While I was working on sewing my son's baptismal gown I was in such a hurry to finish it that I didn't really enjoy the process much. But the end result was so satisfying that when I was done I stood back and looked at it and felt like the process went too fast but was well worth the effort! My husbands deployment is swiftly approaching, and so we were in a little bit of a hurry to let him be able to share in this very special family event. As with most of the things I make for my kids, I hope that someday they will appreciate that I made them something special. Right now, at such young ages I know that what they are most interested in is having what they need and want. With age I've come to appreciate more the things that have been handed down to me from my mother and grandmother. I hope for the same for my kids.

I keep a box for each of the kids with their name on it and inside I collect special items for them for the future. Each of their baptismal gowns is inside, their baby book, little mementos from their babyhood and early childhood, pictures and drawings. It's fun to look back on the past once you're older. I always loved going through my parents big trunk of family photos and baby items. There are six children in my family so there was always a lot to go through! And lots of "Who's was this?" Someday I hope my kids will enjoy going through their own mementos and laugh (and maybe cringe a little too at their own silliness!) at all the things they will find inside. It's like a lovely time capsule of who they are and how far they've come.

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