Friday, April 8, 2011

A Memory in the Minds of Others

The above is a page from my Family History Scrapbook. Two women who influenced my life in a huge way. A mother and daughter who knew what was most important about living life and taught me, both with their stories and by their examples.

Yesterday, my Women's Devotional message hit on my life's topic. "A Role Model," by Samantha McGarrity, talks about The Queen of Sheba, explaining that an arheological dig gives evidence that the queen actually did exist. She then ponders, from the story of the queen's visit to King Solomon, what kind of woman this queen must have been.

She sounded like a very independent woman with a healthy curiosity...she didn't mind hitting the road occasionally to seek out answers.  And she was honest, straightforward, in telling King Solomon just what she thought of him, after she'd tested his knowledge.  She was also a woman who gave credit where credit was due--something I often forget to do myself.  She praised Solomon's God for the spendor of his kingdom.  That may have been the reason, after all these centuries, the Queen of Sheba is still remembered.
McGarrity finishes by saying the queen is a good role model for keeping one "a nice memory in the minds of others."

That's the greatest reason for doing what I do--preserving my family history.  Not to remind my relatives that I was a super good person, but that I did the work of keeping the people who were important in our family "in the minds of others."  I don't want anyone to forget about the people who've came before us in our family, wo laid a foundation and changed our lives. 

When my family history book is written and bound, and in the hands of my children, grandchildren, cousins, and nieces and nephews, I'll return to the work of finishing my Memories in Order: How to Scrapbook Family History, so others will be able to do this.  My blog readers here will be the first to take advantage of a free pre-publication download sample, so click to follow here in the sidebar, either by email, Google Friend, or Networked Blogs.  Any method you choose to follow will work, so that you'll be notified when the book is available.

Somewhere Over the Rhine, my Family History Book, is my project for the time being, but I'm happy to share some of my pages with you here.  I'm creating the scrapbook layouts for this book digitally, which for me, is easiest for the sake of publishing the book. 

I still like to do create physical scrapbooks, with the touch and feel of cardstock, designer papers, and decorative elements.  And sometimes I'll take pictures of these and post them for you.  If you have any questions, or if there's something you want to know about how to get started with your own Family History Scrapbook, just leave a comment below.  I always look forward to hearing from you.

I just happen to believe that writing family histories is a way to change the world!

As Ophrah would say, here is what I know:  My family history has changed me.  It's made me appreciate who I am and where I come from.

To get started right now creating your own Family History Scrapbook, visit Women's Memoirs and click to download a free ebook especially for my blog readers, normally a $7.50 value:  ScrapMoir:  Seven Tips for Saving Your Photos, Your Stories, and Your Memories. 


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