When I walked in this morning, Glenn told me he had a special present for me from his daughter Tara and what he pulled from his pocket was the adorable decorated clam shell that you see in the picture to the left.

Glenn told me that Tara collects clam shells and then makes designs on them and gives them as gifts and also sells them at her yearly garage sale.  What a smart girl!  Who could resist her cuteness and resist buying a clam shell from her?

This got me thinking about other adorable gifts I've received from the little kids in my life. I remember one year when Sarah, Charlie and Sammy gave me a whole jewelry set made of macaroni and made me walk around and wear it for a full day. I got a lot of looks from people, but didn't care because I knew it made the kids beam with pride.

I don't remember this, but I've been told that when I was little I made a play-dough ring and necklace for my aunt Karen and insisted she wear it on her first date with my uncle Scott.  She did and apparently her finger swelled and she wasn't able to get the ring off.  It must have made for interesting date conversation because uncle Scott popped the question and still teases me about the "beautiful" jewelery that I made my aunt wear on their first date.

By far, the most tangible precious gift I ever received from a child was a picture frame made from popsicle sticks that my sister Sarah made and designed herself that holds a picture of the two of us.  I smile every time I see it and think of her.

What's the most precious gift a child ever gave you?  Leave your comment below.  I'd love to hear your story!