January 20, 2010

a gift for her

I knew that there would be no shortage of gifts for my birthday girl... from little bits of fun, to boxes of goodies. Friends and family are so generous. We had already given her one gift early... a behind the scenes tour of Seaworld. She got to touch sharks and view the hidden polar bear den. She and Eric had such a good time together... But I still wanted to give her something special... something that she will look at in the years to come, that will bring her 16th birthday to mind with a rush and a smile. I received a locket for my 16th... and I love it. But my sweet girl has about forty necklaces that she hardly ever wears. And so I took a cue from my forever friend and put together an album for her. My scrapbooking stuff was happy to see the light of day, and in the process, I remembered how much I enjoyed piecing together bits and scraps of our life onto pages that will last forever. The album was beautiful... mostly because of her smiling face that lit up page after page.

And when she carefully tore off the paper(saving it to make another paper crane)and opened it? She admired the cover, running her hands over it and saying Oh its so pretty! And then, flipping open the cover, her words were lost and her face said the rest.


And this Mama was filled with joy.

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12 comments:

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That is so special, so beautiful-What a GREAT idea-

Nancy said...

What a gift... so much better than an itunes gift card or something like that. THe fact that she appreciated it so much too.. what a girl! You should be so proud. Thanks for visiting my blog...:)

togetherforgood said...

Aw, what a sweet gift. Truly something to cherish. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love it...what a sweet and meaningful gift!!!!
I hope to see it in person soon.
xoxox
Suz

Shelley said...

I can't think of a more thoughtful and loving gift! I bet your daughter will treasure this always!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

What a thoughtful gift, she looks so happy!

Jen said...

Awesome--I know she will cherish that forever!
Ahhh-sweet 16!
I did something similar for my sons 18th. He loved it-even being a guy. ;)

Kay said...

Love this... such a thoughtful gift and one she will carry with her forever. Love love love it! :)

Richella said...

Oh, Dawn, what a beautiful thing to do. But how did you do it? I'd have ruined the photos with tears.

You are such a good mother. I appreciate your example.

Imperfect said...

Such a sweet and wonderful gift. Now that I'm grown and gone, my mom likes to send me notes. I always get a thrill when I receive a handmade card from her - even if it's just to say hello. There's something particularly special about gifts of love from a mother.

Kelli said...

The perfect gift to treasure!!! Don't you love how joy just fills you up?

jenn said...

I am sure she will treasure every page! Scrapbooks are wonderful gifts!