The basement of our home has a workshop area with a brightly-lit work table, a comfy stool, and cubbie boxes to house supplies. It is in the back corner so we don’t get back there as often as the main part of the basement with the washer/dryer, treadmill, etc. A few months after my father passed away, I happened to look in on the workshop table and see my doll crib from when I was a little girl. To my surprise, there was a bottle of glue and screwdriver. Apparently, before he passed away my father had been trying to refurbish and restore my childhood doll crib so that my future children would be able to enjoy it during their play time. As you can imagine, this flooded me with emotion. Part of the toy crib that had broken off was in the perfect shape of a cross. My stepfather is currently in the process of preparing this piece of wood so that we can hang the cross in our child’s bedroom. What a treasured gift from two of their grandfathers that we will tell our child about!
When I was young, one thing I looked forward to was receiving my Highlights magazine in the mail each month. Highlights is a classic youth magazine with stories, artwork, and games inside—tailored towards children ages 6-12. Looking back, I realize that the magazine most likely helped develop my reading skills and enhance my creativity as a youngster. My favorite section was the Hidden Pictures and my mom and I would always try to find the hidden objects in one of the illustrations. What does this have to do with adopting?
My mom is eagerly anticipating her first grandchild! She remembers my excitement at receiving Highlights magazine each month, so she has already began a subscription for our child. Hello by Highlights is a magazine for babies and toddlers ages birth to 2 years. Every month we receive an issue in the mail addressed to our Baby and we have started a collection by placing them all in a drawer in the nursery. They are brightly colored with durable pages ideal for little ones. The issues always have a theme like My Five Senses or Transportation or Around the House. They are interactive and even have a Hidden Pictures section! Every month when it arrives, I sit in the rocking chair browsing through it and know that one day I will read it to our baby.
This is not a commercial or advertisement for the magazine. I share the information because it is just one example of how our baby is so loved already. To already have his or her own magazine subscription is a testament to our eagerness to read with our baby and show our love and devotion! I will share photos of some of the issues in an album soon! What a fun tradition my mom has passed on from her child to future grandchild! Thanks Mom!