Girls Write Out
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Today my daughter gave me a present. It was a book. No ordinary book, mind you. It was a book of memories.  The pages are filled with memories snapped into pictures of our children and grandchildren. Beneath the pictures she wrote a narrative that captured the moments. The final page was a picture of my daughter and me with the quote, "Her children will rise up and call her blessed. We love you."

Needless to say, I cried like a baby.

My kids know I love gifts that capture family moments. They sometimes make fun of my sappy self, but as long as they give me memorable gifts, I'm good with that.

I don't scrapbook, but my daughter does and I reap the benefits. Some people aren't into those types of gifts. That's okay, too. But everyone has those memorable gifts that stand out from the others.

So share a time when you received a gift that meant a lot to you. It may seem like a simple gift to someone else, but it was special to you because . . . .


Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:49 PM  
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At 11:12 AM, Blogger Betsy said...

Wow, what an amazing gift! I am trying to put a similar thing together for my parent's 35 Wedding Anniversary. I figured it would be the perfect gift to celebrate their lives together.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

oh what a super gift, Di! Wow! I love stuff like that too.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, Betsy, that is awesome! They will LOVE it, I'm telling you!! I can't think of anything more awesome than getting something like that revealing the years of memories. So sweet of you to do that for them!

Colleen, you need one for Alexa! *g*

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Diann, I'm an avid scrapbooker. I'm working on a scrapbook for my writing journey. I'm trying to finish my son's album before he graduates high school in June. Um, I'm at age two... I'm making an album for my mom with all the grandchildren. So many albums, so little time. :-)

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

What a special gift! Your daughter knew EXACTLY what you'd like, too!
That is such a GREAT GIFT!!

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

For my 17th birthday, my aunt bought me a ring. I had never had a nice ring but I had wanted one since middle school. It has a pearl surrounded by small diamonds. Nothing huge, but it meant so much to me because it was something I had wanted and my aunt and I have a very special relationship. Also, who even cares about the 17th birthday? She got me another ring for my 19th birthday, with my birthstone, but the pearl will always be my favorite.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger WK said...

Wow what a great gift! A gift that means alot to me? When I was pregnant in 2000 with our first child, our son, I was working overnight at Walmart, and I came out to the truck and on the window under the wipers was a note from my dh, it just said "I love you" and he signed it. No reason for it.Wasn't a special day, wasn't anything great going on, not fights or anything. Just a morning he didn't see me and felt the need to tell me he loved me. I cried when I saw the note and I still have it. I put it in our son's scrapbook with pictures of his nursery and all. It's one of my favorite gifts from him. But he's always doing stuff. He will change the speakers on my car so they sound like I like(this was done when we first bought the car).

And for a few years me and my mom exchanged a journal. I started it, then gave it to her as a Christmas gift, with just little notes I'd wrote to her thoughout the year, she took it and wrote to me for a year then gave it to me for Christmas. We did this for a few years and it was great and it's something we look at and can read thoughts we'd wanted to share. It was great.And is something I hope to do with my daughter.

Okay I've rambled enough.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, Wendy, I love the journal gift idea!!! I'll see if my daughter wants to do that. What an awesome idea!

I'm glad you're scrapbooking, Lisa! It's such a great thing to pass on to your kids.

Right now, I'm sitting in the family room with our oldest granddaughter (8) and teaching her how to crochet (yeah, the blind leading the blind), but we are having such fun!!! The fireplace is on and hubby is playing Wii. What a perfect evening!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger WK said...

Don't those make the most fun times? I can remember when we had literally no money so the lights got shut off and my mom worried for years that I was "damaged" by that. But for me it was thrilling. Me and my cousins played that we lived in the 1800s and they were jealous I got to read by a latern.LOL Me and mom would talk and play games and do "things" rather than watch TV. She'd read to me or tell me stories or sing and it was great. Some of the best times I know of. My kids now love it when we do things "outside" the box as they call it. They love to make things and love visiting historical sites with me.

I think those are gifts that are much more important than the ones we buy. The gifts of memories they'll forever carry? Priceless.

WendyK*sorry for rambling*

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Kayla, that is so cool about the ring. We got our daughter a pearl ring when she was a teenager. Called it a purity ring and my husband wrote out a heart-felt letter to her. It was awesome. She gave it back to us on her wedding day and told us she wouldn't be needing it anymore! ROTFLOL! Then of course, she took it back. ;-)

I love that you have that relationship with your aunt. I love my nieces, too!!

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I had to think for a while about a special gift I'd I'm back to tell about it.

Two years ago my high school students surprised me with a party and a pashmina (Is that how you spell it?), made of soft wool. When I wear it, I think of them and how special they are to me.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger photoqueen said...

When I was a senior in high school, my friends and I decided to make each other Christmas gifts. My best friend painted a flower pot with little personalized things (like the Eiffel tower because we took French together). I still have that thing because it just reminds me of all the fun and special times we've had.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

What a treasure! my parents made me one once for Christmas. It chronicles their lives from childhood to marriage to family, and then mine following the same route. It's the first thing I grab (AFTER my laptop) when heading to the basement in a tornado warning.


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