This holiday season I wanted to do something special for my little girl. I wanted to remember her in a unique way. I have done many things, including dedicating a little tree just to her, hanging her stocking up next to Nick, George, and mine, along with my newest way, creating wish ball ornaments.
I read the idea of making an ornament like this in Techniques of Grief Therapy, by Robert A. Neimeyer. Then I decided I wanted to make my own so I Googled it and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I did however, find a wonderful example of a wish ball Christmas ornament so I decided to make my own based off of a Christmas wedding party idea I found.
Each year I have decided to make one of these wish balls for my wishes I hold for Nora (I included Nick’s wishes in the ball too). I wrote not only wishes but messages I want to share with her but can’t as she is no longer with us. Message that include:
“I want you to know I love you forever and always will.” and “Daddy wishes he could hold you.” Things like that and then I create this cool wish ball pictured above.
If you would like to know how to make one then just follow this 5 step tutorial. Let me know what you think and if you make your own send me a picture of it on Instagram, just tag me @Stillbreathinglindsey
Okay here is the directions. Enjoy!
Things to note: I used card stock to print out my wishes and messages to Nora on. I also included other sayings like her name and the current year. Oh, and it works best to get larger bulbs along with using a screw driver or pencil to help push the wishes into place once you get them into the ball. Finally, you could use colored paper along with adding tinsel, glitter, or other fun stuff, to the wish ball, but I like the clean look above. Your choice.
Good luck and may your wishes for your child too soon be captured in this memory wish ball each year.