Nothing says handmade Christmas like February.
Or my name embroidered in lights like this.
I thought we were finished with the presents.
I thought we were done.
She had already given me the Christmas tree made out of silver sugar lids.
She had already wrapped up a box of tiny treasures she had collected from her travels around the globe.
She had already made me laugh out loud and almost spit out my coffee and guffaw at her stories.
She made me cry with this.
2017 was the year of the book.
Have you ever had a dream and you knew it probably wouldn’t ever come true and so you tucked it away and tried to forget about it.
But you couldn’t.
And the tiniest little part of you kept hoping.
Way down inside in that place in your heart where dreams go to take naps.
And then one day you were standing in front of an elevator door and your dream was just a button push away.
That’s a lot to take in.
It’s so many blessings to count that there were days when you might have been overwhelmed.
And nervous that no one would understand the dream or buy the book or read your heart that you wrote on every single page.
And in the middle of all that overwhelming your sister shows up with a gift that shows that she understands.
That she gets it.
That she celebrates you enough to hand-embroidered your name on a book spine.
This is the handmade present Whitney gave me this year.
She took my book and recreated it with felt and gold thread and sewing and tiny stitches. She recreated the cover with all its rips and imperfections and tiny pieces of tape.
She sewed flaps on either side of the cover to fit a book.
You just slide the book in and wrap it up and flip it over.
A handmade book cover designed to look just like So Close To Amazing.
Here’s the side by side.
Can you even?
And when I asked her how she thought of it and why she made it and how she created the idea.
She told me this.
“I knew all the other books would want to be as amazing as yours.”
When life was handing out sisters, I got the best.
I love you, Whitney.
PS If you want your own copy of So Close To Amazing, you can read reviews and order it here.