Finding Ways to Let Memories Live On

Finding Ways to Let Memories Live On

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our Family Tree

 The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

It is Thanksgiving which means that we are spending time with family, telling tall tales and sharing somewhat obscure childhood memories.   For instance, I recall that my grandmother, Anne, would tell me the story of a small dog named “Mewflu” who traveled the world and went on great adventures.  This was a story that she used to tell her students when she taught school in the 1930’s and early 40’s.  As I got older, I stopped asking her to tell me the story and eventually I just forgot about it all together. Now that I have a child, I wish I could remember the story of Mewflu.  I’ve asked my mother and my sisters if they can recall the tale but everyone comes up with a different version (thus the obscured memories.)

Wouldn’t be wonderful if there was a way to capture the story of MewFlu as well as all of the fantastic stories my grandmother told me when I was a child?  Instead of relying on the recall of someone’s memory, the original storyteller (in this case my grandmother) could tell the story herself.

Fortunately the creators of the newest virtual scrapbook, LiveOn, website thought of that! Now you can create your own life timeline (birth, grade school, high school graduation, marriage, children etc) by either using the site’s suggested life milestones or by creating your own.  I created one for Adam and my 2010 anniversary trip to Italy. Not only was I able to upload ALL of the pictures we took, I also included some video we shot.  For each picture, I recorded the date that the photo was shot, where we were and what we were doing.  You can make the memory as simple as you want (just pictures from the event) or complicated (adding music and interesting graphics.)

You can also record (via video or written word) favorite memories. We asked Kayla to tell us her thoughts about Santa Claus this year.  When she is thirty, she’ll be able to connect to LiveOn and see herself as a child talk about the things that were important to her (like Santa Claus).  I  would like to ask her to video tape herself on the same day each year until she graduates from high school discussing topics relevant to her life.  Another idea for a great timeline!  K’s thoughts and feelings through her years at home!  Not only will she get a kick out of hearing/seeing herself over the years but her children will love listening to her as well.

There are so many options available to the user that the choices get a bit overwhelming.  For an avid “scrapbooker” like me, having a virtual/interactive site is both a dream come true and a nightmare: too many choices! Since the site was introduced a few weeks ago, I have spent a lot of time perfecting my photo memories and playing with the various presentation choices (which picture did I want to be the for the title picture on the timeline?  Where do I want to insert the video?  Do I want to record a new video talking about the experience?)  If that wasn’t enough, I also invited all of my sisters to log on to the site as a member of my “tribe” and upload their own pictures and video.

LiveOn also features a second called “Smart Questions” in which the  site’s visitor (or admin) can answer personal questions that might lead a reader to understand or even to appreciate her ancestors.  I am sure that it would be great to hear my grandmother tell me her about her favorite holiday tradition and compare my answers to hers.  My daughter and her daughter can continue the tradition to the joy and benefit of future generations.

As the weeks and months progress, I’m confident that my “tribe” will continue to upload pictures/videos of our children, our parents and each other at various stages of childhood.  It is exciting to visit their perspectives of the various incidents in our collective lives.   Despite living in different parts of the country, LiveOn gives us a chance to collaborate together to record our history.  As a result of our efforts, we will leave a memory legacy to our children, grandchildren and possibly great-grandchildren that can truly transform how our family celebrates Thanksgiving for years to come.

My Wedding October 29, 2000

Thank you again to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here LiveOn to learn more about storing and sharing your most special memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.