wedded wednesday: why capturing memories matters.

I’m no marriage counselor, but I am a friend and I believe it’s time we get talking about our marriages, our real life marriages. In that spirit, we chat about it here once a week, on Wedded Wednesdays.

If you’re anything like me, you have a smartphone full of photos, a computer full of photos and even an email account full of photos.

So many photos — none of which we enjoy on a regular basis.

For much of our relationship, both pre-and-post-wedding, I reluctantly snapped a photo here and there, if at all. So much of our relationship is ordinary, I told myself. Someday, I’ll take more photos, I said. Someday, if we traveled. Someday, if we got ourselves a kiddo or a puppy or something. Someday, if we suddenly morph into photogenic models.

In all of this, I’ve just been waiting. And in marriage, I ought to get a taste of my own medicine and stop waiting for beautiful. Because this life, right here, is worth celebrating. Even the small moments are worth celebrating.

The Sunday night date over hummus and wine and beer. That matters.

The weed-that-looks-more-like-a-flower on a morning walk. That matters.

The nonprofit events we often find ourselves dressing up for. That matters.

The ice cream and frozen yogurt we share. That matters.

It all matters. All these little moments, these tiny sparks . . . they make up our life and they’re worth recording.

So I’ve hatched a little plan to corral these memories and wax poetic about them on the regular. Love me some iPhoto, but I do well with real, hard copy books. Books we can page through and smile and treasure. And with the magic of the Internet — everything from Shutterfly to Pinhole Press and many more — it won’t be tough to do.

I think I’ll create a few books:

– Dating
– Engagement
– Wedding
– Honeymoon & Year One
– Year Two

Because even the small moments are worth celebrating.

How do you record memories with your significant other?

4 thoughts on “wedded wednesday: why capturing memories matters.

  1. Oh Sarah….yes treasure and capture those moments. Don’t just wait for the big events – everyday is special and priceless.


    PS – By the way, Shutterfly is great with albums. I recently created one with our Alaska photos and it turned out really nice. Plus they are always having sales and/or free shipping.

    • Joan, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve gotten plenty of snapshots printed through Shutterfly, but have yet to order a book. Glad to hear it worked out well for you!

  2. Such a simple idea, but I love it. Shutterly is always sending out promo codes for free albums – I never thought to use them for just ordinary photos of us, but now I want to!

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