The young mothers involved in a Young Moms Support Group at CommonBond Communities Greenvale Apartments love to share stories of their children.
They chat about their delivery story, baby’s first word, when their child took their first step, and what their favorite foods are.
But when Advantage Service Coordinator Sara Kaiser asked if they were keeping a baby book to document these moments, the reply was a unanimous “no.”
So with a few conversations and brief emails, this group was blessed by a Scrapbooking Angel who made a generous donation to purchase all of the necessary items for each mother to make a scrapbook for their children. With the donation, Kaiser and group volunteer Jeanette Frahm, were able to order everything from scrapbooks for each mom, stickers, pens, lettering, scissors, paper cutters, extra pages, and embellishments.
On June 7, the group gathered and the scrapbooking projects began.
Ali Feldman and Annette Evavold, Northfield residents who have significant scrapbooking experience, joined the group and provided some helpful tips and ideas to get the young ladies started.
The moms enjoyed the project so much that they even asked to come to group early on the following Fridays to get back to work on them.
The scrapbooking project has importance for these young moms in other meaningful ways. One mom shared, “working on this book will keep me busy and take my mind off of other stuff going on, plus it will mean a lot to my daughter to look back at all her ‘firsts.’”
Another mother said that she does not have a baby book of her own and has seen very few baby pictures of herself, so she wants to give her daughter a book of memories so “when she gets older she will be able to see the different stages she went through.”
One mother who recently graduated from Northfield High School talks about her busy life with baby, school and work and says that now she is “able to have time and resources to put together all the memories,” which means a lot to her.
For questions about the group, please contact Liz at the Crisis Pregnancy Center at 507-645-7638 or Sara at 507-645-7710.