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.
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.