My oldest son made this rock pet - "Rocky" - for me when he was two. His father and I were getting divorced at the time, though he neither knew nor understood anything about that. I was living alone with he and his baby brother, working a couple of online jobs late at night after they went to sleep, trying to sell the house, trying to figure out a new place to live, and desperately trying to hold everything together until I could start my new life, while his father was living with his girlfriend in her parents' basement and popping in for visits every now and again. I was fairly stressed out, and any time my sensitive little boy asked me what was wrong I just said I was worried about moving - so one day, when my neighbour friend was watching the boys for an hour so I could make some sales calls, he made Rocky for me with a rock from our garden to take with me once we moved. It broke my heart - and has lived on my bedside table ever since.
My middle son painted this flower pot for me for Mother's Day when he was three. He planted a teeny-tiny flower in it which died almost immediately, so since then we've used it as a vase for the "flowers" (dandelions, clover, wildflowers, weeds...) the kids collect on our hikes and explorations through the neighbourhood.
This macaroni picture frame craft is the favourite gift I've every received from any of my kids. My oldest son made it for me for Mother's Day in kindergarten. He was such a baby still then. Born later in the year, my sweet, shy boy wasn't even four years old when he started school. It hangs proudly on my bedroom wall and the "eye" "love" "you" poses in the pictures make me smile every time I look at them and remind me of the baby my big boy once was.
My oldest son made these amazing construction paper likenesses of my husband and I for Father's Day and Mother's Day one year which open up into a flip book with all the reasons he loves each of us. They have lived proudly on our fridge for years.
When my older son was seven and his younger brother six their Mother's Day projects at school were to make flowers for Mom from pastels instead of a potted plant or bouquet. These are among my favourite art pieces the boys have ever created!
My boys made these colourful, sparkly plastic bead bracelets for me their first summer at day camp. Despite jewelery box full of string, bead, plastic lace and Rainbow Loom elastic band bracelets and necklaces and rings I wear these bracelets (yes, out in public as actual jewelery) a lot more often than you'd think!
Everything our kids make for us is special - every card, every craft, every handmade gift. Some, though, tug at the heartstrings more than others for one reason or another.