The happy day my daughter Amber was born was a proud and happy moment for Jimmy and me.  Like all new parents, we were so proud we could burst.  Jimmy hovered anxiously over my bed while I held Amber in my arms.

Jimmy teased me baout my thorough examination of Amber as though I thought they would bring her back with parts missing–hands, arms, fingers, toes all present and accounted for.  On our last morning in the hospital, as I performed my daily inspection, I was shocked to find a little envelope tucked in the front of Amber’s diaper.  What on earth were these people doing???

I slid the envelope out of the diaper and found that rather than paper it was made of a soft satin.  I opened the envelope to find a note that read, “Our lives have changed forever, from now on it will only get better.  To remind you of this precious time, A special gift is your to find.” At the bottom of the poem it read, “When you are finished reading this note, ring for the nurse.”

I rang and the nurse came in with my usual assortment of medication and a tiny box wrapped in shimmering pink paper and a bow. I unwrapped the box and found a pair of 18K gold baby booties and just then Jimmy held out a beautiful charm bracelet.  “This is a very special occasion in our lives, the birth of our daughter.  Every year on Amber’s birthday we will add another charm significant to her life at that moment.  I love you Deb.” And he held us both close in his big warm hug.

Except From Memorable Ways to Pop the Question, The Gift of Jewelery for All Occasions With Romantic Imagination by David Richardson.

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Last updated February 5, 2017