Hi Katie! Hi Jacob!
I don't know how old you are as you read this, but right now you are 4 and 7 and a half. (I'm 32 and one day I/you will see that number as young as well.)
I've never been great at making photo albums or scrapbooks, and I hope you won't hold that against me too much one day.
The reason is simple: I want to be in the moment with you and your father as much as possible. If I can document something that happens within a day or so with a photo, blog post, or email, I can remain more present, in my opinion. Some times I enjoy taking photos and other times it feels as though it is taking away from the memory I'm building, rather than enhancing it.
I don't enjoy combing through old photos and picking and choosing which ones "matter" enough to make it to a scrapbook. Those are wonderful to have but I'm sorry, they probably aren't coming from me any time soon.
I hope to use these email accounts as a means for communicating with you in ways you and I can't both fully appreciate at this moment. I want to be able to be sentimental and personal with you without posting it on my blog, and hand-writing it just isn't realistic at this time.
I also want you to know things about me as a person. I want to share who I am at this age and in my past. I want you to know the things that are important to me, important to you, and important to our family as the years progress. I want to tell you stories about your extended family as I think of them.
My messages will not always be eloquent, photos not always beautiful, and words not always easy to hear -- but just like me, they will always be here.
I love you,