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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Gifts for Mom and Dad

Every year, I have a hard time trying to figure out what to get my parents for Christmas.  My dad always gets on to us about it. He doesn't want anything, and he means it!  My mom on the other hand likes to get stuff. The problem is, I like to get things that have a special meaning. Since I've been into photography, I have been just giving them pictures of the kids. 

This year, I have come up with some good gifts for my parents.  My dad hates the new light bulbs (as I do too), and has been stocking up on the old ones. So, I've decided to buy him some old light bulbs., because they will not be making them in the near future. Sounds pretty weird, but I think he might actually get a kick out of that. 

As far as my mom, I've been doing a lot of thinking on that. Not long ago, I had my Young Women's Medallion on, and she commented on how she like what I had done with it. 

My medallion 

Years ago (like over 20) my mom had been Young Women's President for six years, and had earned her medallion. She told me she had no idea where it was. I can remember her getting it and thought how sad that she had lost it.  Since that time the program has come up with new medallions. They use to be gold with a young women in a flowing dress (which you cannot get anymore). Then they changed to your choice of gold or silver and had a temple on it. Most recently, they have added the "ruby" to the bottom. 

Just before I was released from Young Women's, the church librarian gave me a box of old Young Women stuff. I opened it up to find a bunch of old charms from the old Young Women's program. The girls wanted them, but I didn't think it was right to just be given them away, so I emailed Salt Lake to see what they thought I should do with them. They told me that I could just mail them back and they would destroy them. I don't think so!!!!!

In the old program, you would earn a charm after you graduated from Beehive, then one for Mia Maid, and then one for Laurel and you would then receive the medallion with the girl on it, making a total of four charms. Since I had gobs of these charms, I shadowed boxed a grouping for display in the Young Women's room. It was actually kinda neat. One of my counselors, who had grown up in the ward and moved away, then moved back, had just lost her medallion in the recent move. She was devastated, as she use to wear it all the time. I know she had earned it, so I just gave her one to replace the lost one. Then I went ahead and grabbed one to give to my mom. The rest are in the closet at church.

So, this year for Christmas, I made my mom a necklace to hang the medallion on. As you can see it is made up of many colors. Each color represents a different value. 
White for Faith
Blue for Divine Nature
Red for Individual Worth
Green for Knowledge
Orange for Choice and Accountability
Yellow for Good Works
Purple for Integrity
These were the original colors when my mom got her medallion, so I just put these colors on. About two years ago, they added one more value; Virtue, and the color is gold.

I have one more thing I want to do for my parents as a joint gift, and then I will be done with them. I love making things for people, and am grateful that I have this talent to make nice jewelry. I'm sure my mom will love her new necklace, and I know she will not be reading this. That's why I went ahead and blogged about it...


  1. Do you have any more of those medallions? I've been looking for a new one for the longest time with no luck. I'm willing to pay for a new one.

    1. Sorry took so long for me to reply. We are in the middle of a move :P Anyway, not sure I do. When I was YW resident a few years ago, I found a bunch of them in our closet at church. I called SLC about it, and they wanted me to send them back. I did not do that. They may have more but doubt it. I'd try to contact SL to see. In the mean time, we I will check with the new YW pres to see it they still have them in the closet. Let me know if you have any luck, and I'll let you know what I found out. Good luck!

  2. I have also lost my flower girl medallion if you have an extra one I will be glad to pay.

    1. I'm so sorry, but there are none left. Have you tried calling Salt Lake? They might have some.