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kids Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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Perfect Moments + Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day.  We reserve this blog for the best of the best, and even then we still don’t post all that we want to.

These days, I navigate through life with fewer expectations of other people, and greater acceptance of my own inability to do it all.  This is an interesting development since I am one who delights in things being “just so”.  Last year in church, a leader dear to my heart shared something that has helped expand my perspective on things.  He said this. “We are imperfect people.  Yet, we can have perfect moments.” Since that talk, I’ve thought a lot less about how perfect things are in my life, and a lot more about how to rejoice in the perfect moments with others that God blesses me with daily.

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I had one such experience yesterday.  But I’ll start with what happened the day before.  I had just dropped one of my kids off to catch the bus.  We’d been racing from an early piano lesson.  The bus drove away when I looked down to notice an art project my daughter had been working on…recycled art…one I knew she needed at school to receive a good grade.

I know it seems like no big deal.  Take the art project to school and meet her there when she gets off the bus, right?  But I needed to be home for a few Moms who were dropping their kids off for babysitting co-op, AND I was out of gas.  Not literally, but I’d been running on fumes for too long, hadn’t taken the chance to get any, and there was nobody to rescue me (like Bill when he saved me last month when my tank ran empty) Yep.

So I was bugged. Bugged about the project being left.  Bugged that I would let these Moms down.  Bugged that I had to stop and get gas.  And bugged that here I was running to rescue one of my kids–after deciding just the night before to let “natural consequences” happen a little more often in our home.

And to add a little extra fuel to the fire, the gas station attendee/wanderer asked how I was doing and if I had any fun plans for the weekend.  Seriously?  I wasn’t in the mood for chit chat.  But I obliged out of courtesy.  “I’m doing fine.  No, just a regular old weekend.”  She said, “Well what about Mother’s Day?  Do you have any fun plans for Mother’s Day?” My reply: “Not really.  Just the regular thing.  Go to church and I’m sure my husband and kiddos will take care of me.”

Silence.

Me again. “What about you? Do you have children?” (just going through the motions and not caring as much as I should.)

More silence. Ugh.

Her: “Yes I do have children….but I don’t.”‘  Silence.  “I lost my husband and 2 children all at once.  You know they always tell you to cherish those moments.  Be in the now.  Enjoy your children because in a blink of an eye, they can be gone.  And you know what? They’re all right”

And I sat there, completely overwhelmed with the sudden dip this conversation had taken me… into emotional depths I hadn’t anticipated.  And all I could think to do was say, “I’m sorry for your loss…”

This flood of feelings washed over me as I got back in my car.  Everything from gratitude and sorrow, to humility and pain.  If God was going to teach me something right then, it was a good time because my heart was open to learning.  Two things popped into my head.  The first one being that I should take her a Mother’s Day gift.  The second one being that yesterday marked the 2-year anniversary of when Millie almost drowned. And who was it that RESCUED Millie?  Miss Besty.  The child I was running to rescue.

This beautiful perspective popped in my mind.  How blessed I was for the CHANCE TO RESCUE…to serve my children, to be there at the perfect moment….sweep in and do what was needed.  And how grateful I had been to Betsy, who had done the same for me–had spared me from an otherwise difficult journey of resentment and guilt.

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And so I took Betsy’s art and got there just a few seconds after the bell rang  Gave her a hug and I was on my way.  Grateful for a perfect moment to help, extend, assist, and do.

And throughout the day, I couldn’t get that lady off of mind.  I had to do something.  I grabbed her a gift, talked with a store clerk (this was a grocery store gas station) and found out when her next shift was.  Tomorrow.  Floral department in the store.  Between 2:30 am and 10:30 am.

And so yesterday, I delivered a little gift to my new friend.  She was in the middle of making a pink balloon bouquet.  I  told her how much I had been thinking of her and  expressing my gratitude for helping put things in perspective.  We hugged.  I wished her Happy Mother’s Day, and told her how much she had made mine.

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And I relished in this perfect moment, recognizing that the Lord was aware of what I needed to feel today.

And so with that, I’m publishing this imperfect post, and hoping it extends to women everywhere that life is never perfect, people aren’t either…but it’s made up of perfect moments…moments that bring peace and perspective.

And it’s about others.  Not you.

It’s about rescuing.

My hope is that we seek to love, nurture, build, care for, connect, and shape everyone with a perspective that God blesses us with perfect moments so we can more easily recognize his love for us.

Happy Mother’s Day.

…and Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter…You can catch up with Ginny and I on our Instagram Profiles where we try as best as we can to keep things up to speed in real time.  (katie_vintage + ginnywilsonwinters)  And we hope whatever we share on here, whenever we share it, will be worth the wait.  xo

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.

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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.

You Stay at Home?

So you STAY AT HOME?

So, I was going to post a pretty awesome Sweet Cinnamon Roll Recipe this week, But to be honest, I’ve been a little preoccupied.  It’s Fall Break for my kids and well, it’s been busy, We’ve been adventuring at least once or twice a day, heading to the park or an activity that I hope they’ll remember.  And we’ve been staying up on other things like practicing piano, and reading for school, and tidying our home so it’s peaceful here.

It’s been work.  And I’m not going to tell you I’ve loved every second of it, but I am going to tell you that I love being a mother.  It’s a choice I’ve made, and it’s more important to me than anything in the world.  Yes, I have a business.  Yes, my life is filled with many things, but I am choosing to focus my greatest effort, my greatest work, on the raising of my children.

I read an article that really touched me this morning.  I’ve read several of these kinds of articles in the last year or so.  I’ve pinned them on Pinterest and made sure I’m cataloging them in my hat of tricks for when I have to defend myself or explain to someone why I chose to have FIVE children.  (Yes, FIVE!) and if it’s really possible to be successful running a business, serving in my church, and being a good mother all at the same time.

I try. And most days I do alright.  And most days, I’m happy that I chose to stay at home with my children.  There are days I wish I DIDN’T have a business or DIDN’T have outside experiences that take me away from my sweet husband and children. But I will go to my grave saying that the greatest work I’ve ever done, is raising, nurturing, teaching, loving, building and blessing my children.

Here’s the article for you to read.  I hope you LOVE it as I did. (Press the link)

“You’re a Stay-At-Home Mom?  What do you DO all day?” 

What resonated with me?  Love that he said this…

“This conversation shouldn’t be necessary. I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s insane for anyone — particularly other women — to have such contempt and hostility for “stay at home” mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood? The pagans deified Maternity and turned it into a goddess. We’ve gone the other direction; we treat it like a disease or an obstacle.

The people who completely immerse themselves in the tiring, thankless, profoundly important job of raising children ought to be put on a pedestal. We ought to revere them and admire them like we admire rocket scientists and war heroes. These women are doing something beautiful and complicated and challenging and terrifying and painful and joyous and essential. Whatever they are doing, they ARE doing something, and our civilization DEPENDS on them doing it well. Who else can say such a thing? What other job carries with it such consequences?”

The whole article is fantastic. I love it and had to share it.  I believe in mothers!  And I believe our society will crumble the minute we adopt the idea that being JUST a mother has no eternal value.

Pass the Baton

Several weeks ago I attended a evening church meeting where the guest speaker shared some thoughts that I have not been able to get out of my mind.  It was such a beautiful message that has had such an impact on me that I wanted to share it with you.

During the speakers talk he held up a hollow metal pipe about 12 inches long.  It was a baton used in a Track and Field relay race.  He talked about how passing the baton in a relay race is one of the most important parts of the race and that if the baton is not safely secured into the hand of the members of the relay team, it could drop and potentially the team could lose the race.  As he spoke, he passed the baton back and forth between his hands and as he securely placed it in the palm of each hand he talked about the importance we have as parents to secure things that are important into the lives of our children.  But as he continued talking, every once and a while, he would drop the baton on the podium and it would loudly clank and rattle until he picked it up.  By dropping the baton he symbolized something not being passed on to our children.  It was such a visual teaching moment for me that I can still here the loud sound of the baton dropping on the podium.  I knew then that I wanted to try my best to secure important things in the lives of my children.  Things that I didn’t want to drop the baton on.

So these last few weeks as I have thought, “am I passing the baton,” I have found myself asking these questions:  Am I passing the baton to my children when it comes to my belief in Jesus Christ and my love for His gospel?  Am I passing the baton to my children and teaching them how to work hard and do hard things?  Am I passing the baton to my children when it comes to serving and respecting others?  Am I passing the baton to my children and teaching them how to iron shirts, clean bathrooms, and even bottle peaches?  Of course there are so many things and parts of our lives that we want to pass on to our children, but the question is, are we actively doing these things now.

So last Monday night I did something that I normally would not have done on a school night.  After all the kids were in bed, I grabbed my oldest daughter, my 13 year old, and asked her to come to the kitchen.  I told her I needed to teach her how to do something, just as my mother had taught me.  She of course looked slightly puzzled, but as I pointed to a beautiful box of peaches that was given to us, I told her that I was going to teach her how to bottle peaches.

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It would of course have been better to do it on a weekend, but I knew the peaches could not wait and that “passing the baton” moment was right there.  So for an hour, I taught her how to boil, chill and peel a peach.  We heated bottles, packed bottles and lifted out the bubbles with a knife just like my mom had taught me.  It was a wonderful “passing the baton” moment that I know we both enjoyed.

Annie bottling peaches | www.thevintagemother.com

I know it seems like a small way to “pass the baton” to my child,  but it truly was something that I wanted her to know how to do.  I hope as we look at our lives that we will recognize the things that we want our children to know how to do and that we will work actively towards teaching them these things.  Even if it is just learning how to bottle peaches.

SAVOR THE FLAVORS {dating & waiting}

I love that the youth of our church are encouraged to wait until they’re 16 to date. It seems like it’s an appropriate time when most teenagers have developed a little bit of maturity, and they’ve had enough experience in regular social situations to know how to treat and respect the opposite sex.

Because of this, our church family hosts a night called Dynamic Dating for the 15-year-olds who’ll be turning 16 that year. It’s a time to bring the youth together for a practice run of sorts. And let’s be honest. There can be some majorly awkward moments when you’re first starting to date! They sit boy girl at dinner, and are taught etiquette and table manners and other skills that will help them.

Each year, they ask a couple to come help teach a principle that would be meaningful towards the end of the evening.  My husband Bill and I jumped at the opportunity to do so.  We wanted to teach the idea that dating was the chance to get to know what you really wanted in a potential spouse some day.

Our class title was SAVOR THE FLAVORS.  We talked about the excitement that comes from dating all sorts of people {flavors} and waiting to settle down with just one flavor until an appropriate time. {pre-marriage}.

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We talked about that there’s a flavor out there for everyone, and that you’ll never know exactly what you love without having had the chance to try several flavors in the past.

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We had the table all set-up. complete with fake ice cream  in cones.  Find the recipe for that here.  LOVED it.

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We made a Dating Notebook for each of them, to make an effort to record experiences, even put pictures so they can keep a record of the kids they date. Speed Flirting | www.thevintagemother.com

The kids then spent time afterwards SPEED FLIRTING.  They just get to know each other for a minute or so, and then are asked to rotate spots for the next minute, enabling the opportunity to talk to someone else.  It’s very fun to watch.  That room was filled with hormones, but the good kind! 😉

I thought this idea was fun to share, and the principle taught can easily be used to adapt as a lesson for your own youth.  How fun would a quick trip to Baskin Robbins be combined with a little parental instruction be?  Pretty awesome.

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.

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.

Sharon Gough | www.thevintagemother.com

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!

 Sharon Gough Baking Cookies | www.thevintagemother.com

 “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.

Sharon Gough 100th Marathon |www.thevintagemother.com

 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!

Mother's Day Gift Basket | www.thevintagemother.com

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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