What’s the opposite of ruthless? My dictionary says benevolent, kind, compassionate, loving, charitable– maybe it should just say Ruth.

Can you imagine a little girl’s delight when the doorbell rings and the UPS man delivers a package addressed to Miss Mary?


And delight turned to squeals of joy when she read the return address: American Girl Company.


My sister and I are generally $15-20 gift people. And my family birthday month is so overwhelming that I’ve often assured her– “A group gift is fine, a card is fine– even a happy birthday phone call makes us feel loved.”


But she knew this was the year to spoil my baby girl.


Bright red boxes tied with white bows.


Silk pajamas with fluffy slippers.


And the most perfect doll imaginable– Ruthie.


An opulent, indulgent gift.


As we read the introduction to Ruthie’s book (because all American Girl dolls are the subject of their own book– in case ya’ didn’t know) we learned that she is a girl living through the Great Depression.
The delight of the neighborhood, Goofy Ruthie is known for her kindness, her charity, her grandiose ideas.

And though my little Mary is certainly not in need of food or shelter, clothing or toys…

I know exactly why my sister sent the giant box with red wrapped packages.

Because it’s exactly, precisely


what my mother would have sent.

p.s. Ruth also thrilled the boys with her gift of Beyblades. I guess they’re all the rage in California, but we hick-Utahns hadn’t heard of them yet. Have you seen them in your neck of the woods? They’re fantastic.


p.p.s. as if she hasn’t done enough, my sweet sister also wrote a birthday blog for me. It’s completely flattering and I love it.

February 2, 2011
February 5, 2011



  1. Lizzy

    February 4, 2011

    I loved the pictures. And I love Mary’s skirt.
    ps We’re working on the screenplay.
    pps I loved the picture of your flag banners. It made me happy to see them hung up.

  2. Jeanelle

    February 4, 2011

    is it too embarassingly dorky to say that reading this made me well up??? And it wasn’t just because of the fabulous red wrapping paper (i.e. the best color ever.) What a wonderful gift for a darling girl.

  3. michelle

    February 4, 2011

    dyawanna come down and have an American Girl movie day? We love Ruthie.

  4. Selwyn

    February 4, 2011


    I miss every single one of you.

    And love every single one of you.

    Hugz and luvies!

  5. Mitchell Family

    February 4, 2011

    Wow! I loved the pictures. I could hear Mary’s excitement on the phone but it was great to see in on her face. And I am so glad I splurged and got gift wrap. Thanks for another too kind blog.

  6. Tasha

    February 5, 2011

    This made me tear up. What a perfect gift.

    My brother got Beyblades for Christmas and got the whole family into them. The best part is he mimics the commercial, yelling, “Beyblades: let ’em rip!!!!!” every time he sets them into motion. I sincerely hope your boys are using them the correct way 🙂

  7. Lisa

    February 5, 2011

    Oh what a thoughtful sister you have. I love American Girl dolls and Mary was obviously thrilled with hers.

  8. Tracy

    February 6, 2011

    Laughing because THAT is Esther’s birthday outfit for her heart party at the end of this month. You both most join us.

  9. Molly

    February 8, 2011

    Tears definitely reached the brims of my eyes.

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