Mother’s Day Gift Idea

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas here and there. This one rocks!

When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, there’s really nothing more special than TIME spent together, making memories. I love my momma so much I can’t even tell you….she’s one of my very best friends and I’m so glad I get to call her “mother.” I also get to call her artist extraordinaire, because she is, fancy degree and paint-stained hands and all. Her artistic spirit is definitely something I inherited from her (though NOT her artistic talent!).
Since my mom is an artist, she is constantly looking for new inspiration. Combining inspiration-seeking with memory-making? The perfect Mother’s Day gift. So here’s what I would give my mom if there was any way I could: A Sunday afternoon, blissfully spring-like and with the only purpose of the day being inspiration-gathering wherever the wind blows us. 
But since I don’t live near my mother anymore (in fact I now live quite far away), I would send something more lasting than flowers.
It’s beautiful, artistic, and it is a plant that lives on the moisture in the air. 
I don’t know, it just sort of seems like a metaphor for motherhood. 
Sometimes it seems like moms live on the crumbs of our love, not necessarily fed with encouragement and words of praise by their children regularly. More likely screamed at, cried to, hung up on, all while ultimately loved and thoroughly adored. But they have to come to know that through osmosis sometimes–to find the “moisture in the air” and the love in the hurt feelings. We children are not always great at saying, “Hey mom, thanks! You’re the best, and if you needed my kidney I’d probably totally give it to you (maybe. but definitely).” 

That’s why we send air plants in sea urchins. Duh. 
LOVE YOU, MOM! You’re the best!
(we’ll cross that kidney bridge if we ever get there, ok?) 


Sunshiney Morning

{azaleas, still a bit wet}

It’s sunny this morning! It’s sunny! I feel like harps and trumps and angels should sing!
I’ve already been up and inspired with this lovely sunshine streaming in—I potted some beautiful fuschias for my front step.

Fuschias are one of, if not totally, my ABSOLUTE favorite flowers. Well, they are my favorite non-bouquet flower…they are just so incredibly beautiful, fun, girly, and colorful. They come in all different color combos, some more fancy and layered/ruffled than others. 
I’m pretty sure they are just about the most perfect Natalie flower you could ever find—they are fairy flowers, ballet costumes, cupcake toppers, just flirty, girly, and FUN FUN FUN.
My favorites!

See! They match my pointe shoes!
Whenever I’m feeling happy and lovely, I put on my flat ballet shoes or pointe shoes. I haven’t actually danced en pointe for many years, so I just dress-up in those 🙂 But my flat shoes…oh yes, I dance! Dancing makes my heart feel so much lighter, more beautiful…and expressed. How often do we get to feel that our hearts are fully expressed and poured out? I feel that dance can absolutely be worship too–I put on some praise music, and dance my heart out before God. Oh it is so beautiful. 
Well, those are the things for this happy Friday morning!
xo, my dears!