I remember one Christmas years ago when I made a photo quilt for my parents. It took me hours upon hours with babies crawling over me to make that thing and my heart was beating so hard when I finally had the opportunity to hand over that wrapped up treasure. They adored that quilt. It holds pictures of so many family memories and I worked so hard to carefully pick out beautiful colors that would match their house and sew them all together. Oh I put a lot of work into that thing! They knew it was more than the pictures…it was a bundle of deep love and adoration from their daughter. It still hangs on the wall at their house to this very day.
Yes, they loved it. But I still think the giver had more joy than the receiver that day. That’s when giving gets pretty fun.
This Christmas I had a similar opportunity in giving. Because I put lots of blood and sweat and tears into making some photo books. They weren’t something that was asked for. They were something made directly from my heart. And that’s what makes the giving all the better.
First and foremost I made two volumes of mission books for Max. One for the first year of his mission and another for the second.
So what did I do?
But really, every year when birthdays come around we pull out the baby books that I painstakingly cut and pasted together with the “cutest” papers and quotes back in those scrapbooking days. And every year on her birthday Lucy laments that she doesn’t have one of those things. I gave up on those by the time I got to her. Oh I have pictures all right. Never-ending pictures of that sweet last baby of mine. I just have never put them together. And I figured that right there jam-packed in between stuff in December that I should probably get going on that thing. Sometimes I work best with a deadline.
Although I didn’t do a scrapbook for Lucy, I did write in my journal about how much I adored this child. So I cut and pasted in excerpts from that online journal.
Took pictures of documents and keepsakes like her hospital bracelet and blessing certificate:
…and birth announcement:
Then it was on to wedding plans and Christmas prep, but when those things came in the mail I was pretty much dying of excitement to give them away.
I was so excited to finally give away those things my heart had been yearning to give.
And I it was so fun to have their excitement match mine.
She has been carrying that thing around in her backpack and has read every word.
Then you select “book” in the upper menu (next to “library” and “develop”…see red arrow below):
You can look at the book to arrange it either in a large grid to see lots of pages (above), or you can look at just one or two pages like the view below:
And oh my goodness that right there just sounded so much like a sponsored post. And I have to say that I wish it was! I wish Blurb would give me all kinds of free stuff for writing about this whiz-bang program that, if practiced, could make a world of difference in my life. But alas, they have no idea who I am. I just want to share a good thing when I find it:)