Over the last few years, I’ve tried to take a more active interest in memory keeping. It’s more than just a hobby for my wife, it’s a window into her day-to-day thoughts. I've read many of the blogs Kelli reads, and I was probably just as excited as Kelli was about the recent arrival of the new edition of Project Life (ok, maybe not quite as excited). Since this is such an important part of who she is, I wanted to share what it means to me.
Among Kelli’s scrapbooks, the ones I mainly look at are her older Project Life albums. The more recent albums still tend to be fresh in my memory, but the older albums take me right back to the time and place where the pictures were taken. What I really appreciate is the journaling. This brings the emotion the picture captured to the forefront. The small stories that each journaling card captures help bring together all the little things that otherwise would have been overlooked if this were simply a photo-album.
Our families and many of our friends live over a thousand miles away from us. When visitors come, they tend to gravitate towards the Project Life albums because they can see our story. We’ve spent many evenings paging through the albums and talking about our experiences with our guests. It’s in these moments that I see all of the time and effort pay off. There is something special about documenting the day-to-day because capturing just the big moments wouldn’t paint the whole picture.