This year Mother's Day was extra special. Yes, I got his very laptop 2 years ago for Mother's Day, but it was hardly a surprise as my hand-me-down laptop was fried. This year I got the usual bead necklaces and foam frames from preschool. I got letters about "my wonderful mommy" and cards with handprints. But my favorite gift was from Lainy Ann, not because it was made at Brownie's and had a professional look. Lainy Ann likes to give gifts. About 10 days before Christmas I actually had to tell her "no more gifts". She was spending hours in her room (with the gang of boys) making pictures and wrapping them up as gifts for all the family members. She has such a generous spirit that I pray will follow her for the rest of her life, but at some point we ran out of paper.
So this year she had many gifts for me, but my favorite was her homemade gift. She traced, colored and cut out hand prints of each child. On a separate piece of paper she drew a flower without leaves. Her gift to me was a game of "pin the leaf on the flower" with the kids handprints as leaves.
It is such a creative gift that she organized all on her own. I was incredibly proud of her.