Because They’re All I Have…

When I gather them together in one neat stack, I probably have 30 or so pictures of my father.

And when I comb my mind for memories of him, I have zero.

My father has been gone for as long as I can remember.

I was just two years old when he died…such a cruel age to lose a parent.

I would give anything for just one memory…just one wisp of a shared moment.

This stack of photos is all that I have of him.

I don’t know what the skin on his face felt like, but in the photos, it looks so soft.

I don’t know what his hair felt like, but the photos show that it was wavy and smooth.

I never had the chance to hear from him the stories of his youth, but the photos shed some light onto the young man that he was.

I’ve always worried about something happening to my collection of photos…always worried that if they were gone, I would have nothing left of my dad.

So, I’m sending my precious pile of photos to LiveOn Rewind, where they will be professionally preserved.

LiveOn will send me¬†a preservation kit that will include a box custom-designed to fit my photos, a prepaid mailing envelope, a waterproof plastic bag, and secure packaging. Once I’ve mailed it off to them, they will convert my photos and return them to me within 3-4 weeks. The best part is that I’ll be able to see photos in the meantime, as they’ll share them with me as they process them.

Although my father lives in my heart, my photos are my only real connection to him and I’ll feel so much better once I know they’re safe.

Do you have any old pictures that you’d love to keep safe? Here’s a LiveOn discount code for you to use:¬†HOLIDAYREWIND

Thank you to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Such lovely mementos you have… Plus, what a wonderful idea to preserve them with LiveOn.

    I often feel this way of my paternal Grandmother. I do remember her but I feel that it's not enough, for me. I have only one photo of her but I treasure it as if it were gold.

    Happy Holidays :)

  2. Jessica

    Mark and I were just talking about this today. His mom passed away on this date 30 years ago, when he was 12. Even at that age, he has so little that he can remember of her as a person. So difficult for both of you. Sending hugs.

  3. Wendy

    My husband HATES to have his picture taken & this is one of my worries, if something happened to him …

  4. I love that Live On has the service for you to be able to do that. I can't imagine how very precious those must be to you.

  5. Aunt pAM

    Be sure to scan them into you computer before you send them. Insurance isn't going to do a bit of good if they get lost in the mail. Luv to all, Aunt Pam

  6. Sherri

    Oh, I never thought about this…but these photos ARE your memories. You are so lucky to have the ones that you do, and to be able to preserve them.

  7. These photos you have are so your memories. What a great service to preserve these memories!

  8. @BooYahDad

    I know how hard for this is for you, babe. And I figured it was time to post a comment on your blog again…it's been a long time! :)

    In all seriousness, I know firsthand how this loss affects you and pains you. Although only with you for a short time, he has had an indelible impact on your life. And I can tell you, though, that it has also helped me to become a better father. Through your loss, I am reminded of the value in building lasting memories, being there for my family, and cherishing every small moment with our children. For that…..Katie and Matthew and I thank you, and will for always.

    Love you….

  9. JDaniel4's Mom

    How wonderful to know that they will be safe!

  10. I am so sorry that you didn't get to really know your father. I can't even imagine.
    My Papa was my world when I was little. I have very few memories of him since he passed when I was 6 years old. But I cling to them dearly.
    He never liked getting his picture taken so the few rare ones we have are in safe keeping. This is a great way to preserve them.

  11. Tonya

    Perserving what you have… it's all you can do.

    You lost your father when you were the age Lucas is now. I knew that but reading it again sent shivers down my spine.

    I am so sorry for the void you have in your heart and memory and for all the saddness you must feel.

  12. paula

    Wow – I love that they share the process with you so you can check on your photos! Thank you for sharing your story.

  13. Powerful words Nichole. Thanks for being so vulnerable all the time…helps us with perspective.

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