Making Room for Life

 A Lake Michigan Lighthouse

One of my photos: A Lake Michigan Lighthouse

My cell phone notified me that my iCloud account doesn’t have enough storage to back up my phone.  My tablet is running out of storage too.  Oops.  I guess I need to make some space on my phone, my tablet and the infamous cloud where things are magically, but not infinitely, stored.

Since my phone doubles as my camera the photos had finally taken over.  I knew it would happen sooner or later.  Now, when I’ve got nothing else to do, I move the photos that I want to keep to a safe home on my laptop, and delete the photos that I don’t want or need.  It may take a while, because I’ve got at least two years of photos on my phone.

When the old has been safely stored I will fill it up with new memories.

That’s life, isn’t it?

We recently had a family reunion (so very fun), so the new photos from this year will replace the shots from last year.  I’ll soon be taking a trip with my college roommates, (always a laughter filled treat) so I can clear off last year’s goofy snaps and replace them with this year’s crazy photos.  Children and grandchildren will change and grow, Thanksgiving, Christmas, snowmen, vacations, blossoms of spring and long summer days will all come around again,  and I’ll be ready to record the new moments and make them memories.

Just like I preserve my photos, the good ones anyway, I also safely store my memories and make room for new memorable moments.

The Pumpkin Farm a year ago

The Pumpkin Farm a year ago

As I review the photos from the last two years, I realize what an eventful period it has been.  Most of the pictures are of happy times, and I smile when I remember them.  Some are not-so-happy, but they are part of my experience and that makes them valuable.

I’m (mostly) glad that my phone gave me that annoying message, because the process of going through those photos has given me an opportunity to review snapshots of my life in a larger picture.  The rough spots give it depth, and the fun times infuse it with vibrant color.   The larger picture is still playing out, and I’m convinced that it will be a beautiful one.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:1

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About Judy

At heart I am a student of truth, an observer of culture, and a communicator. Jesus is my teacher and my Lord. In pursuit of these passions, I read as much as I can, serve as Area Director for Community Bible Study, and write a blog. I take great delight in my relationships with family and friends, and I also enjoy long walks, bike rides and cooking. And did I mention that I like to read?
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