Three on Thursday

There is a story here. A story about being three. A story about loving dirt and water. A story about having a great imagination.

I had a fun chat with Honoré last week about scrapbooking and making layouts and getting our stories told. This inspired me to share three things are about paper and pictures and stories.

1. I want to learn how to do more digital scrapbooking. Or maybe it is hybrid. I am reading up on digital techniques and contemplating a new computer/device for easier digital creating.

2. I need to organize my photos. Most of them are on my phone and in the cloud. I used to upload to Flickr and Shutterfly but I am woefully behind. I am excited to check out some different options that I found in the replies on Carole’s post today.

3. Pictures are fun but the story behind the picture is important. We welcomed our new grandson this week and while mama and papa were at the hospital, our bigger person stayed with us. I didn’t take a lot of pictures but I write down a lot of his words. It made me think about how we hold those memories and what we leave behind. It made me wonder what my mom treasured when she was with us after our daughters were born. What stories did she want to remember when our girls spent time with their grandparents. Because Alzheimer’s took those memories away, we have no way of knowing. That is what I want most from documenting these days. I want our daughters and grandsons to know how much we treasured them, even when we can no longer tell the stories.

15 thoughts on “Three on Thursday

  1. Scrapbooking is something I’ve never started…which is probably a good thing, because I suspect I’d be a non-finisher. And I, too, am in desperate need of inspiration for figuring out what to do with all these digital photos, now that I’m not sending my roll of film in the mail to York Photo Labs 🙂 But one thing I DO do, and am so glad I’ve always done, is jot down the ‘keepers’ my kids have said over the years–and then I put them in our file folder I keep in the kitchen. It’s an 18-slot file that holds our current tax year, current medical records, car info, pet certificates, etc. There’s also a file with each kiddo’s name–and I when I make a note on the back of a receipt or some such thing, I drop it in there. Imperfect–but done. I have gone back to this file on many occasions to say, “I’ll never forget when you said THIS!” (That file includes the page of women’s bras and Spanx that my son asked to keep when he was perusing a magazine while I was getting a haircut. He was 3 1/2. The stylist let me tear out the page–and I put it straight in his file!)

  2. Love that picture! I don’t sacrapbook or journal, so I can’t suggest anything. My phone is the only camera I use these days and I can’t even begin to think about trying to organize it.

  3. I am nodding with Carolyn – I was not a scrapbooker either. It would have been just a vast unfinished project! And, congratulations on that new baby!!

  4. I was a collector of scrapbook supplies, but never a scrapbooker. Both my mom and my maternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s and your point #3 really hit home. I should do something with my photos before I inevitably loose my memories.

  5. I have no idea how to organize my digital photos. I need to as I can’t find anything I want in the new to me windows operating system

  6. Congratulations on becoming a grandparent again. Isn’t it the best? My mom made a scrapbook of memories when my kids were young. I treasure it now that she is gone!

  7. I did Creative Memories scrapbooking about 10-15 years ago but I never did anything with digital scrapbooking. I’m so happy for you that you are getting to spend time with your tiny person!

  8. Your first picture is so precious. I miss my grandchildren, who are on the other side of the country. Congratulations on the newest one! And your reasoning behind documenting your pictures is so important.

  9. Your mom was such a wonderful person! She affected the lives of many folks thanks to her work in adult literacy. I will always remember her. Your grandson is adorable! I’ll bet your anxious to see the newest one.

  10. Congrats on the new grandbaby! I am not a scrapbooker and have no desire to be one, but I do love the idea of documenting the conversations for the younger generation to have later.

  11. Congratulations to all of you! It’s so nice to have wonderful news to share these days. 🙂 I never really got into the scrapbooking thing either — but I love your approach to telling your stories. It will be so wonderful for future generations to have! (I’m trying to get my photos organized, too. It would be a great pandemic-project . . . but I just can’t seem to get myself STARTED.) Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  12. Welcome Tinier Person! I did a little bit of scrapbooking 10-15 years ago. These days, I think of my blog and journal as scrapbooks. Getting our stories documented is so important. for us and for our families.

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