Today I put on my charm bracelet as I left the house. Now, this is no ordinary charm bracelet. This is the gift I received on my 40th birthday from my family. My parent’s gifted me the bracelet itself and then each person or family unit presented me with charms and a story of why they chose that charm for me.
This bracelet contains the following love charms…
Aunt Dot gifted me….
A sunshine charm cause her and I travel to the sun together
A follow your dreams charm because she has supported me in the start-up of Visiting Angels and many other dreams
Hermie gifted me….
A live, laugh, love charm because I live these words AND love words.
Len and Marcia, Olivia, Noah, Sonta and Jean Marc gifted me….
A heart charm that is inscribed with “Haiti”
My birthstone charm because I am special
A sombrero charm representing our trip to Mexico to celebrate
An Angel charm because of Visiting Angels of West Michigan
Nick and Jonna, Andrew and Ryan gifted me….
A drill charm cause Nick is willingly my handy man
A number 2 charm cause we have an inside family joke on that one.
A football charm cause I go to Chicago to watch Andrew play football
A cello charm cause Ryan plays cello and I enjoy his concerts
Arlene and Dan, Janneke, Henry, Anne, Karolyn, Ellie gifted me….
A balloons charm cause Dan remembers how I would send the kids balloons for their birthday when they lived in California and Minnesota
A wreath charm because Arlene and I have an inside joke
A suitcase charm because I took Janneke to Haiti
A #1 charm for being a great aunt
A dog charm cause Anne is Dutch’s personal trainer
A cruise ship charm cause we went on a cruise as a family to celebrate my 40th
A horse charm because I took Ellie horse back riding
Suzi, Andy, Peter, Isaiah and Johanna gifted me…
A softball charm cause I taught Suzi all her softball skills when I was in HS and she was 8
A clock charm cause I am generous with my time for their family
A heart charm that says “best babysitter”
A french fries charm cause Peter and Isaiah love to go to McDonalds.
I find that when I put on this bracelet, I can feel the love….
I find that when I put on this bracelet, I can hear the words….
I find when I put on this bracelet, I can see the faces….
I find when I put on this bracelet, I am reminded of how I am blessed to be in the community of my family, to be loved unconditionally by my parents, aunt, brothers and sisters and their spouses and a whole slew of children.
I find when I put on this bracelet, I am aware of how blessed and loved I am.
I think I will wear this bracelet again tomorrow!