My best friends mom had brought a bag over a few days before Christmas and instructed it to be the LAST thing opened on Christmas morning. We agreed.
Well, nothing could prepare me for what was in that bag!
Several years ago, not long after Robert died, there was MASSIVE flooding in our town and
my parents basement where all of my stuff was being stored was hit pretty hard. Kate came over to help me clean up and see what was salvageable. I remember that all of his baseball hats were covered in mold and deemed unsalvageable. We went to the laundry mat and washed everything else trying to save it.
Keep in mind, this was the second time that everything was taken to a laundry mat---the first time was with another friend that helped me get everything clean from the flea infestation in my house back in Texas!
Anyway, in all of that cleaning, she took some of his shirts and ties. She has had them for the better part of five years waiting for me to be "ready" but she had a quilt made out of them. We discussed it years ago but not since then. Let me tell you--the quilt is perfect! It has his Chicago Bears t-shirts, his patriotic t-shirts, his shirts and ties, his car show t-shirts. It captures him perfectly! The backing of it has a very subtle music note pattern on it. I am in love.
More amazing, is that when Munchkin opened it, he knew that they were Daddy's t-shirts and he is loving it! I asked myself how he knew, and then I remembered that many of the shirts are in pictures of Robert.
After the chaos of opening, I found him sitting on the couch reading a book wrapped in the blanket as I cooked. I thought to myself that it was perfect that I was cooking in the kitchen and he was snuggling with Daddy...even if only in memory.
Once again, I am awed and amazed by the love that we receive on a daily basis. I know that my words are not doing this justice, so I will just show you!