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For every woman who has ever wondered if she gives enough . . .
As mothers, grandmothers, nurturers, and caregivers, we are often tempted to view our ordinary daily contributions as an endless string of undersized tasks, none of which seems worthy of any special consideration. But they are.
This collection of small and simple moments provides reassurance that — although our humble, little offerings may not seem significant at the time - these tiny acts undeniably make an immeasurable difference in the lives of those we love.
The Mother's Mite is, in itself, an offering — a truly human journey of sharing the joys and challenges of motherhood in ways that enrich all that are involved. In this time when families are in a state of crisis, when even LDS families search for new levels of intimacy and meaning, this nice little volume is a welcome addition to the literature. Not at all preachy, but always eminently practical, it will surely find a welcome place in Mormon homes everywhere.” — Association for Mormon Letters
- "Thick and Thin" Mothers
- The Coolest Date
Wrestling Popcorn Recipe
- Watching at the Window
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Goddess in Training
- Frosting Flowers
Frosted Flower Cookies Recipe
- Pennies from Heaven
- Meteors past Midnight
- Birthday Pie
"Easy as Pie" Recipe
- Picnics and Politics
- The Family Star
- Magic Fingers
- Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe
- Nana's Bells
- The Enchanted Dryer
- Celebr-eight-ing the Moment
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe
- The Surprise Visit
- Bette's Bottomless Handbag
- Hunting for Courage
- Churning Ice Cream
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Recipe
- Jessica's Garden
- Scattering Seashells
- Ladies in Waiting
- Grandma Jo
Oven S'mores Recipe
- A Mother's Might
- Conclusion: Giving Our All
Introduction: On Offerings
- Size: 7x7
- Pages: 146
- Published: March 2011
About the Author
DeAnne Flynn is the grateful (and tired) mother of seven active children, ranging in age from twenty-one to eight. She graduated with high honors in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University, served an LDS mission to New England, and worked as a news anchor/reporter in both radio and television before hosting a national business talk show for a private satellite television network. For years she enjoyed being a freelance scriptwriter and has written both lyrics and melody lines for several national jingles. She also worked as the public relations director for an international real estate firm before becoming a mother.
Today, as chief executive nose-wiper, schedule-keeper, and bedtime story teller, DeAnne feels she’s earned an advanced degree in “Managing Busy Lives.” She is the author of The Time-Starved Family: Helping Overloaded Families Focus on What Matters Most, and The Mother’s Mite: Why Even Our Smallest Efforts Matter. She and her husband, Craig, reside near Salt Lake City.
“Thick and Thin” Mothers
One crisp autumn evening, while speaking in a southern state, I met a remarkable woman named Susanne. She was a Christian, married, but unable to have children of her own. So she determined to find opportunities to “mother” those around her. And one of those mothering opportunities came by volunteering in her community through the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club.
Susanne was happily assigned to mentor a beautiful teenage girl who was being raised solely by her father. And because this young woman had seen some very turbulent times during her early years of life, she had plenty of both baggage and attitude. Even though Susanne was not the girl’s biological mother, and certainly didn’t deserve the treatment this troubled teen often dished out, she stuck by this girl’s side through thick and thin. She listened to, hauled around, often fed, and supremely loved this girl—even when the teen’s behavior was decidedly unlovable.
Though Susanne could have walked away at any time, she chose to stay . . . because she was a mother. A mother? you ask. But Susanne was unable to give birth. This wise and wonderful woman soon realized that merely “giving birth” does not a mother make. And while she never tried to replace this teenage girl’s biological mother, Susanne wanted to consistently be there for the girl in every maternal way possible.
I’ve heard it said that some women give birth and never really mother, while other women never give birth and mother all of their lives. And I believe it’s true. Take Mother Teresa, for example. Though she never gave birth to a child of her own, she spent her entire life mothering the poor, sick, aged, dying, or orphaned throughout India and other countries of the world. Born in 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, this Albanian Catholic nun became known as the “Saint of the Little Ways” because she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. (Sound familiar?) This small woman had an enormous heart. And through her organizations, she has cared for literally tens of thousands of people and her influence has been felt by hundreds of millions.
I have personally known many women who have opened their homes and hearts to the motherless children of the world. Several of my dearest friends have dreamed dreams about children in distant lands, only to search the world until those little ones were brought safely into their care. Others have found children in need nearby. But in each unique instance, it has been miraculous to watch these stories of love unfold.
Every time a child is nurtured here on earth it is sweet evidence that God, the Father of us all, is mindful of His children individually. Isn’t it humbling to realize that He uses us—simple, imperfect women—as His hands here on earth, whether we’ve actually given birth to those we mother or not?
My friend, Nancy, was adopted as a child. Recently, she and her husband also decided to adopt. And though Nancy had already given life to two healthy children, she and her husband gave the gift of new life to a child in need of a stable home. This treasured little girl is now blessed with a loving family, and this family is now blessed with even greater love and purpose.
We are all mothers, really, whether we’ve actually given birth or simply cared for another human being. And through our charity and compassion, we can—and will—change lives . . . especially our own.
A charitable interest in others; affectionate care; giving loving attention.
Definite 5-star rating!
by Customer - reviewed on March 07, 2011
One of the mantras I post on my fridge by Mother Teresa says 'Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.' DeAnne Flynn's newest book, The Mother's Mite has "small thing ideas" on every page. It convinces us as mothers that it really is the small and simple acts that matter most in building relationships. If you want to feel validated in knowing your offerings do make a difference, read this book. If you need fresh ideas and new inspiration to help you show the love you feel for your family, buy this book. The format, pictures, recipes and ideas are easily read and put into action. Debra
Important message, healing
by Toni - reviewed on August 25, 2011
Great messages in this book. It's important to voice what our mother's do in virtuously raising another generation of leaders and responsible, caring people.This book helped me realize that what I do is very important, not just a little important. Thank you.
by Amber - reviewed on April 07, 2011
I sat down to read and couldn't put it down. Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged as a mother and you wonder if what you are doing even matters. I loved how this book shows how we can see things in a different perspective and know that it DOES matter what we do! What an inspirational book and a must read for any woman out there!
An inspiration to all who mother
by Wendy - reviewed on February 15, 2013
DeAnne Flynn captures the magic of small moments in motherhood--whether mothering your own children or those around you. She shares "offerings" that we as mothers give, or can give, to our children and others that will help to shape the lives around us while providing the necessary knowledge of a mother's love. Being a mom is not easy work, and often we feel that what we give is not enough, but Flynn implores that it IS enough. This is a beautiful, inspired book that will leave moms of all types feeling uplifted and willing to give more. Her words are graceful and eloquent and speak to the soul. The only thing she missed? About 100 more pages!
Uplifting, funny, and inspiring to continue doing the small things, loved it!!
by Jeanette - reviewed on January 31, 2011
This is my new bedside, kitchen counter, take in the car book. I loved the heartfelt offerings by mothers of all kinds and ages. What a sweet reminder to keep doing the small things and it does make a difference. Thank you for the inspiration to make offerings to those in my stewardship and beyond.
by Naomi - reviewed on March 17, 2011
Although not yet a mother, this book helped me to realize the influence that a woman can have on the lives of others. How powerful and amazing women are! The book is great for any woman! (mother or not!)
This should open the flood gates of affirmation and support for mothers everywhere.
by Martsie - reviewed on January 31, 2011
I read this book in one sitting. It felt like someone was gently reminding me that all the small and simple things I do each day as a mother and grandmother really do matter, are of eternal value, and are impacting those moments I get to share with my family. It felt good. Thank you.
Mother's Might is a delight!
by Suzy - reviewed on January 31, 2011
"The Mother's Might" is a celebration of motherhood. I loved this book and the message it gives to all mothers: slow down, celebrate life, express love every day in small and simple ways! Snuggling with this book on the couch was a terrific way to spend my afternoon... it has inspired me to break out the china tea cups, jump on more trampolines and learn to make asparagus soup!
I want to share this with all my friends!
by allyson - reviewed on January 31, 2011
I love everything about this book. The cover/design is so eye-catching,..I love it. (Oreos are my favorite cookie!) The stories touch your "mother heart". I especially love the short little examples from children given every few pages. Show us moms that our kids really do notice the little things we do.
by Katie - reviewed on February 01, 2011
A quick read, DeAnne's book is an effort to encourage all of us to do the little things that come to mind when we think about our children. I know it has helped me think of taking the extra time to show them my life through little acts of kindness or moments spontaneously given to my children throughout my day. Thanks!
Truly lovely and inspiring. A great gift for anyone on your list.
by heather - reviewed on February 10, 2011
The Mother's Mite brought back a flood of beautiful memories from my own childhood and made me remember why I love being a mom. Simplicity is the word that comes to mind when I think about the things that really matter most to our children. I am so grateful for this sweet little book and will keep it on my bed stand so that I might be reminded everyday.
I Love this book
by Laura - reviewed on February 15, 2011
I LOVE THIS BOOK! When I got it, I stated to read it through quickly, but soon realized that I wanted to savor every minute. So every day I have time when I make a cup of peppermint tea and read a section. I love the way it makes everyday mothering a grand experience full of wonder. As I reflect back on the time spend with my child, it validates even our smallest efforts. It is a warm fuzzy for moms. Also, it gives great ideas for parenting children and someday hopefully grandchildren. Can't want to try the recipes. I have often said that 99.1% of parents want to be good parents, but just don't know how. This book gives some wonderful "instead" ideas (or things people can do instead of negative parenting) without sounding preachy. The writing style flows gracefully, and is just a joy to read.