50 Memories for 50 Years

posted on: Sunday, August 19, 2012

My mom celebrated her 50th birthday the other day.
My siblings and I wanted show her just how special and loved she is -
and do it in a big way. She didn't want a trip, or a fancy party  
or any of the typical birthday fare, so we started to brainstorm. 
Then I remembered how Holly, from this great little blog
I read, did a collection of memories for her father's 60th birthday.
I ran the idea past Abby and Ben and we decided to give it a try.
We contacted all of my mom's friends and family members - 
brothers, sisters, co-workers, even high schools classmates to ask them
if they would be willing to share their favorite memory of our mom.

The response we got was amazing.

The letters we recieved were beautiful, sweet, funny 
and everything we had hoped they would be.
We special ordered envelopes and stamps and numbered them 
1- 50.
Then we arranged the memories in chronological order
and packaged them all together for the final presentation.
The reaction we got from our mom when she opened them up 
was also everything we had hoped it would be. 
It was so fun getting to watch her go through them, reading 
memories from the people in her life all throughout her past.
 Jeff wrote a letter from my mom's dog - we even got her "signature"

By the time she got through them all it was almost midnight, so
the house was a little dark and the pictures are a bit blurry, but it 
went exactly as we had hoped it would and we couldn't be happier.
She was completely surprised.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, it meant 
the world to us that so many people took the time and energy to 
put together all of these amazing letters and memories. 
It was truly above and beyond what we expected and hoped for. 
So, thank you, thank you, thank you.

and to my mom,
Happy 50th Birthday!

I love you!


  1. Best Birthday/Birthday present ever! Best most awesome kids ever! I love you guys so much! Thank you for making my 50th so awesome and memorable! You guys are the best! Thank you to everyone who sent their notes/memories - they were great! A special thanks to Stella (my dog) and Jeff for the special note - I am still laughing over that one! Love you all! Karla

  2. Yes, yes, yes, such awesome, loving kids. You should all know there is nothing better you could have given her than all that thoughtfulness wrapped in a package.

    Happy birthday, Karla. Congratulations on raising those beautiful kids.

  3. Thanks for blogging about this to inspire others !! AWESOME...


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