Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Monday, May 12, 2014

Gifts From The Heart

One thing that made my heart happy yesterday, was to realize that my children have listened to their mother well, and put my words into practice!

What I am talking about is my telling them for years that the cost of a gift is not as important as the thought behind it and that they should try to gift a person with something that will be a delight to them.  Even if the gift is from Goodwill or a yard sale.  If you find a piece of pottery, or a book they've wanted for years, etc, that is the key, not the expense of the item.

Last weekend, while I was busy setting up the reception for our pastor's wedding, our neighbors had a yard sale.  My youngest kids visited it and bought treasures for me.  Real treasures!

 Kyle bought me this cabinet with his own money.  It was $5 and he was so proud!  He couldn't wait to give it to me!

 He told me he knew I would want to paint it and he's right!  I will paint it!  I love this little cabinet and it is perfect at the end of our hallway.

 This little leaf bowl was from Rachel.  I love interesting pottery and I have several leaf type plates and bowls.  The color is so pretty too!

This white enamel pitcher is also 'me'.  I love it!  Didn't Sarah do a great job picking this out for me?

Nate and Kay gave me a Barnes and Noble gift card (they know how to feed my book addiction) and this lovely Begonia.  Emma and Nate ordered a really cool phone cover from this Etsy shop.

Isn't it adorable?  I love it!  Again it's very 'me.'

Guess what I gave my Momma?

That's right, green canning jars.  

Do you like the new Ball jars with these colors?  They are bolder color than the originals, but we like them.  We use them to hold flowers, drink iced tea, hold flatware on buffets, contain bouncy balls, or marbles….the possibilities are endless.

I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and that the gifts you received whether meals prepared, time with family, hugs from your children/grandchildren were just the thing to delight your heart.


Vee said...

I'd say that your kids hit it right out of the park! Imagining the joy all around makes me smile.

Rebecca said...

You DID train them well! What wonderful, personal gifts ♥

Lorrie said...

It really is wonderful when children know their mother well. Mine are the same. I received 6 dark chocolate covered caramels sprinkled with sea salt from my son and DIL who know that I love them and also know that I never want too many of them.

Cheryl said...

Deanna, I am always amazed at how we think alike! I promise I did not read your post before I wrote mine!

Just wondering...did you have lemon meringue pie yesterday? ;)

Your gifts are < thoughtful and so "you"! All your children did a great job selecting just the right thing. (I think that I will take Kyle shopping with me. FIVE dollars for that cabinet?!)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What perfect presents! My daughter scrubbed my kitchen floor for me, helped me weed my vegetable garden and crocheted me daisy pot holder.

podso said...

Your kids have listened. What thoughtful gifts!

Debbie said...

Is the green for the ball jar a new color this year and therefore available where the usual stuff is sold? I love that! Last year, they had new (but old looking) blue ones, and I never did get any even though I kept planning to do so.

As for your children? I love their gifts (cell phone cover is adorable!) I would love to find some treasures like that at a yard sale. It seems like all I ever find anymore is oddball junk. I guess I'm never early enough to get the "worm".

Happy Belated Mother's Day to you!

Rock River Stitches said...

What thoughtful and caring children you have! And thank you very much for posting a link to my etsy shop for the Ball Jar Phone Case! So glad you love it!

Happy Mother's Day to you!


  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent Saturday, doing things around the house, and then we swam. Kyle and Sarah left after that...