How Do You Chronicle Your Love?

4 years ago

Chronicling Your Love Through Scrapbooking

A month ago, my sister and I stumbled upon some old sticker books we'd kept when we were younger. 

Flipping through page after page of cautiously placed stickers, memories of entering a 99-cent store and begging our mother to buy us more and more stickers flooded my mind.

I was so diligent about collecting those stickers, I had to wonder, What happened to that persistent little girl who was so careful about chronicling every trip with stickers?

How was it that the scrapbook I'd started for my son Equis, when he was simply known as Little Star in my belly, has just been hanging out in my closet for the past two years incomplete?

I mean, I should give myself some credit for the Footprint Frame, the Shadowbox and the "I Love You This Much" card, but those were still recent...

I decided, then, to try to finish it this year--especially since I have two other empty scrapbooks hanging out in that closet too!

Since I'd only created scrapbook pages using my son's sonogram photos, I added two more pages, yesterday, filled with photos from the day Equis was born and the hospital record of his footprints.

Check out what the scrapbook looks like so far:

2nd and 3rd pages of Equis' Scrapbook

Little Star is the nickname I gave to my son while he was still in the womb.

4th and 5th pages of Equis' Scrapbook

I like decorating the pages with sonograms, stickers and apt quotes.

6th and 7th pages of Equis' Scrapbook

A beautiful poem about children and some baby boy pop-up stickers.

8th and 9th pages of Equis' Scrapbook

A drawing Equis' grandma created using a sonogram photocopy and a letter she'd written to her grandson before he was even conceived!

10th and 11th pages of Equis' Scrapbook

The two most recent pages I added to Equis' Scrapbook, filled with his footprint keepsake from Bellevue Hospital, photos of mother and child on the day of his birth and a small message from his mama.

I'm imagining a future in which this scrapbook is cherished for generations. But, first, I have to fill up all those empty pages!

I hope that when Equis gets older, he'll appreciate my Chronicle of Love for him. 

How do you chronicle your love for your family?

This post was written for BlogHer's February NaBloPoMo and was originially published at Equis Place.

Xiomara A. Maldonado
Blogger, Memoirist, Poet

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