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Theme ~ Memories
When I first saw the theme for this week, my mind took a trip down... Oh, well, you know. :)
I immediately thought of Christmas last year, which had an added element of special-ness to it. See, last June my parents celebrated their silver anniversary, but due to selling their house so quickly in May, they had to spend an extended summer up at their Lake Bonaparte summer house while their new house back home was being built.
Because they stayed through September, we never really had a chance to celebrate their anniversary with the entire family--even though there are only 11 of us altogether! We just were never able to get everybody together at the same time.
Here's a picture of my dad and mom that I took for their 2011 Christmas cards:
So the months went by, and we finally decided to wait until Christmas to present our "labor of love" to them. It was a memory book of their lives, before marriage, then celebrating all the years they've been together since. It was filled with old pictures (many digitally scanned by my younger brother) and other digital images sent in by family and friends, with words of encouragement and blessing sprinkled throughout. It truly was a memory book for them!
Here is the photo documentary, from them opening the gift, to our little extended family gathered around, enjoying leafing through the pages of time.
Yeah, my dad's pretty goofy.
I love my parents, and I love the memories they've given me over the years. It was a blessing to give back to them. :)
Treasuring life's moments,
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