Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why Do I Scrapbook?


At the beginning of the year I was continually asking myself this question - why do I scrapbook? At the end of last year, I was terribly down and questioning a lot of things in my life. Over the past several months, I've pondered these issues. For a while, I wondered if my scrapping was a waste of time - all this work would probably just be thrown away when I die and very few people come by to even see the pages now. (See, I told you it was a very down time in my life.) But as I've pondered this issue and many others over the last several months and laid them at the feet of Jesus, I have felt peace and joy again in my life.

So, the reason I scrapbook is to preserve the memories of our lives for myself and Robbie as well as for our families and those of the next generation who may just wonder what life was like for us. If all these pages are thrown out when I go on to be with my Savior, that is ok with me. But for now, I will enjoy creating these memory preservers. Because truly that is the main thing - I am having fun, being creative, completing projects, making a mess (and cleaning it up), learning new techniques, trying new ideas, and enjoying my life!

And twenty years from now when we celebrate Christmas, I'll look back at my 2007 Kick Off Christmas Brunch pages and remember how as I read "Room for a Little One," Daddy played donkey! And how we took a picture of the five of us (Daddy, Mama, Brenda, Me & Sandra) all standing in a row from youngest to oldest.

And thirty years from now when Robbie and I are celebrating over 38 years of marriage, I'll look back at the photo from our 5th anniversary trip to the Canadian Rockies and continue to thank God for bringing us together!


And forty years from now when I'm turning 80, I'll look back at my 40th birthday page and remember the wonderful day Robbie and I shared in London, England. And I'll remember the awe that I felt knowing that there are many who never have the opportunity to travel around the globe.


I am having so much fun processing photos, expressing my creativity making layouts, and capturing the fun stories of our lives. I guess the question really should be - why would I not scrapbook!?!

1 comment:

Peg said...

Thanks for sharing Melissa! I agree with all of that and I also think I am honoring the relationships I have. There's also something about treating our lives without children as valuable and worthy but I'm having trouble getting the right words out. I don't ever want to think or believe that just because I haven't had children that my life is somehow 'less'. I don't beleive that but it would be easy to let society pressures/expectations lead us down that path.