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Posted 12/27/2012 by scraplette in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:21:15 AM
Hi Peas, I don't post often, I hope you don't think it's strange I'm posting something so personal.

We enjoyed a camera-free Christmas day, with few photos. As my parents were leaving I wanted to get a shot of kids plus Grands, and my DH (who rarely takes camera) insisted I be in the photo. We were tired, stuffed, silly and laughing. Of course, I don't like how I looked, but it's all "real".

My folks went home, and I was relieved they made good time in the snow/ice. I'd been nervous.

At 11:30 my Mom called to say EMT's there and they were hospital bound. My Dad was having a heart attack!

He's going to be fine and we're dealing with surgery and more adventures, and praying constantly. But for a few hours while awaiting information knowing we'd taken photos of a loving day provided a tiny bit of comfort.

To others it might sound shallow, but I'm hoping the Peas understand. I will be IN the photos more often now, even if it's way too close phone portraits with my Mom, or awkward silly shots with my kids.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:34:48 AM
This is a nice reminder. I don't think it's shallow at all. Sorry to hear about your dad, I'm sending you positive thoughts.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:56:16 AM
I'm glad to know your dad will be okay. Last Jan. I took pictures of my dad in the hospital just for fun and by Feb 11th he was dead, so I agree take photos.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:42:03 AM
Thank you, KB. I wasn't sure I should write or not. My thoughts are all over the place.

Cricutgirlg, I appreciate you saying this and I'm sorry about your Dad. I teased mine about a pic yesterday but didn't do it. I think I will get one of him with my Mom today.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:49:49 AM
Praying for a speedy recovery for your Dad. Yes, family photos are what scrapbooking is all about to me. In my first scrapbook, there are at least four friends and family members who are no longer with us, so I treasure those photos.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:55:40 AM
Not shallow at all. So very glad your dad is doing ok.

It is so very important to take pictures of all family members, together and apart, and that includes the mom who normally takes the pictures!


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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:02:21 PM
I agree. We always try to take a family photo when we gather. My niece graduated from 8th grade on June 4th and of course there were lots of pictures and just a few days later, on June 9th my mom passed away suddenly. Those last pictures of her surrounded by family can be comforting when I'm missing her. So glad your dad is going to recover and that you plan to be in more pictures from now on!

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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:02:27 PM
No, you are not shallow at all! I take lots and lots of photos. People are always asking me why I always take so many pics and I reply, some day i'm gonna be gone and i want to leave behind photos for my kids to cherish. I make sure i'm in the picture too, lol!


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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:08:57 PM
So glad your dad is OK!

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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:11:18 PM
I'm do glad your dad is ok! And I totally understand what you are saying.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:11:42 PM
you just never know - hope your dad gets better - speedy recovery - good thoughts to your way

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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:18:03 PM
I am glad your Dad is going to be okay. I agree with you about pictures. I always take tons of pictures at the family gatherings. My grandmother fell last year on Dec 26th and broke her hip. She never went home again and died in early February. The family is so glad I had all of those pictures of our last Christmas with her.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 12:53:18 PM
I'm so sorry about your dad. It must have been awful to get that phone call. I hope he continues to improve.

I'm glad you shared this with us. I've been working on being in the pictures more often this past year. I've even included pictures of me in my kids' scrapbooks which is major improvement for me. Your post is a good reminder to keep doing what I'm doing and do it more often. Thank you.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 2:22:25 PM
My mom gave me some photos over Christmas that came from my grandparents estate. One of them was a 4 generation photo with BOTH of my children, myself, my mother, and my grandparents. I don't remember it being taken, but I am so thankful to have it. I knew I had one with my older daughter, but regretted not having something similar with my younger. Now I do.

Glad to hear the prognosis is good for your dad. May things continue to look up and you have him with you for a long time to come.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 3:06:21 PM
Hugs & prayers coming your way. I agree with the others: you are not being shallow at all. Thanks for the timely reminder.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 3:11:43 PM
TAKE THOSE PHOTOS! Remind others to do the the span of 8 months last year I lost my mother, my brother and my mother in law. My mom and brother had cancer (mom was sooner than we expected and mother in law passed peacefully in her sleep). I was organizing my scrap space yesterday and came across pictures of my dd and MIL. I had a good cry at knowing those were some of the last pictures I took of her. (I also made her write her recipes down in her own handwriting :0) Prayers for a speedy recovery for your dad.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 3:54:02 PM
Glad your dad will be okay. A great reminder to take photos. My sister came to see us on the 4th of July. I was so busy that I did not get to take pictures and I was upset at myself. She had a major stroke on July 13th, and passed away on the 19th of July. She was fine and healthy when I saw her. I really wish I had some pictures of her of the last time we were together.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 4:14:12 PM
Scraplette, Glad you posted here & that your Daddy is going to be ok. This isn't something shallow at all - very important.
I'm praying for him as well - hope he recovers quickly. I'm glad he is here, too so you get to see him often

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Posted: 12/27/2012 4:15:06 PM
Scraplette, Glad you posted here & that your Daddy is going to be ok. This isn't something shallow at all - very important.
I'm praying for him as well - hope he recovers quickly. I'm glad he is here, too so you get to see him often

Have a Happy New Year ! !


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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:39:09 PM
Thanks for the reminder. While I am known as one of the family "photo bullies," I sometimes skip taking shots when others aren't into it or when I'm feeling like I don't look good that day (we all have bad hair or 'fat' days, right?). This is a reminder that that really doesn't matter - we need to keep taking photos!

I hope your dad recovers well (my dad had a quad bypass a few years back so I know ow scary it is to realize you cold lose him) and that you have many more fun times together to capture.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:12:52 PM
When I first became a mom my DH asked me what I wanted for Mothers Day. I said a family portrait. We do the small Cheesy ones at Walmart or sears. Then in 2010 and 2011 we never got around to doing them.
In may 2012 we got them done. Then in July 2012 I died. When I eventually came home from hospital I was helping DD in her room.
She had one of the pictures from that shoot under her pillow. It was tattered and bent and well.

She thought it would be the last picture she ever had with me. (I don't even remember getting the pictures done).
Being IN the pictures is important.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:42:16 PM
I think this is a very important PSA. I'll add to it: after taking the pictures, send them to people, post them, print them - don't make them live on a memory card.

I took pictures on Christmas day (yes, there was grumbling) and posted them in a family album and sent them to the family members in the photos. Everyone has appreciated them, especially family members who weren't there.

I'm glad your dad is going to be OK.



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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:54:22 PM
Such a similar situation happened on Christmas Eve. We forced a picture since we had my entire family together for once. My daddy hasn't been feeling well lately. So many dr appointments and worry...he ended up in the hospital yesterday in a diabetic crisis. Should have been in a coma. So after a 24 hour hospital stay, we are entering this new world of diabetes. I was so happy we had two pictures though, of Papa and Mimi with the grand kids and then of all of us. I don't love the picture of me....but it really is priceless.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:43:26 AM
What a great reminder. I'm glad your dad's going to be ok!


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Posted: 1/1/2013 12:55:39 PM
Thank you all, for your prayers and thoughts! He's home and healing and we're ready to start the new year appreciating every day.

Thank you to the Two Peas community too for hours of entertainment and distraction through good times and bad, from practice fields to waiting rooms, and more.


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Posted: 1/1/2013 12:59:43 PM
I'm glad to hear that you Dad will be ok!

I've always been big on family pictures and my in-laws thought I was crazy for insisting every year that the sibling and parents take photos together. Well, one year my MIL was diagnosed with cancer and sadly she passed away 6 months later. All of a sudden those photos didn't seem so trivial and they were a huge comfort, they had honestly never done anything like that before me. Now they are all big on taking family picture because you just never know what the future holds.

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Posted: 1/1/2013 1:11:14 PM
Glad to hear your DAD is okay and that is a good idea. I often forget about that and should take more pics of me and loved ones even if they aren't perfect!


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Posted: 1/1/2013 3:24:18 PM
Thank you for the reminder and wishing a speedy recovery for your dad.

I am trying to accept that the way I look in photos (fat, pale, messy hair, mismatched clothes or whatever lol) is how I look in real life and my family/friends love me... so I need to get over the "still life" photos!

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