Back story, my mom dropped out of HS when she was 16 and pregnant with my sister, had me when she was 19. My dad was an alcoholic, she worked long hours at a factory and well, it just wasn't easy for her. She finished her high school, my dad straightened up (and has been wonderful since I was around 6) and my mom has gone on to get a fabulous job being the director of a group home. I write all this back story to say that things weren't easy, but she did the best she could.
Over the years I have picked on her about how things were when we were little, it's just my way... I joke. But the older I got the more I realized the "jokes" when I was younger (late teens, early 20's) really did bother her a lot. I still find myself doing it, small things like "since I've been cooking mac n cheese since I was 7" or "I'll never let Hadley play on the roof like we did when we were little", "remember the time you forgot me at church?" etc. She struggles enough with us not having a perfect childhood, but constantly says "you don't have a single positive memory from when you were a child" and I don't ever tell her those.
She has had a rough year (menopause, medication changes, tough year at work) and I think it would mean the world to her if I wrote down lots & lots of happy memories that me and my sister have. All the Christmases that she made sure we had TONS of gifts even though she didn't really have the money, taking us to Long John Silvers every Thursday because that was payday and the only time she could afford to do so (it was our favorite), just simple every day memories so she knows that I really do remember lots of good stuff.
Okay, so to my drawn out question... how can I write them all up? I want to do something more than just a list on a paper, but really am not sure how to do it. I wanted to get her some meaningful present for Christmas but ended up with kitchen stuff, pocket book, and other things instead so I really want to make this part of her Christmas presents... please give me a good suggestion!