Wrapped some Christmas gifts yesterday…& came to THE ONE gift I search for all year long! I haven’t talked about my family on my blog until today…yes, we have seven children & how they became part of the family doesn’t matter. Although I do have this story to share…
My niece moved in with us when she was 15 after the death of her mother. Before her mothers death on New Years Eve in 2002 – she gave her daughter a plastic framed picture with the word “VISION” underneath of a sunset. On the back of the picture was a handwritten letter her mother wrote to her…about her love & wish for her never to lose her vision on any dream her soul inspires and to always have strength & courage & to know her mother will always be her biggest fan!
So when we were decorating my nieces room she didn’t want to put the picture up because it didn’t really “match” what we were doing in there. So instead we carefully took off the letter from the back and had it framed in a beautiful & ornate frame.
So her first Christmas with us, I bought her the glitter letters that spelled out “VISION”, although it was a difficult moment for her , it reminded her that her mother is still very much a part of her & this word meant something. So every year since then, I have looked for a gift that has that word on it. She looks forward to seeing what I have found every year & yes, it’s always a tearful moment – but a lovely one as well.
This year, I found something that was custom made for her by http://www.etsy.com/shop/parisadornments . Together we came up with a lovely gift & can’t be more touched by how it turned out! On one side it says “Vision” & on the other, it has the handwritten letter from her mom.
Just this past fall – she joined the walk called “Team Vision” for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention & her entire team raised over $10,000. We are so proud of her honoring her mother in such a special way.
Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us, she is blessed to have you!
Such a sad but inspiring story and what a wonderful way to keep a special memory close by. I agree with the other ladies...your niece is very fortunate to have a wonderful aunt like you. It will be a special moment when she opens her gift of love. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
You have given us a sample of the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!