Thursday, March 4

Let Them Sleep On It

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When my son went far away for two years on a mission for our church, I wanted some of our advice to go with him. I saw a pillowcase similar to this in a store & I decided to make my own so that it would be more personal. I filled it with the things I wanted him to remember (in permanent marker). My friend embroidered his name on the edge. This would be a great gift for a college student leaving home as well. Just remember to put some cardboard in between the layers of the pillowcase so the paint or marker doesn't seep through to the other side.

Some advice we included:
  • Remember, the harder you work on your mission, the prettier your wife will be
  • Take pictures of ordinary things on your mission
  • Do all you can, then leave the rest in God's hands
  • When you meet someone, immediately make a memory association with their name
  • Be especially nice to the mission president the week before transfers
  • Check your pockets before washing your clothes
  • Leave a little early for appointments whenever possible
  • If you want to win someone over, be nice to their child
  • Under promise & over deliver
  • Remember, we are praying for you every day!
UPDATE - When our son returned, he still had his pillowcase. Despite many washings, the advice was still there. I'll always treasure this sweet reminder of his mission.

Who Needs A Greeting Card!

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For my son's birthday, we went to La Caille for dessert. (Which we often do because we get to enjoy the atmosphere without eating snails & a lot of the desserts catch on fire! FUN!) Afterward, we presented him with this huge candy gram. He loved the treats & the money at the end & I liked being able to sneak in a little advice about growing up. The gram is made from Reynolds Freezer Paper--which comes on a huge roll, so you can make your message as long as you want. This paper can be purchased at grocery stores & it has a wax backing (so your marker doesn't seep through to the table when you're writing).
PS - If you're just having dessert at La Caille, (or the fancy restaurant in your area) let them know when you make your reservation. They take all the extra dishes & utensils that won't be needed off the table before you come.