October 30, 2018
For months, I've been sending small batches of non-digital film - first APS cartridges and, eventually, latent prints - to DigMyPics on a quest to digitize photos we took prior to the advent of digital cameras. I also had my local camera specialty store digitize a slew of negatives, and then scoured my photog-husband's computer, external hard drive, and camera for digital images he'd taken but had not shared with me.
Once I had all those new digital images in hand, I began a quest to merge them with my collection of digital photos, choosing to organize them chronologically and by significant event and then re-naming each image in catalogue-format. The process took weeks and weeks of time and oodles of patience - as much as I love looking at pictures of my girls, I definitely grew tired of it at times - but I pressed on because I really wanted the final product and, as one of my daughters aptly pointed out, I'm just that stubborn.
Next up will be continuing with the physical scrapbooks I've been creating since the girls were babies. I'm about three years "behind" because of the time I've needed to develop The Homeschool Resource Roadmap. But I'm stubborn about them too - years ago, I committed to making one book for each of the girls for every year of their childhoods and I intend to hold myself to it - so I'm sure I'll find time to catch up. In fact, knowing I've got the digital record fully in order motivates me to do that all the more.