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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, author and speaker. She's a wife, a mom to five sons, and a stepmom to an awesome daughter. Some of her interests: social good, startups, photography, transmedia, tech, photography, gardening, and ice cream. You can learn more about her on her website, Alli Worthington. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic online magazine, and the co-founder of Blissdom Conference.

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Preserving the Past: All Things Old are New Again

By Alli Worthington |

I still love the Pink Panther cartoons.

There is something special about old photo albums.

Pages of magical moments and small glimpses into daily life that little fingers can flip through and imagine the lives of those who make us who we are.

As a tiny girl I lost my dad and later my grandmother, I grew up imagining them through the pictures and albums that told their stories.

This must be why I love to capture so much of our lives in pictures as an adult.

Pictures capture moments, tell stories and surround us with a connection what we love.

I adored my grandaddy.

The last wedding he officiated was mine. My husband and I were married on a beautiful August Saturday. The fact that my grandaddy was still well enough to marry us made it perfect.

My memories of my grandmother are just a few pieces of  days spent together.

Breast cancer took her away from us.

Her memory lives on with her granddaughters.

My only connection to her with her writings,  stories the family would tell and with my photo albums that grandaddy gave me.

Thanks to my new printer (one that actually is easy to use- who knew that was possible?) I’m doubling down my efforts to print our memories.

I have thousands of digital pictures that are stored in the cloud and on various hard drives, but those memories aren’t available for snuggles. My children, my future grandchildren and their grandchildren can’t snuggle up on the couch and flip through pages of memories. There is something more real about holding and feeling the paper in your hands as you explore the moments caught in pictures.

I’m taking a little time on Sundays to print out some of the magic I have taken over the years. I want to share moments in our family with generations to come. The pictures of my ‘Grandaddy & Nana’ below are some of the most meaningful in all my photo albums. I hope by sharing them with you that you will be inspired to give your memories the ability to be snuggled with as well.

Grandaddy & Nana- Look at the mischievous twinkle in their eyes.

If my grandmother had blogged, I might know if she made the kids cry with pressure to all smile at once. What? We all have done that, right?

If my grandmother had blogged, I might know if she made the kids cry with pressure to all smile at once. What? We all have done that, right?

Later years- still with the mischievous twinkle.

Oh, wifi Canon Pixma, how I love you.


Many thanks again to Canon for sponsoring this post and for providing me with this wonderful PIXMA printer that has inspired me to make my memories beautifully snuggle-able.


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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, speaker and author. Alli Worthington is also a wife, mother to five boys and one stepdaughter, as well as the founder of the online women's magazine Blissfully Domestic and the founder of the BlissDom conference. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alli's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Preserving the Past: All Things Old are New Again

  1. Danielle Smith says:

    Oh Alli – You have inspired me to start PRINTING pictures again. Like you, I have so many saved online – in the cloud, on flick, on hard drivesr – just everywhere – but you can’t flip through them, you can’t hold them… *sigh* – and how much do I adore that I can SEE the love on your face in that wedding picture. That is priceless. What a beautiful, treasured memory.

  2. Katie Williamson says:

    You’ve inspired me to get my pictures off the spare hard drive and commit my favorite ones to paper. I think I have 28,000 in total so I must narrow down just how many I want to keep! Thank you for the idea because who wants to lose precious photographs when and if a hard drive goes “ptffffff……” never to be restored! ps: The curly-headed picture of you in the sandbox is just the cutest!!

  3. Colleen says:

    I’m using the dark cold days of this winter to catch up on my “memory archiving” as well! I have a shoebox full of pics that are all that exist of my 3 brothers and I and our entire childhoods…I first want to get those scanned in so that I can share them on disc with my bros, and then I have nearly FIVE YEARS worth of pictures to physically print out. It may take me until NEXT winter! :)

  4. Anne says:

    My mother-in-law died after a house fire five years ago. The one tiny silver lining was that we had just moved all her photo albums and most of her pictures to our house so I could scan and copy them.

    After she died, we couldn’t bear to go through the pictures. I should do that for my husband and his brother. Thanks for the reminder.

    You look so much like your grandmother. In a dark wig, it would be uncanny. You got her eye-twinkle, that’s for sure.

  5. Oh Anne, you noticed. I do look just like her. Thank you for noticing. That makes my day. <3

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