My momma (otherwise known as Arizona Lainey) turned 60 last week.
She told us she didn’t want a party. (And then she invited like 30 people to her house for her own non-party.)
But since she didn’t want us to throw her a party, we had to come up with some way to celebrate 60 years of greatness. I mean, she’s epic. So, I came up with an idea to pull together some of the people who love her the most to share their favorite memories of her first 60 years.
And the “60 and fabulous” memory book was born.
I was inspired by the 60 letters from Nothing but Bonfires.
As mom’s birthday approached, I wanted to create a book filled with memories. So, I started contacting everyone I could in May – her siblings, nieces and nephews, old coworkers, friends from home, friends from Arizona … I even went as far as to send Facebook messages to her friends on Facebook. (Stalker, much?)
I sent a message explaining that I wanted to compile at least 60 memories for my mom and asked for everyone to either mail or email their memories to me. It took a little follow-up, but I was able to get a huge variety of memories.
And I loved it when the letters and emails started pouring in.
Then, I went to Shutterfly (armed with a 50 percent off coupon) and created a 12×12 photo book with lay flat pages. (Love those lay flat pages.) I used one of their designs and worked my way through all the memories. Some letters were a full page while other memories were only a few sentences. I mixed them all up. For those memories I received by mail, I added blank pages to the book.
Here’s a couple other pages – I love how it turned out looking like a scrapbook.
When mom opened her gift, she loved all the pictures on the front, but didn’t realize what was inside. When she opened it up and saw the intro page, she teared up. And she pretty much cried through every page. She said it was the best gift she’s ever received. I hope it reminds her of all the lives she’s touched in her 60 years. And of course, how much she’s loved.
Here’s to 60 more years of memories, mom. Love you.
(Linking to Serenity Now’s Weekend Reading.)