Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm puzzled {in a good way!}


The time has come to call my birthday puzzle complete and take it off the wall. I ended up receiving 87 pieces of the 96 that Carrie sent out, which I think is really good. I LOVED every part of this birthday present that my sweet girl put together for me! I could go on and on and on about it... 

How about I just give you a little summary? ;o)


It was so much fun receiving mail every day during the month of May {and into June}! And the mail came from all over the world. There were a total of 12 pieces that came from my blog friends - England, Ireland, and even Australia! I wonder if I will ever cease to be amazed by the wonderful friendships I have formed through this blog. There were so many sweet notes written, amazing little pieces of artwork, stories, and photos.


My nieces and nephews were involved - from the oldest {22} who wrote a note in Chinese, to the youngest {2} who colored with crayons around the photo his mommy attached to the back of the puzzle piece. My 14-year old nephew {Tyler} signed his piece with "T-bug" ~ a nickname I gave him when he was a baby, and one that only I am allowed to call him.  :o) 


There were many surprises in the mail, and I was amazed that Carrie had contacted so many people without me knowing! There were cousins, aunts and uncles, siblings, in-laws, co-workers {former and current}, scrapbook friends, friends from high school - people I hadn't heard from in years. Some pieces held a simple "Happy Birthday" note, while others had fun memories we'd shared. Every single piece is priceless to me!

I am so grateful to Carrie for organizing this birthday gift for me! The hours and the postage and the love she put into it mean the world to me, and I just couldn't be more proud of her for doing it.

Perhaps my Uncle Wes said it best with his puzzle piece poem:

As nieces go
you have no equal,
But with daughter, Carrie
you have a sequel.

:o)

18 comments:

Ruth said...

What a great post! So good to see the almost complete picture. And, yes, Carrie is a very special girl.

Cheri said...

How awesome that is! Your daughter is so sweet and how wonderful that most of the pieces came back!

scrappyjacky said...

So glad you got most of the pieces,Deb....and I think your uncle's poem says it all!!!

Lizzie said...

Ah, Uncle Wes certainly has that right - she is a wonderful young woman & you are a lucky mom!

How fab that you got back so many of the pieces. And that they were decorated, written on, made special, just for you. The picture they made up was pretty cool too!

Rhona said...

That's not a bad return rate :) and it's lovely to see it (almost) complete. I think your uncle's poem is very apt and Carrie is truly her mother's daughter :) xx

Sian said...

It was a wonderful idea and it's so good to see the whole picture - I couldn't guess from my bit what it was going to turn into!

Stephanie said...

I love it! ( and I see mine made it!). But the poem is priceless and perfect! Love it!

furrypig said...

wow that is such a fantastic idea! I love your Uncles poem, there are obviously lots of creative people in your family!

Beverly said...

Uncle Wes got it :) What a wonderful daughter! Love seeing the final result.

Carrie Rosalind said...

SO glad this all came together and that you've enjoyed it as much as you did. Love you!

Mom said...

This is truly the most amazing gift I've ever seen! The time Carrie took to create it is a testament to her love for you! And yes, my brother Wes has a way with words and in this case, he's spot on!!! xo

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love how you decided to keep all the pieces together.
Rinda

Rachel B said...

The picture looks great, Carrie did a fab job organising it :)

Karen said...

What a fabulous gift in so many ways! You certainly DO have a special gift in Carrie!

Amy said...

Oh it is fantastic! I was wondering how it would look and I love how she has a photo of you in the pieces ... thre was no hint in mine either!

The Norman Clan said...

Sorry Deb, Ryne never got yours to have a chance to send it.. Maybe he can do it later and it will be a nice surprise when you are not expecting it.. He is always gone, so not the easiest person to get on board with this.. :-( Glad you were so blessed by it all.
love ya
Liz :-)

Amanda said...

It's brilliant to see how your puzzle turned out. A truly special present indeed.

dianapena8 said...

You daughter is Amazing, I can imagine the excitement of receiving mail every day and putting the puzzle together, your uncles poem was the cherry on top of this beautiful birthday gift =D

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