My high school prom song was I Will Remember You by Sarah Mclachlan. I have always been known as the memory keeper in our family. Every three months I burn dvds of our videos and back up our pictures. I add our pictures to a digital yearbook I make on Shutterfly. I love looking through old photo albulms and telling my daughter stories from our past. Her favorite is, “Mama, tell me the story of the day I was born.” We read books when the girls wake up, again before nap time and before bed. We get new books from the library once a week and even my three year old knows what day of the week we do this on! We have developed a love for books in our household. So much that both girls fall asleep looking at books.

About a year ago, my oldest started asking about her Grandpa. He passed away just weeks after Dave and I got married. My father-in-law was a great man. I am sad for my children that they won’t get the chance to get to know him. Since I am an author and creating books is always on my mind, my solution to this sad quandary? I made my girls a book (on shutterfly) about their grandpa. My mother-in-law gave me photos that I scanned and added along with text. I asked her “What is it you want your grandchildren to know about your husband?” I loved what she came up with. Once the book was completed, I read it over and over and over again to my daughter.

Their grandpa loved to read. He read the paper, magazines, books, you name it. He was very educated and knowledgeable. He would have loved reading to my little book worms. I smile when I think of how proud he would be of me for writing books with such powerful messages for children. We will remember you Grandpa.

Fun Tip: I shared the book with my sister-in-law who I think ordered a copy for her girls.