DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of YesVideo, all opinions and stories are my own.
The Holidays are a super special time in my family and not just for the obvious reasons. I will be the first to tell you, I haven't always made the best choices when it comes to relationships. I have picked a few real winners over the years, especially in my early 20's, before I actually knew my worth. The old saying "When you know better, you do better" could not be more true for me. It was 2000, I had recently survived a very rough breakup and had vowed to be off the market until my son was grown, I could do this, I WOULD do this and right when I got pretty good at being by myself, I fell in love with my best friend.
I didn't mean to, it just kind of happened and exactly 17 months later we were married, two days after Christmas, 2001. It was a very small ceremony, we went to the courthouse and were married by the county clerk, while his Mom listened on the phone. That was almost 12 years ago and I couldn't ask for a better husband and father for our children.
He is everything I ever wished for, as a little girl, planning the perfect husband, in my head. He's funny, he keeps me in stitches all the time, he's a great Dad, he's a hard worker, he's a great cook (not as good as me, but still), he's a good friend, he pulls no punches and will put me in my place in a heartbeat, he's super handsome and the way he looks at me, still makes me weak in the knees.
As far as marriages go, ours is pretty darn good, I really can't complain. Cut to 8 years later, I was 34 years old, I had a 16 yr old son and a 13 year old step daughter, our happy little family was complete... or was it? Two days before Christmas 2009, we found out we were expecting baby Micah.
My mind was spinning, I was 34 years old, I was told I would never be able to have any more kids and I was OK with that, or was I. I had always wished we had the opportunity to have another baby, but now that it was happening, I was scared. Where would we put this baby? How would we afford it? What would the other kids think? Would I be a good Mom to this baby?
All these things and about a thousand more plagued my mind. I had all of the Christmas holiday to get used to the "news" and once it finally "sunk in", I began to get excited. This little "Christmas present" was going to change my life in more ways than I ever dreamed possible. After finding out I was expecting, I knew I had to quit smoking, so on New Year's eve, I smoked my last cigarette and hubby was right there with me & I am proud to say we have both been cigarette free since that night, almost 4 years ago.
That was just one in a long line of things I knew I had to change, my poor eating habits were next. Other than the gestational diabetes, I had a rather uneventful pregnancy (especially for a woman with "advanced maternal age") & after the usual 40 week waiting period, my little Christmas miracle was born on August 4, 2010 via C-section.
That little boy has changed my life a thousand times since that day and he continues to change me on a daily basis. I am more patient (most days), I am more conscious of how I speak, how I treat the people I come in contact with daily. I am more cognizant of what I eat, what I feed my family, how I treat the earth.
I am more likely to stop and breathe in every moment that is presented to me, more apt to snap a few (hundred) pictures of every single event, mundane as it may be. I have over 5gb of pics and videos stored on my computer and almost lost them the other day when my computer gave me the blue screen of death and almost didn't come back on.
My first thoughts went to my precious, priceless pics and videos, how would I replace them if they were ever lost... I wouldn't. It really got me thinking, what about allll those old film cases and VHS tapes my Mom has of me when I was a kid and all of her own childhood memories. "Who had the originals of these?", "were there copies?", "how were they being stored?".
I was surprised to find that my Mom just had them laying in the bottom of a bookcase in the living room. I told her about this company I was working with,YesVideo.
For 15 years YesVideo has helped families protect and share generations of memories, and they are now the largest and most trusted home movies transfer service worldwide. YesVideo can help turn your old VHS tapes and film reels into shareable, online content as well as disk format. YesVideo is located right here in the United States and offers the safest shipping methods around, so you can trust that your items will arrive in one piece.
"We are made up of innovators who are dedicated to providing families with the ultimate experience to celebrate their memories. We hold a deep appreciation for the past, with a passion for new video and online technologies."
Getting your high quality videos from YesVideo couldn't be easier with their Easyship kit, containing a box, tape and shipping label, everything you'll need to send your film back to YesVideo. A beautiful movie from YesVideo will make an excellent holiday gift for that one person on your list, who is terribly hard to shop for, like your Grandma. Can you just imagine the look of joy on her face when she sees the beautiful memories you've preserved for her.
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NOTE: In order to have your personal family movies transferred in time to share over the Christmas holiday all home media must be received by YesVideo in hands no later than Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Please allow enough time for shipping! For DVD orders and copies, you must order online by Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to receive your DVD in the mail in time for Christmas.
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