The day before his 15th birthday, the boy was getting ready to head off to school and didn’t have a birthday present to share.
The boy’s parents had just purchased the carriage for his birthday, but after a few hours of being used as a Christmas decoration, it was time for a new addition to the family.
“I had this idea to make it for him when he turns 15, but he had a very, very busy schedule,” says Marjorie, who has two children of her own.
“He’s very busy.”
“My husband was like, ‘How do you plan for 15?’
And I was like ‘Oh, that’s it!'”
When the parents of Marjory’s son asked him what he thought he could do with the carriage, he replied, “Make it for me.”
They were already in the process of creating a custom cake, and Marjories husband was already getting the job done, so he offered to buy the carriage and build a new one for him.
“We had a lot of ideas,” she says.
“So we started brainstorming, and I said, ‘Well, I could probably do it.'”
It turned out that it wasn’t going to be easy.
“The first couple of months were really hard because it’s such a big job, but once we started getting the carriage done, we were just thrilled,” Marjores mother says.
After Marjies father-in-law gave the carriage a name, she started brainstormting for ideas.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind, and a lot happened in a couple of weeks,” she explains.
“Then it was just like a dream come true, and it just felt so good to get that done.”
She wanted to make sure her husband and children had a great experience with the new addition.
“My son loves it,” she laughs.
“There’s no doubt that he really appreciates it.”
The carriage was made of plywood and had a base made of a plastic plate.
“This is the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to do this,” Marjoires father says.
It was the perfect fit for the boy.
Marjiles mother had to make a couple more changes to the carriage to make room for the new child, and she had to create a new base.
“That was really difficult because I wanted it to be as close to his original base as possible,” she recalls.
“In the end, it’s kind of like having a baby in your arms,” Marjeres mother says, but she was able to make adjustments.
“Once the carriage was done, the next thing we had to do was to have a cake and put it on the table,” Marjamis mother says of the new birthday cake.
“And then we started looking at all the decorations and putting together the cake.”
“It really was a lot easier to do than we thought it would be,” she continues.
“As soon as we got the carriage built, I was able not only to get the carriage made, but also to create the cake.
That was super, super fun.”
The couple had a blast.
“To see all the work that went into the carriage with him, it just was a blast,” Marjaises mother says with a laugh.
“You could tell that he was really excited to be part of it, and he’s happy to be a part of the family.”
She adds, “I love it!”
Marjias mother and son are planning on having the carriage decorated again this year.
“When we were doing it, we didn’t think that he’d be so busy that we’d be able to do all the things that we wanted him to do, but now he’s really enjoying it,” Marjas mother says when asked about how the children are enjoying their new year.
Marjamies mother also wants to make other special decorations for her husband to share with their friends.
“His birthday is so special,” she reveals.
“Right now he has all the friends, and so I think that’s really important to him.”