Digital Scrapbooking… The good, the bad and the story

"Smile On"

“Smile On”

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in the story.  The details of really anything tell you so much.  It’s no wonder that interest carried over when I started taking photos.  I would pick up brochures or take pictures of signs to help put details to my photos when I could no longer remember.

Little did I know that there was a whole industry centered around this very concept!  Scrapbooking quickly became a natural extension of my creativity and my compulsion for collecting details.

When my children arrived on the scene, I attempted to catalog every single detail of course.  It became a monumental task to say the least.  I also had a compulsion to scrap only the cutest of cute photos, otherwise, laundry would never get done!  (Hey, that’s my story and I am sticking to it!)

When my 4th little one was born, he gave his photog mom a run for her money.  He was not an “easy smile” and especially not for the camera.  As he aged in fact, he would often cry or scream.  He would look like he was making silly faces and it would frustrate the tar out of me!  Never did I think something could be wrong.

Well, I was wrong.  In December 2010, I made a call to our local Early Intervention office to say the words that are nearly impossible for any mom to utter… I think there is something wrong with my son.  Sure enough, a few short months later, my son was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Today marks the first National Apraxia Awareness Day.  So, like any good scrapbooker, I marked the day and collected the details.  Looking back on the photos showed me so much about what I missed.  It revealed details of the untold story.  It proved to me once again what a super hero my little man is.

So today, I encourage you to put details with your photos.  Write down the who, what and where and especially the why.  Write down the wonderful times and don’t be afraid to write down the bad and ugly times too.

I am hoping that in scrapbooking this day and this journey that someday, maybe a year from now, maybe ten years from now, my son and I can reflect on what he accomplished…how he worked at one time for every single sound, every simple syllable, every tiny word… and he will smile, a simple, easy smile without thinking about it.

For more information on the layout, including the journaling, please visit Happy to Create

For more information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, please visit:

Thanks for reading.

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