Amara has a little cousin she had never met who is about 4 years younger than she is. At least I call her Amara’s cousin. I have never been good at figuring out those relationship things. She is my stepbrother’s granddaughter. I’m not sure what that makes her relationship to Amara so I’ve just gone with the generic label of “Cousin”. Cousin is lucky because she lives near Amara’s Great Grandma, someone else Amara’s has never met. They live in Michigan.
Every year for Christmas, I make Amara’s Great Grandma (my Mom) a photo gift of some kind through Shutterfly. Some years I make her coasters, some years I make her a calendar and sometimes it is a mouse pad. Cousin has always loved these gifts. Great Grandma tells stories of how Cousin kisses the Amara coasters and carries them around the house with her. When she was little, she thought the calendars were books. Great Grandma would sit her down and tell her stories about the pictures. She loved them and I liked that these things became her treasures and her toys. And Amara loved having an admirer.
So a couple of years ago I got inspired to make Cousin a real book. A book all about Amara. I used lots of pictures of the fun things Amara likes to do and I wrote the book as if Amara herself were narrating it. Cousin loved it and I do think this is a wonderful way for cousins that don’t get to see each other very often or who may never have met, to get to know one another. The only problem was I had never seen the finished product and neither had Amara.
So last week when I got a new Shutterfly coupon — Amara got a new book to add to her collection!
This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.