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Love Notes- a gift wrapping idea

My daughter is getting older.  
In fact, it’s her birthday today! 
 Happy Birthday- H!!
I don’t know if any of you have noticed this, but it seems that as children get older, their wants and tastes get more expensive.  
My darling H wanted something pretty pricey for her birthday.  She’s old enough to understand a bit about our budget and means and knew it was a long shot at best.  I decided that if she really wanted it, it could be her Birthday gift from us and her Grandparents, as well as her main Christmas gift.  She thought about it and decided that it was what she wanted.  But, that means only opening one gift.  Which is sort of a bummer to a kid- especially when they already know what’s inside.  So I decided to up the fun factor to the opening.

I took some tags that I cut out using my Cricut.

Wrote some love notes on them to my daughter.  
 Wrapped them up in layers of paper.  6 to be exact. (should have done 11, since that’s how old she is now 😉 )
 Then gave my very special daughter her very special present.
It would also be fun to wrap small treats or tickets or money in the layers.  But, honestly, I think our children need to know how much they mean to us, and this is a lovely way to let them know.  
As she opened the layers, my daughter carefully found and read each one and set them aside.  She pointed to the pile of notes when she was done and said, “This was a good idea!”  
I can’t finish this post without a tribute to my sweet girl.  She is such an amazing sister, daughter and friend.  She has a tender heart and is wise beyond her years.  She has taught me so much on my journey through motherhood and I would not be the person I am today without her.  I love you so much H- and I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!!


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  • Monique Liedtke
    December 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Congrats to your daughter! She sounds wonderful! and I think what you did for her birthday is wonderful too!! What a great idea!

  • Darcy
    December 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

    aaaawww – what a lovely idea! Happy birthday to H and thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Naturally Carol
    December 21, 2012 at 2:05 am

    A very happy birthday to H and wishing you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas and a new year filled with peace, joy and love!

  • Michele Pacey
    December 21, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Happy Birthday H!

    Aw Amy, you're such a good mom. I love the note idea. And I love her reaction to it. What a good kid!

    I hope you guys have a safe and happy Christmas!