Happy 1st Birthday, Elsa!
Elsa turned one today. And what a perfectly thoughtful gift her parents have given her...their love in a letter. No, a video letter probably isn't on every 1 year old's birthday wishlist, but in a few years it will mean more to her than any cute new outfit or teething ring ever will.
This idea came to me one night while I was lying awake in bed (that seems to be the time of day when ideas start lurking around my mind...and keep me from sleep!). Rebecca (a lovely woman and talented photographer! http://rebeccawhitneyphotographyblog.com) had commented on one of my videos saying she couldn't wait to start thinking of the second baby cuz she would love a newborn video. I kept thinking to myself, why wait? And this idea came. A letter. I'm a letter girl. Write me a sweet note and you made my day. Don't buy me gifts...dig down deep and bless me with your words. Give me a card filled with your thoughts, penned with your hand and it is at the top of my list of favourite gifts (just ask Mark!!). Words are meaningful. Personal. Powerful. They help you see into someone's heart. And a letter? It's planned...thought out...the words are carefully chosen. Well, I couldn't get this idea out of my mind. I took a risk and shared what I had dreamed up with Rebecca. She.Was. Pumped. And she got her husband on board, too! :) As I got to know her a little better through emails I got more and more excited about this project. Rebecca has a magnetic and energizing personality. She is bubbly and genuine, passionate, and has a giant heart. Rebecca, thank you for dreaming and scheming with me. This project made my heart very happy.
And Elsa, sweetie, I hope that when you watch this one day it will bless your heart (as much as it did mine) to hear your mommy and daddy dig deep down and try to put into words just how much you mean to them. You are so loved, little one.