Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I don't know why I decided to but I was checking out Shutterfly one day and I saw that they were having a little sale on their photobooks and I thought it would be neat to create one for our parents so that they always have a little book of pictures of Carleigh to help them remember. So, I spent hours creating these books. I purchased them and had them shipped to their houses as a surprise gift. I sent a little note with each saying it was an early Mother's and Father's day gift for them. Most of each book is the same but there are some personalized pictures in each. And I even made up a little poem that is on one of the pages of the books.

A little baby blessed our lives
And that baby was you
We loved you with all we had
We hope you know that's true

A beautiful little girl
Made perfect by God's hands
You changed our lives forever
As part of His big plan

You came into the world
Without even a cry
Why you left so soon
Only God knows why

We gazed and held you close
While we had you here
Every day we ache for you
And cry our silent tears

We'll hold you in our heart
Every single day
We'll be together soon
This, dear God, we pray

They both got the books pretty quickly and were happy to get them and quite surprised too! When we returned for a visit I was able to see my parent's book and it turned out really well. I know I would love to put all her pictures in a photobook but that would prolly be a pretty expensive endeavor! I have her scrapbooks anyways and you can't really beat something made with love by a mommy's hands.

The first book is my parent's and the second book is Anthony's parent's.

Click here to view this photo book larger

Click here to view this photo book larger


AKD said...

That is so lovely, Holly. Those are wonderful gifts.

I did something similar with Maddie's ultrasound for my husband for Father's Day - it was actually before we lost her, but it is so nice to have now.

Jennifer Ross said...

What a heart felt gift Holly. They're beautiful! Carleigh is such a sweet little girl.

Anonymous said...

beautiful books, I love the poem.

Anonymous said...

These books are beautiful - what a thoughtful gift! I loved the poem you wrote. I also liked yesterday's post of photos. Hope you are feeling well.
Blessings, Sarita

Tina said...

So beautiful Holly! xx

crystal theresa said...

those are beautiful, Holly!

croleyc69 said...

So very beautiful. Carleigh is such a sweetheart.

Akul's mama said...

What a beautiful poem Holly. Carleigh will always be missed. Hugsssss.

Mary said...

Those are lovely gifts to give. I know they will appreciate them.

Nan said...

What a sweet idea, and a beautiful poem. I can never view slide shows and videos cause they just make me a mess, and I am wrecked for the day, but I am sure your creation is so beautiful. Hugs honey xx

April said...

Holly, the album was just lovely! That is certainly a precious gift to hold all of Carleigh's professional photos. They are beautiful!


Emily said...

Love this! They are beautiful

Christie said...

What a beautiful poem and a wonderful gift they will always treasure.

He & Me + 3 said...

what an awesome photo book and that poem is beautiful. Love the pictures. So so precious. Wow it turned out fabulous.

Kristy said...

Beautiful.You did a great job, and i'm sure they warmed your families hears.

Jill said...

LOVE this idea! The books are beautiful! The poem is so sweet. xo

Mary said...

It is beautiful Holly! We did somthing similar for our parents over Christmas. It made me feel better, like now she has soemthing the other kids will get too.

By the way, do you mind if we steal your poem, if we credit you, of course?

withoutmypunkin said...

What wonderful gifts!

Lisette said...

Beautiful gifts and a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing that. I love that idea.

The McDaniel 3 said...

I love the poem! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift from your heart to theirs!

tomandcheryl said...

I don't comment often but I had to let you know how beautiful I think those books came out. You are so very lucky to have some many different photos of your baby girl. I really hope both of your parents appreciate such a wonderfully touching gift.

Anonymous said...

These albums are absolutely beautiful. What a beautiful keepsake.

wendy said...

I just did the same thing! I personalized a few pages for my mom and then changed them to different pictures for my mother in law. I just gave my mother in law hers tonight and she loved it! My mom will get hers tomorrow. Next time Shutterfly has a sale or I have a good coupon I will make another for myself! It was good therapy though to make them. It made me feel like I was doing something very special for my son.

The Blue Sparrow said...

Holly, the photobooks are beautiful! BTW when you get a minute, stop by my blog, there is a suprise there for you in honor of Carleigh! Happy Valentines!

Betty said...

What a great thoughtful of you! I'm sure the grandmas cried!

I love that poem. It is so beautiful!

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