Yesterday was my birthday, and I was really touched by the heartfelt gifts I received from my family. They all meant so much, because they were so thoughtful and perfect. It made me feel like these people really know me. I'm going to make a point of giving that feeling to others as much as I can in the future. It's not always easy, but it's so worth it. I didn't want a big deal on my birthday this year, but I ended up feeling very loved anyway.

This gift was from my mom-in-law. It's her charm bracelet. That Happy Birthday charm was her first, when she received the bracelet for her sweet 16. 40 years later, she passed it down to me - and I couldn't be more touched. I've asked her to write me a key, detailing what each charm means. Isn't it amazing? It's like a map to so many of the milestones of her life.

I think real charm bracelets like this one should have a resurgence, don't you?