Mother’s Day Gifts: Childless Couples
As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I have infertility. We know too well the pain, longing and disappointment associated with it. Mother’s Day is an especially difficult day for those who are not voluntarily childless or for those who have lost a child. Since infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, you most likely know someone who is going through the various stages of infertility and its difficult processes. I encourage you to reach out to them on Mother’s Day.
Patricia Holland (wife of the apostle, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) is quoted as saying, “In a poignant exchange with God, Adam states that he will call the woman Eve. And why does he call her Eve? Because she is the mother of all living. Eve was given the identity of the mother of all living years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity. I believe ‘mother’ is one of those very carefully chosen words, one of those rich words- with meaning after meaning. I believe with all my heart that it is first and foremost a statement about our nature, not a head count of our children.”
I was blessed to be surrounded by an excellent husband, incredible sisters and family members who let me hold their babies as long as I wanted, come to soccer games, dance recitals and involved me in school programs and let me just play with their kids in the back yard. They gave me opportunities to express my “mother heart” with their children and I love them for it.
For my gift idea to those who need some tender love and care on Mother’s Day I turned to one of my favorite desserts – Homemade Oreos. But I decided that I wanted to make them more appropriate for spring so I used strawberry cake mix instead and added fresh strawberry puree to the cream cheese frosting. They turned out DELISH!!
Here’s the recipe and directions:
1 box Strawberry cake mix – not prepared
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl. Roll dough into 1″ balls and bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
4 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 c. Butter (room temperature)
2 – 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tbsp. fresh strawberry puree
Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add strawberry puree (I just diced mine and then mashed them with a fork because I didn’t want to dirty my blender) and combine. Slowly add confectioners sugar and mix until well blended.
To make the cookies you simply spread a dollop of frosting on one cookie and top it with another. They really are so good that you’ll want to hide in a closet to eat them so you don’t have to share!
For the super cute gift tag, Amy from Shirley K Design used another of my most favorite quotes (and talks for that matter) from Julie B. Beck – former Relief Society General President. You can print your very own copy right here, just right click on the image, save it to your computer and print away!
Amy is so talented and she even does custom design work! If you have a bridal or baby shower, need invitations, banners or cupcake toppers/wrappers for an upcoming birthday party she is great and super affordable! She also does frequent freebies to her facebook followers!
Day 1 Paper Goods, Day 2 Paper Flowers, Day 3 Childrens Gift
You don’t happen to have a source for that quotation from Patricia Holland, do you? I love that and would love to read all of her remarks not he subject.
The quote is taken from this fantastic talk found on LDS.org: https://www.lds.org/ensign/1987/10/one-thing-needful-becoming-women-of-greater-faith-in-christ?lang=eng
Thank you so much, Tia. That talk is fabulous. I can’t wait to share it with several sisters I know who truly are mothers in spite of the fact they have not actually borne or raised children.
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I loved this article so much I’ve linked to in on my website. http://www.childlessmormonsupport.com Thank you!!
I just about broke down and cried when I saw this post. It is so wonderful to know that I am not alone. It’s so hard being a blogger and not a Mommy also. Everyone has all these wonderful stories to use as content. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal part of your life and such a wonderful post!
Well this recipe looks amazing.. you had me at cream cheese.. I’m sorry to hear of your infertility though. My aunt struggles with it as well. But like you said she has a Mother’s Heart. She’s mothering and nurturing and that counts in my book.. Wishing you and your Mother’s Heart a very happy Mother’s Day.
This is such a sweet and sensitive post! You have such a kind spirit. These look delicious! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday!
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com
What a sweet post. I have many friends & family that are/have struggled with infertility. This is such a great, sweet idea as a gift. And what a great recipe! Those little cookie sandwiches look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this. You’ve inspired me…
Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.com
YUM! Love this…looks great! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html
Oh my word those cookies look absolutely delicious! I’m not a big baker, but for these – I will try it! My daughter loves strawberry cupcakes so I think she’s going to go nuts over these (me too!). Also – I think the tag is so sweet (and SO true!). p.s. I found you at Naptime Creations 🙂