Treasured family photos

The last time I went home to Maine, I sat with my grandmother for hours at her kitchen table, while we went through her photo albums and boxes of loose photos.

She named the people in each photo and shared stories of her life with me.

And in those moments, it felt as though she was trying to pass those stories on to me so that they would live on with me.

She told me that one day many of those photos would be mine, as she will divvy them up amongst her children and grandchildren.

What a difficult process that must be for her.

Which one of her grandchildren should get the photo of their grandfather sitting in his Adirondack chair on the back lawn in the late summer sun?

Which of us should get the photo of our Uncle Bobby, whose daughters both died last year from breast cancer?

And who will get that photo of my grandmother, holding her favorite doll, with her eyes looking straight into the camera with a sparkle that’s still there after all these years?

How do you make those choices?

Or how about that baby photo above? That’s me when I wasn’t yet a year old. My mother gave it to me several years ago. But should that photo be mine or hers? As both a daughter and a mother, I can’t say that I know.

From the moment I learned of LiveOn Rewind, I thought it was a remarkable service. To think that I could send away those photos of my father and have them stored digitally helped me to few them as less fragile.

But, that led to thoughts of that day with my grandmother, as she carefully wrote on the back of each photo who they should one day go to. What if she didn’t have to choose?

And what if both my mother and I could have my baby photos? They’re as much hers as they are mine.

What if each of us could have those special photos…those pictures of the people who made us who we are today?

LiveOn Rewind gives families that option.

Today, we can easily attach a photo to an email and send it out to our entire family.

And if we digitized those old, fragile, faded pre-digital camera photos, we could share those too.

No one should have to choose who to whom each of their treasured photos should go.

By converting those photos to digital images with LiveOn Rewind, entire families can have those images.

And that’s a pretty amazing thing.

If you’d like your family to be able to share all of those old photos, here’s a special code that will get you 30% off LiveOn Rewind’s photo scanning and video conversion services: cgc66

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.

5 comments

  1. I didn't know you were from Maine! One of my bucket list places to visit in the fall!!!

  2. SkyWaitress skywaitress.com

    Wow, I see Katie and Matthew in that picture so much! At first glance I couldn't figure out which one of them it was and as I read I realized it was you. You were a beautiful baby which is no surprise.

  3. Yes that is extremely hard.
    I remember when my grandma was dying (she was coherrant the entire time), she had gone through all the photos. Mostly it was just to remember the good times.
    My uncle put the majority of them on a DVD which took a lot of time…and he's not even part way through.
    But this service sounds amazing and easy. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  4. JDaniel4's Mom

    This sounds like a great way to share favorite photos! I love visiting Maine.

  5. Missy | Literal Mom literalmom.com

    Live on Rewind sounds totally awesome. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks, Nichole!

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