Birthday gifts that Teach and Bless

My “Twins” modeling their birthday aprons

Purchasing birthday gifts has grown harder for me over the years for a number of reasons. First, I rarely go shopping unless it is absolutely necessary. I just don’t enjoy it very much. Second, space is limited in our house, so it is hard to add “stuff” to our lives. Third, I can always think of wonderful gifts that are out of my price range, but it is harder to think of gifts that are affordable, useful, and don’t take up too much space.

Ladybug and Honeybee have been asking me to teach them to cook, and I’ve given it some half-hearted efforts, but the frenzy of the summer didn’t allow for much instruction. For their birthdays, I gave them each a pretty apron and a binder with labeled dividers for Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, etc. with page protectors in each section. I chose two or more recipes that were simple enough for them to master and put them in each section.

Eby managed to jump into this picture – I love the expression on his face. His apron says, “Chef in Training”. Somehow I can’t quite imagine letting him loose in the kitchen any time soon.

Tonight Honeybee made Tostada Bake for dinner and Ladybug made some great brownies to top off the meal. They are both excited to gather more recipes for their cookbooks and I am happy to help them. My recipe notebook is covered with post-its denoting the recipes they want to copy.

It is truly fun being in the kitchen with my daughters and teaching them new skills. They are so proud of the food they create and of course, Russ and the boys give them lots of compliments. The guys know that praising good dinners will lead to more good meals…and special desserts. Life is looking sweeter all the time.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

7 Comments

  1. Joy
    September 28, 2009

    What a great and creative idea. We much prefer giving gifts like that – that create memories – and the kids treasure them so much more than the latest store bought toy. Love it – thanks for the idea!

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  2. Anonymous
    September 28, 2009

    What do your little guys do when you're working with the girls on this project? Love the idea!

    Lisa H.

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  3. Courtney
    September 28, 2009

    wow! what a thoughtful, useful gift to give your girls! i love that idea! i am going to tuck it away (hopefully i can remember it!) for a couple years from now! thanks for sharing!

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  4. Cindy
    September 28, 2009

    Love this post. It warms my heart to see and hear of daughters who have a desire to learn homemaking skills from their mothers. It's a rare thing these days.

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  5. Marissa
    September 28, 2009

    How wonderful! I look forward to these special times with daughters.

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  6. Becky
    September 29, 2009

    What a fun idea! I am going to play copy-cat and use this idea for my new daughter's birthday. I think she'll love it as she loves to work with me in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hannah
    September 29, 2009

    The girls look so pretty in their aprons! And I love Eby's face…he seems to be expectantly awaiting many good things to eat.

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