Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thanks to All My “Mommies”

Thanks for the great year we have had at Our success is your success. We could not have done it without you. To say THANKS, we want to share this beautiful story with you. We are looking forward to 2010 and all of the new friends it will bring.

The Journey of a Mother

For those who are fortunate enough to still be blessed by having your Mom with you, this is beautiful…For those who aren’t…it is even more beautiful.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life.“Is this the long way?” she asked.
And the guide said “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years.So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried,

“Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said,“Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near,and no harm can come.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead,and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children,“A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed,and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms.And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.Year after year, she showed them compassion,understanding, hope, but most of all…unconditional love.And when they reached the top they said,“Mother, we would not have done it without you.”

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong,and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said,“This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children.”

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her,and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers.One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey.And now I know the end is better than the beginning,for my children can walk with dignity and pride,with their heads held high, and so can their children after them. And the children said, “You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”And they stood and watched her as she went on alone,and the gates closed after her. And they said:“We cannot see her, but she is with us still.
A Mother like ours is more than a memory.She is a living presence.”Your Mother is always with you.

She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember,flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well,she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep,the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter.And she’s crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion …happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow…and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She’s the place you came from, your first home,and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.

She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy,but nothing on earth can separate you.Not time, not space…not even death!

“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched -they must be felt with the heart.”~Helen Keller~

The Mom-Team would like to thanks all of our “mommies” that have made 2009 a great success.

We are looking forward to another great year in 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Need a Gift Idea for Friends or Neighbors?

We have been busy posting lots of gift ideas for you on the mom-stuff site. If you need more ideas for friends or neighbor gifts we have them. My granddaughter decided she wanted to give gifts to all of her classmates. I took the Santa Kisses Poem (Christmas Friend Gifts #3) and the Christmas stocking pattern (Christmas Friends Gift #2) from and helped her make gifts for her classmates. It was so nice to have so many ideas compiled in one place. I would like to thank all of the moms who made this great request. We hope you will enjoy these and please keep telling us what you want to see on our site. Also if you have an idea to share email it to us. We love to hear from you.

Here is a list of the gift ideas and links for friend and neighbor gifts. We hope you will enjoy these.

Christmas Friend Gifts #1
Christmas Dish Towels-Help with the Mess-Candy Cane Seeds-I ran out of Time

Christmas Friend Gifts #2
Snowman Poop-Snowman Soup-Reindeer Droppings

Christmas Friend Gifts #3
Large Candy Bar-Grinch Candy Canes-Santa Kisses-Snowman Kisses

Christmas Friend Gifts #4
Candy Canes, Rudolph Nose Repair Kit-A Friend (Lotion)-Cookie Cutter-What is Christmas (Mug)

Just for you, Moms
Remember This At Christmas Time

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of the winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should have known…
Only a woman would be able to pull a fat man in a red velvet suit all round the world all in one night and not get lost.

Have a very Merry Christmas girls!!! from the Mom-Team

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas

Amber, One of the mom-stuff team members has posted her version of the 12 Days of Christmas to share with other moms. If you are looking for some cleaver gift ideas you would love this.

Last year I decided I wanted to bring some joy to a family's life that I knew was struggling due to the troubled economy. Everybody needs a little bit of cheer all the time but especially at Christmas. I focused on family time to bring some joy to this family each evening. This is my version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

My version of the 12 days of Christmas is very different than the original version. I took a variety of poems and printed them out on Christmas stationary.

To use my format buy stationary with printing across the top as in a header. I then bought or made an item that goes along with each poem I have listed. The items I used are listed next to each poem title. I put each item into a Christmas sack with the tag tied with curly ribbon. Each day I would deliver the poem and the item to the family's house. My hope was to create a family bonding time for each of the 12 days before Christmas and add some Christmas JOY. I hope you will enjoy this and have a Merry Christmas.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true friend gave to me. This is what the tag read just change the 1st to 2nd or the pattern can be found by clicking here

The 12 poems are listed below by clicking on each one it will take you to the actual poem

A Parent's Night Before Christmas With this poem I also included a variety of packages of batteries and I also put $100.00 in with the batteries with a note that said I hope this helps make Christmas a little less stressful.

Legend of Christmas Stockings On this day I bought Christmas Stockings both kinds the ones that are for Christmas eve and also Christmas socks for each of the family members feet.

Legend of Mistletoe Of course I gave them fresh mistletoe on this day.

Legend of Poinsettia I bought a fresh poinsettia to give with this poem.

Legend of the Christmas Rose Since I wasn't sure if roses would last I decided to buy an oil burner and some rose scents to smell their house of roses. I also bought a glass rose to put in the bag.

The Candy Cane Legend Included in this bag was a box of red and white candy canes

The Legend of the Christmas Bell I found a fancy bell that had Christmas decorations around it and put it in a fancy box to give with this poem.

The Legend of the Christmas Balls I knew the family I was giving to well so I found a box of bulbs in the color of their Christmas tree to give with this poem.

The Legend of the Christmas Spider This is one of my favorite Christmas stories and has been apart of my life since I was a little girl. We have always had a gold spider sitting in the center of our Christmas tree. For this gift we made a gold spider similar to the one I had growing up to pass on the tradition my family loved so much.

Under Santa's Hat With this story I bought each of them a Santa hat and also some snack foods cheese and crackers with a summer sausage with Eggnog.

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus For this story I bought hot chocolate mixes and mugs for each member of the family.

The Night before Christmas for Moms With this story I gave the mom a few bath items to pamper herself and a Christmas movie for the rest of the family to enjoy.