ROAF – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday. Moms do so much and it’s nice to honor her.

However there are women out there who would love to be a mother, yet have not been blessed to have little ones harassing them from dawn to dusk. At one point I was one of those women. It took us a good while to get pregnant with Rachel and the rest of our girls. Chad was always a sweetheart on Mother’s Day even when I wasn’t a mom and would get me flowers and chocolates. It can be a really hard day for some.

The lady who plays the piano in Primary (children’s church) is one of those women. She is very nice and in her 40’s, never married. I used to lead the music and I was chatting with this sister (Since we are all God’s children, instead of saying Mr. Smith and Mrs. Smith, we say Brother and Sister Smith.) about what song to sing to the moms for Mother’s Day. As we talked about the music this sister did tell me that she would love to be a mom and she just dreaded this holiday. She doesn’t have any sibling so she can’t be a “mother” to nieces and nephews. Super sad.

So for our RAOF, we decided to get this sister some Mother’s Day stuff. Since I have banned the two little ones from Walmart, last Saturday we had to go to another store.

Yup, back to the Piggly Wiggly. Who in the world picked this name for a grocery store?

Yup, back to the Piggly Wiggly. Who in the world picked this name for a grocery store?

The girls found the flowers, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. They decided to get her a pink corsage.

Elizabeth is posing for this picture. That is her thinking stance.

Elizabeth is posing for this picture. That is her thinking stance.

Then we hit up the candy aisle looking for some nice chocolates. They didn’t have a lot of choices but we found something.

Sometimes it's easier when there is literally only 3 boxes of assorted chocolates to choice from.

Sometimes it’s easier when there is literally only 3 boxes of assorted chocolates to choice from.

Off to the check out as the card section had 0 Mother’s Day cards.

RAOF Mother's day 2

We went with some truffles, which I have no idea what they taste like. Hopefully good.

I took the kids home, feed them lunch and went to Walmart, alone. They had tons of flowers and chocolates…and toys and games and all sorts of stuff that bring out the monsters in my kids. That is why they are banned. I found a very nice card about having a mother’s loving heart and got a bag to put it all in. Done.

Sunday we got to church before it started and pulled the missionaries aside. We explained that we wanted to give a Mother’s Day gift but we wanted to do it anonymously. They agreed to give our gift.

I know it's blurry, but I didn't want to get caught  so I took the picture as fast as I could.

I know it’s blurry, but I didn’t want to get caught
so I took the picture as fast as I could.

We thanked the missionaries and then went and sat down. I looked all around for this sweet sister but I didn’t see her. We waited, we waited, church started, still looking…. She never came.

The missionaries live close to this lady and said they would take the present to her on Monday. It thought that was a good idea. I hope she wasn’t too sad on Mother’s Day and hopefully our late present will let her know that we were thinking of her on Mother’s Day.

To our church’s credit, they did pass out a Mother’s Day gift to all women ages 18 and older. There is that old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well it’s true. There are plenty of women out there who helped raised me, I did need a lot of help! Maybe we should change Mother’s Day to Woman Nurturing Day or something like that. Just a thought.

 

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3 Comments on “ROAF – Mother’s Day”

  1. Brittany Says:

    You are so sweet. I want through some of that wanting-to-be-a-mom-but-the-kids-won’t-come junk, too. Mother’s Day made me cry more than once because of it. This sister will love your thoughtful gift, and may bribe the missionaries with food for your name so she can say thanks. I would!

  2. Krystal Says:

    Agreed. Been there. There was a conference talk recently about how you can be a mother in so many different ways. I know it’s not the same, but it helps a little!


  3. I hope your ward also gives presents to the women who are UNDER 18 years old and are mothers too….


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