Family Fun and a Gift of Memories

Our family “reunion” for Emmy’s birthday was a happy success. The kids all had fun with their Aunt Kris who, along with Uncle Mike, is a perpetual source of love and encouragement. Having Sam and Laura in town was a special blessing, and I especially enjoyed having coffee with Sam like we used to.

Kris at the back looks like the victor, but her brother in the front won.

There were several games of PIG, a variant on HORSE, outside at the basketball hoop, which Tom won in a fierce competition with his sister. Emily had a week-long party really, getting off schedule and having more excitement than she’s had since her arrival. She’s only now coming off the effects of the extended fiesta, but is now back to a more staid existence, working in her toy kitchen as I type.

I wanted to share about the gift that Kris gave Emily (and our family.) For years, I have lamented my inability to organize photos properly for our family. We’ve had non-stop action since Tom and I married, adding children quickly and moving several times. As a result, it has been hard to find time, even since Emily’s been here, to sit down and work on a photo album or scrapbook.

Over the last couple of years, Kris has put together the loveliest gifts ever. She has created some priceless scrapbooks of our family and the other children, and now of Emily. Emily will someday have a beautiful photo history of her life, coupled with pictures of her siblings, all of it in chronological order, even with a page index in the back in Kris’s ultra-neat printing.

These scrapbooks took months of her time as she slowly built the keepsakes. Each book has a theme, and each page has a theme. They are works of art. This little video below will show you what she created. I mentioned the scrapbooks before here at the Hope Blog, but wanted to show you the latest ones she has made.

6 thoughts on “Family Fun and a Gift of Memories

  1. carolynb says:

    Those albums are unreal! Kris is talented far beyond words. What a blessed gift for you and your family. WOW.

  2. Joanne says:

    What a priceless gift..and what a blessing to have time with loving family and friends!

  3. christina says:

    Beautiful work of art. It looks like having your family around is a lot of fun. I am sure you are busy. I always think of having a scrabook……someday when things settle down. đŸ™‚

  4. Lisa Green Kentala says:

    These books are absolutely amazing – what talent Kris has!! My only question – will these stand the test of time – not disintegrate, etc. Each page looks well encased in protective covering but I just wondered. Another thing I thought is how they resemble some of the scrapbooking photobooks at Mixbook (though Kris does much more creative work of course). The only reason I mention photobooks is the ability to make more than one copy for safekeeping (and online storage).

  5. Lisa Green Kentala says:

    I have a ton of family pix stored online at shutterfly. As long as they are in business my photos are there – even if my computer crashes, etc. I’ve discovered many photobook companies are popping up online – my current favorite is mixbook. They have beautiful “stickers” and embellishments that allow you to design an actual bound book that resemble the lovely scrapbooks Kris made for you. Many of these companies use high quality paper and ink that won’t disintegrate like our photos do.
    It’s ironic that the pix from long ago are still with us, yet the recent ones fade. About 22 years I had a newspaper page “shrink-wrapped” that is now showing dark spots (this was supposed preserve it!).

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