Please Read This. It Might Change Your Life!
A little over a week ago, Stacy Julian and I had the amazing opportunity of going to Missoula, Montana where we honored our friend, Tracy Corneil, who suddenly passed away in April.
Tracy (along with her best friend, Gina) was the owner of one of the best stores I've ever visited--The Scrapbook Hideaway
. I went to an event Tracy and Gina put on a few years ago and fell in love with the people and area. Tracy and I remained good friends ever since. I loved her enthusiasm for life and belief that every person needed to leave their own legacy through scrapbooks.
Tracy left behind a doting husband and two adorable children--Connor (13) and Riley (10).
During these past few hard months, the scrapbooks Tracy created for her family and the loving words she wrote (often in her own handwriting) are helping them pull through. Connor also made a beautiful scrapbook honoring his mother's life.
With Connor's consent, I want to share a few pages with you. I read it to the class at the event and everyone was deeply moved and in tears. I think we can all learn a valuable lessons from his insightful words.
Here are his first two pages:
Here are his poignant words on the next two pages:
"Change is part of life. It is the healthy family that learns to adapt to change that prepares each member for the quickly changing world. Live life to the fullest because you don't know when you will have to fly away. Time with family is worth more than money so spend it wisely. Mom, I wish we could spend on more day with you. You will forever be in our hearts. Your parents are you best friends and that won't change. No matter what.
Change is life. What happens happens, so move forward but don't forget what happened. We have to live with change. It is what make us stronger."
Notice how Connor found an old check and ripped Tracy's signature off the bottom. Love this simple yet powerful touch.
Never let a day pass by without hugging your loved ones and telling them you love them. Take time to write in your own handwriting your feelings about those you love. Choose right now to be happy with your life so you can have happy memories to remember forever in your scrapbooks.
Thanks for sharing, Connor. And thanks, Gina, Tabatha, and all the employees at Scrapbook Hideaway for the memorable weekend. (And thanks for the comfy bed, Carrie Heaphy!)
By the way, Stacy gave a powerful presentation around her book Photo Freedom. I got so excited about photo storage and scrapbooking in a non-chronological way. If you haven't picked it up yet, RUN to your nearest scrapbook store. Or, you can buy it here
Have a great Tuesday (voting day!). And don't forget to give your loved ones a squeeze.
P.S. If you get a chance, leave a note for Connor. He left a message and is reading these comments. He's very touched.