Made with love

What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.
Over the years, I have made and received many wonderful handmade gifts. It’s hard to say what is the best. We have had great parties creating candles, jewelry, cookies, jam, fruitcake and ornaments. In fact, my present closet is steadily getting filled with all kinds of homemade treats. As a family we spent afternoons painting stars and nuts as ornaments. I will never forget the chocolate dipped gummy worms, they were disgusting both in appearance and taste. At the same time they were funny and Zoe, our neighbor kid, was about 3 or 4 at the time. She so carefully walked around the kitchen table putting one worm in every treat plate. She helped us deliver them to our neighbors. And then she took an extra big plate with extra servings of worms home to her parents.

Some of the gifts were made by Bob. Remember the Stilts….I could not watch you girls on them.   It scared me, all I could think about was you falling off them.  And of course, that made it all the better as you walked around on them.   They were much cooler than the tin can stilts I made, you girls were four feet off the ground. Bob also made me a wooden soma cube. I love that toy and play with it all the time. Recently he had made me a couple new doors. And we have been gifted some incredible meals made by the three girls. Especially our anniversary dinners outside in the backyard complete with french onion soup and lamb chops served with fake french accents. One year, you girls gave me a pouch where I could store hairbands without anyone touching them. Guaranteed to work until the first real crisis arrived.

But I think the best gifts are the cards. We still get them from you three girls. Everyone eagerly looks for their card — some whimsical creation filled with words of love. Just a few days ago, Kate got one from Maggie for her birthday. Someday you three girls will have to clean out our house and then you will find how many of these cards are stored away in drawers and all kinds of improbable places. I hope they make you smile then just as they me smile when I find them again now. Thank you for the love.2014-01-12 10.34.46


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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