As I’ve mentioned before, I am not an artistic or craftsy person. Most of the time when I try a new project with Claire that I’ve seen someone else do or seen on Pinterest (evil, evil Pinterest), they turn out with me swiftly exiting the kitchen into the laundry room to do some deep breathing and get myself under control. (I try to ensure that Claire’s proximity to my wall punching and yelling is at least one room away.) I tend to plan crafts that look very simple but are not. Plus, Claire is 3 and I’m pretty sure that most of the pinned projects that claim they’re done by children are actually performed by said children’s mothers. Just my opinion, of course.
I am happy to say that for Mother’s Day this year I successfully completed a pinterest project with 20 first graders AND completed 2 projects with Claire. All of this, and only one trip to the laundry room! I am growing. Please, be impressed.
For my mom and my MIL, Claire painted canvases. This was actually not inspired by Pinterest, but inspired by my recent trip to Pinot’s Palette. Imagine that – real life inspiring a craft! How strange. Anyway, we bought a two-pack of canvases at Wal-Mart for $5 and let Claire do her thing. We used Tempera paint, little paint brushes, and a paper plate – easy peasy! She decided to paint a rainbow for Mamaw (my mom), and 3 sunshines for Gammy (my MIL). As we began, Claire scribbled with a pencil on one canvas and I simultaneously dropped a huge glob of green paint onto it. (Cue trip to laundry room while Chris tries to clean up the mess.) The canvas cleaned up very nicely, and after the painting was finished, I can barely make out one of the pencil marks. I loved just watching Claire go to town on her paintings. She did such a good job, and her grandmothers love them!
The best part is that Chris saw how excited I got over these and secretly bought more supplies so that Claire could paint one for me. They also sent me for a pedicure. So sweet, those two.
My first graders made their moms the sweetest cards. They each wrote a letter to glue inside, and then we painted the front of the card. We tried the ‘painting flowers with the bottoms of soda bottles’ idea, and it was simple and successful. (We also did this at home for Claire’s teacher appreciation cards, and they looked pretty cute too.) I cannot tell you how triumphant I felt on the day we worked on these. Really, when you’re a non-crafter like me, you have to celebrate these small victories!
Here’s how the front of my kids’ cards turned out.
And here’s one of the letters that I thought was so sweet. The translation is below if needed.
Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for everything I have. You’re the best. You’re so sweet. You are so helpful. You are the most kind person I know. You are so awesome! There’s no way I can make it without you.
Happy Mother’s day. You are a blessing to me. Have a good Mother’s day! You are the best Mommy in the world! I love your smoothies. You are loving. You are caring! I love you with all my heart and bones.
I love you with all my heart and bones??? Can you get more precious?
Then there’s this letter.
I miss you a lot infinity and beyond and you live in <City> and it is a long time to get there. I miss you infinity and beyond. Mom you are nice a lot cuz I never see you in a long time ago.
My heart breaks for sweet babies like this. I just want to take this child home with me and make the world right for him. I want to love him so much that all the pain in his life turns to joy. Kids shouldn’t have to miss their moms to infinity and beyond. They shouldn’t have to say they’ve never seen them since a long time ago. These precious children are carrying burdens that would break an adult’s heart. Lord, help us.
I am so very blessed. I have an incredible mom. Throughout my life she has been a constant source of love, support, and encouragement. She loves her family fiercely and always pushed us to be the best we could be. Everything I learned about being a mom I learned from her example, and I am thankful beyond words that God made me her daughter.
I’m also blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law who has welcomed me into her family and made me feel so loved. She is such a godly woman – always lifting us up in prayer. She is full of joy and shares it with everyone around her. I am so grateful for her!
Of course you know how I feel about Claire. I don’t even know how to express how deep my love is for this sweet girl. Every single day she makes me laugh, makes me proud, makes my heart feel like it’s just too full of love. I never knew how strongly, fiercely, passionately I would love as a mother, but now I do, and I love how much I love her.
This Mother’s Day there was another special woman on my heart. I’ve never met her and I don’t know what she looks like. I don’t even know her name, but soon she will change our family more than anyone else ever has. She is our birthmom. When I think of her, I pray for courage and wisdom for her, and strength as she makes the decision she will. Most of all, I pray a prayer of thanks for the love that she has for the child that will someday be mine.