My brother and I only had each other, our cats, and my dad growing up. We do have a large family, but the majority of them are all spread across the US in different states so growing up I didn’t see them often. Once my dad passed away (rest in paradise daddy, love you forever), I felt like the only person I had left was my brother. It was really hard on the both of us. David on the other hand has a HUGE family, and they all see each other several times a month at the very least. If it’s not celebrating a special occasion, it’s simply to just get together to be around one another and enjoy each other’s company. It hasn’t always been easy; it’s hard not to feel out of place sometimes when you’re in a room full of people who know each other in and out and you are the oddball. This is all in just my own feelings, though, because his family is always gracious, loving, kind, and accepting. They’ve gone out of their way to make me feel like I am part of their family and it never goes unnoticed or unappreciated especially when I’m missing my dad.
Today, we were scheduled to celebrate David’s Yaya’s birthday and he has always been extremely close with her so he asked me to make something special for her as a gift. I love to make handmade things, but I get super nervous giving them away as gifts because I’m an annoying worry wart and assume right away that they’re gonna hate it. So when he asked me to make an important woman in his life a gift, I low-key panicked. What the heck was I gonna make for her that would be good enough for someone he holds so high? He threw some ideas at me, but my first thought was to make her a family tree since their family are all so close. I wasn’t sure how I was going to put it together, but I knew I wanted to make a family tree for sure. With the help of my trusty Cricut Maker, pretty paper, a blank canvas, and tons of glue later….voila!