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Timeless Memories: Attached and Sent #EmailLove

by TerriAnn

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

My daughter was born in 2001. Back then we had to snail mail pictures and it was so expensive, especially when sent internationally by air mail! We used to take photos with our 35mm camera, develop them, make re-prints, then send them off to my husband’s family in the Netherlands since we lived in the States. The situation reversed a bit in 2002 when, due to various circumstances, we actually had to move there.

Before we packed up to live overseas, my sister bought us a digital camera (they were just getting popular then). Our daughter was just about to turn two years old and my sister did not want to miss seeing her grow up. What a generous and practical gift! We made full use of it as we attached numerous pictures to our outgoing emails to the family over the next four years.





The digital photos couldn’t replace the experience of  actually seeing her in person but it helped to hold my family over until they were able to visit us or we visited them. We filled their inboxes almost monthly with low resolution images as my daughter grew like a weed (as all kids do). They also let us know how they were doing with snapshots of special happenings in their lives.

I can’t even count how many attachments we uploaded and downloaded during that time. Sharing precious moments via email allowed us to stay connected with family overseas despite being over 5,000 miles away.

After moving back in the States, our photos began traveling the other direction across the ocean. Sharing online albums has become much more convenient and the Dutch half of the family can follow our adventures almost as they happen (depending on when we have time to sort through the digital collection). Even the least tech savvy of our family can easily download a full-size image and have it printed. Wow, how technology has changed.

Since Yahoo! Mail is sponsoring this trip down memory lane, here’s a quick video showing how much easier it is to send pictures these days:

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Jen - Life With Levi July 19, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Confession – I don’t have any printed photos of my son other than a display of his newborn photos. He’ll be one next year. Printing photos is a pain. But I love that I can just email digital photos to my mom and other family that live out of state.

Cookies & Clogs July 19, 2011 - 10:36 pm

If you don’t have time, you can always order a 5×7 flip book. I did that from Snapfish and I love it. Oh, there’s a 50% off deal (I posted that today too) if you want to try it 🙂

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