I just received the best gift in the whole world yesterday in the mail! First, let me tell you about Jen. I met Jennifer when she was working with the motorcycle company that I do the books for. Her fiancee at the time was a sponsored rider & she ended up working in the office side of it. We instantly clicked as friends. Time changed things, she left the job, left her fiancee, & ended up marrying her best friend & moving to Canada (a great story made for the movies) - we never lost touch with each other. That's been at least 4 years since she's been gone from Kentucky & we still talk at least weekly to each other.
She sent me in the mail yesterday a scrapbook she has been working on for months (months meaning over a YEAR!). Now, in her defense, she is also a new mom to a GORGEOUS little boy, & she also helps with her husband's family business & her favorite hobby is building homes - Yes, BUILDING homes! The girl was on a roof when she was 7 months pregnant! Is she wacky? Maybe that's why we're such good friends!
This scrapbook is truly the most amazing gift anyone has ever given me! I need to take pictures of the pictures (make sense?) to show how amazing it is. And its not even the "scrapbook" that is so special - its the memories she has captured & put in such a beautiful form. There are pages of the twins when they were born, pictures of Ricky & the 3 girls, pictures of my doggies, my parents, pictures of friends, even a STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN PAGE!!!! - & so many pictures of Stephanie throughout! Jen did a page with the picture of me & Steph on our "Re-baptism" day - I sat & just bawled when I saw the way she captured that day. There is an envelope for me to write my memories down & seal up on that page - see, capturing the memories!
If you've ever made a hand made gift for someone, you know the work & the heart that is invested in that. I can only imagine the work that is in this album - & I am so thankful for the heart that Jen has put into it - I can't thank her enough!
The good news - I spoke with Jen this morning & she told me that now the album is done - whenever I have pictures that mean anything to me - just mail them to her & she can easily add a page to my album! Oh man - she doesnt even know what she's started! She knows how I LOVE to take pictures of everything! I already told her the first package of pictures will be on their way up when I get back from seeing Isaac! I'm going to keep capturing those memories!