The neatly wrapped package lay inconspicuously behind the tree until Beverly Robinette
,s family presented her
with a gift that would be a keepsake for years to come.
Tearing the paper away from the box, Robinette
noticed the apple trademark for Macintosh. ,Hmm, could this be a laptop computer in such a thin box,, she
thought.Much to her
surprise, the contents of the box unleashed a gamut of emotions from laughter to tears of joy.
Kobler,s gift was a book that contains photographs of the Emory family when Robinette
, Kobler and daughter Clara traveled to the Philippines for the adoption of their younger son, Andrew.
spontaneously began reading each page of the book, just as she
does for Andrew and Clara when they curl up by her
side to hear the true story. ,Once upon a time there was a Mommy and Daddy and a big sister named Clara.They wanted their family to grow and to have someone very special to love,., As she
spun out her
read with an expression in her
voice that carried her
back to the day they first met Andrew.
It,s such a unique and beautiful story that it needed documentation,, said Kobler. ,It,s a great way for Andrew to know his
story, too., The child often requests having the book read to him before bedtime.
remembers another beautiful Christmas gift that evokes many loving memories of her
was 14, her
grandmother passed away. ,We were very close,, she
said.The following Christmas, Robinette
had forgotten that her
grandmother had plans to make her
a quilt using her
favorite color and designs.Before her
death in 1978, the grandmother made the quilt squares, but did not complete the quilting.Robinette
,s mother later asked a quilter to finish the project.Robinette
grandmother,s quilting and kept a Dutch Girl quilt on her
bed when she
had no idea that one of her
gifts that Christmas would include the completed quilt started by her
grandmother years ago.The quilt, designed with kittens in a basket and offset by purple squares, hangs in a bedroom belonging to Clara who was named for her
grandmother.To this day, Robinette
can identify several of the outfits she
wore as a child that later became quilt scraps for her
grandmother,s creation.Robinette is the pastor of Emory United Methodist and Smyth Chapel United Methodist Churches, both in Emory, and assistant Chaplain of Emory & Henry College.