Ever since Anna was little fairies have been a huge part of our lives.
Whether it was dressing up like a fairy…
or making houses for fairies to come visit…
we have always been a fairy family.
My girls loved their fairies and would spend hours building elaborate spaces for them to come and visit.
Before blending our families, Anna and I would build fairy houses at the park in our old neighborhood, always leaving a little note in hopes that a fairy passing by would stop, read and stay for a while. Anna would always wake up the next morning asking to go and see if there was anything left by our magical friends and there always was. A little fairy dust, a fancy stone and sometimes even a tiny little note written specifically for little Miss Anna to listen to in amazement. She still has all those notes and fairy goods tucked away in a little keepsake box in her room.
Abigail was eager to be introduced to our fairy fun. She loved writing notes, building houses and, also, eagerly anticipating what the fairy would have to say back when they visited our family fairy garden. Both girls found magic in our front garden and would spend hours playing, building and imagining what the fairies would do when they flew into our neighborhood that night. Even at the age of eleven she still very much believed in fairy magic. On our camping trip this past summer to Orcas Island she made a little fairy house and wrote a little note hoping for a visitor to come.
The girls would leave notes in front of the door if it was too cold for them to play outside. Anna was anticipating leaving her first tooth by the door soon. She was never a big fan of fairies, elves or even Santa Claus coming upstairs for a visit, even if she was sound asleep. We had a “no magical creatures upstairs” rule in our house, the fairies were really good about it.
On Valentine’s Day I was able to share our love for fairies with Anna and Abigail’s girl scout troops by showing them how to make fairy houses. We spent a couple of hours creating little moss-covered huts so they can attract little fairies to their homes like the ones that visit our house on a regular basis. These girls, Anna and Abigail’s friends, were so excited about their creations and so thankful for our time together. I too, was so thankful for this time.
These same girls presented Tom and I with a memorial that will be placed in the Dilley school garden, just beyond their fairy garden. These memorial stones, each saying a trait that the girls felt represented our girls, were so heartfelt and pure. Their presentation was so beautiful and we feel so blessed to have each and every one of them in our girls’ lives and in ours.
Like I told the girls on Friday, if you build a fairy house, the fairies will come. Especially now, because my girls know the fairies on a first name basis.
And where there are fairies there are always gnomes….just saying.