Monday, August 24, 2015

My Dad Taught Me How

Happy Monday everybody! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was hot. Hot. Hot. Hot. With a bit of sticky and humid thrown in for good measure! The storm season is still raging strong. This current storm cell will thankfully not be running through our island, but we are getting some of the side effects of the storm. There have been some pretty awesome lightning shows these past few days. Not common for the island, so it is so interesting to watch.

A package came in the mail a few days ago and it was a first year album for Liam from my dad. I asked him to make Liam a handmade card this year, and he went over and beyond my expectations.  There are so many special pieces. Cards given to me when I was a child. Stamps used in decoration that my dad had collected during his time in the American Navy. If you have visited this space before, then you will know that it was my dad who taught me how to give and love gifts that were handmade. The time and effort that goes into them. The heart.

Looking back, I wouldn't have dreamed of how my dad asking for handmade presents during birthday times and Father's Day times would send a message about the way that we give gifts. About how it isn't about getting what we want monetarily, but the love that a present can convey. The power that giving can have.

I am so very grateful for my Dad and for the way that he has taught me this important lesson. I look forward to passing it on to Liam.

Do you have anyone that has impacted the way that you give handmade/homemade? I would love to hear about them.


  1. What a wonderful gift!!! There will be so many happy memories associated with this in years to come!! xx

    1. Thank you Amy! I couldn't agree more!