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10th Birthday Gift
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A Special Birthday
When my first child was turning 10 years old, I freaked out. Double digits was not something I was sure I should look forward to. I liked having "babies" who were still in single digits. Ten seemed to me to indicate that I was getting old. I didn't feel old, but felt that I should.
Needless to say, I needed something to bring me out of my hysterical delusion and make me focus back on how wonderful it was that my baby was growing up and embarking on a new decade in her life.
I had some empty books at home that someone had given the kids as a gift that had never been opened. An idea formed in my mind....
Starting with a Blank Book
I wanted to make this a very special birthday for my child. Thirteen, sixteen, eighteen, and even twenty-one were coming in the future, but ten seemed really important. It was a new decade. It was two numbers that had to be written to indicate her age. It showed that she was growing up.
I took that blank book and decided that I would create it into something that showed her how much she was loved and how special she was on this Earth.
Once I had a focus, I was okay. My psychotic episode passed.
I decorated the front with pictures that were all her. I wrote "HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY" on the inside cover and proceeded to look in the Bible for a quote that would help shape her life.
My husband and I decided that giving our children a Bible verse as a present on their 10th birthday was a good way to help guide the direction of their life. These words would hopefully guide them when they needed strength and help them when they were adrift in life. It took me a few days, but I found the perfect words that I felt were right for my child. I then wrote them in the book.
All of us wrote a letter to our birthday child. My husband and I told her how much we loved her and how special she was to our family. Her siblings wished her a happy day (some under duress as siblings are wont to do) and drew some funny pictures.
Well, that filled up a few pages. But, there were still a lot of blanks. I decided that I would pass this around the family a bit. Some Uncles and Aunts (and even cousins) added some love letters and birthday wishes to the book. Then came the friends. I sought them out and asked them to write a note as well, even if it was just a "Happy Birthday!"
Then I took it to school and asked if I could leave it in the teacher's lounge at school. I made a sign that asked any teacher who knew my daughter to write a note. By the time I got the book back, it was full. And I mean FULL. There was not a blank spot in there.
When it was complete, I wrapped it and we gave it as a present on her birthday. She opened it and started reading. There was pure JOY on her face. The notes in there told her what a wonderful person she was and how she had a purpose on this Earth from God. It told how people wished her love, laughter, and smiles in her days. It showed her she was truly appreciated in this world.
Presents are fine for birthday and appreciated, but this book that we presented was the best present of all. It had love woven through and through.
This project is not just for a 10th birthday. It can be used for Christmas, any birthday, a religious celebration like a Baptism or Communion, graduation, marriage, etc..... It can be molded into anything that you would like it to be.
Just make sure that you have enough time for it. It took about a month for me to get everyone to sign it that I was hoping would. Some people finished their note quickly, some - like the Art teacher - kept it for a week to make it super special. The teacher's lounge was a great place to get a lot of people to sign it at once.
You can also use this at a party or reception. Leave it out at the door with some stickers, pens, markers, stamps and stamp pads, etc... People can sign it on the way in or out. It is not as much of a surprise, but still special. It is an easy way yo get a lot of people at once.
You can also ask people to mail you a letter and you can glue it in. If you have relatives and friends who are out of town, that is an easy solution short of you hopping a plane to several states to get their love letter.
Create this any way you like. There are no boundaries here or restrictions. You can mold it into whatever you would like. All that matters is that it is created with love.
These are more for little children, but age 1 is a great time for a celebration as well!