Thanks you Canvas Factory for sponsoring this post
After the passing of my dad, one of the tasks I was given was to put together the video slideshow for the memorial service. It was definitely a difficult task – going through years of memories, listening to music that simply WAS my dad, and, unfortunately, realizing that my family sucks at taking pictures. As we were all digging through our computers and photo albums I got texts and emails time and again from my siblings (there are twelve of us!) saying things like “I only have three total pictures of dad and my son” and “The last picture I’m in with dad was from three years ago.” We never imagined that we had such a little amount of time left with our dad. We never realized we needed to be capturing memories left and right because they were going to be some of our last ones.
The weekend of my dad’s memorial service was the first time all twelve of the Gardner kids were together in over four years. Some of our kids had never met. We knew capturing memories had to be high on our priority list. Even though it’s nearly impossible to get 27 people looking decent in a picture (and no, we didn’t succeed in this), we did our best and got some wonderful pictures of our clan – pictures we will hold onto and cherish until the next time we are all together.
I adore covering the walls of my home with photos and I knew the picture of my family needed to have a prominent place – a place of love and healing. A place that reminds me how important it is to live in the moment but also capture memories as I live.
Make sure you are capturing memories as often as possible! You don’t know when that won’t be an option.
I’m in love with this canvas I got from Canvas Factory. Nate used to work at a large format graphics company in Portland so did A LOT of work on canvas and even he says this one is good quality. So… You know he speaks truth. The ordering site was really, really easy to work with and it shipped incredibly quickly. I know I’ll be covering my walls with many more canvases created through Canvas Factory.
The best news is, Canvas Factory is giving a free canvas away to one of you! This is open to USA and Canada residents and I can’t wait to find out who wins!
Are you good at capturing memories?
What photo would you choose to have printed on the canvas?