For her daughter’s first birthday, one Iowa mom asked all their loved ones to write a letter to their newborn daughter, which they would put in a time capsule and would wait 17 years until the day she turned 18 to open them up.
And when Susie Aldershof Van Metre’s daughter Abby finally celebrated her 18th birthday last week, the unique gift was finally ready to be opened. However, over the 17 years, some of the loved ones who wrote letters to Abby had passed away, which made the already incredible gift even more priceless.
“It is the most precious gift we could have ever given to her. Among the 25 letters are 7 letters from people who have passed on. These include letters from her Grandfather Doug, her uncle John Aldershof, great grandparents and more,” Susie said of the ‘Letters from Heaven.’
As soon as Abby started reading her letters, she and her family broke down in tears, but are sharing their unique birthday gift to inspire others to do the same for their young children.
“We cried and laughed all night. Such a blessing to have birthday wishes from everyone. The time capsule was full of great things for her. If you have a small child in your life, please share this idea. It was incredible,” Susie wrote.
Watch the entire video below to see Abby’s touching reaction to her priceless 18th birthday surprise.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Susie Aldershof Van Metre]