Every year for Valentine’s Day, I take a picture of the kids for their Valentine’s Day cards to hand out to their classmates.

This tradition mainly started because it happens to be my eldest daughter’s birthday, so I wanted to do something special for her. Today, she is 10 years old!  I know it is cliché, but it feels like just yesterday that I was adapting to having a new baby, not quite sure of what to do with her. She is my independent, creative, tenacious child.  The truest saying about parenthood is “The days are long, but the years are short.”  Even Julia turned to my friend just yesterday, pointed to her newborn and said, “Time goes fast, soon he is going to be 4.”  Today, he turned two months old, but she is right.  At this point of her son’s life, the days and nights are long and it is hard to imagine, but 10 years ago, I didn’t think this day would come so soon.  Before I know it, she will be entering into adulthood.

Document your children before they grow up.  It happens way too quickly.

This is Julia’s card. She chose the pose.  She wanted it to be heart shaped. We did the dotted lines to make them easier to cut, but her classmates will get cards with no dotted lines surrounding the heart.


















Emily’s Valentine’s Day card.  She wanted a heart shaped balloon in her hand, so I downloaded a vector and put the frame around the card so it would look like she was jumping out of it with excitement.