Thank you so much for all the anniversary wishes. Tyson and I had a lovely 20th spending Saturday together in downtown Portland while the kids were away at a church event.
On Friday, Tess celebrated her 14th birthday and the only thing that drives home the fact that we have indeed been married for 20 years is having one of our kids turn another year older. When you have two teenagers living under your roof, two decades of marriage seems about right.
I wasn’t going to mention Tessa’s birthday out of repect for our soon to be high schooler who is cultivating her own online presence. For the same reason you don’t hear a lot about my son, once you’re in high school, you’re not as eager to have your mom share cute little anecdotes about your life with the world. I totally get it.
However, Tessa received two birthday gifts that she was super excited about and as she put it “have cool stories”.
The first is this beautiful ring from my mom.
When we were in Arizona last June, mom allowed Tess to look through my grandmother’s jewelry and take whatever she wanted. Although the pieces are not expensive heirlooms, the responsibility of taking ownership of such family items was more than Tess was up for. She loved several things, but opted to take this onyx ring and maybe revisit the discussion at a later date.
In honor of her birthday, mom decided to send Tess another sparkly item. But this time she sent one of her own… this classic garnet and diamond ring. The garnet is my mom’s birthstone and this piece is greatly treasured by my girl.
The other gift that brightened Tessa’s big day are these gorgeous bangles.
Tyson’s step-mom presented her with this fun bling all the way from India.
Patty explained that while she was traveling, she had been invited to a baby shower. She was told that it is customary for guests to place bangles on the mom to be and she then wears them for the duration of her last trimester. Patty ended up with an unopened set and Tess was honored to have them passed along to her.
This girl is really blessed with some great new pieces and to have grandmothers who “get” her sense of style.
Have you ever received jewelry that has been passed down through the generations? Have you heard of the Indian baby shower bangle tradition? Can I just tell you how thankful I am not a fashion blogger? Hands and jewelry are a surprising challenge to photograph.
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