Mother’s Day is May 8th this year. (2016) Are you ready? My mother and mother-in-law both live many states away. We don’t ever get to see them on Mother’s Day because school is wrapping up, etc. And if I am honest- I do such a bad job honoring them both on this day. Who decided Mother’s Day should land right towards the end of school? I vote we move Mother’s Day to the end of September- we all need a day off by then anyway.
Even after being married 15 years, it’s so hard to shop for either of our mother’s. Being that we don’t see them but once a year I don’t even know what they already have or need usually. They both love sentimental items from the kids but that’s getting harder as the boys get older.
My sweet friend Shannon, shared with me recently that she has a bound journal book that she gifted both her mother and mother-in-law. For mother’s day and their birthday’s, she has them return it to her, they are local, and she adds a new handwritten letter from herself and older kids, drawings from the little ones, photos, etc. I LOVED this idea. Sentimental & in my budget = WINNER.
I got to thinking- how could I do this for my mom’s who live far away? Having them return a journal twice a year would be a challenge. BUT- what if I created an Annual Mother’s Day Journal that I could mail new single pages add on?
That’s just what I did. Follow along and at the end you can download my pages if this project will help you out too. Together we can keep our far away mom’s and grandma’s close to our hearts and to theirs. (Want a jump start on Father’s Day? Check out this inexpensive project.)
This project is designed for a 7″ x 9″ binder.
- 7″x9″ Binder
- Clear Sheet Protectors (AVERY 77005)
- Printer Paper (I like 28lb 97 bright paper for projects like this)
- Three Hole Punch
- Padded Mailing Envelope
For less than $10 I put together this book for each of our mothers. It’s easy to do it yourself (DIY) in less than 10 minutes. I found this binder at Target. Your local stationery store should carry them too. They are 7″ x 9″
I made a sweet cover image for you to start the book with. Slide into a sheet protector for longevity because remember we want to keep adding to this book year after year.
Also included are cover pages for 2016 and 2017. Go ahead and put both in so she knows the plan. You may choose not to include it, but I wrote a short poem describing the project and how it will work. (I am NO poet.)
For this year, I typed up Proverbs 31 for my mom’s. I am also going to write them each a sweet note. The kids have both written notes and I glued a family photo to a third sheet.
Here are some other ideas to inspire you and maybe include this year in your Annual Mother’s Day Journal.
Use the clear sheet protectors to hold crafts or items mom can take in and out to admire.
Maybe include a small pocket envelope in the back to hold items you send to her between holidays.
“Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also…”Proverbs 31:28 NASB
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