Sentimental gifts are always my favorite to give. For Christmas this year, an idea for Emily & Gavin sort of fell into my lap in the best way.
When my mom passed away, my grandma planted a tree in her yard in my mom's memory. When my grandma passed away, my cousin moved into her house and learned the tree had to be removed. Her husband contacted me to ask if I would want a picture or piece of the tree. I asked him to send me three slices of the tree if he could, and he did.
Shortly after that, I was reading a blog that mentioned an etsy shop called Fir & Forest that made ornaments, signs and other things out of wood. I checked out the shop and thought everything was so beautiful. I contacted the owner, Erica, (she is seriously the sweetest person in the world!) and I told her the whole story of the tree slices and asked if she could work her magic and create something for my kids. She responded right away saying,
"I'm honored that you would reach out to me for this! I would love to do this for you. It'd be lovely if you could send me a picture of the wood so I can brainstorm. I can draw something out for you ahead of time even before you send the wood. If I'm picturing the crack right, it would really make it unique! I'm looking forward to seeing." I told you she was sweet! She even drew a sketch for me that night, before she had seen the wood!
She kept me posted about ideas and asked if I wanted to see them before she sent them. I decided to be surprised and when I opened the package from her I had tears in my eyes.
Aren't they beautiful? These pictures don't even do them justice.
I know the kids won't understand or appreciate them for some time, but I am so happy that they will have this when they are older.