an extra special gift

Another baby shower in the books means we are getting even closer to our little girl’s entrance into the world!  I know I have said this with the last 2 showers, but I have felt so completely loved and blessed to have such wonderful friends + family in my life.  We have received so many wonderful gifts and more support + encouragement than I could ever have possibly imagined.  Thank you cards just aren’t able to express that appreciation I have for these wonderful people in my life.

With all the gifts we have received so far, there was one gift I received this weekend that stood out above all the rest.  It was nothing expensive or anything I particularly wanted, but it was something that meant the world to me and I will cherish it for the rest of my life – and I hope my daughter will cherish it just as much as I have.

I had just opened a gift from my mom and was getting ready to open another one that I helped her bring in, thinking, of course, that it was also from her.  (If I didn’t think I was going to spoil my little girl to death, I’m sure my mom – and Matt’s mom – would make up for it!)  However, as I put the gift onto my lap, my mom locked eyes with me and told me it wasn’t from her.

It was from my grandma…

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I carefully untied the white ribbon and slid my finger across the pink polka  dotted paper.  I slowly lifted off the top of the box to reveal a beautiful pink afghan with pink flowers made with my grandmother’s own 2 hands.

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I don’t know how I didn’t cry.  I just tried not to think about who it was from and the meaning behind it.  I knew that if I let one tear fall, there was no way I’d be able to finish opening the rest of the gifts.

Before my grandma became ill earlier this year, she had started this blanket and was able to finish it before passing away last month.  And here I always thought that she didn’t even remember that I was pregnant when I would come to visit her.  Little did I know she had this beautiful blanket tucked away in her basement for her kids to find once she had passed.

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My grandma has made afghans for as long as I remember.  My brother + I would stay the night at Grandma + Grandpa’s wrapped up in her handmade afghans.  We would build forts with couch pillows and her afghans.  Anytime I see an afghan, I always think of my grandma.

We have received so many beautiful handmade blankets from our friends + family.  I love each and every handmade blanket we have received because I know the time + effort put in to creating such a beautiful gift.  However, as much as I love those other blankets, this blanket will always hold a special place in my heart.  I will forever think of my grandma when I see that blanket and I cannot wait to be able to cuddle with my own little girl in it and share memories of the great grandmother she was never able to meet.    

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  • Mary Kratochvil

    Beautiful thoughts about a wonderful grandmother. As a grandmother myself, it is wonderful to think that your memory can live on through things that you make yourself and give to your children and grandchildren. I enjoyed your shower very much, and am so glad I could be there.

    • Kristen

      I am so glad you were able to be there too!

  • What a beautiful blanket! XOXO

  • Jen

    Omg! I’m crying! That is such a special gift. I am so, so glad she was able to finish it before she passed away. I know the afghan must mean the world to you 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Hello, pregnancy hormones! Aren’t you so ready to not cry at everything?! But, thanks for the comment! <3

  • This post brought tears to my eyes! What a special gift….you are so lucky to have it. I got pregnant with Cole 2 months after my grandmother passed away. My grandfather hired a moving company to ship her Rocking Chair to me (from Arizona to Alabama). I feel so lucky to have her rocking chair to rock my babies. It’s like she is here with me. Your baby will always feel your grandma’s hugs when she is wrapped in her blanket!
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    • Kristen

      Aw, I love that – that’s exactly what I’m going to tell her now!

  • Kristen,

    Been following your blog for a few months now, and this made me so incredibly happy for u and your sweet girl. I could not imagine a more special gift and how you kept it together when you got it is amazing!!! Congrats to u and I look forward to following you through your days as a new mom!

    • Kristen

      Thanks Cameron!

  • Mom

    Well, Kristen, I think the only way we were able to hold it together was to not look at each other. Our eyes met and we both teared up, but then we looked away from each other. I know if I had been sitting next to you, I would have hugged you and we both would have been crying in a heap of memories. Thank God I was farther away! I am so happy that you appreciate how wonderful it is to have this. I have gotten out several others that she made when you and Brian were babies. I didn’t wash the afghan she used at the nursing home until just a few days ago because I could smell her in it every time I held it. I miss her so much and also wish she could have made it until her first great grandchild was born — boy did she LOVE babies! It will be a special memory for us for a long time.

    • Kristen

      I cried more reading this comment than I did Sunday! I was finishing up writing thank yous today and Sara wrote down Grandma’s gift with a little sad face by it. I miss her too!