Saturday, October 23, 2010

MamaBear

For my Mom's 50th birthday, we searched high and low to think of an appropriate gift. She hates being the center of attention, so we couldn't do a surprise party. She isn't the type to want something fancy or expensive.

And yet, fifty is important. It's significant. She had the right to be queen for a day, she deserved to be.

Finally we decided - a scrapbook. Appropriately, the book was titled "50 People Who Love Jen" and contained love and birthday wishes from 50 people who love her. When we came up with the idea, I went straight to work - I needed to get a commitment from 50 people to write a snippet for the scrapbook. I was a little intimidated by the work at hand... even with a big family, and a special subject, 50 is a lot of people!

Quickly I discovered how easy it would actually be.

The response was immediate, and overwhelming. Every single person (and I am not exaggerating!) that I asked responded enthusiastically, and provided feedback that was far, far beyond what I had envisioned. The message was loud, and it was clear: My mom is loved. So, so loved.

Why am I saying this? Because for her 50th birthday, she realized how many people love her, and today I want to remind her.

I am the luckiest girl in the world - no exaggeration - because I am the only daughter to ever have Jen Steil as a mom.

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