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A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Time goes by faster than we think and if you aren’t careful, one day you are sitting with an overflowing box of family photos in your lap with no labeling on the back! Then throw in the fact that no one’s still living with the memory of who these people are and you’re up the creek without a paddle.

Against H’s wishes I’ve been sorting and purging and putting old memorabilia in order. He’s fine with it sitting in a box unopened for years. I’m not.

With most of this clean-up not being my family, he’s had to step up and help with the matter. I dump a few envelopes of old pictures on his lap daily to sort through and label. He calls it his trip down memory lane. And there are some really old pictures he’s not even sure of.

After dealing with that for a couple weeks – and it’s not finished yet – I came across a box of my family pictures. Of course most of them aren’t labeled either, but mine don’t go as far back as his do so I’m able to put names with faces – sometimes with a little help from cousins, as in this one.

I love this photo of my mother’s family. One sibling is missing. We think she was off on a trip somewhere. She sure missed a great family photo shoot! Left to right, front row – my grandmother Ida, sister Ida Marie (Aunt Bea), PaPa Deville, Ruth, Charles, Helen (my mother), Shirley, Virgie, and Frank. Arden is missing.

I’ve got a whole box of pictures put together to take to Atlanta with me during Thanksgiving week so the girls and Andrew can help sort and label. They’ll be thrilled – I think – because the majority will be divided up between them. I’ll take Andrews back home with me since he doesn’t have a place to call his own yet.

There are a few that go back to my grandparents on my Mother’s side and I’m sure I have a envelope somewhere with pictures from my Dad’s family.

In this day and age I don’t have as many prints of pictures. When Andrew started high school in the digital age I began storing most of them on my phone or computer or on a disc somewhere. I should label those as well, but that’s another project!

How many old photos do you have in a box somewhere that you can’t put names to faces?

~Elle

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I Took A Stand Against Technology Today

I Took A Stand Against Technology Today

Technology is getting out of hand. One-on-one communication is not always the norm anymore. What used to be accomplished with a phone call, meeting, or handwritten note is now expedited with mass emails or group texts. 

Teachers use group texts for communicating with their classes, students with their study groups, and employers  with their employees. Parents also use group texts, staying on top of it all with their children. 

I’m in that parent category as well. I group text with the girls almost every day. There are four of them and it’s easier this way. We left Andrew out of this group. I can’t remember why, but I doubt he would respond to our silliness often. He acted upset about it once...

Here are few group texts from the last week. You can tell how serious this conversation is. Of course there is also the teacher child who communicates with her colleagues per group texts! We get one of these a few times a month from Amie. 

Today I took a stand against group texting and before we left for church I individually texted all my children, “Happy Easter!” 


No group text. Andrew still hasn’t responded. 😦

I should follow up with individual phone calls to them all later this afternoon. 

~Elle

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