Saturday, June 19, 2010

"She Left Proof"

After my kiddos are in bed, I spend my few precious quiet hours reading blogs and websites on photography, crafts, and food.
I came across a blog where I was so touched by this post.....

"I came across a Blog Post on Under the Sycamore and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Here's the quote from the She Left Proof project:"

"Many scrapbookers knew Aleida Franklin. She was a wonderful wife and mother and a brilliant artist. I didn’t know Aleida personally, but she taught me something I will never forget.

She emailed me last year to tell me she loved my blog and to ask if I liked my short hair-cut. This lead to a series of emails which eventually led me to remark that I really loved how often she posted pictures of herself with her children on her blog. And she replied to me, “Have you ever seen a photograph of your own mother and thought to yourself how fat she looked? Or how she wasn’t wearing make-up? Or wasn’t dressed in a glamorous outfit?” Of course my answer was no.
She then responded with saying that she made it a goal to take a picture of herself with her children at least once every month. And that to use excuses about how we look, as women, is ridiculous, since our children will never care what we looked like, but only that we had physical evidence of the bond between mother and child.

Aleida tragically and unexpectedly passed away in an auto accident in September of 2008, leaving 2 small children and a grieving husband. After she passed I thought of how those children must feel to have those precious photographs. I have made it my personal goal to follow her wise suggestion and I try to take photos of myself with my children….double chins, make-up free, bed-head and all.

I invite Mothers everywhere to take Aleida’s Challenge. To photograph yourself with your children each and every month.

So what do you think??? Mothers need to get in the picture! Such a simple thing to do, that will mean so much to your children. :) I REALLY need to do this--She goes on to give some suggestions--always have your camera handy--ask your husband to take the picture. Don't let the moment pass when you're cuddled up with your kids.


  1. What a great reminder! I love it! I do wish there were more photos of my own mom cuddled up with us as children. She was usually the one taking the pictures. I will remember this story and make a point of putting myself in the memories more often :)

  2. What a great post! It's great advice. I know I wish I had more pictures of my mom and I together. It seems us "mom's" are always the ones behind the camera.

  3. Love love love it Liz. One of my biggest regrets is my lack of pictures with Tom, especially when he was a baby. I used all those excuses. Of course, it helps to be as gorgeous as you, but I'm up for the challenge too! Once a month? Done :-)

  4. Sniff Sniff. This really hit home since my own sister passed away way before her time and there are very few pictures of her and her children. Thank you Liz.