The backward "4" next to Jill's name betrays her age when she printed her letters on this, my mom's tablecloth. Over twenty years have gone by since I embroidered over the penciled markings of my daughter's childish marks. Just a couple months ago, I embroidered the additions: the names of Jill's husband Jacob and their beautiful 14-month-old daughter Kaydi-Paris.
Jill took this photo when our extended family got together earlier this month to celebrate my mom's "very special" birthday.
Seventeen other names adorn the round white cloth -- my mom's children, in-laws, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Since my needlework skills are limited to backstitching and counted cross-stitch, I took the tablecloth to a professional embroiderer and added my parents' names and their anniversary date to the center.
My parents were blessed with a loving marriage, four children, seven grandchildren, and -- so far -- three great-grandchildren.
Just wish Dad was still here to celebrate our family milestones with us.