As a woman in the thick of mothering three little ones all hours of the day and night, a day meant to celebrate the work of those who nurture others is a gift. I know Mother’s Day can be wrought with dashed dreams or grief for a mother who is gone. I ache with you. And I also see the joy in a dear friend who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day after years of waiting. I celebrate my friends who inspire me with their smart and tender mothering every time I see them. I see my mom who has mothered me even as an adult, as I learn to care for my babies. And I remember my grandma, who passed away in January and was a mother to our entire family. It will be our first Mother’s Day without her. And then I see my babies who can both delight and nearly destroy me on a nearly hourly basis. It’s a joy to be their mama.
My husband has informed me that regardless of the gift guides I often write, I am still his hardest person to shop for. And I know many of you are in the same boat. So, I’m trying to make this guide easy for you husbands who are doing the real-life shopping, often with toddlers in tow, to pick up something for the woman who is doing so much for your littles.
Dear Mushka laden necklace. A beautiful black drusy pendant hangs mid-chest, bringing comfort to the exhausted + worn out, a reminder of Matthew 11:28.
French Girl Organics rose sea soak. And give her an hour to take a bath without interruptions.
FashionABLE leather tote. I love everything from this brand, which not only empowers women locally and globally, but also creates gorgeous, heirloom pieces. Some faves include the Mamuye tote, the Abera Crossbody tote, the Emnet pouch, and the mini tag necklace (choose your kids’ initials!).
PF Candle Co. amber soy candle. Handpoured with a simple design and my favorite scent.
She Reads Truth Bible. Beautiful, truth-filled, and so meaningful.
Dinner: A Love Story. Mentioned multiple times here on the blog, this cookbook is a fave of mine not only for the recipes, but also for the spirit-bolstering memoir of gathering around the table with young kids. The writing is heart-warming and the food is scrumptious – especially the Lazy Bolognese.
Madewell sunglasses. Last year my son picked out a pair of sunglasses for me when Zach took the kids shopping. He still remembers every time I wear them (which is often!) that he chose them for me. It’s one of the perfect things to grab, because there’s no sizing involved, and they’re useful and pretty. Grab a little case too, so they won’t get banged up.
Aeropress coffeemaker. Delicious coffee anytime she needs a cup, which in my case is at least 3 times a day.
PS: Spiritual motherhood, grab a cup of coffee and watch this.