When Ryan proposed to me, I had a coupon for a free 8x8 Shutterfly book so I decided to upload all the pictures and make a photo book for free. I ended up making more for our rehearsal dinner, engagement photos, bridal portraits, wedding showers, and honeymoon. So on our first anniversary, I decided to make a photo book of our first year together as a married couple. This turned into an annual thing where I would collect all our photos from one anniversary to the next and make a photo book for each year we are married. Then when we got pregnant with Marjorie, I made a pregnancy journal that document my pregnancy with her and showed pictures of my growing belly and the baby showers I had. And of course, I had to make a photo book for her first year too. This tradition continued also with Mitchell. So now I have three books I make each year. One is for Ryan and me from anniversary to anniversary. Then I also make a book for each kid from one birthday to the next and it shows what their year looked like and all the funs things we did like vacations, zoo trips, family time, and everything else. It is such a labor of love that I am passing down to our children and my hope is to continue this until they graduate from high school so that they can have their entire childhood documented. I truly enjoy making these books for my family as they remind me of all the special memories we have had in the year prior. I also love watching how our family is growing and changing. But it also brings me great joy to see the looks on their faces when they open this gift each year. Despite what other toys or books they get, this is always their favorite gift and they spend the most time looking at their year in review book. Both kids ask to get out their "baby books" quite often and love looking at them throughout the year. I look forward to doing this same thing for all other children we add to our family in the future and even had an extra copy of our "Adoption Profile Book" made for our future child(ren) to have as a keepsake. These books are a very special tradition in our family and one that I look forward to continuing and expanding in our future.