Hi Dreamers. I have once again abandoned this blog. I have been lacking creativity for some time. I usually blame it to my attention deficit, but I have been back and forth to Oklahoma several times. I have had time to visit with family and friends, went to Traverse City, Michigan for a vacation. Great sight- seeing and picture taking opportunities around every corner. We even had dinner in a vineyard. Magnificent. Memories of a lifetime.
As I write this I am again in Oklahoma, but not on a vacation. I am here, mourning the death of my favorite brother, Mike. We were 18 months apart in age and often were mistaken for twins,,,because he was a preemie. We grew up poor but with so much love we didn't notice. We shared so many memories...camping, dances, learning to drive a stick shift, marching band, sharing secrets, raising our children together with the same rules and morals, and just being silly together.
And I can write that last paragraph with a smile on my face..cause I know he is with God, he is whole and healthy, playing praises on his trombone.
But I also know that life leads us different directions and we never know how or when it will end. And that makes my scrapbooking more important. Not a photo album...stories, memories put together with our photos to make a record of our lives. I'm not famous (don't want to be) and when I am gone, the only ones who will notice are our families...our friends...and with time even the ones that love us will forget us. And those who are young or not yet born will dig through boxes of pictures and try to figure out where we were in the photo and what were we doing? Or even who are these people.
So when I return in a couple of weeks, my focus will change greatly. My scrapping won't be totally focused on contests and what people "want" to see or learn. But rather, on writing my stories and the stories of my family, as they were told to me. Technology has pushed us away from that communication. (sitting at a table with family, 4 out of 6 of us were on their phones catching up with silly posts by people they barely know)
So until then my friends, start sharing your stories and asking questions of your older family. Become a historian for your family. Share your dreams....
And keep dreamin'