The Best Gift Ever

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Mother’s Day and The Best Gift Ever

Our family had a really special Mother’s Day despite Ashley having to work all day until late in the afternoon. After church and a few pictures, Brian, Brielle, and I took a picnic lunch to a nice park. We relaxed under a gazebo by a little pond and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon. Of course, we took more pictures and then headed home to wait for Ashley to get “home” from work. Brian grilled a fabulous dinner and we all spent the evening watching old home videos. We laughed, reminisced, and had a wonderful time together as a family.

What more could a mother want?

Yes, there were gifts that I truly loved. A handmade card from Brielle. A new glass birdbath and flowers from Brian. Painting supplies from Ashley. (Yes, I’ve been dying to spend more time painting, but she took all of our collective supplies!)

But, the best gift ever was simply time together.



Celebrations and Gifts I’ve Received

I’ve been the recipient of some pretty special gifts. Things that sparkle, keep me cozy, plug in, take me to far off places, and put me face-to-face with the stars.

But, the best gifts I ever received were gifts of time.


One special gift of time was when my two good friends, Martha and Bobbi, surprised me with video chatting during my book launch partyI cried when I saw them on the laptop Brian had set up for me in the bedroom. They were together in a state far away and just wanted share the moment with me and wish me well on my book. Sure, there were over 60 people in our home that day. But, it was the time those two friends took to coordinate their surprise that will always stand out as I remember that special day. Their gift of time video chatting with me on a special day was the nice thing anyone ever did for me.*

I mention Martha in my book countless times. She was Brielle’s occupational therapist from the time Brielle was eight months old until we moved away when she was in preschool. She had a tremendous impact on our lives through her therapy with Brielle and her friendship with me. I literally don’t know what kind of special needs mother I would have become if I hadn’t met her.

I mention Bobbi several times in my book, but particularly poignant was at a key moment in the telling of our story. I met Bobbi over mortgage papers when Brielle was an infant. Her startling words about having a disabled child just like Brielle shook me to the core. But, it was the way she came beside me with her friendship and generosity of compassion that truly changed me as well.




My pastor’s message in his sermon on Mother’s Day was simple, but powerful. Your presence is powerful. He was talking about a mother’s presence in her children’s lives, but this clearly applies to all relationships.

As you remember Mother’s Day and any celebration, surely the time you spent with others is more precious than the gifts your received. Keep that in mind the next time you’re thinking about what to buy someone for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or other holiday.

Maybe what they really want is more time with you!


I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with precious memories! Special wishes to all of my fellow special needs moms on Mother’s Day!


* This is an edition of Memoir Mondays where I give you a peek into my memoir and a little something extra I didn’t share in my book.

* Want to read more from my book? You can read more on Amazon’s “Look Inside” option and visit here on Mondays for more editions of “Memoir Mondays.”


*This is also an edition of Finish the Sentence Friday (#FTSF). The sentence prompt this week was: “The nicest thing anyone ever did for me…”


What was the nicest thing anyone ever did for YOU? And what was the nicest thing YOU have done for someone else?


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  1. I love that you two friends did this and surprised you so. I think you are right and no better gift. Again, huge congrats on your book and also so glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year (definitely deserved it).
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  2. Your Mother’s Day sounds fabulous, Kerith, as does your book launch party. I love that Brielle made you a card – looks like she wrote that you’re the best mom ever. Awww! Too sweet. You’re so right – spending quality time together is so much better than all the sparkles.
    That your friends surprised you with a vid chat is so thoughtful and sweet!
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  3. Yes, I agree that time together with family and friends is one of the nicest things that someone can do for you. And its awesome that your family came together to give you gifts that were heartfelt and meaningful. Wonderful!
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  4. The gift of time is the best one of all. So agree with you Kerith. One of my very best pals flew across the country to be with me when I ran my first marathon. Not to worry she was three months pregnant and suffering from morning sickness at totally unpredictable times. I’ll never forget her trying to be quiet as she unwrapped the bran muffin and drank the gingerale at bedtime. During the run she had to stand near bushes along the route. She’d cheer and clap as I ran by and then dart into said bushes to hurl. Having her there was just so very special and I’ll never forget it. Ever.
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    • That’s so funny, Kelly! What a special friend to do that for you!! And going through the morning sickness on top of it all. Yikes! Congrats on the marathon! Do you do them often?

      • Haven’t run one in a long time Kerith. Put running on hold for a bit to do other things. I found the training to be all consuming! However my daughter talked me into a ten K last month and I really enjoyed it. Ran about 3/4 of it and speed walked the in between running bits.
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  5. What a great message, so simple and so true. I’m going to remember that as I run around to attend all the end of year school events (four kids) and groan. I will be honored that they still want me around.
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  6. That must have been a great moment that your friends were able to coordinate to be a part of your special day. As annoying and frustrating as technology can be – kids constantly buried in their phones/iPads/laptops, etc., seeming to be isolating themselves (adults too), it really can come in handy! :)
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  7. Aw, I’m so glad you had such a great Mother’s Day! And you are so right, time spent together is the most important gift of all!
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  1. […] Since we’ve moved four times since Brielle was born 18 years ago, we’ve had our fair share of therapists. We only had to “fire” one. Most were good. A few were exceptional. […]

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