Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Paper Plate with Rhinestones [#12daysofblogging]


This post is part of the #12daysofblogging Christmas series being hosted by myself and Erin from Hooley with a Z. There's an opportunity to link-up at the bottom of every post and, of course, we'd love for you to join. For more information on #12daysofblogging check out this post.
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Welcome back friends! Ya'll are doing something mighty wonderful in Erin and I's hearts after yesterday. Thank you dear friends for getting behind us in this and for participating. It warms our hearts beyond compare and, quite honestly, took us aback how excited everyone is! 

And today, we talk favorites. What ornament or Christmas decor is your dearest?
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Everything about Christmas ornaments makes me fall in love -the sparkles, the shine, the many colors. I adore every single one and I want to buy them all. Our tree is covered in the goodness of my glittery obsession, but there's one that is extra special this year. An ornament that started as a joke and is now a forever love on the Thomas tree. 
To the unassuming eye it looks like a rainbow striped paper plate (a print that happens to remind me of a beach towel) covered in rows of multi-colored rhinestones. It looks like a ridiculous child's craft, but there are no Thomas babies, so what gives? 

Those sparkly stones were adhered to that plate by Popsicle. Just days before we realized we could no longer keep him safe and sound, he sat at the dinner table and stuck those rhinestones -one by one- to that plate while the rest of us made gingerbread houses and glittered ornaments of our own. Then, as he wrapped up his craft, he wrote on the back of the plate. 
And, like the rest of life since those days, dementia reminds us it was there. The perfect rows and random assortment of color looks like life -wild and carefree, filled with random fun-, but the back, it holds that undeniable mess the disease brings with it where it goes. With a confused To: and muddled From: the message that graces the rear of the plate looks a mess, but it's the thought that counts -even if the thought was cloudy at best. For years to come that plate will grace the branches of our Christmas tree. 

That little plate covered in shiny little rainbow stones will remind us of the beautiful gift that Christ's birth promised to all of us -and, most importantly, to my dad. Because, by Jesus' birth we were given his death. And by his death we were given life -a life larger, more joyful, far greater in beauty than that ended by death. So, Popsicle's sparkle plate will continue to decorate our Christmas loving tree. 

And those little sparkles on that beach towel print plate will forever remind me of the promise of healing for our broken spirits and souls. It'll sparkle in its demented little way among the other ornaments that grace the branches of our pine. As it shines and shimmers, it begs me to remember Popsicle and Him and their gifts to me as I give my own away to you, to Jason, to my family and friends. 
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It only feels right to take this chance to introduce you to the ever beautiful, always joyful, soul sister, Erin, who is hosting the #12daysofblogging link-up series with me. Do yourself a favor and let her sweet self brighten your day, her amazing recipes warm your belly, and her amazing heart inspire your mind! 

hi mr. thomas and me readers! i'm erin, the girl and the voice behind hooley with a 'z'. my little corner of the internet is a place for me to share the things i love with all of you. sometimes it's a recipe, sometimes it's my family or my wonderful husband, and sometimes it's just whatever is on my heart that day. no matter what it is that i'm sharing, i try to do it in a way that everyone can relate to, because i believe every once in a while we all need someone to tell us, "hey, me too!" and isn't that the beautiful thing about blogging?

her favorite Christmas tradition: making santa cookies with the girls on my dad's side of the family.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful post girl. And beautiful paper plate ornament which you will treasure forever.

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  2. love this. love love love. that ornament should have a special place on your tree, forever and ever. i always think it's so amazing what things end up holding meaning for us after a little time has passed. it's one of my favorite things about this life.

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  3. Love your heart for your dad. What a beautiful ornament.

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  4. I love that paper plate and what you've shared! I still have my dad's signature cowboy drawing he would always draw for me that he drew for Stella while he was on hospice (the last one he ever drew). It's been on our fridge for 2 years now, and depending in the day it either makes me smile or smile and cry!
    Also, I accidentally spelled my name wrong in the linkup! I always fat finger Marie to Matie. Like I'm a pirate or something!

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  5. I love this idea and just might have to join in a couple of days! :)

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  6. that is a gorgeous ornament. i love that you continue to hang it every year. we also have ornaments that my daughter made since she was 2 and she makes one every year. it will be a treasure that we'll keep forever; just like the one your popsicle made.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. This is so absolutely lovely. I think it's wonderful to have such a beautiful gift hanging on your tree every year and to be reminded of what it means to you.

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  8. This made me cry. Ugly cry. Such a beautiful ornament and beautiful memory for you to have.

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  9. Oh Margaret, thank you... Who knew that a paper plate would end up meaning so much?!

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  10. Is your ugly cry as sneaky as mine? I hate their sneaky little nature. Even though, there's really nothing little about them. :) Missed you boo.

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  11. Such a beautiful gift that seems as though it'll get more and more lovely with time! :)

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  12. Oh my gosh my FAVORITE tree in my mom's house has all of our ornaments from childhood crafts... It's hysterical to see some of them while others make me feel like there might be some artist in me! :)

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  13. I love this! I know all too well the importance of not having your dad around during the holidays to share in all the special moments. This is a beautiful memory and great story. I'm sure this plate will go on to live and bring great memories for many years to come.

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  14. Oh Eva, you know my heart and soul so well. I know that it'll be such a highlight to share the meaning behind the plate with my kids one day. Plus, having them make another little replica plate will be so adorable! :)

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  15. Crying face...ready...and go. Oh my gosh what a wonderful story that I am so thankful to have read. It's work the streaking mascara and the weird looks from Manfriend. Thank you so much for sharing this story, it's beautiful and the plate is spectacular. Magic doesn't have a price tag and this is proof of that. I wrote about my Dad today too, so this hit home for me.

    Keep it Sassy & Classy,

    B

    http://msultimatesophistication.wordpress.com/

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  16. Those are the absolute best kinds of gifts. The ones that mean a lot when you get them, but mean even more with time

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  17. I just came across your blog! I love meeting new sisters in Christ. :)

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  18. Amber, this post almost made me tear up! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful xx

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