The Mother's Mite

by DeAnne Flynn

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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

    Introduction: On Offerings
  • Teacups
  • "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
  • Roots
  • 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
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About the Author

DeAnne Flynn

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.

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An inspiration to all who mother
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

I want to share this with all my friends!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

This should open the flood gates of affirmation and support for mothers everywhere.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 , Submitted on 2015-02-25

"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!

enjoyably encouraging!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

Feel-Good Read!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!)

Important message, healing
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Definite 5-star rating!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.


By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

I Love this book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Truly lovely and inspiring. A great gift for anyone on your list.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

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