Shortly after I was born the Relief Society in my family's ward (women's group at church) made me a blanket to stay cozy and warm.
I have cherished my Blanky ever since. Up until a few years ago, I slept with it every night. When I was younger I used it as a cape when playing with my brothers and wrapped it around my baby dolls. Every night before I fell asleep I would scrunch it up in a ball and inhale it's fresh baby smell and then kiss it goodnight. As you can tell from the pictures, it used to be in tip-top shape, but over the years all the batting and top cover fell out. Only a few stitches remain.
I wasn't the kid that took my blanky to the store (honestly I was worried it would get lost at the store), but I did take it on all my trips. My Blanky has been to Japan, China, Brazil, France, and all over the States. But it never made it to Bulgaria with me. While I was in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) preparing to move to Bulgaria for 18 months I got a little worried that my Blanky might get lost or ruined so I sent it home. It was a hard decision to part with it, but I new it would be best, it wasn't in the best of shape to start with. So, I mailed it to my mom with a note, "I know you'll take care of her for me." I mom actually cried when she got the package. Often times while in Bulgaria, I would grab my bed sheets thinking it was my Blanky - they weren't nearly as soft.
When I returned from Bulgaria I was happy to see my Blanky, but then I married Tanner and found something else to kiss goodnight! I have officially retired my Blanky. After giving her a good wash I tucked her away. My Blanky will always be special to me!