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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on presenting a special gift

My sister and her husband feel like their townhouse is too small for them, with two kids, lots of stuff, only three bedrooms, and a pretty small basement. When the twins were born a year and a half ago, they thought they would be moving in a few years, but they've got a double whammy - on top of the lousy housing market, my sister hasn't been able to go back to work because of my niece's congenital heart defect, so they need money from his parents every month to get all the bills paid.

My husband and I do some home remodeling work, and we realized that it would be a pretty easy project for us to finish off half of their open basement space and create a new office space so the kids can each have their own bedroom and there should be enough space for everyone that they can stay in this house another ten years. We can do the framing, drywall, painting and trim, my hubby's dad can do the electrical, we'll have carpet installed, and just like that they've got a finished office space! And since we have a big basement and not a lot of stuff, we figured we can take a lot of their boxes and hang on to them until they get a bigger house, even if that's ten years. My parents and my older brother are going to pay for the materials, since hubby and I have been unemployed since December, and we will provide the labor for the project.

I can't imagine any reason they would say no, but I'm still very anxious about presenting this the best way possible. I think we're going to be bringing this up on Sunday at Easter brunch, since most of the family will be together. Did I mention my sister and her husband will be married ten years next month?

So any suggestions on when/how to bring this up, and how to word it?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 05:28 PM
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Awe, what a very kind thing to do!!!
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Maybe you can toast the little one coming through surgery (I am soo sorry, but I forgot her name. ), and then say something like "And as a celebration of her new lease on life the family would like to do the following for you, and then lay out the plan". This way it is not tied to money, but more to the kids.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 07:29 PM
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Re: Advice on presenting a special gift

You could find a cute picture of a boy's room and a girl's room, wrap them up in gift wrap and present them. Then tell them you'd like to do that for your niece and nephew.

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Re: Advice on presenting a special gift

I like Marie's idea! And you have a loving heart! How kind of you.

PS. Would you like to have another sister?




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Re: Advice on presenting a special gift

Aww, Jeanie, that's sweet!

Marie, that's a great idea! And very appropriate - it was Easter two years ago that my sister and her husband told their families they were pregnant by giving the Grandmas framed ultrasound pictures!

Leazie, don't worry about forgetting Evie's name, it HAS been quite a while since I updated that thread about her surgery... She's doing a little better every day, and finally getting back on her feet and doing some walking!

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Marie's idea rocks!


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