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20090502174012-happy-mothers-day-8027verb – bring up (a child) with care and affection

Okay friends, we’ve got 8 1/2 days to get our Mother’s Day presents together.  I can happily say that my mom’s present is already on its way to her via airplane and husband’s suitcase. Usually, this is not the case for me. So for all you last-minute shoppers or for those moms you just don’t know how to buy for, I’ve got some ideas.  Of course they are all book related, but I think you can find something in this list that any mom would be happy to receive.

1. For moms that love THE BACHELOR TV show:

The Selection Series written by Keira Cass

The Selection
The Prince: A Novella
The Elite

2. For Moms who love to COOK

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Sheila Niequist
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

3. For NEW moms (and for seasoned ones too!)

Free-fall to Fly: A Breath-taking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning  by Rebecca Lyons.
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle
Feathers From My Nest by Beth Moore

4. For moms who love to LAUGH

The Ashley Stockingdale Series by Kristen Billerbeck

What a Girl Wants
She’s Out of Control
With This Ring, I’m Confused

5. For moms who love ADVENTURE 

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Matched Series by Ally Condie

6. For moms who love ROMANCE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (any of her books are great!)
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck

7. For moms who love SMALL TOWN LIFE

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon


You Were Made for a God Size Dream by Holly Gerth
Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning by Rebecca Lyons


Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of Your Try Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

10. For the mom WHO LOVES TO READ ANYTHING (like me)

An gift card 🙂

 Know of another good “mom read”?  Then share it here and the type of mom that it would appeal to:)

adjective, occurring over or relating to a long period of time

Years ago, I gave a dear friend a memory jar gift. In a recent conversation over the idea of word gifts, she mentioned that she keeps that jar beside her bed and reads one of the memories hidden within it each day.  That gift was given YEARS ago! Its encouragement and value has not waned throughout the years. Now that’s the kind of gift I’d like to receive but definitely one that I love to give.

A memory jar is extremely simple to make. First, purchase some kind of jar – one that is appropriate for the receiver.  If it’s a child, make it a colorful jar. If it’s a male, be sure it’s not to feminine (such as the one above with a pretty purple bow.) Of course, if it’s a female who will be receiving the gift, go as girly as you want!

Next, you’ll need to brainstorm a list of special memories shared between you and the receiver of the jar. (Please give yourself time to come up with this list. I spent probably 2 weeks or so simply remembering all the great times that my friend and I shared. Might be handy to keep a little piece of paper with you, so when you remember an event randomly, you will have something to write it down on.)

Now that you have your list, you can start writing the events down on small slips of paper. With today’s selection of scrapbook paper, you can add another element of creativity to your  jar. If you’d rather use the computer to write out your memories, then do so. However, I found that the personalization of handwriting can be very meaningful. When writing your memories, start each sentence with “I remember when…”, “I remember the moment…”, or “I remember the day…” There’s no need to write out the details of the memory, a simple reference to it will suffice. This method allows the receiver to relive the moment in their own mind, making it a truly personal word gift. (Keep in mind that not all memories will be happy, but they could be moments that defined your relationship or strengthened it.)

This is a long-term gift, one meant to be treasured over a period of time. Try to come up with at least 30 memories shared, so that the receiver can enjoy the gift for a month. This means they get to read one memory a day for a month. Here’s a simple poem to write on the card that could be given with the gift so the beneficiary knows exactly how to enjoy it.

Moments of memories hidden inside

Read one each day to see

that time 

spent together

You and Me

Is a colorful mosaic of blessing.

Happy Remembering,


What’s one moment of life you experienced with someone special would you give $100 to relive?