Posts Tagged ‘treasures’

Creating Memories That Will Stand the Test of Time

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” ? Dr. Seuss

Our lives are filled with precious moments. It’s filled with memories such as cuddling with our children as we read them a bedtime story, going home for Christmas andparticipating in family holiday traditions, driving the car with our mother or father for the first time, going away for summer camp or even buying our first house. Our lives are also filled with less pleasant, but necessary activities, such as spending time away from our family and friends to earn our living by working. Since work is such an important part of our lives, it’s easy to get wrapped up in this and even mundane tasks such as cleaning our homes or buying “things.” Soon, these other activities take centre stage; somehow we get distracted, and forget to live our lives while we are alive.

No matter how long anyone lives, it’s not long enough. Life is short, too short. Before we know it, time passes, and suddenly we are twenty or thirty years older. Our children are grown and have moved far away to raise families of our own, and parents and other loved ones have passed on. Now, they are no longer available for us to give them that one last hug or ask them for one last bit of advice. Eventually, we are all left on our own, alone.

This is why it is so important to make an effort to not get wound up in things that aren’t really important in the long run. Take time, each day, to really focus on the people that you love and care about. Spend time with them and do things that are fun and that each of you enjoy while all of you are still here to enjoy it. Live in the present. Enjoy life and people while they are still here.

While you are at it, make certain that you make the time to capture some of these wonderful memories. Take lots of photos; shoot videos, save drawings and finger paintings. Make souvenirs from some of your travels and preserve them – even if it’s just pressing and drying a beautiful, vibrant flower that you discover in your own backyard with your child.

If you have a special photo of a great moment that you would like to preserve in a more permanent way, we can help. Here at Etched In Memories we specialise in turning your most memorable events into more permanent treasures. With our unique process, we can take your favorite photos and etch them into your choice of metal. Who wouldn’t appreciate jewellery that is as much an original piece of art as it is a beautiful adornment? Over time, these preserved memories can be passed down to future generations as treasured family heirlooms.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you preserve the best moments in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Australia Day and Treasures.

Today is Australia Day and as I look around at what is happening in our wild and beautiful country I see people struggling to get back on their feet after years of drought and now flooding rain. I see people still rebuilding two years after the Black Saturday fires. I see families who have lost some of their most treasured posessions and keepsakes.

There is the story of the woman who was only able to save 5 photos of her children’s youth. She lost so much but not as much as others who were left with nothing – no keepsakes and souvenirs of their lives before the disaster.  There is the story of the photo album found floating downriver, full of the history of a family that no one knows.  Imagine what that album would mean to the family now, if they could find it?

“The most frustrating thing in the world is losing the things that mean the most to you among a sea of unimportant stuff that was acquired just because you could.” says Jonno Seidler in an article in the Age.  Can you imagine how hard it must be to sift through a lifetime’s collection it ‘stuff’ in your house to find the things that you really value?  Now picture yourself doing it in 5 ragged minutes as you race to evacuate.  How would you ever remember where you put that letter?  What did you do with your grandmother’s recipe book, full of recipes written lovingly in her old-fashioned, spidery handwriting?

Those of us who are safe and comfortable in our homes need to pay attention to what the less fortunate are saying.  It’s a lesson that we all need to learn.  We DO cram our homes with ‘stuff’ but only some of it really means anything to us.  It’s time to think about what is really important to you and how you will keep it safe.  We are blessed with the opportunity to prepare.  We have the gift of time. 

Australia is an amazing country filled with people who know how to pull together when the chips are down.  I’m proud to be one of them.  I’m proud to be someone who can help preserve your special memories with my work.  The events of the last few years have shown me how important that can be. 

On this Australia Day, celebrate with your families and make sure that you know what is really important to you.