It’s no secret that, yes yes, Alabama got snow. I still don’t think my Yankee friend believes me, but it’s the truth. We have had a few days to do absolutely nothing, so in our boredom this afternoon, D decided to run off to the woods in hopes to snag a deer, and I opted to spend a little time doing something that I had long wanted to do.
Books are important to Dan and I, so we slowly began our library for Mary Anna early on. Every trip we would pick her up a little book, and sometimes just because while we were out and saw one that we could not resist, we would get it for her. I am not much of a reader, so I tend to end up in the children’s book section more times than not anyways.
We had a loooong search for the perfect bookcase to house these sweet little books, and we actually did not find the perfect one until after Mary Anna went to heaven. It was bittersweet bringing that antique beauty to complete her nursery one evening this fall, but now her books have a house, and it makes me happy.
Dan actually had picked out a huge stack of books on a website right before our girl was born, and of course the logical person that I am convinced him that we did not need to spend that money right before our baby came. We didn’t order the books, so for Christmas this year I happened to come across that same website, and hallelujah! the shopping car was still full, so I ordered every single book and gave them to D as a gift. Together we cried and opened each book and thought about how we wish that we could read them all to her. The sweet thing is that all of them were animal related, because D picked them out especially for him to read to her, since her daddy would be an animal doc.
So today, I wrote her sweet little name in each book. We wanted to remember which ones were hers, and as we read them to our future children, we wanted it to always be a reminder of their big sister. I shed quite a few tears, but I had a precious time in my girl’s room. I found a sweet one from my mom that she had already written Mary Anna’s name in it, which made it even more special.
Also, I found a Bible some dear friends gave us for my birthday, and it had a precious note in the front of it that said: