Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Birthday Gift Good For 18 Years

During the long wait for Isabel, I was blessed by the love and support of so many people. Of course, it was those whom I saw day to day at work who were most invested in the process. When the long-awaited referral finally came, my sweet friend Shirley threw a baby shower for my colleagues at school. Of all the gifts I received, the most precious is one that I get to relive every year... for 18 years!

At one point during the shower, each guest drew a number (1-18) and was given a beautiful piece of stationery and envelope. On this, they were to write a message to Isabel on the birthday that corresponded with the number they drew. When finished writing, each person sealed their message and gave it to the host. At the end of the evening, they were all given to me, wrapped in a cream colored satin ribbon.

In the craziness of preparing for the Princess Party, I completely forgot about opening this year's envelope. I happened to glance up at my bookcase this morning and saw the box. Isabel and I opened the envelope together before she left for school. The message (that can be read clearly if you click on the photo) could not have been more perfect.

Along with the three other wishes that came before, this one was just beautiful. And the best part? There are fourteen more!


Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

That is one of the most meaningful shower gifts I have ever seen. Truly a brilliant and thoughtful way to celebrate each birthday. Very special. Thank you for sharing that today.

Chinazhoumom said...

What a great idea ! Send me an email of some times you are available - and we can chat about the vn you left...k

The Fogle Family said...

What a great idea! That is amazing.

Alyson & Ford said...

I love this idea, first time hearing about it. We just had our third granddaughter born, wish I had this idea for her shower. Maybe I will do it on her first birthday? So special!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Bev said...

What a great idea and so special for you and Isabel to treasure all through the years.

Single Mama said...

Oh My! this is probably the best shower idea ever! I am sure she will cherish it always