Nine Years Of Simon










Happy Birthday to my favorite boy in the whole wide world! I love you so much Simon!

I spent a bit of time last night going through my layout files on the computer looking for stories to share today.

When I didn't see exactly what I wanted I turned to the physical scrapbooks lining the shelves here in my office. Flipping through those books was an immediate emotional time warp - taking me back to 2003 and 2006 and 2004 and 2002. I don't pull those albums out all too often, but man oh man they so full of stories and love and creativity and simple evidence of our existence.

I am so, so thankful that I've had the opportunity to do what I do: the photos, the words, the products, the documentation. I don't know if I'll ever be able to truly express how much scrapbooking has meant to me in my life.

It all started because of a tremendous amount of love for one little boy who made his entrance nine years ago today.

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  1. Kim

    2011-01-21 21:11:31 -0500

    Happy birthday to Simon from SLC,UT. Thank you for sharing him, Ali.

  2. Christine

    2011-01-21 21:19:28 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your Mom with the rest of us.
    Here's hoping you have a wonderful day filled with love, friends, cake and presents.

  3. Rachel Greig

    2011-01-21 21:42:35 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!!! Ethan wanted to wish you a happy birthday too! We all hope you have a wonderful day :)

  4. Tammy B

    2011-01-21 21:44:58 -0500

    Hope Simon had a most awesome birthday today! I just love the layout of his first year and the cheeks!! I could just kiss them!!

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  6. Judy Webb

    2011-01-21 22:19:46 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon and Edwards Family. Even though I use my computer for journaling. I could never give up cardstock and paper for my pages. Pulling an album out and lefting through is one of my greatess pleasures. Happy Year Edwards Family. God Bless you Ali, you help so many.

  7. Cindy

    2011-01-21 22:22:39 -0500


  8. Chris H

    2011-01-21 22:38:06 -0500

    With our big move and the big craft cleanout this month I've had an opportunity to go back through our books. It IS amazing the stories and seeing my daughter grow. It's gut wrenching, actually, but renewed my commitment to being present in our lives and snatching every little detail. At times I wondered if what I was doing was worth it. When I went back to the first couple years of our life with was so clear...Happy Birthday Simon!

  9. Elizabeth

    2011-01-21 22:55:14 -0500

    The right side photo in the 2008 layout is TO DIE FOR. Seriously. Their expressions are just dreamy and the light on their skin is really nice. Awesome.

  10. Jane T in NW Louisiana

    2011-01-22 01:35:18 -0500

    Simon is such a precious child and of course your daughter is too. I love your work!

  11. Dana N

    2011-01-22 02:10:12 -0500

    Happy birthday Simon! Hope you have a super fun day.

  12. margaret in AZ

    2011-01-22 02:33:53 -0500

    Ali, for as many years as I've followed your blog, it wasn't until today that I realized that our sons share the same birthday. Though mine now has 28 years as compared to Simon's 9!!

    Happy Birthday to Simon and to his mom. And here's to "many more".

  13. RobynS

    2011-01-22 05:10:25 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon from Savannah, Georgia.

  14. Amy K

    2011-01-22 05:48:00 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!
    What beautiful family treasures to pass down for generations! Thank you for sharing your talents.

  15. Sherry

    2011-01-22 08:23:27 -0500

    ¡Feliz Cumpleaños Simon!

  16. Nicky from Canada

    2011-01-22 09:19:44 -0500

    Happy 9th Birthday Simon - can't wait to hear about his school party and his birthday party.
    Great weekend to all of you

  17. Asha

    2011-01-22 16:03:38 -0500

    Awwww, I love Simon so much and I've never even met him. He reminds me of my son.

  18. scrappysue

    2011-01-22 23:13:30 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon, hope you have a wonderful day! Loved seeing all the Lo's Ali, I can imagine how wonderful it must be to go through them all.

  19. Diane S.

    2011-01-22 23:46:15 -0500

    Hello Ali! Wonderful documentation of Simon's growing up! Very inspiring and very beautiful! Thank you for sharing so much with your blog friends! Hope Simon had the happiest birthday! Best regards to you all!

  20. Angi~Mistress of Mayhem

    2011-01-23 13:16:48 -0500

    Hope Simon's birthday was fun! Ali, those layouts were so heart warming to see! Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. Ingvild

    2011-01-24 02:14:30 -0500

    I love looking back like this - can you belive he is 9 already - happy birthday to Simon.
    Thanks for sharing this Ali - hope you had a great weekend!

  22. Sherry

    2011-01-30 19:05:16 -0500

    VERY touching photos, I'm dealing with the emotions of my baby just turning 19... I can't believe it. Your work that went into your layouts was truly a work of love.
    Happy Birthday Simon!
    Alberta Canada

  23. Jonda

    2011-01-31 16:32:12 -0500

    A friend of mine introduced me to your blog. I love your creativity and learning about your family and projects. I also have a Simon who will be 9 in June. Reading about your Simon makes me smile every time.

  24. Mary-Anne Olivier

    2011-03-01 07:07:28 -0500

    Thank you for sharing Simons life with us. You inspire me to do the same with my some. I am now going to buy an album to do for my son. I just hope one day he will have a sentimental and look back at his mommy's handy work.

    Thank you for the inspiration. I pray that God blesses you more to allow us to be inspired by your scrapbooking

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