Yesterday I did something that I have not done in years. I had some individual pictures printed. I have been fully engrossed in my family heritage album this summer. When I start a project, it is hard for me to do anything but that project. My desk has been covered with family tree, family group sheets, old photos, memorabilia for months and the end is in sight. I have loved every minute of this project and I'm so excited to have this all put together in one huge album. The other day Amelia asked me "do you like scrapbooking old people". I had a laugh over it and the answer is certainly "YES". I love the fact that by creating this album, I am bringing to life people and stories that would have been forgotten. It feels so good to tell their stories and to have them live on in this manner!
Last week, I went to meet with my mother's brother. I hadn't seen him in years and he had told me that he had photos that he thinks I would be interested in. He opened up a series of albums and I gasped when I saw what he had. So many amazing photos that told the stories of our family's past. I have had these names on my family tree for years but to put the photos with the names was awesome. I also discovered so many photos of my mom that I had never seen. They mean the world to me. It was amazing and I sat there for hours asking him questions and taking notes. He then took me out to the farm where he and my mom grew up and to the old country school house. It was so fun and so eye-opening. The whole area is filled with Amish farms now.
The wedding photos that have been shared with me are my favorite. These are all from my side of the family.
Adolph and Anna - Wedding 1905
Elmer and Ella - 1916
Henry and Rose - mid 1800's
Julius and Clara - 1905
Peter and Catherine - 1905
Wendlin and Helen -1936
Ervin and Mildred - 1937
There is so much history here and I just love what these photos represent. Throughout this project, I have learned that I need to be printing out more photos and adding names and dates on the back. I just want these photos to be treasured for generations to come. I treasure these photos so much and I am so grateful for everybody who has shared them with me. In my eyes, this is what scrapbooking is all about.