June 9, 2011

When painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys

My 16-year-old daughter made this Puff the Magic Dragon (one of my favorite characters when I was a kid) figurine out of modeling clay and gave it to me for my birthday today. Her artistic abilities constantly blow me away. If I had set out to make any sort of figurine out of clay, the best I could do would be a lopsided Frosty the Snowman.

I love getting homemade gifts from my kids. They are always so thoughtful. My 14-year-old daughter also made me a clay figurine. Her artistic abilities are more inline with mine. It was a cookie cutter shaped heart with “Mom” carved into it. Still just as sweet and appreciated. :)

My 11-year-old son wrote me a poem. At first I thought he might have copied it from something he saw online, but when I got to the line about “my mom talks to me with funny voices when I am upset and it makes me feel better” I knew it all came from him.

I have a box full of these precious mementos. It’s fun to go through them all once in a while. Time sure does fly. My oldest will be a junior in high school in the fall! The giant countdown clock is ticking way too quickly for me.

But hopefully, if I play my cards right, I won’t end up like Puff, sadly slipping into a cave once my kids are grown and gone. While I wish them all the freedom and independence they deserve, I would also like them to still need me. Not to provide them with a basement to live in until they’re 40 kind of “need”, but for guidance, a strong shoulder, a kind word, encouragement and the occasional, “What the heck were you thinking?!” I also hope that when they are grown up, they still give me homemade gifts. They are the best thing in the world!



  • Angie

    Precious, love it! And wow, your daughter is VERY talented! =)

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @Angie:disqus Thanks! :)

  • Angie

    Precious, love it! And wow, your daughter is VERY talented! =)

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @Angie:disqus Thanks! :)

  • Renee

    Very nice.  You are right, home made gifts are the best.  Have a wonderful birthday!

  • Renee

    Very nice.  You are right, home made gifts are the best.  Have a wonderful birthday!

  • Renee

    Very nice.  You are right, home made gifts are the best.  Have a wonderful birthday!

  • http://davidlew.is thedavidlewis

    Karen, that sounds like an amazing birthday. You are a wonderful mother and it shows.

  • http://davidlew.is thedavidlewis

    Karen, that sounds like an amazing birthday. You are a wonderful mother and it shows.

  • Cindy

    So sweet.  Happy Birthday! 

  • Cindy

    So sweet.  Happy Birthday! 

  • Donna

    Happy Birthday Karen!! You have awesome kids!!

  • Donna

    Happy Birthday Karen!! You have awesome kids!!

  • Ragnay

    You have 3 amazing children!  Happy Birthday!  May all your dreams come true today & always!

  • Ragnay

    You have 3 amazing children!  Happy Birthday!  May all your dreams come true today & always!

  • Jidlynn61

    Happy birthday! Your daughter made a great dragon!

  • Jidlynn61

    Happy birthday! Your daughter made a great dragon!

  • Welder854

    Happy Birthday!  Your daughter is very talented.  They will always need their mommy but they do grow up very quickly.  Wait till the grand children. They seem even longer!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230163930 Vicki Barana

    Happy Birthday again to my birthday buddy!!  Your kids are as always too cool!!!  Hey – give my puppy a big hug from me!!!

  • Welder854

    Happy Birthday!  Your daughter is very talented.  They will always need their mommy but they do grow up very quickly.  Wait till the grand children. They seem even longer!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230163930 Vicki Barana

    Happy Birthday again to my birthday buddy!!  Your kids are as always too cool!!!  Hey – give my puppy a big hug from me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521582149 Michele Clark Powell

    WOW!! That’s good! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521582149 Michele Clark Powell

    WOW!! That’s good! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521582149 Michele Clark Powell

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521582149 Michele Clark Powell

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO!!

  • melissa

    Happy birthday!

  • melissa

    Happy birthday!

  • ging

    Happy Birthday

  • ging

    Happy Birthday

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Karen,  you will smile everytime you look at the dragon.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Karen,  you will smile everytime you look at the dragon.

  • Laurel

    Happy Birthday Karen! Awesome post!

  • Kathy

    What a great story Karen.  Thanks for sharing those memories.  Your right, those handmade gifts are always the best.  Especially anything with hand prints when they’re small. Have a great one!!!

  • Laurel

    Happy Birthday Karen! Awesome post!

  • Kathy

    What a great story Karen.  Thanks for sharing those memories.  Your right, those handmade gifts are always the best.  Especially anything with hand prints when they’re small. Have a great one!!!

  • Kathy

    WHOOPS Forgot  Happy Birthday!!!

  • Kathy

    WHOOPS Forgot  Happy Birthday!!!

  • Angie

    Btw, HaPpY BiRtHdAy too! =)

  • Angie

    Btw, HaPpY BiRtHdAy too! =)

  • Abrady

    Your daughter is truly gifted.
    Happy Birthday.
    Audrey

  • http://www.donnafreedman.com Donna Freedman

    I treasure those handmade things, too. Thanks for the photo of Puff. 

  • Abrady

    Your daughter is truly gifted.
    Happy Birthday.
    Audrey

  • http://www.donnafreedman.com Donna Freedman

    I treasure those handmade things, too. Thanks for the photo of Puff. 

  • Angelicpage1

    My daughter made me a dragon for my birthday last December!

  • Angelicpage1

    My daughter made me a dragon for my birthday last December!

  • Karen

    Happy Birthday! That is so cute.

  • Karen

    Happy Birthday! That is so cute.

  • Michele

    He is adorable!  I love Puff too!  I love homemade gifts, now I get them from my Granddaughter.  Happy Birthday!  Mine is Sunday.  I hope you are having a wonderful day! Michele

  • Michele

    He is adorable!  I love Puff too!  I love homemade gifts, now I get them from my Granddaughter.  Happy Birthday!  Mine is Sunday.  I hope you are having a wonderful day! Michele

  • Terry Lee

    Beautiful story. You sound like a terrific mom, a talent in itself. She did a great job on puff. She needs to make more and sell them on My Bargain Buddy.

  • Terry Lee

    Beautiful story. You sound like a terrific mom, a talent in itself. She did a great job on puff. She needs to make more and sell them on My Bargain Buddy.

  • Sissygirlisthebest

    Happy Birthday! that is a very nice figurine your daughter made for you. There is nothing as special as the gifts our children make for us.

  • Sissygirlisthebest

    Happy Birthday! that is a very nice figurine your daughter made for you. There is nothing as special as the gifts our children make for us.

  • Sissygirlisthebest

    Happy Birthday! that is a very nice figurine your daughter made for you. There is nothing as special as the gifts our children make for us.

  • Michelle

    What a great story.  It’s obvious they love their Mom very much.  Happy Birthday! 

  • Michelle

    What a great story.  It’s obvious they love their Mom very much.  Happy Birthday! 

  • Critbunny

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MDF KAREN!!!!! ((((( HUGS)))))

  • Clarissa Frampton

    My children are all in their 30’s with families of their own, your story reminds me of my “mommy box” a treasure full of hand made gifts and cards from my boys when they were younger. Priceless! And a joy to go through..Happy Birthday!

  • Critbunny

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MDF KAREN!!!!! ((((( HUGS)))))

  • Clarissa Frampton

    My children are all in their 30’s with families of their own, your story reminds me of my “mommy box” a treasure full of hand made gifts and cards from my boys when they were younger. Priceless! And a joy to go through..Happy Birthday!

  • Susanamelliott

    Happy Birthday Karen!  It’s my birthday too, along with Natalie Portman and Michael J. Fox.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @fd2495be2b42fb8c7a820bbdbdca3034:disqus  Happy birthday to you, too! You left Johnny Depp off your list, matey! ;)

  • Susanamelliott

    Happy Birthday Karen!  It’s my birthday too, along with Natalie Portman and Michael J. Fox.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @fd2495be2b42fb8c7a820bbdbdca3034:disqus  Happy birthday to you, too! You left Johnny Depp off your list, matey! ;)

  • Nan

    Always one of my favorite songs! a wonderful story and a beautiful sculpture. Your daughter is indeed talented! Your kids seem great and it’s obvious that they love you. Hope your day is filled with joy!

  • Nan

    Always one of my favorite songs! a wonderful story and a beautiful sculpture. Your daughter is indeed talented! Your kids seem great and it’s obvious that they love you. Hope your day is filled with joy!

  • DianeLyn

    Happy Birthday Karen!  Your daughter did a wonderful job making Puff.

  • DianeLyn

    Happy Birthday Karen!  Your daughter did a wonderful job making Puff.

  • Sharonj1529

    My daughters birthday is today also.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @7d4494ff5604dc9a4964f6593da87894:disqus  Happy birthday to your daughter! :)

  • Sharonj1529

    My daughters birthday is today also.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @7d4494ff5604dc9a4964f6593da87894:disqus  Happy birthday to your daughter! :)

  • Sharon

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN. I hope you enjoy your day and thanks for bringing all the sells to us your Bargain buddies.

  • Sharon

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN. I hope you enjoy your day and thanks for bringing all the sells to us your Bargain buddies.

  • Marcia

    So beautiful, what you wrote brought a tear to my eye.  Your kids sound very thoughtful.  Your 16 year old daughter certainly does have artistic talent.  A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Karen.

  • Ltsj

    Happy Birthday Karen!!

  • Marcia

    So beautiful, what you wrote brought a tear to my eye.  Your kids sound very thoughtful.  Your 16 year old daughter certainly does have artistic talent.  A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Karen.

  • Ltsj

    Happy Birthday Karen!!

  • Johna

    she is really talented, I love puff the magic dragon and your daughter did a wonderful job♥ how much is she going to be selling them 4 on your site?

  • Johna

    she is really talented, I love puff the magic dragon and your daughter did a wonderful job♥ how much is she going to be selling them 4 on your site?

  • Cheryl

    Happy Birthday Karen!  Many happy returns of the day!

  • Cheryl

    Happy Birthday Karen!  Many happy returns of the day!

  • Momnick8

    Is Puff wearing a bikini? Maybe it’s Puffette. She did a great job.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @8074665a3304e273aee8aa0fdda4bf20:disqus  LOL That’s his bow tie. Funny camera angle, I guess. :)

  • Momnick8

    Is Puff wearing a bikini? Maybe it’s Puffette. She did a great job.

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      @8074665a3304e273aee8aa0fdda4bf20:disqus  LOL That’s his bow tie. Funny camera angle, I guess. :)

  • martham52

    It’s wonderful! Happy Birthday!

  • martham52

    It’s wonderful! Happy Birthday!

  • Theresa

    AWESOME … how talented is she????  Happy BIRTHDAY!

  • Theresa

    AWESOME … how talented is she????  Happy BIRTHDAY!

  • Shirleyh

    That is sooooo sweet of your kids and hopefully, they’ll remember what the homemade gifts really mean and never outgrow them.

  • Shirleyh

    That is sooooo sweet of your kids and hopefully, they’ll remember what the homemade gifts really mean and never outgrow them.

  • Rbellen

    I cannot believe your daughter is 16.  Where did those years go? She did a wonderful Puff.  Has she ever gone to Ceramics class?  My daughter who is MUCH OLDER NOW made things in ceramics and actually got some sold.  She ought to go into a ceramics store and show her work.  Maybe she too could make some sales.  Good luck. 
                                                             Ruth  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I know, the time is just flying by. She was only 5 when I started MyBargainBuddy! She’s never taken a ceramics class. I think she prefers painting, but she certainly doesn’t limit herself to just that. She also enjoys playing music. Mostly guitar. She does a great Bob Dylan with the harmonica and everything. :)

  • Rbellen

    I cannot believe your daughter is 16.  Where did those years go? She did a wonderful Puff.  Has she ever gone to Ceramics class?  My daughter who is MUCH OLDER NOW made things in ceramics and actually got some sold.  She ought to go into a ceramics store and show her work.  Maybe she too could make some sales.  Good luck. 
                                                             Ruth  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I know, the time is just flying by. She was only 5 when I started MyBargainBuddy! She’s never taken a ceramics class. I think she prefers painting, but she certainly doesn’t limit herself to just that. She also enjoys playing music. Mostly guitar. She does a great Bob Dylan with the harmonica and everything. :)

  • Becky

    Karen, that is SOOOO cute!!!!

  • Becky

    Karen, that is SOOOO cute!!!!

  • Brenda

     what a great tale- my friend sings the puff song to kids for bedtime.  Seems like you are an awesome mom with creative kids who show you love in personal ways.  Thanks for sharing

  • Brenda

     what a great tale- my friend sings the puff song to kids for bedtime.  Seems like you are an awesome mom with creative kids who show you love in personal ways.  Thanks for sharing

  • Genessa1601

    Happy Birthday Karen!! Your daughter has great artistic ability!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Genessa1601

    Happy Birthday Karen!! Your daughter has great artistic ability!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Carol D

    Hope u had a great Birthday Karen!  You have great kids cuz they have a great MOM. Kudos to YOU!!  chreish every moment – they are only kids once.

  • Carol D

    Hope u had a great Birthday Karen!  You have great kids cuz they have a great MOM. Kudos to YOU!!  chreish every moment – they are only kids once.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Karen! Hope it will be a day that is  jam-packed with wonderful memories! Just like you! YOur children are very thoughtful and creative!

  • Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Karen! Hope it will be a day that is  jam-packed with wonderful memories! Just like you! YOur children are very thoughtful and creative!

  • Lmboland

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Lmboland

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Bjules

    That is so awesome! You don’t know how lucky you are, well, maybe you do.  I don’t even get a card, or anything for any occasion from any of my three boys.  I am so envious of the relationship you have with your children!  I would give anything to have that!

  • Bjules

    That is so awesome! You don’t know how lucky you are, well, maybe you do.  I don’t even get a card, or anything for any occasion from any of my three boys.  I am so envious of the relationship you have with your children!  I would give anything to have that!

  • Caryn

    Hi Karen,  Its great your kids remember your birthday,  Happy Birthday.  Don’t worry,  they will ALWAYS need you.  I’m 39 and I call my Mom everyday,.  I need her advice etc.  I always will…  Homemade gifts may sto tho until you have grands… 
    Caryn

  • Caryn

    Hi Karen,  Its great your kids remember your birthday,  Happy Birthday.  Don’t worry,  they will ALWAYS need you.  I’m 39 and I call my Mom everyday,.  I need her advice etc.  I always will…  Homemade gifts may sto tho until you have grands… 
    Caryn

  • fliopflopflo

    Happy Birthday, Karen!  I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

  • fliopflopflo

    Happy Birthday, Karen!  I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

  • Lcosteira

    Hope you had a Great Birthday!!

  • Lcosteira

    Hope you had a Great Birthday!!

  • Rshop

    You are a good mom, our children are the best gift any of us could ever get, birthday or any other occasion.  Happy Birthday Karen.

  • Rshop

    You are a good mom, our children are the best gift any of us could ever get, birthday or any other occasion.  Happy Birthday Karen.

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