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What’s the Best Gift You’ve Received from Your Kids?

It’s Christmas day and the season of giving. Please share with us your favorite gift given by your kids – Christmas or otherwise.

Everyone on the Moms Council wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. May all of your dreams come true in the New Year.

This week’s Moms Talk topic relates to gifts from the children. Here's what we want to know:

What’s the best gift you’ve received from your kids? Share your thoughts and stories and, remember, you can upload photos too!

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Lisa Amey December 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM
My daughter made me homemade ornaments for the tree and wrapped them in homemade wrapping paper. Love it!
Jennifer Marangos December 29, 2011 at 01:00 PM
I agree with everyone on the handmade gifts. My older son (age 7) gave me a different kind of handmade gift this year. He made a present for Santa (Christmas tree ornament) because Santa works so hard and no one ever gives a gift to him. Santa left him a note and the ornament is on our tree now. Makes me so proud every time I look at it. And, the note from Santa has both boys gushing. One more year of innocence.
MS December 29, 2011 at 05:22 PM
My daughter worked on an essay project about her Christmas memories with her 5th grade teacher, Mr. Hanlon, she read parts of it to us on Christmas Eve and it took everything in me to not cry at how special it was.....loved it.
Walt December 30, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Well my kids aren't really kids, 21 & 19 year old daughters. They are both in college and have had some struggles with grades and just adjusting to being young adults. They have had some things happen to them recently that were totally out of their control. Some crazy medical issues and their mother walking out of their lives. I do the best I can but girls, especially that age, need their mom. Anyway....they both had very good fall semesters. I am hoping this gives them the confidence and push to move forward in a positive way with their lives. That by far was my favorite gift that I received from anyone!
Mom of DnNnD December 30, 2011 at 06:36 PM
The best gift I received on Christmas was a 2 hour nap uninterrupted. Now that's a present.

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