Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Blast From the Past

Recently I organized my digital photos. I sorted the thousands upon thousands of photos into folders by year, then month. I will say that there are many fewer photos before my wonderful husband bought me my much beloved camera. But that is beside the point.

I was doing it manually, and it was taking forever. Then I had an "Aha" moment. (otherwise known as a "You are so stupid for not seeing that earlier... moment.) My Canon Zoom Browser program has a button to push to sort everything by year, and month, and date. Wow. Saved me about a bazillion hours. Because I have so much time on my hands, you know.

So if you have been wondering how to sort your digital photos, that's how I do it. For the past couple years I have also been pulling my favorites out and making a photo book online. Then I order three... one for us, one for each of the sets of grandparents. It's wonderful.

So anyway, this evening I was sitting at my computer, and decided to see what we were doing on this day in other years. Here's what I found. Boy can you tell the difference in the quality of digital photos as the twelve years have gone by!

These were from March 24, 2001. We went to a little gym thing that was near our base in Japan with my friend Asayo and her son Kai. He had a birthday just a week earlier than Josiah. Or was it a week later? Can't remember. They were close in age, though. We had a great time with Asayo and Kai.

These next three were all in March of 2002.

Eric and Emma

4 of the 5 children we had then.

And the girls and I... I was skinnier then. And had big glasses.

This is one of my favorite photos ever. I know it is blurry and washed out, but it shows the children's personalities... this is Anna and Emma in 2005.

And another favorite from March 26, 2005

We have no photos at all from March of 2006, and only 6 from 2007. That is after Mercy was born and we were just starting out with her medical journey. March of 2009 we were in the midst of 6 weeks straight of illness... not too many photos of kids then either. They were too busy throwing up.

This year's March had our trip to the beach, and so far not many photos since then. We have been busy trying to get back in the swing of school (difficult to say the least), working in our garden (2 more boxes added this year... I promise photos are to come), and fellowshipping with wonderful friends both new and "old". It has been a wonderful month, just not much photographic evidence thereof.

So I encourage you... organize your photos, and every once in a while go through and see where you have come from. I've had a nice walk down memory lane.

Now I wonder if I can find Asayo...


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  1. It is amazing how much the digital cameras have changed in a few short years.
    it is fun to look through the old photos and remember the stories behind them.

  2. Carri, You just gave me a GREAT idea for my Dad's birthday gift....Thankyou!!!

  3. That was such a great idea! I love it. It is so fun to look back at old pictures of days gone by! I will start working on that this weekend I think!

  4. Oh I love that! How fun to look back. I love seeing how much your kids look alike. Adorable. Lisa~

  5. SO true. Love the older pictures.

  6. Great advice about organizing and about the photo books. Where do you order yours?

  7. Did I visit in 2000 or 2001? The photo of the kids looks like the ages I remember them. I'll have to search my own archives when I get home and send you what I find (in case I haven't already). LeighAnna asked me how much longer until she's 10 years old. I broke down into tears and cried, "ONLY five more years!" I am not ready for her to grow up.