Thursday, June 12, 2008

Snap the Photo, Print it Out & Stick it in a Scrapbook!

My sweet friend Tranesha has asked me to tell you a tiny bit of her story. Her story is too powerful and personal for me to tell in whole. She has asked me to do this out of that desire most women have to help others out. To exhort and warn and encourage, from our own experiences.

Tranesha has a wonderful family and that includes a son who graduated a few years ago, and a daughter who just graduated this past weekend. These two are wonderful young people, who honor their parents, look out for each other and love God!

The point Tranesha wants to bring home, is that their Father, and her beloved husband very unexpectedly had a stroke that has tremedously impacted their lives in every way. As they all journey through this period of time while he works to regain health, strength and memories, the trail is marked with many bittersweet moments. Every moment, every success means so much more, every victorious moment is sweeter and richer.

As Tranesha and her husband sat together recently looking forward to the daughter's then upcoming graduation, her husband let her know he couldn't remember the son's graduation at that moment. Tranesha was so thankful to be able to go and get the album she had placed those photos in. They had a great time being able to look over the photos together and take a literal trip down memory lane!

All I could think of, is most of my photos lately, stay on my PC. I am going to be saving them to CD and taking the to the local *&*^Mart and getting them printed out this weekend. Last December we had to do a re-install on our PC and we lost TONS of wonderful, irreplaceable photos.

So from Tranesha and from me, we don't ever know what lies ahead beyond the sure faithfulness and goodness of God in the midst of it all. But, like the ants who diligently perpare for winter all summer, we want to see to the details of life and all it takes to have a grounded and established family, rich in traditions and good memories. And that even includes taking some pictures and then following through and putting those photos in some sort of album! I USE to be good at that, and am looking forward to being good at that again, beginning today as I save photos to CD.

Here is a link to purchase the items in the photo above! I thought it looked like a great deal.

Thank you Tranesha for loving others enough to share your story! Thanks for letting me tell a tiny bit of it! I hope to be able to visit YOUR blog one day, and read the rest of the story!! :)


Irritable Mother said...

Oh, you got me on this one, Maria. I love scrapbooking, and making everything look nice but I am so far behind I have nearly stopped taking pictures all together.
Thanks for the motivation to get them developed and stick them in a scrapbook!

Carole said...

Very good idea. And since I am not a procrastinator,(read liar here) I'll start on it soon. Right now I have shoe boxes full of pictures that need to find a home in a scrapbook. So I appreciate the very real good reasons for getting off my duff and into action.

Regina said...

great post! I know lots of people who have tons of pictures on their pc!
I periodically load my pictures on to disc only because I HATE clutter and all the pictures equal clutter in the computer to me!! I have tons of picture CDs and also tons of photo albums!

By the way I have an award for you at my spot!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Ouch!...this did a little dance on my toes.
I have always been horrible with the take the picture...put it in a album. Right now we have huge boxes of pictures that are in no order at all.

I need to do like you and at least get them off my computer and put on disks before they get lost.

Good reminder please thank your friend.

luvmy4sons said...

Great great advice! Thank you for sharing her story. I have only recently begun to do this-unload the memory disk onto the ocmputer to make room and never getting them to the store to be printed. Thank you!

Renee' said...

Thank you for the reminder! I years of pics I need to scrapbook and get in shape.

freetofly said...

Karen - me too! Just the last few months I have gotten back into picture taking bc I was not using the pics I had. Tranesha really inspired me!

Carole - I have a few of those too! I think I have my work cut out for me this summer! It is a project (among others) I will be tackling!

Regina - You are just way too organized, Girl! I wonder if I keep visiting with you, will this trait rub off on me? I sure hope so!

P.S. Thank you in advance for thinking of me! Be over soon!

Sharon - How good to hear from you! trust me, I stepped all over my own toes! Tee-hee! The real test is by the time school starts do I have some photos in albums?! Let's hope!

Renee' - Good sumer project, huh? Your sons will enjoy seeing some of the old photos!

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!