Today we went to church and learned all about how Mother’s Day became a national holiday. Apparently, it was started by a Methodist woman named Anna Jarvis who wanted to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". According to Anna Jarvis, people should take the time to do three things on Mother’s Day. First, they should go to church as a family. Second, they should give their mother a carnation. It seems that a carnation is appropriate because the arrangement of the pedals (something about the pedals surrounding the bud like a mother’s love surrounding her children). Third, Anna Jarvis said people should take the time to write their mother a note of appreciation and love. As I sat listening to the sermon today I thought about how important it is to keep Mother’s Day as simple as Anna Jarvis intended it. It should be a day to spend with your mother (if possible), a day to give her a something simple but beautiful (a flower), and a day to express to her how much you love her.
A day spent with Kristi:
We attended church at St. Luke’s in OKC.
We ate lunch at Big Truck Taco.
We visited with family at Melanie’s house.
Kristi jumped the gun on this one because she took Caroline to buy flowers for her flower pots yesterday afternoon. She did receive a carnation from St. Luke’s after church today so I believe that we have this one covered.
A note to Kristi:
Kristi reminds me every year that she would like a note from her kids more than anything for Mother’s Day. This is one of many things that I love about the mother of my children. She doesn’t need nor want a day at the spa or other fancy over done Mother’s Day gifts. A simple note of appreciation and love is what matters to her the most. A few years ago I found a Mother’s Day Questionnaire template on Pinterest (no I do not have an account) and had the kids (Caroline and Carter) fill it out for fun. I can’t remember what they said or what we did with them. I thought this year it would be fun to have them fill out the questionnaire and put it on our family blog. Here’s what the kids had to say:
Caroline: age 8 ½
My mom’s name is Kristin Layne
My mom is 40 years old
My mom is a teacher
My mom laughs when I burp loudly at the table
My mom always says “get off the Ipad”
My mom cooks the best SnickerDoodle Cookies
My mom and I like to go to Target together
My mom’s has the most beautiful eyes
I love my mom because she is crazy. She tries to laugh and talk at the same time
Carter: age almost 6
My mom’s name is Kristin Graham
My mom is 30 years old
My mom is a teacher “she tests the kids”
My mom laughs when I dance to the Happy Song
My mom always says “make a happy plate”
My mom cooks the best chicken nuggets and French fries
My mom and I like to go to book store together
My mom’s has the most beautiful hair, teeth, and nose
I love my mom because she hugs me and calls me Carter Bear
Chase: age 2 1/2
My mom’s name is Momma Kwisti
My mom is 10 years old
My mom is a girl
My mom laughs when I say “I’m on a diet” and when I burp
My mom always says “Chaser Wacer”
My mom cooks the best chicken nuggets and french fries
My mom and I like to go to Haroline and Carter’s games
My mom’s has the most beautiful smile
I love my mom because she gives me caramel milk