For my kids I made books for each one that covered from birth through graduation from high school. I had TWO printed. One for the son or daughter, and one for me. For a few of my kids I had made the paper and glue style books. Those we scanned in and then downloaded into a digital form to print. Much more economical and nicer for both of us to have a bound printed copy (it looks just like a published book!), then a color-copied version in a 3-ring binder. I HOPE soon to get to family books which will have family camp-outs, road-trips, family celebrations such as 4th of July, Christmas and those type of family events. I will order a copy for each of my five kids and one for me to have. When you make your kids scrapbooks include fun stories.
When Dallin was ten years old he was finally old enough for an official cub scout camp out with the organized BSA camp. The only date offered, Stan was taking our older two boys on a high adventure so guess who took Dallin……me. Guess who had never paid attention to how the tent was set up, since she was more concerned with the food, making sure kids weren’t drowning in the stream or chasing wild life too close…..me. So, after twelve year old staff help had our spring bar tent duct taped up in the tree to try to get it to stay up, finally a man knew how to properly set it up. Next mistake. I, being a girl, wanted to be super close to the bathroom. Guess what comes to drink from the stream all night, which is right next to the tent, ALL wildlife living within 100 miles of the stream….consequently I didn’t sleep, but Dallin had his camp out and great memories! What experiences do you have to include?
Delsi attended a youth church camp when she was a teenager and the kids kept mistaking her for Demi Lovato. After several of them wanted a picture of her and them, along with an autograph, she finally started giving it….oops, so, there maybe a few forgeries out there. Any funny stories you have to share in your scrapbook and with your family?
When Derek was working on his Venturing Scout Award, to fulfill one of the projects, he found out that children in orphanages in other countries often went blind because the walls were stark white, which meant the babies eyes did not have anything to focus on; consequently causing blindness. He decided to make a wall hanging to send to an orphanage in Romania. He drew it out, painted it with fabric paint and even hand stitched it himself (after I taught him a few lessons). My friend Dorthy bound it for him and make the loops to make hanging it possible. What motivating stories of service and kindness can your share?
For a gift to Stan and me, Derek and Tawni made us a small photo book that includes pictures, each of their stories of how they met and fun memories of dating. They had Stan write his version of their meeting, along with my experience of their getting together. It also has pictures of their wedding and I just love how it includes us with the beginning of their life too. A book like this would be a wonderful gift, as well as one of your parents when they were dating or married. Or one of your siblings, or mom or dad’s side of the family. The possibilities are endless. Here are a few sites you might want to check out for ideas for digital scrapbooks. Blurb (this is the one I have used and best for large books) My Publisher (this is the one Tawni used for their book for us) Shutterfly (quite popular) Watch for specials and get going on making memories TODAY!!! Build STRONG FAMILIES by recording stories and protecting pictures for generations to come.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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