I want to share with you a little story from a couple weeks ago.
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I'm in the middle of a big office/studio makeover and so there is/has been a lot of shifting and rearranging of furniture and in the middle of the mass chaos a little gem....
you see, up until now most of my scrapbooks have been behind cabinets (due to lack of out in the open bookshelves) and often forgotten about until I've completed a page and remember to slip in into the album it belongs in.
We took out the shelving that was in my office (and not really that practical for me) and moved it downstairs to our front room that's suppose to be a dining room. It's a perfect place to hold all our scrapbooks!!
So I had them all on the shelves and it didn't take long for the kiddos to see them and be curious :)
They dragged them out, opened them up and spend a long time looking at the pages.
I was upstairs working on my office when Carson brought his baby album up and asked me about one of the pages. It was of his birth and had a manilla envelope in it and he wanted to see what was in that envelope and asked if I could get it out of the page protector.
I had completely forgotten what was in there!!
We opened it up and there were letters from both Ian and I to Carson about his birth and everything we had felt that day, etc.
Carson was born 4 weeks early and was placed in the NICU for a week...so there was some raw emotions written in those letters!
Carson got so choked up reading them and when I asked him what the matter was he said,
"I just have two really great parents that love me a lot."
And that's when it hit me harder than ever....
that this little "hobby" of mine isn't just a hobby....
We (scrapbookers/life documenters/whatever you call it) are documenting our lives in such a way that really it comes purely out of love.
Love of who we are.
Love of our family (past & present & future).
Love of cherishing the everyday and wanting to savor it for as long as possible.
And of course it could include love for all the yummy scrapbooking products out there too! :)
But seriously, we wouldn't spend countless hours putting together these pages if we didn't like it.....
we do it because we love it.