Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Free Presents for Mother

Carrying Parcels

For my birthday this year, I devised a lovely plan that won't cost any money. I gathered my teenagers around and announced, "It's time for a family meeting. . . " I smiled. "About my birthday."

They came running.

I told them I wanted something so very much, and said they didn't need to spend a dime. 

One of them guessed, "We don't have to clean the house, do we?" 

"That's it!" I cheered!

But it will be much more fun than that.

I am putting together a lovely little package and will leave it on my kitchen table.  I will use a large shoe box and wrap it up with delicate wrapping paper. I will write on the top, "Happy Birthday Mother!"  Then I will put a slot in the top.

Beside this, will be a small basket with a great many index cards.  Each card will have the name of a specific chore, such as "dust all the baseboards."  There will also be a spot to sign the child's name, and the date the chore was completed.   This card will then go into the happy birthday box as a present for mother!  (The children will have an entire week to get these done.)

On my actual birthday, I will open the box, read all the cards and thank my loving children. I will then walk the house with great joy and see all the beautiful clean rooms.  I can't wait!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

A Sweet Way to Communicate with the Family - A Mailbox in the House.

Financial Legacy - The Bills in the Whitman's Box.

No Money? - We Desperately Need These - Mothers with Christmas Courage.


M said...

I love this idea (: Hope you have a wonderful, blessed birthday!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift! I chuckled out loud when I read your child's guess - they know their mother very well. :) Have a wonderful birthday week watching all of those lovely chores get done! :)

Jennifer Williams said...

How cute! This is such a fabulous idea! I love it!

Deanna said...

Sweet Blessings to you and may all your birthdays be wonderful!

Very cute idea and wonderful treat,

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

What a terrific idea.

Meghan Carver said...

Great idea! The house is clean, and you have something tangible to open on your birthday as an opportunity to praise the children. Found you through Hearts4Home, as well as other link-ups.

AmyC said...

My birthday is on Wednesday and, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, I haven't been able to figure out an appropriate celebration. I think I might propose your idea to my 3 kids!
Have blessed birthday!

Kathy said...

Sweet! Wishing you a very happy Birthday!

Cathy said...

I bet if I said that, my children would guess too. And Happy Birthday to you. You are a blessing to many.

living from glory to glory said...

Greetings, I just wanted to say hello, your blog is really sweet and I enjoy your words of truth and encouragement! Happy Birthday and also a Blessed Thanksgiving!
I just added your Blog to my Blog List:)
Blessings, Roxy

Shirley said...

lol. Great idea! I hope they went along with it!
(I found you through this week's Carnival of Homeschooling.)

Jenn said...

This is such a neat idea and so personal too! Thank you for sharing it at Thrifty Thursday!