Thursday, May 24, 2012

The best gifts

I love surprises, and I love gifts.  According to the book "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman, admittedly I must say that “receiving gifts” is very high on my love language list.  It’s not about the expense, though.  It’s truly about the creativity and the thought that goes behind the gift.  Frankly, gifts from kids are the absolute best!

Not only do I like to get gifts, but I love to give them.  Since the birth of my children, my goal has been to create something special from them to Daddy for every occasion:  birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc.  I generally give a store-bought from me, but the kids always make or do something special.  And for a husband whose love language is not "receiving gifts," the homemade kind absolutely melt his heart.

Josh, in turn, has begun to understand how much value I place on a well thought out gift.  He has worked with our kids, now age four and approaching age two, to create some pretty fun presents.  Preston gets very excited when he has made something for me.  “Mama, guess what we made you for Mother’s Day,” he exclaimed recently as I walked in the door.  I quickly had to remind him how much I love surprises, and it’s not quite time to show me.

The excitement and involvement of the kids in creating homemade gifts makes me proud.  Through this tradition, my hope is that both of our children learn that it is the thought behind the gift that is so much more important than the actual cost of it.

Do you have favorite gifts from your kids?

Julie Swink is a Sr. Marketing Specialist for Texas Health Resources and Mom of two creative and thoughtful gift-givers.

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