I started this cash out/earning period STILL waiting on my E-poll rewards, and starting to get a little squirrelly. Not only did I want my money safe in my greedy little paws, but I was running out of things to talk about. These fund deposits were going to devolve into gifs of various sitcom characters shrugging if things didn’t turn around soon.
While I was waiting, Mother’s Day came and went. As a young person, I remember thinking that Mother’s and Father’s Days were scams because the mothers and fathers got to do whatever they wanted all the time and the real heroes of this story were the kids. Where was Kids Day? Justice for kids!
My miniature ego mania aside, I don’t remember celebrating a lot of Mother’s Days as a kid. I know I made the same macaroni necklace as everyone else, but the rest of the details are fuzzy. Which holds up with my adult Mother’s Day celebrations. This is my fifth rodeo and the only thing I recall is that I got cupcakes once, maybe?
But one thing I have improved upon since my single digit years is celebrating other mothers. In the years since I have become a mother, I’ve become more attuned to the hard work of our moms, stepmoms, grandmas, and aunts. As my girls get older and I send them out into the world, I have a new found appreciation for the women who pour into them at school and at church. I’m constantly floored by the friends who lift me up in my daily journey of mothering and I’m beyond grateful for the mothers of my daughters’ friends, who treat my girls with love, care, and consideration.
The macaroni necklaces may be gone, but Mother’s Day has become one of my favorite days of the year. A day I get to show love to all the mamas I know.
And with continuing the trend of unexpected gifts, this year some mamas decided to do the same for me.
First, I got a Target gift card from my own mother, which was very nice of her, considering that for over a decade, her Mother’s Day gifts consisted of pencils and repurposed pasta. Next, I got some cash from the same relative who blessed us over Easter. Thank you again, very generous relative!
But the last one takes the cake. On Mother’s Day Sunday, our church played a game before the main message. Every mother in the room was asked to stand while the congregation applauded. My church has a few thousand people who attend, so there were a lot of mamas. They then went through a process of elimination to find the mother who had traveled the farthest distance to attend the Mother’s Day service (four hours!), had the most grandchildren (14!), and had the most recent baby (me!) That’s right, I won the most recent baby having. Great job on being fresh, Teacup.
I was very touched when someone from the staff brought me a gift bag because 1) I never win anything and 2) the last Mother’s Day I remember was an undisclosed year allegedly involving baked goods, so this was a step up! Made even nicer by the fact that my gift bag included a gift card! Fund money, baby!
Sometimes after a holiday, especially a very nice holiday, you can get that deflated feeling like nothing nice will happen again for a while. Not this girl. Because the day after Mother’s Day, guess what was waiting in my Inbox?
May 25th Deposits
2021 Family Trip
After Last Deposit: $7861
Total Deposit: $50, from Mother’s Day present
Still Need: $7811
2019 Solo Trip
After Last Deposit: $582.06
Total Deposit: $125
$75, PayPal deposit from E-poll
$25, Target Giftcard
$25, Visa Giftcard
Still Need: $457.06
How was your Mother’s Day? Any new contributions to your fund? Are you still waiting on rewards redemptions? Share with me in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!