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2018 is here! As we get older, does it seem like time just passes by faster, or is it just me? We’ve rotated around the sun once again, so now is a good time to look back over 2017, as an individual and as a community. It’s time to remember accomplishments and celebrations to warm our hearts. This is a perfect time to save memories and prepare for the years to come.

Photographs

We all have a camera in our pocket at all times. I know each of us has about 1000 photos on our smart phones! But how many are printed and put in frames, albums, or even tacked to a bulletin board? This question was raised to me while visiting a pal’s home in Port O’Connor. Andy, in his sixties, said some of his best memories are framed. Snapshots of his sons and wife accent the shelves. And, of course, a sweet story to go along with the images. My dear friend Shannon is an excellent example of capturing and displaying memories in print. In her home, photos are everywhere! Pictures of her three children are creatively framed. Family photos are taken often, and it’s so amazing to see the changes in each face. Each time girlfriends get together, “selfies” or “ussies”, are taken in multitude! And Shannon is so thoughtful as to having copies of the best photos made and given out to her friends. My sister-in-law Cindy has to be the queen of memory-keeping. While visiting with her at her home in Waco, she showed me how to put together a simple scrapbook which she had done for each of three children. Focusing on one school year at a time, and highlighting sports and other extra-curricular activities, she inspired me to simplify my scrapbook dreams in order to finally complete some albums for my two boys.

 

Milestones

Did you have something monumental happen in your life in 2017? I’m sure you took photos! Weddings, births, a new pet, the first day of school, graduation… These accomplishments will never be forgotten. And of course, we love to share them all on social media. But settings with an experienced photographer will really capture the moments for posterity. (Side comment: I’ve always been enthralled by the vintage photography of my ancestors. Why didn’t anyone smile in those photos? You can Google that.) So, as a parent of a high school senior, we had some creative photography done by the very talented Dayna Bouchard. After immediately sharing them on Facebook and Instagram, I purchased the digital files and printed my favorites to display at our home and office. And, I confess, I finally printed the ones taken for our eldest son who graduated in 2015. There are so many places to get your photos printed. I have always relied on our local printers at Korczynski Photo Lab and Studio for all my snapshots throughout the years because the print quality is exceptional. But get those favorite photos in print, even if it’s done on your printer at home. They may just sit hidden in a digital hard drive forever if you don’t.

 

#TexasStrong

Our Texas crossroads experienced A LOT this past year! One morning in August we awoke to see our communities ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and then in December we were enveloped with a blanket of gentle white snow! Pictures from each of these natural occurrences flooded social media. What a perfect representation of the cards that Mother Nature can play. And what a perfect opportunity to compile your own favorite photos of these historic events. Print them and place them in a special album that is easy to share. You and your loved ones will appreciate looking through the memories for years to come!

There is a story behind each and every photo. Since we are already taking our cameras wherever we go, we are creating a visual diary of our life’s events. Don’t let the memories be a fleeting glimpse. Memorialize them in print! Photos are meant to be shared. They can warm your heart or bring a tear to your eye. Because tears dry and memories fade, you can secure those special times in your photos. That is my goal for 2018. Could it be yours, too?

 

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