Gratitude Stories: Isabella’s 19th Birthday

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Why did you want to give Isabella a Tribute?

Connie: Giving our daughter a Tribute was so incredibly awesome because this was her very first birthday away from home. Although she is loving life in college and says is not homesick, as a Mom, it was not easy having her so far away on her birthday and I thought that if just in case she did feel a little homesick on her birthday, she might cheer up by watching some video greetings from all the important people in her life!

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Connie (mom): My favorite things about Isabella are that she is just an overall really, really kind person and she has a smile that just lights up every room — especially those who know her or meet her for the first time. She is a very giving and compassionate person and she always tells me she loves me!!

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute?

Connie: Isabella was in college in her dorm room when she opened up her Tribute!!!!!!

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Connie: I wish I could have seen her reaction but since she watched it a thousand miles away from me, I can only tell you that her immediate text to me read, “Best. Present. Ever!!!!! (Accompanied with a lot of happy emojis). She said she watched it with a friend and then alone so she could digest it all. She said it made her cry!!!! Tears of joy, of course! She marveled at how some of her new college friends participated also, in addition to her high school friends and their birthday wishes for her and their insight into her, including their favorite memories of her, made her so, so HAPPY!!!!! Best. Present. Ever!!!

How did this make you personally feel?

Connie: Like the kids say, “OMG!!!!” — I totally enjoyed hearing the heartfelt messages her old and new friends gave her. For me, it was so joyful to hear how much her friends love her and listen to them recount their favorite memories of her. What was an added bonus was to hear them lovingly and teary-eyed list all her wonderful qualities that make her such a special friend to them. I know how special our daughter is, but it was such a treat to hear her friends put into words how they truly feel about her. These kids were extremely thoughtful in their messages/wishes to her. It made me proud that she associates with such beautiful people and it made me so incredibly happy to hear her be so thankful for this gift. It also delighted me that she had such a happy 19th birthday away from home with new friends but because of Tribute, she also celebrated with family and old friends too! The Tribute videos made her birthday extra special!!

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Isabella says it made her so happy! I guess friends don’t always tell each other why exactly they love and appreciate their friendship or what traits/values of theirs are what drew/draws them to her. That made her feel so special but also gave her an opportunity to connect with all on an even deeper level. The video montage also contained some random video messages from kids Isabella has babysat for in the past and from the ladies at her favorite nail salon so she said the overall Tribute was meaningful but also very funny! Again, in her words, she says that receiving this Tribute on her 19th birthday was “THE BEST PRESENT EVER!!!!!”

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

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