Ode to Inga

filed under: Miscellaneous on August 18, 2009

One of the reasons we ventured to Fargo this past weekend was to celebrate the birthday of my niece, Inga Grace.

I wanted to do as much as I could for her on the littlest budget possible.  She is an only child, with doting parents and grandparents, and I sorta figured that there was nothing I could buy that she doesn’t already have.

So I made her a cookie.

On a stick.

She got a few bites.  Then mom got a few.  Then me.  Then grandpa.  Then grandma.  Then it was just about gone.

Happy Birthday Inga!  Sorry we all ate your cookie!

I also got her this.

Because every four year old wants a book on BBQ right?


Maybe I better ‘pink it up’ a bit.

Maybe add some pink polka dot paper and some soft fluffy flowers with rhinestone centers.

And I might even try to tell Inga how often my kids ask if they can go visit her.

“oh how I love that she loves me…” (from her mommy Angie)

I emailed her mom and dad and grandparents and ask them to tell me 10 things that they love about Inga.  Then on each page, add some of the things they wrote.

That way the book is from ALL of us.

The Adventures of Ingaberry Grace…





Inga and her daddy…



Inga’s heart in Coltons hands…  

“you are loved”


“…she whispers wise questions…”

That is from grandma.  I have a very creative family.

My favorite quote was from my dad.  He wrote as his number one reason he loves Inga (all ten
were wonderful BTW)

“there is just something about a fresh spirit that can choose to put an idea into action…”


The final page is all of the “love quotes” from the family.  They were all so endearing to read… and I can imagine that one day, when our little Inga is feeling blue, she can open up this book and read about all the amazing reasons that she is loved.


Hope she likes it!

Maybe I should have given it to her after she learned how to read.

Details, details.


For sweet Inga’s birthday gifts, her mom treated her to a day at the salon… she was given the princess treatment… a beautiful princess hairdo and pretty pink polished nails.


My very talented Grandma made her this Barbie cake that was immediately attacked by small fingers begging for a taste of that sweet cream cheese icing.



I just loved this little pose.


Hope you had a wonderful fourth birthday Inga Grace!

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  • Bethany says:

    What a blessed little girl. That gift has to be in my top three most unique gift ideas I try and get permission to steal. And directions on how to make it. Any chance?
    I hope you’re having a wonderful trip. And I can’t wait to hear the rest of the chair story. It’s gotta be good. Blessings, sweet lady.

  • Amanda Sikes says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am choosing to step away from the thread at this point. I am not going to allow it to eat up any more of my time. I know how blessed my family has been by living with these standards and I am fine with what people think about me. I am living for my Savior and that is all that matters. I hope you find time to “stop by” more often.

  • Kami Rude says:

    You are so creative – I envy your creativity! Your gifts to sweet Inga were beautiful 🙂 I bet she just loves having an auntie like you!

  • angie says:

    inga loved having you all with her this last weekend. Thank you so much for the thoughtful gifts. She definitely loves her aunt amanda.

  • Christina says:

    Love this! I love that she will forever have something tangible that shows your love for her.
    I hope your doing great! It looks like you are:)

  • Heather says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog after seeing your icing recipe on Tasty Kitchen. Lovely cookies and lovely pictures, and lovely idea for the book gift! Thank you for sharing!

  • BP says:

    What a special little girl! You are so thoughtful to make such a sweet gift (I meant the book but the cookie fits too I suppose as sweet! lol) I’m sure it will be a treasure for her. The picture of the cake with the finger impressions is so cute. Caleb wanted me to have a princess cake, my Mom made me one like that with a doll in the middle two years ago and got me a princess crown. That picture made me think of that cake!

  • Laura says:

    What a great gift, something that can be cherished forever! What a cute little princess…love that pose too!

  • carma says:

    She is so well loved – what a great family you have – and you are the most awesomest aunt ever!!

  • Sarah says:

    Amanda, that’s incredible! Again, fantastic photos. Wow!

  • he & me + 3 says:

    She is absolutely stunning. I love the gifts you made for her. I am sure she loved them too. Great cookie YUM!

  • he & me + 3 says:

    She is absolutely stunning. I love the gifts you made for her. I am sure she loved them too. Great cookie YUM!

  • Jenny says:

    What a fantastic idea! I love it!! I really was wondering where you were going with that BBQ cookbook. I was thinking that maybe she was a hipster that just got an easy bake oven…

  • Molly says:

    What a beautiful, life-long gift you made for her!! It’s a treasure! I wish I was as talented as you:) Hope you enjoyed your time with your family.

  • Sue says:

    What an utterly PERFECT gift! I am going to copy your idea:)

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