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Hello Dear Reader,

Another celebration is upon us once again! But might I say, it’s one of my favorites – Mother’s Day. Being a mother is not an easy responsibility; sacrifices are constantly being made for the children, for the families, all in hopes of giving their loved ones the best life. While I might not be a mother myself yet, that doesn’t make the hard work and dedication that my own mother, and mothers around me, put into our lives obsolete. In honor of their love and sacrifice, I’ve thought of some ways that we can make them feel special, the same way they make us feel!

While everyone has a mother, some aren’t always present in our lives. Sickness, death, distance, and other things could have separated that connection. But even if your mother is no longer there, there’s a motherly figure that you can look up to and appreciate. It could be a grandmother, aunt, friend, or someone else dear to you.

But before we dive in…

Knee Slapper Thursday
For all the moms out there…

Verse of the Month

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV


Let’s just say that Servina is ready for summer! It’s her favorite time of the year, it’s when she learns new tricks. On the roster this year: roll over

Let’s Make Mom Feel Special

  1. Make her a book about the two of you!
    While we might not be authors, today you can be! Hooray Heros is a company that makes personalized books for every occasion. Their photos are hand drawn and shipped from Texas. And if you order soon, you get 10% off your order! Click the title to be directed their page. I’m not sponsored or affiliated with them; I think it’s just a sweet and cool idea!
  2. Two words — Spa Day!
    After all the hard work and focusing on the so many things your mom does, a deserves a day of relaxation and “me time.” Giving her a pass to a spa is just what the doctor ordered for feeling appreciated.

3. Personalized Jewlery
Let me just say that Etsy has the cutest stuff! There I found so many different ways you can personalize jewelry. My favorite is writing “I love you, Mom,” by hand and transferring it to a bracelet. This is something your mother will cherish for a long time.

4. Mom Basket
While this can be a more affordable option, it doesn’t make it any less awesome! Filling a basket with some of your moms’ favorite things is a great way of showing your attention to her likes and needs. Somethings you can include can be: her favorite candy, a book she loves, personalized slippers, a new wallet, gift cards, flowers, a robe, and so much more!

“Ben-Hur” Book Review

For March, our book was “Ben-Hur” by Lew Wallace.

My Overall Opinion:
Let me just say… WOW. I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I had seen the original Charlton Heston, which I quite thoroughly enjoyed, but I thought reading the book would be like reading the movie manuscript. But, boy, was I wrong. Not only does the book give more details, but there are some amazing plot twists! I’m not going to spoil it, but it is definitely a must read.

My Favorite Character:
This was a tough one for me, as there are so many good ones to choose from! Ultimately, I had to decide on Esther. Her humility and modesty stood out to me. Not even that, knowing that Wallace named the character after his own mother made it all the more endearing.

Things I Didn’t Like / Would Change:
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this, but I think the fact that there were eight parts might have seemed daunting at first. The book itself is not large, which made me question why it needed to be split up into those categories.

4.8/5 — The only reason it’s not a full five was because I really had to concentrate while reading. But maybe that’s just on me.

Other Comments:
If you haven’t seen it, watch the 1956 film version, it’s amazing. There’s also a kid’s animated version and 2016 remake. The remake was entertaining to watch, but it’s clear that the director took their own creative elements into consideration.

Coming Next Month

I have one hint: Fiesta!

See You Next Month!