Oh the ultimate question of marital bliss (as a mom) for the whole year from my husband:
“So what do you want for Mother’s Day?”
I’ve been married to this man for 17 years.
I’ve had his children and been a mom of a living child for the past 8 years.
And he asks me what I want for Mother’s Day.
<Insert big sigh.>
In his defense, my husband works from home, takes the kids to school, makes their lunches, and usually makes dinner. (So please don’t get me wrong – he is an amazing man.)
Considering my wonderful husband doesn’t know what I REALLY want I’m going to tell him, right here, right now.
(1) Time to sleep
But for one morning – JUST ONE MORNING – can I be the one to get to sleep in?
(2) Alone time with my hobby
NOTE: That did not say “hubby.” (That’s another one below.)
This for me is to crochet or finish a book I’ve been trying to read for years. I’m not talking about one-hour; I’m asking for at least four hours. (Maybe more. I know eventually I’d get bored.)
The three books I have in my library to read when-I-get-to: “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, “Start” by Jon Acuff, and “Smart Money Smart Kids” by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze. I’m looking forward to starting the latter two and finishing the “Life of Pi.”
Yeah, you read that right! This would probably be a date of some sort doing something, you know, adult-like. One of the perks of getting-married-to-your-best-friend kind of thing.
In my case I’d like to eat clam chowder on the coast of California somewhere and walk on a beach in the evening with no kiddos and just the man the Lord created for me.
I got to get him to work on that one….
(4) Think about the time I told you when I wanted ….
(I get that this one is hard for my husband.) I can remember what we got for our wedding and who gave it to us. He can’t remember what he ate for breakfast yesterday.
I’m sure I told you about those Work Boots (size 8) and that purse (it’s black.) How cool would it be to get one of those things all of a sudden, because you remembered?
(5) Check my Amazon Wish List
I know, this can be a hassle but I’ve already arranged my list in order by what I want first and how high the priority is – just in case.
I’m just saying.
(6) Check my Etsy Favorites List
Did you know I had an Etsy favorites list? It’s a little heart on the Etsy website where I get to click the things I REALLY LIKE but they might be too expensive or just-not-the-right-time-to-get kind of things. I like handmade shirts, crochet patterns, earrings, etc. Pretty much anything on that list would be great to get, because it looks like you KNOW ME!
Hint, hint: You will have to create an account to find me as a friend and follow me to see what I like.
(7) Schedule a professional portrait session with a highly recommended photographer
A little on the pricy side for some, this is something that has become very important to me. I want to capture those beautiful little faces with the right lighting, hand-selected clothes that coordinate, and non-fake love that only those photographers are able to capture in photos. I know this can cost a good chunk of change, but it’s worth it because it’s not just for me, it’s for our three little beings we brought into our lives too.
(8) Get my kids to talk with me and know me better
I found two Pinterest Pins that I’d love have done from my kids, (with your help) so that they can learn about me more. Have our oldest ask me questions and get answers for this printable (maybe over dinner a few nights during the week) and have the little ones answer these questions about me so you can read them to me.
(9) Pick out photos with our kids about special times with me and get them printed
I’m not asking for anything fancy. You know just as well as I that our photos are stored on disks and jump drives and computers. Buy a 20-page photo album for 4×6 photos, and send a few photos to the printer. Or organize some of the photos we do have printed (because you know we’re older than the digital age) and pull some of those out to put in an album.
(10) Please give me all the handmade gifts my children made
There really is nothing more important to me at the end of the day than those little handmade cards and possibly gifts that the kids made.
If they want to make me cookies or a cake, I don’t care if it’s not in my “healthy eating diet” – I am going to eat a few or a slice. I put those handmade pencil holders on my desk at work. I sigh as I re-read and stare at the cards and homemade drawings I hang on my walls and on the fridge at home. It’s all important and I want them to know that.
I hope this list helps. I’ll be over here waiting patiently for you to ask me again what I would like for Mother’s Day because now I’m ready.