When my daughter Morgan had her baby shower in August 2014 we passed out blank cards with a number on the envelope and asked all of the women in the room to give Morgan “Mommy advice” according to the number on the envelope. That was the month she was allowed to open each envelope as the baby grew. (Thank you Anna Crawford for this idea).
Over the past 12 months Morgan has opened a card and I ask her each time, who wrote in it and what did they said. She shares what was written and we both usually say “awe”…..she has been very impressed with how well people remembered what their babies were doing at certain ages and stages and the advice given in these cards. I love this idea.
Yesterday was my precious JellyBean’s first birthday. Her party was Saturday and yesterday I texted Morgan and asked who wrote on her card for her Haley’s very first birthday. There are no words to describe what came back in Morgan’s text so I am just putting a picture of them here – and this is all Morgan sent – no words were needed:
For those of you who don’t know, Michelle was a dear friend to many of us and she was fighting metastatic breast cancer for several years. As we were waiting for Morgan’s baby to be born, Michelle’s body was beginning to fail and the days were emotional roller coaster rides being pulled between life and death every day. So Morgan had Haley on October 11 and Michelle passed away on October 20. Just nine days later. I was able to text pictures of Haley to Michelle’s phone and her daughters would show her the pictures and read my texts to her. It broke my heart to know that I was sharing a huge milestone in my life that Michelle would never see, but she celebrated with me anyway. That’s who she was right up until she took her last breath.
So how cool is it that Michelle is the one who got the 12 month card and when Morgan opened it would literally be words from Heaven yesterday….just 9 days before the anniversary of her death. I also think it’s very cool what Michelle wrote – every word of it. It’s awesome to see her handwriting and it’s even cooler that she started to write Chloe (her own daughter’s name) and crossed it out and wrote “chemo brain”….I really miss her so much. It’s especially hard this year because it’s all the one year memories popping up. But these precious cards written by Michelle – for my precious daughter – are literally words from Heaven.
Michelle would have LOVED our baby Haley – she would have just been in awe of this little blessing – just like I am. Daily.
I just had to share this with everyone today – and I really wanted her girls to see it more than anything.
Best card ever opened. Ever. And the timing, God’s timing, is perfect as usual.