Friday, October 24, 2008

OMG — Jillian Gaye's 21 Years Are Up !!!

For a few weeks I have been sitting on this invitation and the pictures shown in the Flickr SlideShow embedded below, waiting for "the right time" to write about this… and it never seemed like the right time until today. Most likely it's because today is "Gaye's Day" that I have been thinking all day that today would be a good day to tell the story about Jillian Gaye's bonding celebration, the 21-year time capsule, and the fabulous celebration that we had for Jilli's 21st birthday on Sept 1st, 2008. First up, a little background and history…
click here for Full Size image of Jillian Gayes time capsuleWhen my sweetie and I called together our extended family on October 11th, 1987, we had the "bonding celebration" described in this invitation. Our baby girl was just barely 6 weeks old, and all of our loved ones came to bless her and us! Many of them left "keepsakes", for her, to be opened on her coming of age birthday, 21 years later. We salted them away in the wooden time capsule that you see pictured on the right.

What a joy it was to watch Jillian — now older than her Mom was when I married her (!!!) — as she enthusiastically opened and really appreciated the words of wisdom, remembrances, best wishes, grand gestures of love and support that had been stored for "a lifetime" in that wooden box. Before we knew it we had reminisced, laughed, cried, and walked down memory lane for more than 2 hours… and still hadn't gotten to the majority of treasures in the capsule.

The pictures in the Flickr album "Jillian Gaye turns 21" are basically her birthday party pictures, but most of that was the grand opening of the time capsule on the campus of NEU, Jilli's current home. Aside from my sweetie and I, in the pictures you see Roy, Jilli's God Father, and Sharisse, my God Daughter.

Further details are TBS.

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