For Christmas this past year, my siblings and I gave our mom a special gift. It wasn’t exactly from us, but made by us from our kids. But before I begin, I have to say that my mom is not just an awesome mom, but an even more awesome mamaw. I appreciate her generosity and the way she will do anything for anyone, even going way out of her way to help. She is literally helping someone almost every single day. No joke. She is just amazing! And the grandkids LOVE LOVE LOVE her, which is why we had to create this for her!
The book “Love You Forever” has always been special in my family. (If you haven’t read it, you should, but have a tissue handy!) So when I saw this idea either on Pinterest or Etsy, not sure which as I have seen various ones during my research, I knew it was a perfect gift that would mean so much to my mom. The repeated phrase in the book that the mom says to the baby is, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.” I don’t want to give the rest of the story away, in case you haven’t read it, but we changed the words “My baby” to “Our Mamaw” for this particular gift.
This gift did not cost us a lot of money at all. But funny how those gifts end up being the best gifts right? We purchased a piece of pine wood from the local home improvement store, and cut it to 16×16. For the picture frame, we cut a rectangle the size of the inner part of the frame (in this case we used a 4×6 frame with a photo of the grandkids). Then, we sanded and stained the wood, and spray painted the frame as it was originally a black frame. Once dried, we attached the frame to the wood with a very strong super glue. Next, my sister worked on the letters using her Cricut. Instead of using vinyl lettering, that may end up peeling off in time, she decided to peel off the letters and paint them instead. Then, she created a bow out of burlap. We gave my mom two options to hang it – either with a rope and bow or a sawtooth hanger. She chose the bow! What I love about this gift, is that as the kids grow, she can change the photo in the frame at any time.
We gave it to my mom at her home on Christmas Eve with all of us there. As soon as she opened it, she was crying. She loved it! And as you can see, she proudly hung it on her wall for all to see.