Friday, September 12, 2014

6 years ago today .....

-- Aleida Franklin was killed in a car accident 

I never met her in real life -- but she changed my life forever ....

On August 6th, 2008, one month and six days before she was killed, she wrote the most powerful words on her blog -- 

"There is a reason why I'm posting these pictures. Pictures that I'm actually in. Not because I think I'm all that and a trip to Hollywood. No. It's because I'm actually tired of being worried about how I look and not taking or having very many photos of me with my children. I have very few pictures of me and my babies when they were babies, and I have myself to blame. Precious opportunities to capture on paper, lost because of my silliness. Well no more I say! One day I won't be here and there will be hardly any pictures of them and their mama. So ladies, hand over the camera and get in those photos! Please. You'll be happier you did." 


This post from her affected me more than anything else I have ever read ....

Ever since she passed away, I have taken a monthly photo with my babies ... 

Thank you Aleida for giving me the push I needed ... 

RIP forever .... 

 


Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

37 comments:

  1. You are proof of how much that post affected your life & it's such an important thing to do.....because of your photos, I also try to get more photos at family events these days too:):) Thank YOU, Julie for keeping the lamp glowing:):)

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  2. You are an amazing friend to Aleida. Thank you for the monthly reminders of how important it is to capture these moments :)

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  3. I cant believe 6 yrs have passed! the memory of the first posts is still vivid That time has gone so quickly. You are so right, Aleida was so right.

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  4. Every time you share this post, it breaks my heart for what that poor family has gone through...but I absolutely love how her message has inspired you, my friend!

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  5. Oh Julie...you are so amazing and what a great friend you are/were to her! The power of her message that inspired you and how you have carried Aleida's message is heartfelt!!
    Hugs my friend!
    Sherrie K

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  6. ...and keep on taking them Julie. Now that one of my babies is basically moved on to the next phase of his life there are not as many opportunities to take photos with him! Thanks for sharing today.

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  7. I've read those words before, likely on your blog. How very true they are. It's amazing how much people we never meet can touch change our lives.

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  8. A wonderful tribute and such a great reminder.

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  9. Every time you wrote about adeida, it brought tears to my eyes!

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  10. You rock, thank you for your monthly shots and for always reminding us of Aleida's words.

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  11. She truly was beautiful and an inspiration.

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  12. A beautiful tribute and poignant reminder! You're an amazing friend! keep the photos coming!

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  13. such a true quote and you are sooo good at taking pics with your kids!! ive started doing this more too and wish for yeeears i didnt sit myself out!!!

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  14. I love how you have carried Aleida's tradition and you both have also inspired me when I really didn't want to be in the photos either. What a super sweet tribute to Aleida!!!

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  15. You always think you will have more time and then when you look back you realize you have hardly any pictures. I wish I would have done this when my children were young.
    Thanks for sharing this story.

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  16. Wow, Julie! I never knew the background of your inspiration to take the monthly photos with you in them. Aleida's words are so profound. No wonder you were so very moved by what she wrote! THX for sharing!

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  17. I really admire that you have kept up this tradition, Julie!

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  18. She wrote very true words...and we should all take them to heart.

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  19. Always brings tears to my eyes, Julie. I love this about you. You are so full of passion and compassion! Thank you so much for all you do every single day. I am so happy that I met you at Scrapping the Music, my friend!

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  20. She was a very wise woman! Love how you keep her memory so alive! You're so sweet!

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  21. What a precious photo! Gave me chills. Thanks for the reminder!

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  22. This is awesome! I have read your posts about this before. Since then, I have been better about getting in the pictures. My Mother is gone, and I will never look at a picture of her and think "gosh, she looks bad without make up", or "what a terrible picture of her". You have truly inspired me and I thank you, and Aleida for that! :)

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  23. I can't believe it's been 6 years. Wow. Thanks for keeping her memory alive and reminding us again just how important those pictures are.

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  24. Aaaaw and what a beautiful photo it is too!!

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  25. Something that they will cherish long after we are gone. What a special woman (and you are too). I'm working on getting better at this right now too. It's sad that I've gotten away from putting forth the effort because it really is one of the most important things!!

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  26. Beautiful post Julie, And this is also why I take 864876834701237408734 pictures with Lucy, you just never know.

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  27. So beautiful Julie. Every year when you post this, it's such a wonderful blessing and reminder to all!

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  28. This is so true. I am glad she has inspired you. And you inspire too.

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