I have been busy these last few weeks with our newest addition…
Welcome Sweet Genavieve or "Baby Ava"
Last night my Other Half and I laughed as we noticed that she finds great comfort in tightly gripping our fingers. Is she frightened? Should she be? I think a child’s world becomes predominantly that which you paint for them.
Genavieve is one of my greatest creations and yet my work has just begun. Every day I will choose what this innocent child sees, hears, and feels. Will she see beauty everywhere? Will she have love for all people? Will she find gratitude in her heart for everything…even trials? Will she find it easier to smile than frown? Will she find joy each and every day?
What am I willing to sacrifice to help her reach her potential? May our loving Heavenly Father give me insight and strength to paint an exquisite world filled with charity, forgiveness, hope, faith, joy, and love. May I also be humble enough to learn the many things that she has to teach me and find joy in her every step.
As I thought about a gift to give my new child I had to laugh. Years ago I decided to crochet beautiful afghans for each child born in our home. Well, I am currently two behind with little desire to continue that lovely dream. I also made first year photo albums for my two oldest children and thus am two behind on that project too. There is one gift I have not fallen behind on…journals.
What I include in my children's journals:
Growth Chart (Date, Age, Height with percentile, Weight with percentile, Head circumference with percentile)
Drawings from each of their siblings. I trace each child's hand on their page and have recently included a questionnaire regarding their new sibling.
Origins of their first and middle name (how and why we picked them and what their name actually means)
Generally I hand write each entry. However, occasionally I type, cut, and paste. Make sure you write in pen, date your entries, and don't feel that you have to fill a whole page. One line is better than none.