Writing Love Letters to Your Children

by Jennifer Donovan

Kids are forever asking, “What was I like when I was little?” So many mothers have said to me, “I could kick myself for not writing these stories down,” but inevitably we don’t.

I wanted to be Max and Lily’s memory, so that if they were ever lost along the way, these letters, these little glimpses into their early personalities, might be the lamp they would need to light their way back home.

These letters can be your lamp as well. One day when they go off to college or get married, rereading these letters will help you relive some of the happiest times of your life.

Judy Siblin-Librach in Love, Mommy

As parents all of us try to capture those fleeting moments of childhood one way or another. It could be through photos, video, scrapbooking, journaling, blogging or a combination of these methods.

If you’re like me, you’ve focused on each of these at one time or another without achieving that end-result that you desire. I often beat myself up for the little and big moments that I have neglected to preserve in the lives of Amanda (9) and Kyle (3).

I always enjoyed scrapbooking for the detailed memory collection that it produced through photos combined with journaling. However it’s just not something that I have the time, or desire to make the time, to do these days.

I started a journal when Amanda was an infant to capture my thoughts about her at various stages of her life, but even after writing a long entry about a week in her one-year-old life and declaring how I was going to make this undertaking a priority, I never did write on a regular basis.

A wonderful byproduct of blogging is that I have been able to capture some photos and record my thoughts on a variety of topics such as Kyle’s first black eye, the self-examination that has come with Amanda’s tween years, and memorable Halloween and Easter celebrations.

I recently came across a resource that I think is really going to help me. Judy Siblin-Librach’s book, Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby will help those of you whose intentions have proven stronger than your follow-through. Yes, I wrote a letter to Amanda telling her about the day of her birth. I bought cute folios and even a box to store letters that I would write to her looking back over each year of her life, but once again, I have failed. Poor Kyle has not even gotten a letter about his miraculous birth, although thanks again to blogging, it has at least been captured. Also thanks to blogging, I didlove-mommy.jpg write him a somewhat tongue-in-cheek letter about starting preschool this fall.

Why is this book a better resource than some out there? Why do we even need a resource when we know that we are probably going to be inconsistent with our efforts anyway?

This book is excellent precisely because of those lapses between our intention and action. Siblin-Librach outlines the ideal situation of writing the letters at each specific life stage, but she offers the writer a way to focus on the “magic key” of the memory that you are trying to capture, as well as suggesting similar topics that you could mine for forgotten memories related to that topic.

She offers prompts that might evoke details that you might have otherwise forgotten. She shares samples of the letters that she has written to her own children around the topics of developmental milestones, first friendships, celebrations and more.

Is your baby already having babies of her own? It’s not too late to give her the gift of her childhood.

Are you so busy raising your houseful of children that you don’t have a moment to reflect on these moments? Read a quick chapter and seize those moments that it takes to make a precious keepsake.

This is a book that every mother should have, and every writer will want to add to her collection for the windows that it helps open from your past. You can buy it at amazon.com, and one of you will win a lovely gift set–the book tied with a ribbon and containing a journal to keep track of some of those memories.

Go ahead and buy it now. If you win, it will make a perfect baby shower gift or Mother’s Day gift for your favorite mom.

Leave a comment here if you’d like to win. I’ll post the winner on April 5.



Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Joy March 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm

This sounds like an amazing book! I take picture after picture in hopes of freezing moments in time. I have tried scrapbooking both paper and digital and yet it is so hard to keep up. My hope is htis book would give me the motivation to my daughter this amazing gift of the story of her childhood and the overwhelming love and admiration I have for. My own mother died when I was just 15 years old and oh, what a gift this would have been for me to have had.

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2 Briana March 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

One of the main reasons I blog and scrapbook is to allow my children to always have a record of their lives. I hope they will look back and see how much love and fun has always been in their family.

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3 Piecake March 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

How timely. I just wrote a blog entry about my daughter today and was thinking about how I need to save more of the cute stories for her.

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4 Cole's Mama March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

This is too great! I would love to win this!

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5 Valerie March 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Oh, I so keep meaning to record so much stuff down, so this would be really good for me to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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6 Brandi March 25, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Pick me, please!

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7 Cherie March 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm

What a fun book! I’d love to win!!!

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8 Nicol March 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

This is perfect! I started a journal for my dd when she was a few months old. I did great writing about the cute things she was doing and the many milestones, until recently. This would be perfect for me to kickstart me in preserving thoses perious memories!

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9 Laura H. March 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Sounds like an awesome book to read!! I might just have to buy it if I dont win!

laura_licious101(at)hotmail(dot)com

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10 Deanne March 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I love that idea! Aside from my blog, it would be great to have something like this for my children.

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11 kelli in the mirror March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I want to give this to my mom so she can go back and write down MY childhood! :) Or I could use it for my kids too. Either one would be good.

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12 Ginnie March 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm

You’ve described me and my good intentions perfectly. I’ve tried journaling, I’ve tried scrapbooking, but I never seem to consistently follow through with anything. I’d love to read the book and see if it would help me do better! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

Ginnie

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13 Tara March 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm

oh I would love to win this!

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14 Andrea March 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I’d love to win this! It sounds great. :)

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15 Donna March 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

I have my 5th child on the way and have often wished I recorded more stories of all of them. This book looks wonderful.

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16 Shannon H March 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Yes please! I haven’t had time for long letters or journal entries, but I have started writing my son’s milestones or cute moments on notecards as a keepsake.

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17 Kelley March 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm

sounds like a great book!

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18 Tanya Moyer March 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm

What an awesome gift! I know all Moms have the best of intentions when it comes to remembering all the memories we want to! I think this book will be a great resource! Thanks for offering it!
~Tanya~
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

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19 cynthia March 25, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I have 6 children, 3 who are adopted. I would love something that can help me document all the kids’birth stories and how they came to be in our forever family.

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20 Jennifer C. March 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I really need this book to encourage me! Thanks for bringing such great resources to our attention!

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21 Krista March 25, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I have a letter I started… and never finished! thankfully it’s to my teenager (which I don’t have yet) so I can still finish it!
This would be handy I’m sure.

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22 Noreen March 25, 2008 at 7:18 pm

it is hard to keep all the memories you want, this book sounds great

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23 Alaina March 25, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I would love this book! Thank you for sharing! And I agree, blogging has allowed me to record so much more!

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24 diXymiss March 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I’d love to be entered for a chance to win ~ thanX!

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25 Shannon March 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Oh, that sounds lovely. My mom kept a journal with anecdotes about her children, and we treasure it, but there are far too few entries. I haven’t even started one for my children!

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26 MaryBeth March 25, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Sounds like a great book; I’ll check it out, but like you said it would also make a great gift.

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27 stephanie March 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Enter me please. :)

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28 Lesha March 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Sounds great!

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29 Alicia March 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm

This books sounds wonderful! My favorite part of blogging is it’s a natural way for me to get these ideas down the day (or week) they happen. I will get this book whether or not I win it, but how fun would it be to win!

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30 Wendy March 25, 2008 at 8:41 pm

This is great…please enter me:)

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31 Louise Brouillette March 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm

This sounds interesting!

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32 Pamela March 25, 2008 at 9:26 pm

What a wonderful idea! I love the fact that it is never too late to go back and write these letters.

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33 Gillian Gauthier March 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Thank you for the tip on the book. I love the idea … look forward to reading it. :)

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34 Julia March 25, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Please enter me. Sounds like an interesting and practical read.

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35 Blessed March 25, 2008 at 9:50 pm

this would be awesome to win

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36 lil mama March 25, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I heard about this book a little while back and, wouldn’t ya know it, like my scrapbooking, the thought got lost in somewhere between our two diaper pails and the 5 loads of laundry waiting to be washes :) !

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37 christopher h March 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm

wow, what a great book

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38 Heidi March 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm

I have a journal that I started for each of my kids when I found out I was pregnant, and I continue writing in them after they are born whenever I get the chance. Which is not much, but I try to get at least a few entries a year in! :)
I would love to see what the book says about writing to them once they are a little older. :)

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39 Sarah Berry March 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

I also started a journal for Brea but have not kept up with it as planned. I would love this book I want to preserve memories for both her and I. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Thanks.

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40 Colleen March 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book.
I started a blog specifically to write to Zoe…. but I have done horribly with posting there.

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41 Natalie March 25, 2008 at 10:42 pm

That sounds really sweet!

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42 Adrienne March 25, 2008 at 10:54 pm

This soundds great. I have a 2 yr old and one on the way and it would be great to capture my thoughts. Please count me in.

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43 Scarlet O'Kara March 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm

What a great book. If I don’t win it…guess I might just have to by it myself…but I really want to win it…

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44 Hollie P. March 25, 2008 at 11:21 pm

This book sounds great, it is something I would love to start for my 2 kids! :-)

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45 Melanie March 25, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I would love this!

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46 Aimee B March 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm

This truly sounds fabulous! I have been unable to commit myself to scrapbooking. However, it is so important to leave marks along the way that my children can look back to when they have grown. This seems wonderful, doable, and to me, exciting. Please enter me in the book draw!

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47 linda March 25, 2008 at 11:34 pm

This sure would be a great win.

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48 Elliemae March 25, 2008 at 11:34 pm

I have started and stopped journals and scrapbooks but I haven’t had the time to keep them up. This sounds like a fabulous book.

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49 Ivan Girl - Dear Me March 25, 2008 at 11:43 pm

oh, this is such a lovely book.

i was almost teary-eyed while reading this entry for i have this overwhelming love for my baby. he’s so adorable and i love him so much.

this book is on top of my wishlist! a must-have for mommies. :)

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50 Jen March 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

One of the reasons I started my blog was to preserve memories. I would love to know how better to do this for my daughter and any other children I may someday have!

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51 Thrifty Karen March 26, 2008 at 12:11 am

Many years ago, I was reading a magazine article where a teenage girl was giving her mom a hard time and saying that the mom did not love her. The mom pulled out a journal of things she had written to her daughter and the journal was started when she found out she was pregnant. I thought that was a wonderful idea and gift and decided to do the same for my children. I don’t write in them often, but every now and then I write something cute they said, something special we did, or something about them. I think it will be a wonderful gift to them some day.

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52 legendaryabundance March 26, 2008 at 12:17 am

I too have written off and on about each of my children – I wish I had done more. When I come across the “journal pages” now and then…I love how each one takes me right back to that moment.
I can only hope that one day it does the same for them.

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53 heather martinez March 26, 2008 at 12:26 am

This is great! I couldn’t beeven begin to describe how happy i would be if i had something from child hood to reflect on when i am going though motherhood for the first time,just alittle something to let me realize that i once was a child doing these things.I defintly want my son to have something someday to let him know how i felt every second of everyday when he was small.

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54 Nell March 26, 2008 at 12:28 am

I’d Love To Win!

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55 stampedwithgrace March 26, 2008 at 12:46 am

this book has a beautiful cover and sounds wonderful :)

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56 Megan March 26, 2008 at 12:49 am

I would love to have this book. I am not as diligent with writing about my children as I should be. I like how this book has specific prompts in it.

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57 Anne March 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

This is really a beautiful gift! I would love to win!

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58 Stephy J March 26, 2008 at 1:09 am

Oh this sounds like such a good read. Please enter me!

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59 Terra Heck March 26, 2008 at 2:11 am

I’d love to have this book to help me put into words all that I want to say to my children to remind them how special they are to me and to jot all of the occasions and milestones they’ve gone through.

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60 melody is slurping life March 26, 2008 at 2:16 am

Precious book. Please enter me, and thank you.

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61 tanyetta March 26, 2008 at 2:59 am

count me in!

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62 emilia March 26, 2008 at 3:28 am

Please, count me in :) The book looks great

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63 Stephen Saunders March 26, 2008 at 5:28 am

Pretty cool, would like winning!

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64 Tracy Becker March 26, 2008 at 5:37 am

Oh this is an amazing idea and I hope a wonderful book! My sister is due May 8th and I have a 16 month old. It is getting harder to remember the silly, sad and wonderful stories from when she was a little baby. I may have to order one for me and (I hope) win one for her!

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65 bob keck March 26, 2008 at 5:38 am

This would be a great thing to have – it preserves the art of writing. Kind of ironic to post that via my keyboard.

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66 AMy March 26, 2008 at 6:28 am

Sounds like a fantastic book. I never really seem to get enough journalling on my scrapbooking pages or find the time to write down the memory when I still have it fresh. maybe this is what I need to get those things happening, or at least help me afterwards when the initial moment has passed.
WOuld love to win. Might buy it if I dont.

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67 Katrina (Callapidder Days) March 26, 2008 at 7:43 am

Looks great. Please enter me!

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68 Elizabeth March 26, 2008 at 7:48 am

I’ve been journaling to my babies too but I’ve done it in spiral notebooks. That’s not too cool but the words are what counts.

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69 Rebecca Snodgrass March 26, 2008 at 8:26 am

i wanna win

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70 Carrie March 26, 2008 at 8:39 am

Pls enter me! Thanks!

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71 Lee March 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

I need all the help I can get preserving memories.

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72 Margaret Herrin March 26, 2008 at 8:52 am

Nice prize.

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73 Karen Gonyea March 26, 2008 at 9:00 am

Sounds Great !!

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74 Angie March 26, 2008 at 9:03 am

sounds great! I’d love a chance! *In each of my children’s baby books, I wrote a letter to them, but have not continued since then.*

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75 Annette March 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

Enter me, please.

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76 Beth/Mom2TwoVikings March 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

I’ll give it a shot!

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77 Mommy Bee March 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

Oh how I would love to win this. I need help getting a jump start on letters for my daughter. What a terrific book. Thanks!

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78 Jodi Fulkman March 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

My mom was a natural at this sort of thing, I am not. I would love to win this.

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79 Amy March 26, 2008 at 10:05 am

I would Love to win one of these!! Thanks for posting about this!

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80 Kathy Scott March 26, 2008 at 10:14 am

My reading addiction needs feeding. Thanks for the chance.

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81 Kari Follett March 26, 2008 at 10:15 am

Im a huge scrapbook fanatic and record everything, this I would LOVE to own!

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82 Wendy March 26, 2008 at 10:34 am

It’s so hard to imagine my little girl grown up. I would love for her to have more of her memories than I do.

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83 Michele March 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

How wonderful…count me in!

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84 Miss Heidi March 26, 2008 at 11:26 am

Please enter me. Thanks so much.
Heidi
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

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85 Little Eblings Academy March 26, 2008 at 11:29 am

Awww…. Great book. I’d love to win it.
Thanks!

Blessings, Beckie :o)

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86 SJ March 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

What a precious idea. I try to write a letter on each birthday, but haven’t gotten them all done.
I’d love a copy of this book!

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87 Corina Smith March 26, 2008 at 11:53 am

What an inspirational book. Thanks for a great giveaway!
They are growing up far too fast!

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88 Angel March 26, 2008 at 12:14 pm

so neat

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89 Ana March 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm

i hope i win

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90 Maja March 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm

so cool

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91 Sharon Jones March 26, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Oh..I would LOVE to win this…thank you!~

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92 Ann March 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm

With 3 kids there’s so many special moments. What a great give away, I would love to win this one. Can’t wait to read the book.

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93 Michelle March 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

This sounds wonderful. I would love to be entered.

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94 tim brown March 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

THANK YOU GOD BLESS

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95 Lindsie March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Sounds like a great book! I would love to read it!

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96 JenO March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This book looks great! I added it to my amazon baby registry, altho I would love to win it as well! ;)

nifferjeno at gmail dot com

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97 Tarah March 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm

This would be a perfect gift for my sister, expecting her first child. If I don’t win, I will be buying!

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98 Cindi March 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Hi, You have the most wonderful giveaways. What a lovely memory idea! I would have many to write down.I have been fortunate enough to be at home with both of my sons. I was witness to the laugh, first step, first word, etc. Please enter me in your fabulous drawing. Thanks,Cindi

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99 Tara B March 26, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Oh, I love this idea…I’m already a lot of those ideas with Cherish Bound. I love writing my kid’s stories and I’ve written them letters before too. Great book…I’d love to read it and teach my customers how to implement the teachings in this book! Thanks for the great giveaways!!

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100 valerie mabrey March 26, 2008 at 1:32 pm

thanks for the contest

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101 cassie March 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I started a journal and eventually moved into doing a blog about my four year old. I printed out the posts for him for when he gets older. He already loves to hear the stories of when he was “little”.

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102 Mary March 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Great giveaway, thanks!

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103 emily March 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

This sounds wonderful.

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104 Richelle F March 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Sounds great!

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105 Elena March 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I love the idea. Please, count me in!

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106 Milk Mama March 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I’d love to have this. Keeping memories of my daughter is so important to me!

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107 Jessica T March 26, 2008 at 5:09 pm

This sounds awesome!

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108 Tiffany March 26, 2008 at 5:42 pm

This is a concept I have thought about, and I’d love to learn more about how to do it.

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109 Erin March 26, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Wow! Anything that would help me have more follow through with archiving memories is appreciated. It sounds like an amazing book!

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110 DARIJA March 26, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Please enter me in this contest.

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111 Meg March 26, 2008 at 7:58 pm

What a wonderful book idea! I think I’d start this now, even though my baby is almost 2. It’d also make a great gift for all of the new moms I know! Thanks! ( meg.wilson@gmail.com )

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112 Amy R. March 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Wow, I would LOVE this!

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113 Dawn March 26, 2008 at 9:04 pm

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for the giveaway!

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114 megan March 26, 2008 at 9:29 pm

I would love to read this book!!

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115 Jamie March 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm

The book looks promising. Trying to preserve bits and scraps of life before they fade to memories is one of the main reasons I write–and blog.

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116 Lisa O March 26, 2008 at 10:28 pm

What a lovely prize!

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117 Hope March 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

This was such a great reminder! I am seeing that mini-scrapbooks are a great way to help start and finish something. Just taking one idea and being able to finish it is so encouraging! It is helping me to not feel so overwhelmed. I would like to look at each of my mini-scrapbooks as a letter to my children. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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118 Jenna March 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm

This is right up my alley! I’ve been keeping a journal for my Sarina since I was pregnant, but I don’t always feel like I’m doing a good job of capturing the right things. I’d love some guidance.

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119 Denese S. March 26, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Right now I use a calendar and write little notes every time I think of or he does something cute. This would help me out!
Thanks!

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120 Danielle S March 26, 2008 at 11:29 pm

I d love to win this! Such a sweet idea!

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121 Ashlynn Mitchll March 26, 2008 at 11:37 pm

i LOVE this idea!

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122 Tammy March 26, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I am thrilled to here about this book. I have actually been gathering info to devote a whole section to the importance of making memories and keeping and making family traditions. Not only did my parents did not really do this for me but I feel like many people are so caught up now days they are putting this on the back burner. Thanks for the reminder post.

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123 Angela March 26, 2008 at 11:48 pm

OMG Ive been dying to get a copy of this book!

I added you to prizeatron too
http://www.prizeatron.com

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124 Reiza March 26, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Oh wow! This sounds so sweet. I definitely want to try to win a copy.

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125 Susan March 27, 2008 at 12:03 am

What a wonderful idea! Now if only I can find time to actually sit down and write a letter! :)

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126 Kristi Blackstone March 27, 2008 at 12:31 am

Consider me!

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127 Jess March 27, 2008 at 12:42 am

Wonderful idea. Can’t wait to check it out.

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128 Anne March 27, 2008 at 12:43 am

Sounds like a wonderful book. Throw my name in the ring, please.

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129 Stephanie March 27, 2008 at 2:36 am

This looks like a beautiful book – and it might motivate me to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for the past year…I want to write down the precious little things that my daughter does and says so that I can remember them forever.

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130 Terri B March 27, 2008 at 3:12 am

What a sweet way to save memories for our kids.

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131 Suzie March 27, 2008 at 5:32 am

I too slacked off on filling out the baby book and preserving memories. I spent hours researching the “perfect” baby book when I was pregnant with my daughter. I’ve filled out maybe 3 pages of that book and she turned 2 in November! I had my son last month and this post made me realize that we didn’t even buy one for him!

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132 sheila March 27, 2008 at 8:31 am

this sounds like a book that i would love to have and enjoy. thanks for sharing the info.
maybe i’ll win!

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133 Julianna March 27, 2008 at 9:06 am

Since my daughter was born in December, I haven’t had the time to devote to starting a scrapbook or anything like that. But writing letters — that’s something I could do as I go to bed each night! This book could be just the thing to motivate me and guide me along. After all, I’m not the best writer.

Julianna
pineneedleroad@aol.com

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134 Leisa Wooten March 27, 2008 at 9:18 am

Oh, please let me win this for my sister and her new baby. I think everybody in the baby’s family should write to the baby at some point!

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135 Anjanette March 27, 2008 at 9:22 am

My mother wrote me a letter while in labor that has remained very special to me. My son is 6 weeks old now and I’m still procrastinating! I could use the help! :)

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136 Pauline Burns March 27, 2008 at 11:34 am

I love scrapbooking, so this would be a great addition to my collection of pictures!

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137 Mae March 27, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Interesting book, what love to rea it.

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138 Donna Rinas March 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Wish I’d done that when my kids were little. But, I’ve got grand-children and maybe this would encourage their parents to do a book of stories for them. Thank you.

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139 stacy b March 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I want to do it! Ive started a scrapbbok for eavch though!

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140 Vickie Couturier March 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

wow,what an nice prize,we are adopting our foster daughter an this would be perfect,count me in please

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141 Risha March 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I would love to incorporate this book into my daughter’s scrapbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

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142 Valerie Mitchell March 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm

fabulous!

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143 Michelle March 28, 2008 at 2:19 am

Actually what I’ve done has been a use of my scrapbooks. Each December I put together one page (front and back) for each child. The front had one pic of the child with a full page written to them about everything on.. (ie “you’re such at such a great age.. 12. Half woman and half child. So responsible yet so silly) and then on the back I’d put a bunch of pictures which were examples of whatever I had written (for the above example I showed my daughter feeding the baby and another being a goof ball with her brother).

Then.. as each child moves out.. put all of his/her pages into one album and give it to them.

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144 Shannon March 28, 2008 at 8:59 am

I would love to have this for my son my miracle baby and my whole life.

palmersf(at)comcast(dot)net

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145 Timothy Sternberg March 28, 2008 at 10:09 am

This sounds like an amazing book!

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146 Judy Siblin-Librach March 28, 2008 at 10:17 am

Dear Jennifer,
Thank you so much for your beautiful review of my book, Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters To Your Baby. I loved how you opened by saying very aptly that as “parents all of us try to capture those felleting moments of childhood one way or another.” And I think it’s great that you offered all of the possible suggestions to get started from photos to video, scrapbooking, journaling, blogging or a combination of these methods. Memory triggers are so important for moms, because don’t always get a lot of sleep, (Understatement!) and we have lots on our plate. Thank you for the lovely line you wrote about how “the book is excellent beecause of those lapses between our intention and action.” It is so true. I believe this so passionately, because I know that children love stories about what they were like when they were little and they seem to crave all of the information they can get. Even adult children and teens enjoy hearing all of the stories and by writing them down, you get all of that rich, evocative detail. I am amazed by some of stories I wrote when Max and Lily were little, because even though I wrote them, I’ll catch myself saying, “I forgot that happened. Wow.” It’s so lovely to have these letters and stories, because somehow it allows you to capture some of the happiest moments of your life and make them live on forever. I often tell moms in workshops that if they don’t have time to write a whole letter, just write even five headlines a year-after their birthday is a great place to start. So you can write about Their Birthday, First Day of School, Family Holidays, Celebrations, not to mention First Bath, Birth, First Time They Caught a Baseball, First ballet class or times spent in the playground, just to name a few. I give lots of suggested topics in the book to stimulate your memory and imagination. Another way to get started is just to keep a shoebox and cut a letter sized opening on the top of the box and everytime you get an idea, just dash it off on a piece of paper, (even just one line) and pop in the “suggestion box,” THen on a rainy day or whenever you have the time, you can take these notes, headlines or ideas and write out the story in a journal, or some pretty stationary, or even just tap away on the computer and have that memory preserved. I also say even if you can’t write a number of letters, write one masterpiece of a letter, (there is chapter that outlines how to do that.) Also you know those cute words and phrases they say? I call them Maxisms and Lilyisms, so what are your Davidisms, and Susyisms, etc. That’s another great way to get started. And Jennifer thank you for mentioning “The Magic Key” as I think that is one of the greatest keys to the book. A mom read the book and started writing love letters to her daughter Brenna. So she wrote a story about how she painted Brenna’s bedroom and then noticed that Brenna was waiting outside the room, propped up on her elbows and just waiting. When her mom asked her “Brenna, what are you doing?” Brenna answered: “I’m waiting for the paint to dry.” So after the story, the mom ended the story with this Magic Key: “Brenna, I love your patience. Your patience and your innocence are some of your most wonderful qualities.” So even if Brenna forgets the story about the paint, she will always remember that her mom wrote this wonderful line about one of her best characteristics. That noticing and acknowledging lands in a very deep place for all children, young and old alike. Thanks Jennifer and I am so thrilled that moms are writing. I really believe it is the greatest gift you can give to your children and to yourself.
With appreciation and thanks,
Judy Siblin-Librach
“Love, Mommy”

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147 Lisa Fosses March 28, 2008 at 10:27 am

looks like a good book

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148 Regina March 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

I’m more of a picture taker as well, but writing letters would express the things that the picture can’t tell.!

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149 Mary Sullivan March 28, 2008 at 10:55 am

This is wonderful!

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150 alison March 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

What a cute contest! This would be great, as I’m putting together my daughter’t baby book right now!

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151 Jay Fenster March 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

me likey

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152 tnchick March 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Oh, this looks FAB!!

I’d love a chance to win.

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153 william causey March 29, 2008 at 1:51 am

please count me in

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154 Suzanne March 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm

I struggle with consistency in capturing my children’s childhood moments. I’d love this book.

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155 Julie Donahue March 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I recently gave up scrapbooking because it became a burden (by to do list was much longer than my “done” list.) The thought of what I hadn’t done (and the money I had invested) did not bring me joy. So I got rid of most of it. I’ve begun blogging, but I’m not really spending much time on Mommy Moments. But I want to have a way to share my love with my kids. This book sounds incredible.

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156 bhavana March 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Enter me please. Thanks!

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157 Kristi March 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I love this idea. please enter me.

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158 Denise March 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I need something like this!

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159 James Jenkins March 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Wow!!

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160 alishia March 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm

What a terrific book. Even if I don’t win I will be inspired to write down more memories of my children for them and me.

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161 pat March 30, 2008 at 1:11 pm

This is such a good idea.
I can only remember snatches of the wonderful things that my kids said when they were little. Hardly anyone used computers then. I’ll not miss recording the wonderful things that my grandchildren say. Thanks.

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162 BlapherMJ March 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

This is wonderful for moms and their children to have! I’ve written different memories about my children over the last few years, but having this book would be incredible!

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163 Ilissa H. March 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Looks like a wonderful book. I’d love to win! Please count me in :) Thank you for hosting such a wonderul giveaway!

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164 Kristie Noguera March 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

What a great idea.

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165 Donna Coughlin March 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

oh I would love to win this!

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166 Kathy Davis March 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Great….

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167 Amy April 1, 2008 at 10:41 am

What a great prize. Please include me in your drawing.
~Amy

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168 Barbara Fox April 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Awww….what a sweet idea!

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169 Erica G April 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I’d like to win!

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170 Anthony Hedden April 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

enter me

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171 Sarah April 2, 2008 at 12:28 pm

enter me!

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172 trudee carreiro April 2, 2008 at 12:36 pm

my children love to write letters

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173 Serenity April 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm

My cousin is about to have a little boy, and this would be such a sweet gift for her. Thank you for sharing! I hope I can win!

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174 Lara Aleff April 2, 2008 at 1:14 pm

This book sounds like the perfect way to preserve priceless memories.

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175 the mama hood April 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm

i love writing little notes to my kids! i would love to win this cute giveaway! thanks!

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176 Kathy Conley April 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

This is important to me!

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177 susan p April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

please enter me thank you.

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178 kiyana April 2, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Sounds like a great book to read!

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179 Donna W April 2, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I would love to win this!! Thanks for offering such a great prize!!

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180 buckikitties April 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm

What a wonderful book.

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181 Pam April 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm

What an awesome idea – I need to remember this for baby shower gifts too!

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182 Liz Sawyer April 3, 2008 at 12:17 am

Yes, those lapses between my good intentions are too many. I could use this book’s help to gain a focus. Thanks for the thoughtful introduction to this useful resource!

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183 susan george April 3, 2008 at 12:18 am

Just reading about what you are making for your daughter makes me emotional. I would love to win and make for my 7 grandchildren.

Susan George

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184 Jamey April 3, 2008 at 10:07 am

What an awesome book! I started writing letters to my future children a few years ago. I’d love to have some ideas about letter to write to them about their childhoods!

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185 Carolyn April 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

I would love this for my friend who has a boy and girl. ;-) Thanks.

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186 Shannon April 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

What a fantastic idea! I am always looking for ways to connect with my baby!

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187 Audrey Peterson April 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

for my baby, la la
love, moomy

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188 Summer April 3, 2008 at 3:11 pm

This sounds like a great book. I would love to give it a read. Thanks.

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189 Ed Nemmers April 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Sweet niblets!

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190 Elizabeth M. April 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I love this sweet and timeless idea!

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191 Brittany Rebello April 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Good idea! I’d love to win!

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192 shawna f April 3, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Great idea!

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193 Nina April 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm

I’d love to win this…thanks!

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194 K. Cleaver April 3, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I would love this book. I have a scrapbooks for each of my children that I have invested a lot of time in. I so need to get caught up.

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195 Carol LuBien April 4, 2008 at 12:47 am

What a great shower gift!

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196 C Duran April 4, 2008 at 12:50 am

This looks like a really great book!

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197 Jennifer H April 4, 2008 at 1:11 am

I would love to win! I already feel like I’ve missed capturing so much in my son’s 8 months!

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198 Tanyetta April 4, 2008 at 2:56 am

this is perfect.

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199 Esperanza Dodge April 4, 2008 at 4:06 am

If I don’t win this, I will buy it!

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200 Eloisaa Molina April 4, 2008 at 4:07 am

What a beautiful concept
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201 Kimmi April 4, 2008 at 8:13 am

This is such a great idea! Every child would feel great to read stories and letters!

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202 Brooke April 4, 2008 at 9:03 am

I’d love to win this. It’s a gorgeous idea.

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203 Pamela White April 4, 2008 at 9:14 am

What a great book to help me make a memorable life for my kids

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204 Carissa Davis April 4, 2008 at 9:27 am

This is such a great idea.

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205 kathy pease April 4, 2008 at 9:33 am

please enter me :)

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206 Samantha April 4, 2008 at 10:11 am

I, like so many, also have intentions of making photobooks and writing letters, but there’s always something so much more immediately pressing, like feeding my baby!

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207 Tiffany April 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

This sounds like a great book!!!

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208 Susanne Troop April 4, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Sounds like a cute book!

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209 Carol Drury April 4, 2008 at 1:11 pm

what a great prize!!!!!

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210 mike pease April 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm

count me in :)

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211 Veronica Garrett April 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm

What a great book-please enter me in the contest.

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212 jen g. April 4, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I just decided to start blogging love letters to my kids–I’d love this book!

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213 Christy H. April 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm

This would be perfect to give to my daughter-in-law.

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214 Donna Kozar April 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Oh, I would love it.

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215 Taryn S April 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm

great idea!

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216 Rosanne Morrison April 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Perfect idea for growing children

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217 Lily Kwan April 4, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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218 Janet April 4, 2008 at 11:40 pm

ty 4 the great contest!

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219 Heather C April 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Looks like a great book. Thanks!

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220 Danielle April 4, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I kept a pregnancy journal when i was pregnant with my daughter right up to her birth me & my husband both wrote in it all about how the pregnancy was going & how happy & excited we were. We put the ultrasound picture and the baby shower invitation. Even a section for dad to write to. He wrote her all kinds of story’s and letters. After she was born we added baby pictures to it. Its fun to go & look back at those things. you can feel the excitement & joy just reading it. She’s not quite grown up yet but when she is i know she will Treasure this & share with her children. I’m so glad i kept it cause there’s so many cute & funny little things you don’t always remember. They grow so fast.

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221 Judy Librach April 10, 2008 at 8:58 am

Dear Joy,
It is never too late to begin and your heart is already in the perfect place to start. Even one letter, or three headlines a year and you can fill in the blanks later will mean the world to your child. Thank you so much for writing and good luck! Let me know how it goes.
Kindest regards,
Judy Librach
“Love Mommy”

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222 Priscilla Guilbeault August 10, 2008 at 11:19 pm

I would love to have a book to guide me to write a special letter from “Mom” who is a grandmother.A special love letter to each of my four chidren before my time on earth ends. Priscilla Guilbeault

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