happy day of birth mom {in law} !!

yesterday was my mom-in-law's birthday.

it was swell.

one of my top 5 favorite things to do is spend time with my in-laws (up there with spending time with my own blood-kin, and when we get the two families together its AMAZING!)

Ya know how one of the best parts of your birthday is how everyone gets you cool gifts and you get to be all selfish and stuff?

Well she did something different.
something I'll always remember.

she gave each one of us a personal gift.
and told us how much she loves us.

mine included a rubber stamp of a camera & a gift card to in&out.

brandon's was a cool wallet out of this amazing paper that can't tear.
he was fascinated.

dad got a new/old book.

joleigh got a quote plaque in her favorite color: lime green.

mandy moo got some markers to write in her journal with.

taylor got.....well....{inside joke}.

they were simple.
but all very personal.
and we all felt loved.

neat idea right?
I think I will adopt it.

dear mom,

I can't thank you enough for your example. Your constant patience and love for everyone around you. Your testimony that truly shines through your actions. You are wonderful. And I'm so lucky to be a part of your amazing family. I LOVE YOU!


p.s. in the hype of birthday excitement I forgot to share my guest post over here yesterday! I shared some art projects that have yet to be featured here so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!


  1. thats a super cute tradition! i love it. i dont comment a lot but i freakin love your blog claire. so so cute!

    ps if you want to join in on the "love story" fun you should send me your love story.. and it will be featured! let me know :) happy monday!


  2. that is the neatest thing i ever did hear. love that on her birthday she handed out gifts to the others. happy birthday to your mom in law!

  3. so cute! love family traditions like that:) hope you all had a great day girly!