Being a foster parent makes you grow in new and unexpected ways.
It makes me embrace technology.
I like getting my pictures in print form and the actual act of putting them in an album. I like arranging them and seeing them in my hand.
Before Pumpkin was here, I wondered what I would do for a baby book. None of the traditional ones fit. “A sonogram picture” “Daddy said….”
One well meaning friend bought us a scrapbook. Which filled me with dread. I don’t want another hobby and I don’t want to be a scrapbooker.
Ahhhh, the internet CAN be my friend.
I’ve been uploading all my pictures to shutterfly. I already have a digital baby book started–and can keep editing it as I go. First bath? Just add a page.
The best part? I can order multiple copies. The soon-to-be-NY times-bestseller “Welcome Pumpkin” (his first week with us) was sent to us, and to both grandparents. And, with a few small changes (taking out pictures of us) 4 more copies were ordered–for mom, dad, and two sisters in two different foster homes. They were all very appreciative, and I think it will help build a relationship with his family.
If my biological child were being taken care of by strangers, seeing pictures of his home would make me feel a lot more comfortable. Heck, I like it when Croi texts me a picture when I’m at work.
If you know me, you know how excited I am to send Christmas cards this year. As long as Pumpkin is in our house, he’s our family. Close friends and family will be receiving a version of this card.
And, it was easy to choose a different picture (one without his sweet face) to send to others who are not quite as close.
Because I’m a control freak and like to customize, I nearly sent out this card:
The internet actually did make my Christmas a little easier. Thanks, shutterfly.
***post partially sponsored by Shutterfly***