I used to scrapbook a lot. I loved it. When I went on the scrapbook weekend trips with my girlfriends, it was always a blast except I never had kids to scrapbook. At that time, I was desperately trying to have a child but it just wasn't working. I always ended up making scrapbooks for family members or friends.
Then one day, it finally happened! I got pregnant! I was able to buy and scrapbook with all of those baby stickers I had been wanting for the past five years!! I even got to buy the coveted "twin" stickers that everyone always wanted to buy but only a select few of us were lucky enough to get.
Then the boys came! What a delight. While they took their sweet, silent, three-hour infant naps, I got right to it! I scrapbooked every day and made it to their six month page. I had tons of pictures and each page was fun to do! I made it their six month page by the time they turned one. Then. They. Started. Walking....
The boys are now seven and I am still on their sixth month page... Ummmm...
My scrapbook supplies are scattered all over the place due to needing only certain things for school projects or just to keep the boys busy along the way. I figured I would get back to it in time to finish the year one book by high school graduation and I always have envisioned making a library of digital photo books with the first through eighteenth years.
So, if you told me twelve years ago that one day my son would be using those same supplies to make a scrapbook to use as a tool to speak to his congressman about his life with Type 1 diabetes, I would have fell off my seat laughing!!!
But, here we are...
We had Zeke make one for fun too!
Watching the boys use the supplies brought me so much joy! To do so for such an important cause made me even more excited! What a strange turn of events my life has become.
Here is how the scrapbook came out.
When we go to Washinton, Rocco will be able to give his Congressman this scrapbook and use it as a tool to describe what it's like to live everyday with type 1 diabetes. I am glad the Children's Congress committee is having us do this so it's not awkward when we meet him. I think it will inspire conversation and make it not like a weird uncle kind of conversation. "Hello, little boy, so, you are in second grade, huh?" Haha!
I am really looking forward to our trip and I am becoming more and more convinced that this will really be inspirational for Rocco later in his life. Fingers crossed!