Holidays, Homelife, Parenting

Encourage Your Mom Tribe on Mother’s Day

{{Originally published in 2016.}}

Remember snail mail?

I do. In fact, I used to send snail mail all. of. the. time.

I was OVERLY organized about this. I had a planner that had pockets for card storage each month. This meant I could purchase cards months ahead of time and they would be ready to sign and send.

My Gema (grandmother) and I used to laugh about my organized mailing habits because she received her birthday card on October 29 even though I was in the hospital after having a baby on October 28. (I mailed it in the morning before I went into labor)

I think that was the final birthday card that I ever sent on time. Or at all. Ever again.

Motherhood completely disrupted my overly organized methods in all areas, including my ability to recognize special occasions.  I just couldn’t keep up with cards every month anymore.

But I missed sending cards!

I enjoy writing notes of encouragement to the people who are important to me so I became determined to find a solution to my disorganization.

Then it hit me…MOTHERS DAY!

Instead of keeping up with birthdays, anniversaries, and other events all year long, I could send letters to ALL of the people once a year.

Instead of remembering various dates throughout the year, I decided to focus on ONE holiday and recognize all of the wonderful women in my life, including my friends are not moms.

Every year I purchase a ton of Mothers Day or Friendship cards and send them to various friends and family members.

One day a year. All the people.

Brilliant.

And this plan has worked for over a decade now.

A few weeks before Mother’s Day, I set out to the store and buy cards for all. of. the. people.

Here are a few of the people I consider as I make my card list:

ONE

Moms in my family.  I pick up a card for my Mom, Mother-in-Law, and Grandmom. Then I grab cards for my cousins and other family members who are mothers. It’s a perfect time to let them know how much I appreciate them.

TWO

Friends who have supported me during the year. Every year brings unique challenges in life and in motherhood. These cards remind me to take a moment to recognize how much I appreciate the women in my life who have supported me during the year. I love to include notes to remind them what amazing moms and friends they have been.

If the friend is a mom, I send a mother’s day card. If they aren’t then I purchase a friendship card.

THREE

Women who inspire, mentor, or support me even if we aren’t close friends. In the past, I have included fellow bloggers, mentors, and women at church. It’s been a nice way to thank the people that God has used in my life, including the women who stepped in briefly or in a simple, practical way.

FOUR

New moms. New moms are so much fun to surprise with a Mother’s Day card.  I love to recognize people in my life who had their first baby during the year, even if it is a more distant acquaintance.

FIVE

A mom who needs encouragement. Sometimes I encounter a mom who has gone through a particularly rough time.  Mother’s Day is a great time to let her know that I have noticed her and I think she is great.

SIX

Friends who have lost their mothers. Mothers Day can be a day of deep loss for friends who have lost their own moms.  A note inside their mom’s day card or a separate note is one way to remember with them.

Make it Your Own

There aren’t any specific “rules” to follow. You can include anyone.

Heck, you can take this idea and adapt it for a gender-neutral holiday like Thanksgiving.

No matter when you send your cards, be sure to include a few words of support and encouragement. Tell the recipient how wonderful they are and what they have meant to you during the year.

This simple tradition continues to provide a way for me to pause and thank the wonderful people God has placed in my life. Snail mail once a year is something that I can manage!

And honestly, I look forward to this. As soon as mid-April hits, I make a list of all the people and start shopping for cards.

PRO TIP: When you are about to buy 50 or so cards, hit the Dollar Tree.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thes. 5:11

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Mary Wilson

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find her encouragement and tips on this blog, Not Before 7.

She is an enneagram 7 and an extrovert. She enjoys traveling, tea (iced or hot), good conversations, and books. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
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4 Comments

  • Reply Lynna @hswothetrainingwheels April 20, 2016 at

    Mary, I love this idea!! Reminds me of the post you shared on fb a while back about taking the time to do tangible things to let the people we care about know that we are thinking of them. I bet you’ve been a real blessing to tons of people over the years!

  • Reply Dachelle April 20, 2016 at

    What a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Patty April 20, 2016 at

    You’re wonderful!!

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com April 30, 2016 at

      You are biased….Mom 🙂

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