Friday, June 17, 2011

The Book...

So many of you left comments on THIS POST that I wrote a few weeks ago about our Adoption Book. So I thought it would be a good idea to share some things with you about what we did.

We used Shutterfly and it was GREAT! We had actually put our entire book together though Scrapblog and then uploaded each of the pages onto Shutterfly and then realized that Shutterfly has pre-made photo books that have background pages, designs, stickers, and much much more, so we decided to ditch our first book idea and use what Shutterfly had to offer.

The morning I placed the order for our book, I got a text message from my hubby letting me know that he wanted to change some of the wording on one of the pages. So I frantically called Shutterfly and they were so great and allowed us to cancel our order. David fixed the wording on the pages that evening and then I turned right around and ordered the book the following night...WHICH, turned out to be better for us, because they were having a sale on photo books because of Father's Day :)

Our book came in about two weeks ago and I was a little disappointed that one of the pictures we used had low resolution. Before you order your book, Shutterfly tells you all the pages that have photos with low resolution or if you have some photos too close to the edge of the page or if some of your wording is too long to fit on the page. Unfortunately, I ignored that warning, only because when I previewed our book, the photo looked fine to me. But, because this photo was the FIRST photo of our book, I just wasn't satisfied with that and wanted our book to be PERFECT! So I changed the photo and ordered another one :)

David and I talked and decided that we didn't want to share our entire Adoption Book with anyone. We feel as if it is very private and something that is very serious to us. AND, you never know who might see this book through my blog. So I have chosen a few pages that I think are safe for us to share with all of you, so those of you in the adoption process or for those of you considering adoption, this might give you an idea on how you can go about creating your Adoption Book...

This is the cover of our is a hard cover and is glossy.

This is the section in our book where we explained how we met and how long we dated.

And this is the section where we talked about our nephew and how much we LOVE being his Auntie Lianna and Uncle D.

The quality of the book is top notch...I was SO pleased!

AND...I was filled with JOY when I dropped our book off on Wednesday this past week and sat down with our Social Worker to go over all the pages and to give her a little narrative about who everyone was in the photos and a little history about some of the people and things we decided to share with our birthmother. She kept commenting throughout our meeting about how great she thought our book turned out and felt as if it was PERFECT!

It's only a matter of time...and Lord knows we are READY!!!


Lauren said...

Oh Lianna, just can’t wait to see what God has in store for your sweet family. Love you girl!!! :)

Sara said...

I'm happy to hear that it came out perfect! I'm looking forward to hearing about what God has in store for you!

Laura Ann said...

Congratulations on completing and submitting your book. I am so glad you are keeping details private. So often it seems like people share way too much and get caught up in the idea of gaining readers and don't think of long term complications that can come from exposing so much.

I am sure your book is perfect and will capture the heart of the family that will give you the child God has waiting on you & David. Praying for God's perfect plan to unfold for you guys very soon.

Big things are coming your way Lianna and when they do your life will be changed forever in an amazing way.

Praying for you today & always!

Life Happens said...

Perfect book for a perfect family! God Bless!

Mrs. Haid said...

That is wonderful! I hope you kept a copy for yourself, it is just so great!

I think you'd like this program called Blurb if you like making digital scrapbooks - I intend to use it to turn my blogs into books one day when I've got the $$ for them!`

Bobbi said...

You are making it very easy for a birthmother to choose you guys! That is a beautiful book, from what I can see! You two are going to make amazing parents.

Ashley said...

I totally remember how excited I was to turn in our profile books! Congrats! Praying for you as you wait.

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Kendra said...

It looks beautiful! Praying!!

Fabiola said...

I'm so excited for you! It looks perfect!!!

Caravans Sunshine Coast said...

This is a very nice post

Jennifer said...

Clay asks about you often and I'm keeping him updated. He doesn't get into the blogging world. HA!
The book looks amazing and I can't wait to see what the Lord has instore you y'all!
We're praying!!!