I’ve spent a lot of time over the last several days working on photograph projects: an anniversary blog with photos from nine years of marriage, a 9th anniversary metal “willow” tree photo collage (willow’s the traditional 9th anniversary gift…I had to stretch this idea bit) and a birthday scrapbook containing many photos from my kids’ birthday parties over the years.
As I’ve gone through all of these old photographs, a huge feeling of contentment has been passing through me. My family has some good memories. They are actually really amazing memories, and they make up our rich history together that is irreplaceable.
It makes me so happy to see how much my children enjoy these photographs as much as I do. When they came home last night, and I shared the birthday scrapbook with them, they wanted to go through the pages again and again and again. With every turn of every page, they smiled brightly remembering each moment as it was laid out in front of them. I know that these memories have deep meaning for them, and it just fills me up to see the appreciation on their faces.
Despite how hectic our lives get or how much we may argue over trivial matters, our lives together are fantastic. I am feeling really blessed today, and all it took were a few photographs to remind me.
The perfect song for this moment is Carole King’s “Tapestry.” Her lyrics are jumping through my head as I write today:
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold
That is exactly what it feels like as I look at photos from our past. It is a beautiful song, and Carole King is one of my favorite songwriters ever. Click HERE to hear this gorgeous song on Youtube. As you listen, my hope for all of you is that you are filled with contentment, as well, as you appreciate your own memories, because it is certainly a very nice way to start this day. Happy Sunday y’all!