Scrapbooking a Lifetime of Memories

by : Patrice Fagnant-macarthur

Yet, despite my attempts at thoroughness, I can't help but feel that the most precious memories are the ones that don't fit neatly into a scrapbook. There are so many moments that haven't been preserved on film, times that the presence of a camera would destroy. Playing hide-and-seek in the backyard, curling up with my boys reading their favorite stories over and over, running around the bases at the park, and the quiet times at night when my husband and I get them ready for bed are some of my cherished moments that are captured only in my heart. I wish that there were some way of holding on to those memories and passing them along to my sons, but I have to trust that they are making their own. Although they may not consciously remember these joyful times, I hope that the feelings of love and happiness will be permanently imprinted in them for them to one day share with their own children. Then, their scrapbooks will be complete.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of The Spiritual Woman Newsletter ( and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverseHealth Fitness Articles, 2004). She has a Masters Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College.