Whether you're the parent of one or twenty-one (and anything in between), it's a constant challenge to keep the group cohesive.
While there are many ways to encourage solidarity, allow me to suggest the power of sharing family photos as a possible *gluestick.*
Metaphorically speaking :)
From birthdays to graduation, from weddings to reunions, many of us take pictures.
But what do you do with them?
One of my muse's, Donna at Quiet Life, is quite the photographer. Not only does she share her knowledge with us on her own blog, she's also a contributing writer at the famous site of the Pioneer Woman. I've known her since college when she was head photographer of the college yearbook. Now she's branching out into the bigger world of photographing others and improving her skills by taking workshops. Recently she shared pictures from her local farmers' market. Even now she's thinking ahead and taking a family photo for the Christmas card!
But back to the gluestick.
Here's another photo of our family photographer who received her first camera at age seven.
Self-taught my mother has photographed the family as long as I can remember.
There a funny series of us in front of a camera on a tripod, timer set for the precise moment of portraiture :)
Though what I really want to mention is the way she shares her photos.
They are all
ready for viewing in albums.
That is a monumental feat.
Worthy of commendation!
I know that too well because most of mine are still sitting in boxes in the basement.
But, no, she doesnt stop with editing, printing, and cataloging.
Sharing is the key.
She makes a family birthday calendar for each of us (six children with spouses and 29 grands!) and gives it at Christmastime.
My father contributes by laminating, collating, and binding.
At this moment I can glance up at my calendar flipped to May and be reminded that MargaretAnn and James have birthdays this month.
Then she creates her own greeting cards, artistically using her archive of thousands of images. Inside the card you're likely to find a CD containing lots of pictures of yourself with family.
Furthermore, there's an entire hallway of family photos and a family website.
So, when you visit home, there's no question about the roots of the family tree.