When is Someday?
I read a long time ago, that “Moms Make Memories”. Being a mom for a long time, I know this to be true. Sometimes memories need planning and a purpose.
This is for ALL parents, but if you became a parent before the year 2000, this is especially for you.
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Our children are grown and we even have two amazing grandsons. I have loved every stage of being a mom and wouldn’t trade a day. ( although I would like to relive many). As my children were growing, I very carefully put all of our photos into albums or filed them into photo boxes sorted by years and then there was a box full that was NOT sorted. Ugh! It was an overwhelming amount of photos.
This resulted in conversations I know we never would have had without the photos.
When I first heard about photo scanning, I am sure it had been around for awhile, but I was so excited. I loved my life with my family so much, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my free time than to capture all the photos we had digitally. so I bought a scanner. I scanned over 5,000 photos!
After piling mountains of photo albums and boxes on our dining room table, I began to scan photos four at a time! It is so much easier now!
What I would recommend, is putting them into files that are sorted by milestones in your family’s life. For example, I put photos together in increments of 3 years. This is how far apart our children are, so that made it easier. I put them into folders by increments, like 1978-1981.
If you are NOT like me and already have all your photos sorted by dates – Good For You. Your job will be so much easier.
After 2004, the digital photos started pouring in and I started collecting photos just by the year. My scanning days were coming to an end.
Now the fun begins
I shared what I had accomplished with my family and I was overjoyed with their response! They would not put my computer down! As they looked through the folder, the stories & laughter we more than enough reward for my efforts.
As technology progressed, I was totally one of the first people to buy an iPad, if you knew me that wouldn’t surprise you a bit. Now our family was growing with in-laws and grandchildren!!
My kids were often texting me and asking me to send a photo they wanted to share with friends, cute baby picture, Halloween costume, graduation, etc.
Thank goodness for the Cloud!!
Now I have been able to share thousands of pictures in folders on the cloud with my whole family. They can contribute their own pictures now and I can’t tell you what a wonderful way it is for us all to communicate as we live far apart!
I have now automatic screensavers and slideshows with music when we are all together for holidays or anytime.
My final advice. DO THIS!
If you are a young mother and only know digital photos, you still need to organize them into folders. Your children will be so appreciative and you will always be ready when someone talks about a special memory.
If you need to scan photos, it is so much easier now!! There are apps to use right on your phone! I use an app called Photo Scan, but I’m sure there are many available.
You are never done. You will need to scan all new school pictures, holiday greeting cards, children’s artwork…it’s endless.
I recently scanned a photo we found of my father-in-law’s parents and grandparents. Adding that picture to a new folder will be so important to our grandchildren “someday”.
Please share how you keep memories alive in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.