I miss him. My heart hurts for my Granny who was left behind. But I am so grateful to have felt him with me that day. I am grateful to know that my daughter has her very own guardian angel. And grateful to know that we will see him again.
This day reminds me that our lives are inextricably connected; that joy comes with sadness and peace comes with pain; and that hope can be found in eternal perspective.
Happy Birthday, Makenna Jaye!
I may or may not have been guilty of re-gifting a time or two. It usually goes like this... We have a birthday, baby shower, wedding, etc to attend and because I tend to over-schedule myself, I end up on a last-minute mad dash for a suitable gift. I search the house frantically for any un-used/un-opened gift to save myself a trip to the store that I don't have time for and maybewa2q find something that is remotely appropriate for the occasion. But because I am a firm believer in MEANINGFUL GIFTS, this is where I am forced to pull out my ninja-creativity skills (or something)...and MAKE it apply.
ENTER- the cheesy hand-written poem (most likely on the pansy stationary I received for my 15th Birthday that has managed to reproduce itself like the loaves and the fishes for the past 15...ish years):
"You are so sweet,
You can't be beat.
When I smell this, I think of you,
Just rub it on your hands
And they'll be sweet too."
Stick that with a (mostly) full bottle of Bath and Bodyworks Hand Sanitizer in last year's Christmas gift bag that the neighbors' sugar cookies came in and VOILA! A 5-minute gift.
JUST KIDDING! (Kind of)
Don't be like me. Plan ahead. Like at least a day or two. Or better yet, plan a week or two ahead and get your loved one something they will ACTUALLY appreciate and want to KEEP....FOREVER.
Check out these very personal and thought-out photo gifts (All available through our ETSY shop). Think just a little bit ahead and we'll do all the work for you. So you won't have to write a last minute cheesy poem. (or maybe I'm the only one who does that?)
It turns out that having a laser engraving machine in the family means endless possibilities when it comes time to give a gift. However, it also has made our family gift giving somewhat predictable...I think the family knows now that the chance of receiving something engraved for their next birthday or Christmas is pretty high.
So this week for my Dad's birthday, I tried to think of something sort-of unique and hopefully meaningful. We have these really cool wood-encased flash drives in our gift shop, and I thought it would be cool to not only engrave something on one for him, but to make a birthday video to save on it.
So I found a bunch of fun facts from the day he was born, pictures of him and our family and put it to music that was popular the year he was born ("Tossin' and Turnin'" and "Blue Moon"). I then had the kids sing a song and tell what they loved best about Grandpa on video and put that at the end. Apparently, Austin likes it when Grandpa "tricks him".
Unfortunately, the "free" movie-making software that I downloaded is only free if you are okay with a GIANT logo over top of your video. So that was lame. Guess I'll stick with Windows Movie Maker next time.
In spite of the fact that half the pictures where covered up, I hope he liked it. We had fun making it. Happy Birthday, Dad/Grandpa!
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