Mother's Day gifts: received and given

I kind of feel like a broken record when I talk about how much my family means to me and how much I love them. But it's true and I am so thankful to be able to sound like a broken record. I read a quote recently that both resonated with me and broke my heart at the same time:  "You fulfill yourself by denying yourself, preparing the people you can't live without to live without you". ( Andrew Ferguson ) I'm taking in all of these moments that I can because they slip by too quickly. I love my boys so much. Being their mama is such an incredible gift and so much more than I ever imagined mothering to be. Then again, God's grace and mercy and His good gifts always are so much more than our human mind can comprehend.

My husband and my boys spoiled me with several of my favorite things for Mother's Day. So special. I wanted to share the gift that we sent to Nana. My husband's father passed away a little over a year ago. Poppi had quite the tie collection and was kind of known for it. Several months ago, I came across this tutorial for creating a necklace from a tie.  Coupled with a hand-colored card from Graeme-bear, we hoped it would be a very special gift for Nana. We hoped right. ( smile )

I hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day and to those of you who desire to be a mama, but have not seen that prayer answered, I pray that God gives you indescribable joy for what He has called you to for this season of your life.


  1. Sarah- that tie/necklace is such a beautiful, thoughtful, and creative gift. What an incredible idea. I'm sure Steve's Mom loved it. Happy Mother's Day to you. :)

  2. love your guys in gingham & sear sucker.

    been meaning to ask you - on your excursion through "upstate-ish new york", it looks like you were about 3 blocks from my dad's house. was that cazenovia in a "downtown" shot?

  3. gorgeous photos! looks like a perfect day!

  4. A very sweet post. I love the looks of your backyard! And the necklace seems like such a lovely idea for her.

  5. thank you ladies : )


    If it was the large square picture (an iPhone picture, I'm not exactly sure where it was-- that was somewhere between Syracuse and Waterville) . . . if it was the other downtown shot-- with the cars in the picture, that was Cooperstown. Either of those close to where your dad lives?


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