"Tessie's got a present!", he called out before bringing it over to her to open. Naturally I was super curious because it wasn't her birthday so I couldn't think of who or why someone would leave a present for Tessie sitting in the front of Charlie's truck.
The hubs could tell that I really wanted to
|the "an old" part that Sam added was too cute|
It was from one of Tess's teachers from several years ago. A lady who, whether Tess was actually in her grade or not, has ALWAYS made an extra effort to make Tess not only feel included in school, but more importantly, WANTED. She's had a baby within the last year or so and thus has taken a couple of years off, but she is an incredible teacher. The type any parent is so grateful to have for their child.
But I digress.
After showing, then reading, the note to Tessie, we pulled the present out of the bag. Here it is:
|a closer look at the saying|
I mean, how AWESOME is that shirt?! I seriously couldn't believe it (even went into Nana Belle mode there for a second) because the saying on that shirt is the one I always apply to Tessie. It's the tag line to this blog for crying out loud (which I'm sure is why Sam thought of Toodle Bug when she saw it) but still....thinking of a kid is one thing; taking the time and expense to actually order it for that child is quite another. And bonus...it's Tess's new favorite color...ELSA BLUE!
And with Tess's spinal fusion only three weeks away, I am constantly reminding myself of that saying. It's become a sort of mantra when I go into those moments of fear. So when I saw that shirt yesterday it was like a sign, and it could not have come at a better time.
Having said that, I want to take a minute to send out a very public "Thank You".
Dear Sam and Jayda,
Thank you so much for the unexpected, but absolutely perfect in every way, gift that you left for Tess yesterday.
Thank you for thinking of her.
Thank you for the beautiful reminder that so many people keep her in their thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for taking the stress, fear and exhaustion from having a sick kid for the past ten days and instead, throw a bright ray of sunshine our way with your kind gesture.
Tess's spinal fusion surgery is only a few weeks away now and I am living with a lot of fear and anxiety because of it. Thank you for taking my most favorite phrase for Toodle Bug and sending it to her just exactly when I needed that reminder.
Thank you for telling me you and your family are sending her positive thoughts for her surgery. It really does help to know that other people care.
To you it may have been a small gesture but to me, it means so much more that I can say.
XOXO Tessie and Fam.
PS The shirt is the perfect size and I am saving it for her to wear into the hospital the morning of her surgery. It's like her very own battle armor. We are going in there ready to be FIERCE!
PPS I very much hope you don't mind such a public Thank You. It was just too sweet and perfect not to share. :)