Daughter’s Christmas Surprise Brings Her Mother To Tears In A Moment Of Need
When tragedy stuck Breanne Esplana’s family she feared that her mother, Margaret Sims, might never be able to enjoy Christmas again. After tragedy struck multiple members of their family, they experienced yet another unforeseen heartache, one that would shake their family to the core. But luckily for the Esplana-Sims family, they came together to support each other in a time of dire need. Breanne shocked everyone with a huge Christmas surprise that would uplift them all when they most needed it. Read on to find out the truly inspiring story of how Breanne brought her family together and saved Christmas.
1. A Tight-Knit Family
Breanne Esplana grew up and lived in Redwood City, California with her mother Margaret Sims. Together, along with Breanne’s brother John, they made up a tight-knit family. And just like any tight-knit family, holidays were the most important time of the year for them to be together.
Very soon, unfortunately, tragedy would strike the Esplana-Sims family in a very unexpected way. Not only were Breanne, John and their mother close, they were also very close with their grandparents. Yet, somehow, despite all of the trials and tribulations that were about to come into their lives, they would find the silver lining when they needed it most.
2. Tragic Curve Balls
No matter how hard any family tries, especially the Esplana-Sims family, it it impossible to control all of the things that happen in our own lives. Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you and you just have to go with the flow and make the best of the situation at hand.
There is no way to know when travesty and devastation will hit a family. Sometimes it comes with advanced warning, and other times it comes purely out of the blue. Sadly, the Esplana-Sims family was about to encounter a multitude of hardships that would threaten their very family fabric and attempt to tear them apart. It was one such scenario, without warning, that they’d receive devastating news.
3. Terrible News
Tragic news came in 2012 when Breanne’s grandmother, Margaret’s mother, was diagnosed with lung cancer. The entire family banded together to help support her in her struggle with the life-threatening disease. They all tried to keep brave faces in such a time of crisis but the news was almost too much to bear.
They did all that they could to make sure that their beloved grandmother was well taken care of and made comfortable. Somewhere deep down they knew that they would be able to pull through and support each other during this hard time, but unfortunately, the worst had yet to come.
4. Honoring The Departed
In a sudden turn of events, just months after Breanne’s grandmother received her diagnosis, her grandfather suddenly passed away. It was a devastating blow to the Esplana-Sims family. Yet still, they trudged on for the sake of their grandmother, who was still putting up a brave battle again cancer. For her sake, they had to try to keep it together.
For anyone, coping with the loss of close family member is a difficult endeavor. Their grandfather had always been a part of their lives, and they could only image how difficult the situation must have been for their grandmother. Just a few months after the passing of their grandfather, tragedy would strike again.
5. A Heroic Struggle
Breanne’s grandmother struggled against lung cancer for seven long months. It was incredibly hard for the entire family to go through as well, but they were with her at every step of the way. Sadly, after seven long months, she succumbed to the disease and passed away. The entire family was again devastated, having to deal with the loss both dear family members in a matter of months.
While Breanne and her brother John had lost both of their grandparents, Margaret lost both of her beloved parents in the span of just three short months. The entire family struggled to come to terms with their passing. Little did they know at the time how these tragedies would test them in a way that would ultimately reveal the incredible power of the bond of family.
6. Coping With The Loss
Breanne Esplana didn’t know how she was supposed to cope with the loss of her grandmother, the woman who had been by her side ever since she was born, and at her mother’s side even before that. Breanne felt as though a part of her soul had been ripped away from her. But that wouldn’t stop the family from continuing with their traditions and honoring their departed relatives.
Yet still, she held herself together for the sake of her siblings and mother, for whom the loss of both parents must have been particularly trying. She knew that she needed to find some way to cheer them up, but how? At first, she didn’t have the slightest idea. What she’d ultimately do, though, would blow her mother away.
7. The First Christmas Surprise
With Christmas just around the corner, Breanne and her brother John knew that they had to do something to lift their mother’s spirits during such a difficult time. They knew it was especially vital seeing that the first holidays season without their grandparents would conjure up memories, memories that were bound to be bittersweet.
So, Breanne and her brother John made a plan to use one of their holiday traditions to lift their mother’s spirits and also honor their recently deceased grandparents. They knew that they would be able to pull it off beautifully, but they would never have guessed the response that their gesture would receive from their mom.
8. A Special Christmas Tradition
Every year for Christmas the Esplana-Sims family had a very special tradition. They would make decorations to put on the Christmas tree. But these weren’t any ordinary tree ornaments, they were handmade with love, containing pictures of family members. The custom made the Christmas tree a truly special and personalized feature.
Not only was the Esplana-Sims Christmas tree a beautiful decoration for the home, but it was also a means of remembering all of the good times from the past with their family members, whether or not they were present. It was with this in mind that Breanne got an amazing idea.
9. A Christmas To Remember
Breanne couldn’t bear to see her mother so distraught and grief-stricken. She wanted to make this Christmas one that her mother would always be able to remember in a positive light. She also wanted to do something that would lead her mother to think happy thoughts when she looked at the Christmas tree.
So, that Christmas, at the tail-end of what had undoubtedly been one of the hardest years for the family, Breanne decided to make two very special gifts for her mother. The gifts would be very sentimental, each with its own special meaning. And Breanne’s mother had no idea what was coming.
10. Special Ornaments
Of the special ornaments Breanne made for her mother that Christmas, she made specific ones to represent their family members who had passed on that year. To make the special moment, she took two pictures, one of her grandmother and one of her grandfather and started to work on the commemorative ornaments.
Breanne hoped that the two ornaments depicting her mother’s parents would help brighten her spirits and make that Christmas a very special one. Even though her grandparents weren’t there physically, her gesture would be a way of ensuring that they would always be there in spirit as part of their Christmas celebrations. The family tried to move past their pain, not knowing that it would get difficult before it got better once again.
11. A Moving Gift
Breanne’s mother, Margaret, was moved to tears by the thoughtfulness of her daughter. The two ornaments, pictures of her parents in silver frames, had been placed with loving care on their Christmas tree that year and helped put a smile on the entire family’s face. The result was exactly what Breanne was hoping for.
The ornaments, even though they were such a simple gesture, brought the Esplana-Sims family closer together than ever in their time of need. Holidays were always the time that the family could be together, and even though their grandparents had passed, they were there celebrating with the entire family just like old times. Those joyous memories, however, would soon be dashed in an unforeseen turn of events.
12. Stolen Memories
While that specific Christmas was a moment to remember, the family’s happiness would again be short-lived. Even though Breanne’s mother was over the moon with the touching Christmas tree decorations that year, little did she know that the commemorative presents wouldn’t make it to see the next Christmas.
Unfortunately, the family’s heartbreak wasn’t just limited to 2013. By the time Christmas 2014 came around tragedy struck the Esplana-Sims family yet again. Just prior to the winter holiday they were robbed. Someone had broken into their storage unit and stole a number of their belongings. But it wasn’t being robbed that shook the family, it was what had been taken that was so devastating.
13. The Storage Unit
The Esplana-Sims family had more items than they could store in their home, so they had rented a storage unit for the overflow items that they didn’t need all year-round. That included seasonal items that they would only need to use once a year. And that, unfortunately, also included their treasured Christmas decorations.
Just one year after the passing of Breanne’s grandparents and the grief the family was trying to overcome, their storage unit was broken into and most of their belongings had been taken. Among the items that were stolen, most devastatingly, were the handmade Christmas tree ornaments so precious to the Esplana-Sims family. But why would anyone steal handmade Christmas ornaments?
14. The Good Times And The Bad
No one was quite sure why the thieves had taken these personal items. Most likely the thieves just took everything that they could get their hands on quickly without checking the contents of each box. The items would be nothing but trash to anyone other than the Esplana-Sims family.
But to the Esplana-Sims family the collection of ornaments were treasures that represented their family ties, the good times and the bad. Everyone in the family was devastated by the loss, most of all Breanne’s mother, Margaret. But little did she know she was in for a huge Christmas surprise that would turn everything around.
15. A Plan In Action
Knowing all of the heartache the family had gone through recently, Breanne and her brother sprang into action once again. Not only were the two precious ornaments of their departed grandparents stolen, but so had all of the rest of the handmade treasures the family had stored. But Breanne and her brother John weren’t about to let a couple of cruel-minded thieves ruin their Christmas.
Together, they made a plan to save Christmas for the entire family. They decided to take the devastating situation and turn it around into an opportunity that would warm their family’s hearts and give them a Merry Christmas after all. So, in secret, they began collecting old pictures and gathering supplies to create another unbelievable Christmas surprise.
16. A Bare Christmas Tree
With their plan already set into action, Breanne and her brother recruited the help of the entire family to make the plan work. They weren’t about to sit around and let their Christmas tree stand bare. So, with the help of glue, glitter, pictures and some elbow grease they began to create an entirely new set of Christmas decorations.
As a team, they gathered as many pictures of family members as they could, as well as their family Santa Claus photoshoots. With the help of some well-deserved Christmas magic, the entire operation started to come together. As they didn’t have their beloved Christmas decorations that they had spent decades making, they were going to do the next best thing.
17. The Christmas Surprise
Incredibly, the entire gang was able to pull off their Christmas surprise in secret without their mother ever suspecting a thing. While their Christmas tree sat bare, and their mother was still mourning the loss of her precious family memories, an entirely new set of handmade family Christmas keepsakes were just waiting to be revealed.
The only thing left for Breanne and John to do was to wait until the exact right moment to reveal the amazing Christmas surprise to their dear mother. While they weren’t certain what her reaction would be, they did know that she would be incredibly moved.
18. Christmas Day
What the siblings weren’t expecting, however, was just how moved their mother would be. So, they planned the reveal down to every last detail. They placed of their newly-made Christmas gifts in a red plastic tub and lovingly separated each one to make sure that they were not damaged while being moved.
For the reveal, of course, they had their video cameras ready to catch their mother’s reaction. Then Christmas day arrived. The tree still stood bare. But not for much longer. Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived. Everyone was in place for the big reveal and the cameras were ready.
19. Read To Go
Everything was in position and ready to go. Breanne and John had their mother Margaret sit in a chair just in front of the Christmas tree with her eyes closed. They made her promise that she wouldn’t open them until she was told to. From a hidden storage location, they brought out a red Rubbermaid tub that contained the amazing Christmas surprise.
Everyone held their breath in anticipation for what was about to come next. Margaret, with a huge smile on her face, sat with her eyes closed waiting for what her children were about to bring her. And she could have never imagined what her family had done for her.
20. Saving Christmas
Little did Margaret know, but Christmas that year was about to be saved and become one of her most memorable and cherished holiday experiences. She sat in anticipation while the giant red box was brought out to greet her. The smile on her face grew bigger and bigger the longer she had to sit with her eyes closed in anticipation.
Then, the moment finally came. She was told to open her eyes. She would have never guessed what was in store for her, and her reaction would be something that no present, no matter how expensive, could ever be matched.
21. With Open Eyes
Breanne’s mother Margaret sat with her eyes open, she scanned the room momentarily and found the giant red Rubbermaid tub that sat by her side. She sat, puzzled as to what was really going on. By that time she was already tearing up, it wasn’t certain if she knew what was in the tub, but she might have had an idea by the time she saw it.
The only words that she was able to get out of her mouth at the time were “what did you do?” She knew that her children had done something special just for her. And that alone was enough to move her emotionally. Then she reached over to open the lid on the red tub and her eyes immediately filled with tears.
22. Beautiful Christmas Treasures
Breanne’s mother opened the red tub and the tears immediately started flowing the second she realized what was inside and what her family had done for her. Slowly, she unwrapped each ornament and lovingly took in the sight of each beautiful handmade treasure that was in front of her.
Inside the red tub, looking up at Breanne’s mother, was a collection of beautiful, new handmade Christmas treasures that had been lovingly made by her family in place of those that had been stolen. Her children already knew how much their family Christmas decorations meant to their mother, but it wasn’t until she opened the Christmas surprise that it really sunk in just how much.
23. Uncanny Resemblance
Margaret couldn’t believe what she was seeing in front of her. She inspected each of the ornaments one by one and the tears just wouldn’t stop flowing. The ornaments were placed in little dividers inside the red tube to protect them. To her astonishment, their resemblance to the original ornaments that had been stolen was uncanny.
Breanne’s mother was completely overwhelmed by what she was seeing and all the effort that her children had put into the gift. It wasn’t just a gift for her, though. The ornaments would be a gift for the entire family to enjoy and cherish for decades to come.
24. A Tree Full Of Love
The large red Rubbermaid tub was filled to the brim with Christmas ornaments, just enough to completely filly the currently bare Christmas tree. The family wasn’t about to let a year go by with a bare Christmas tree that didn’t appropriately represent their family and their long-honored tradition of making handmade Christmas decorations.
Breanne’s mother Margaret absolutely loved the gift, while going through the ornaments one by one she laughed at some of the pictures, which undoubtedly represented much better times long passed. The entire experience was overwhelming for her. Then finally, Margaret embraced her daughter Breanne in a long hug.
25. I Love You
With her brother Johnny behind the camera, he captured the long embrace. The only words that Margaret was able to get out of her mouth were “I love you. Thank you,” while tears still poured down her face. The Christmas surprise paid off just as Breanne and her brother had planned.
Breanne’s story just goes to show that no matter what happens in life, you can always depend on your family to help pull you through the hardest of times and make things better. Breanne, with the help of her family, was able to pull off such an amazing Christmas surprise by the power of her family bonds. And no matter what the future holds for the Esplana-Sims, together they know that they’ll always be able to pull through, together.
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