Creating an 85th Birthday Gift

My husband’s grandmother has made an afghan for each of her twenty-nine {29!} great grandchildren. She asked each set of parents what colors they wanted for their little one’s blanket. Then she would select a pattern and present the afghan after the baby was born.

Not long after my daughter was born, I got kind of curious as to what all the other blankets looked like. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to get a picture of each great grandchild with their blanket?? It’d be so fun to put them all together into a print.

It is grandma’s 85th birthday this year. I mentioned my idea to my mother-in-law about six months ago, and she loved the idea of a print. Then I thought putting all of the pictures into a photo book that she could carry around would be really special too.

But there was one teeny, tiny little hitch to my grand plan. These 29 grandchildren come from 12 different families all over the country. The project was in the back of my mind, but time completely got away from me. Less than two weeks before I needed all the pictures to put this project together, I managed to send out an email with my brilliant idea.

In spite of the very short time frame, everyone did a beautiful job with their kids and afghans. She received the finished products on Sunday and I hear she was “over the moon”! I only wish I’d been there to see her face.

All 29 Great Grands

And here’s my three with their blankets.

My ThreeWhat a fun project to pull together and see come from a fleeting thought I’d had one morning.

Happy 85th Birthday, Great Grandma Gwen!


Day 349

One of Paul’s gifts from mom and dad this year was an evening out to go Lego shopping. We left little brother with grandma and grandpa, and started the adventure with dinner at the mall. After dinner we took him down to the Lego store, and he was very excited to get to pick out his own Lego set.

Then we let him fill up one of the small buckets of Legos. If you haven’t been to a Lego store before, they have an entire wall full of individual Lego pieces, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Paul had all sorts of fun picking pieces out. We think he really enjoyed his special birthday treat.

Day 345

Today is my oldest’s fifth birthday. I’ll try not to gush too much over my little man, but he has been such a blessing in my life. I love his spirit, enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and sweet, thoughtful nature. I prayed for this little boy for years and God blessed us with more than I could have ever imagined. I count myself lucky to be able to be his mom and help guide his life.

I can’t believe how quickly five years have flown by. Don’t grow up too fast, baby.

Happy Birthday Paul!

Day 339

Today was a good mail day for me. I received a Beadin Path tote in the mail for free through following the store on Twitter. The owner is a sweet gal, and I’d love to meet her one day. Encouraging whatever business I can her way is my pleasure!

The other fun package was from My very good friend gave me a gift certificate for my birthday and I’d been trying to figure out what to get for a while. Well, they had 20% off after a certain dollar amount, so I had all sorts of fun. I picked out five metal stamps, some copper charms, and some copper stringing wire. I’m thrilled with everything I got.