The House That Mercy Built {My Snapfish Photo Book}

I did it.

I made my first Snapfish photo book! Your suggestions were amazing and I took your overwhelming advice and made a book about Mercy House.

I love the way it turned out and I can’t believe I was so intimidated to try it. It was easy and took just a couple of hours from start to finish.

I was simply amazed at how user-friendly the tools are.  Snapfish’s new photo book enhancements make it easy so you don’t need to worry about a long process. They also have a new feature that designs the book for you. I decided to try it on my own since I wanted the book to be chronological.

It starts with my first trip to Africa, the day Maureen and I met. And ends with a picture of all our rescued Mercy House girls and their three (so far) babies!

I cannot wait to send a copy of the photo book to Maureen in January with some bags we have going over to Kenya. I’m also going to keep a copy for our Mercy House table at events and I loved the idea of using the book as fundraiser… Y’all are so smart.

Here’s a peek (these are screenshots from my book that’s being printed right now):

The day we met in Kenya, Africa: March 10, 20110:

Less than a year later, our dream becomes a reality (with fundraising in America and a full staff, beautiful home and vehicle in Kenya):

Summer 2011: We spent life-changing time in Africa with our staff there:

The best part of the story: our five pregnant girls who needed to be rescued:

The story is just beginning….

Whether or not this book wins the Snapfish contest, this social media love story in pictures is priceless.

Disclosure: I am being compensated by Snapfish for my participation in the  “Your Creative Lens on Life” Holiday Campaign.


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    Awesome! I knew you could do it! Now I have to help my mother-in-law make a book out the the hundreds of photos they took on their Panama Canal cruise. That’s going to be a job!

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    Amy says

    It looks great! I’m glad you enjoyed making the book too. I’m sure the book will be treasured by Maureen – what a wonderful story.

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    joanne hooks says

    While I know I am supposed to comment on the book and Snapfish’s easy instructions, I can’t help but to comment on Mercy House! You are so blessed to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful undertaking. I can only compare it to the little work that I have done with Habitate for Humanity in the past. (And I will never forget the feeling of “Yes, this is what life is meant to be about” as I pushed the wheelbarrow in the hot sun.) I think that you are awesome for having done this, and the book that you created to memorialize the endeavor will be cherished forever I am sure!
    Snapfish IS wonderful, and I have made several books for gifts–and, even with dial-up–they were relatively simple to do. The finished quality is amazing and I will continue to favor SF over any other service I have used!

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