Mother's Day is May 10th in the US. Did you know Mothering Sunday was March 22nd this year in the UK? Love that they call it that! (I learned that the semester I spent at the University of St. Andrews' Divinity School.) Perhaps, in the spirit of Mothering Sunday, since you can't visit your mother church you could write a note to a teacher, clergy member, or church office manager who influenced your early faith formation.
I've always loved magazines and blogs. gift guides and round-ups. I've not ever been a part of putting one together, but I've benefitted from many I've read, screen-shot, saved, pinned, and bought from.
We're taking a stab at putting one together. It's not because you need to be told what to buy, but decision fatigue is real and recommendations from trusted friends have helped me tremendously in this season (and every hard season full of decisions). This seems like a fun way to extend this grace to you right now.
If you love this kind of thing, you might also enjoy our Amazon lists with lots more recommendations from Team Sacred Ordinary Days.
P. S. On our team alone, we have an adoptee, an adoptive mother, seasons of infertility, miscarriage, fostering, loving mothers and mother-figures, and parental loss. We've had stretches of easy, joyful, fun parenting...and hard, no-easy-solutions, did-we-handle-this-well questioning. We've been well-rested and exhausted. We've longed for children and navigated sudden, unexpected parenthood. There are so many ways to mother and to be mothered—and not one of them is simple or easy. Whether Mother's Day brings you joy, grief, or some combination of both, please know that you are in our prayers.
IDEAS FOR HONORING THE MOTHERS IN YOUR LIFE
Each of these enamel pins—engraved with an encouraging message—serves as a wearable reminder to take heart. Choose from You Matter, Abide With Me, Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul, or Bid My Anxious Fears Subside.
Pair with: a special book like one of the prayer books below.
She'll love that these prayer books are both beautiful and usable. Write a thoughtful note on the inside cover to make it even more meaningful. You might want to bookmark a particular passage, like "A Liturgy for the Changing of Diapers" from Every Moment Holy or "For a Mother" from To Bless the Space Between Us.
Brighten her day—and her space—with something lovely to hang on her wall. Whether it's a quote or liturgy print from Every Moment Holy, artwork and the lyrics of her favorite hymn, or a calendar she can use again and again to journey through the liturgical seasons, she'll think of you every time she looks at it.
If she loves to be in her kitchen, pick out a Hymn Tea Towel (or two) with a bright, floral design and the lyrics of her favorite hymn. You can even mix and match four or more from the fourteen different designs to get 15% off.
Pair with: a cookbook (check out some of our faves) and a cute kitchen gadget.
Add something tactile for her daily practice, like a beautifully carved Holding Cross or a Compass Cues: Reflection Deck. Both are designed for use in prayer and reflection and will become treasured companions on her journey.
Pair with: one of our prayer books and her favorite candle.