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.