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What moms really want for Mother’s Day!

My mom is reaching the upper years of her life (that’s the sneaky way of excusing myself from revealing her actual age…hi mom!) and has lived a very, very full life.  She has seen many things, experienced many things, and is now living the retired life.  (Which, if you ask me…doesn’t seem very relaxing.  She packs every single day with volunteering at the retirement center, running so-and-so to the bank, teaching the neighbor girl to play piano, driving food over to so-and-so’s family who just had a baby, organizing activities for women’s groups, volunteering every Saturday at our church’s temple, staying with different families’ children while the parents take a trip, etc.  But secretly, I know she loves every bit of it!)  And because she has lived such a full life, she doesn’t really need many material things to keep her happy.


I do know this though…the thing that brings her the most joy in this world is her family.  But since her 7 children and 19 grandchildren (hopefully 20 soon, through adoption) live in several different states, she doesn’t get to see everyone as much as I know she’d like.  So, one thing that is a must—is to stay connected with “Grandma Silk.”  Because grandma loves her grand babies!  (Grandpa Silk loves them too…but we’re talking about grandma today! :))


Yes, that’s baby Chloe back in 2011.  And yes, those cheeks weighed about a pound each! ;)


Since we’ve moved away from Colorado a couple months ago (where my parents live,) the thing that keeps us connected best, is using our Verizon phones.  My 3 older kids are old enough to navigate my phone and figure out how to call grandma.  And FaceTime is Chloe’s favorite way to keep grandma updated on her little 4-year-old life.





Because when you’re 4, there is SO much to talk about.  And I think this is her favorite way to chat with grandma because she can see her face—and know for SURE that grandma is listening to every. last. detail. of her story.  And my word, can that girl talk and talk and talk…  Ha!




And grandma dishes the stories and conversation right back…




Oliver is only 9 months old, but to have the ability to see grandma’s face and to hear her voice…is priceless.




He doesn’t quite understand why she’s so tiny on that screen but he can sure see that this smiley grandma lady is trying to talk to him and keeps saying his name…so he inevitably tries to touch her and grab her, right through the phone.  I just can’t believe how easy it is these days to make sure my children stay familiar with the faces of those who love them most.  Such a treasure!




Connor and Elli have just started experiencing the value (and thrill) of texting.  And yes, they’re still a little slow at it….but so is Grandma!  So, she is the perfect match for a 6 and 8 year old.  (Ha….love you mom!)




So, if grandma is at an appointment or has a minute to sit and text, Connor and Elli can pass texts back and forth with her.  Even if it includes a trillion smiley faces.




And since my mom was a kindergarten teacher for years, of course she’s going to test their knowledge, using the little Emoji pictures!  And my kids LOVE it!! :)




So that got me thinking about moms and Mother’s Day and what moms really want.  Yeah, a restaurant gift card, a set of fancy bowls, and a new pair of earrings are all wonderful gifts…but give mom what she really wants and help her to connect a little more easily with her kids and/or grandkids.


Verizon Wireless has got you covered!  A new Bluetooth headset to keep connected with you while she’s getting things done around the house, a new stylish case for her phone, a Verizon gift card to help her upgrade to a smart phone, like the new Samsung Galaxy S6, or hey, maybe she’d like a new tablet to make chatting and sending messages a little more magnified!  (It’s okay mom, you’re not the only one with a pair of magnified pharmacy glasses in every room of the house!)  Or if mom already has all those things, resolve to make some better health choices together and gift her a new Fit Bit and stay connected through your fitness journey.


It doesn’t matter her age because my mom is in her 70s (I didn’t say the actual number…so that doesn’t count) and she really is getting the hang of it all!  Verizon really has so many gift ideas that moms of all ages and stages of life will adore!




To my sweet mother and all the other moms out there……Happy Mother’s Day!



For other Mother’s Day inspiration, check out these other great ideas!


Compensation for this post was provided by Verizon Wireless via AOL Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Verizon Wireless or AOL.



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
What moms really want for mother’s day!
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  1. Mrunmayi says:

    Hey great post Ashley… and I guess Ellie looks a lot like Grandma Silk… :)

  2. Megan W. says:

    Posts with Grandma Silk are some of my favorite. :)

  3. CreativeKhadija says:

    So lovely!

  4. Caro says:

    What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing, Ashley. Your mother doesn’t look anywhere near her 70s – it must be all that running around and staying active! xx

    1. Ashley says:

      That’s what I tell her! But I’ll have to make sure she sees that others think it too! :) You’re sweet as can be Caro, thank you! :)

  5. Shelley Smith says:

    I love all the cute photos! My kids are totally the same way with their Grandma!

    1. Ashley says:

      It’s kinda the cutest thing to watch! Thanks Shelley! :)

  6. Mom says:

    Thanks sweetie for the very kind words. You and your siblings are easy to love and what more can I say about the grandkids!! What a blessing to be your mom and grandma to the best in the world.

    1. Ashley says:

      Love you mom! :)

  7. Julia says:

    My family and I live on opposite ends of the world… 10,000 KM away! But my 3 year old keeps in touch with her cousins and grandpa/grandma through my phone and computer.Skype, Facebook and Instagram are all used regularly in my home. Thank goodness for new technology!

    1. Ashley says:

      It truly is an awesome discovery! And just think…..something even cooler will be invented by the time we have grandchildren!!!

  8. Crafty Diana says:

    Very nice. Just remember if yiu switch her off of iPhone, she’ll have to use Skype or something else since FaceTime is Apple product. :)

  9. Stacia says:

    We move all over & I too LOVE that it’s so easy for my kids to stay connected to their grandparents! Also, I’m dying over your cute phone case! I felt like I tota had to give up style to protect my phone. :) Where did you get yours?! Or did you DIY?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, I know…..what would we do without it!?! :)

      And I drop my phone ALL the time… I have to put it in something super tough. That’s an otterbox case and I normally buy them off amazon but believe I bought this one off the otterbox website about a year ago, because it was a new design and wasn’t available on amazon yet.

      Good luck!

  10. Tamar says:

    Thank you – I really enjoyed this post. Grandma Silk looks great. My Grandmother; whom we called Mommy passed away 9/25/13 and I MISS her everyday. I however was blessed to be raised in her home (the early years) and then our family bought a 3 decker and I saw her everyday… Even though I was 43 when she passed it still is hard. There is nothing better than to have a relationship with your Grandmother…they are what makes life so so sweet. I am so happy for your children and your Mom that distance hasn’t changed their ability to see each other “face time” or catch up on the latest. God Bless

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Both of my grandmother’s are gone too……so I love that my children can still interact with both of theirs. There’s definitely something special about grandparents! :)

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