Ashby’s Box

The contents of Ashby’s box before they were triple sealed.
Years ago, I blogged about Kensington’s box and then, I blogged about Smith’s box and now, it’s time for Ashby’s box.
Box?  What box?
Let me explain…
My dad collected letters and items from both our side of the family and Andrew’s and took them up to his favorite place in Colorado and buried them in a time capsule.  He did the same thing for us when we were little, and now, he’s doing it for his grandkids.  When they’re older (teenagers), Andrew and I will take the kids up there and let them dig up their boxes.  Each box has individual letters, special items and such.  Listen folks…we’re burying jewelry, important photos, cherished belongings…good stuff.  Let’s all pray that when the day comes, we’ll be able to locate these time capsules!  (Insert my mom thinking this is a very risky plan here…).
Ashby’s box is extra special because during the 18 months that we waited for her, my dad kept a journal documenting our family and the times we were together.  Every party, celebration, special day, little moment, family vacation was noted…because let’s face it, we missed her very much during all of it.
I always dread sitting down and writing my kids their letters for the box.  I dread it because this is real life and real life means that in 14 or 15 years when they go to dig up these boxes, life will be different.  Everyone who placed items in that box won’t be with us any more.  Who knows what will happen within that time period?  Maybe I won’t be here any more?  How do you write a letter to your child that conveys your love while also including the obvious sentiment that “if I’m not here when you’re reading this, I love you.”.
The box.
This time, I placed a Bible that my grandfather who passed away gave me when he returned from a trip to Israel.  Inside the Bible, he wrote me a very special note and I’ve kept that with me on my desk all of these years.  Now, it’s in Ashby’s box.

My dad headed out to bury Ashby’s box.  It’s tripled sealed so that it’s protected from all elements.
You don’t have to drive to another state to do a time capsule (as my mom keeps pointing out), you can bury one in your own backyard (I think my dad is always looking for a reason to drive to Colorado or else we would have just done that).  Speaking as someone who had one buried on her behalf when she was an infant and then dug it up as a teen, it’s very cool.
I love my dad :).
And don’t forget, if you’re praying with me this month, the prayer request post can be found here.
And for dinner tonight…

Tex-Mex Pitas


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  • kimm atwood July 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

    What a wonderful idea

  • Katelyn Magerko July 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

    This is absolutely amazing! You have such a sweet sweet family!

  • Unknown July 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Your mom sounds a lot like my mom. 🙂 Bless her!

  • Erika Slaughter July 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love Jay's adventurous side but I'm kind of with Sherry on this one. Let's plant them nicely in rows in the backyard in between the begonias and the ivy. 🙂

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} July 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love the box idea…but I panic about writing in a birthday card…I can't imagine how much I'd panic about writing a letter THIS IMPORTANT!!!! Your dad is the sweetest.

  • Johannah July 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    How awesome and how fun it will be when they are older and able to open it!!

  • Karen July 14, 2015 at 11:21 am

    What a cute idea!! When I was in 8th grade my English teacher had us all write letters to ourselves and then he mailed them back to us when we graduated high school. It was so much fun reading a letter from my 13 year old self to my 18 year old self!

  • Melissa July 14, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Such an awesome idea! I just love your dad ❤️

  • Narci July 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    So sweet!! What a great idea!!

  • Jason, Betsy, Jackson July 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I love this! When we were dealing with fertility treatments and then later the adoption process, my mom kept a journal. I especially love the entries from when we were matched up until our son's birth. She gave it to me at a shower after he was born!

  • mommyto3 July 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

    That is such a special tradition!

  • Megan Leigh July 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Your dad is the sweetest!!! What a blessed family:)

  • Lisa Nortman July 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Your Dad loves BIG in everything he does, apparently! Blessed family for sure!

  • Leslie July 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I love your dad 🙂

  • Robyn Marrie July 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    This is such a neat idea! Your dad rocks! It reminds me a bit of my letters to my girls, that I blogged about here:
    I may have to add a box to my list!

  • Rebecca Jo July 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    What a cool adventure to go dig it up in the future!!!
    … I can't even find things in my basement though, much less under ground…

  • Elizabeth Valdez July 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Great idea! Your taco pita looks delicious. There's a place in Fort Worth called Pak-A-Pocket and I go there strictly for their taco pita :). I'll have to try your recipe!

  • Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly July 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, what an awesome idea!

  • Tracy July 14, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Your dad! You are so blessed.

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} July 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Such a great idea…and so sweet of your dad! If only we could clone him!!!

  • Kelsey Mann Peacock July 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I just love this tradition!! What a special gift for your kids 🙂 Your dad really is so sweet & thoughtful! I know your kids will cherish what they find in their boxes!

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld July 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Well this is just the most fantastic idea ever! Your dad seems like such a great dad and grandpa!

  • Sarah Lee Park July 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    So much fun! Love traditions like these. Did you ever blog about what was placed in your box when you were little?

  • Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life} July 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Oh man!! I love your dad too!! What an awesome idea…and that journal!! Your family has such special traditions!

  • Leigh Clark July 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Wow! What an amazing commitment your dad has shown to your family. That is amazing!

  • mel @ the larson lingo July 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Love this idea!!!! And I love that it's buried in Colorado! So awesome.

  • Meredith July 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Oh my gosh that is such a neat idea!!! Your dad is AMAZING!!! Love it!! But I am wondering how do yall remember where you buried it? Or yall not worried someone will dig it up?

  • Jaren July 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Your dad is such a sweetheart! I don't know if I could write a letter either!

  • Denise Ross July 15, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Such a beautiful idea. I've made treasure boxes for my family. In it I've kept special cards, photos and I've kept a school book from their primary school days from each year too as well as awards and medals. I'm planning on giving them an actual box each with a their special things as at the moment they're in lots of little boxes. I've got cards that my dad gave my mum years ago abc I really treasure them as well as their school photos and reports. They are no longer with us do they are extra special to me.

  • amandapreece July 15, 2015 at 10:42 am

    What a wonderful tradition! Also, I did a study on the book "Not A Fan". A read everyone should complete. It definitely brought me closer to God.

  • The Corbridges July 16, 2015 at 4:26 am

    What an awesome, sweet dad! Not only to do that for you- but to continue on and do it for your kids also… SO cool. I love this idea.

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living July 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

    How did I miss this post! What a sweet thing to do. I love the box idea 🙂