Can you remember the exact day one of your children took their first step, or ate solids for the first time? If you are anything like me you will have pictures and lots of these memories. But I don’t have exact dates.
I have always collected memories, from the boys being born I have consistently taken lots of photos, made scrapbooks and built memory boxes, thus leading me to start a blog, a way of documenting family life. I have also created a picture wall that we have built from photos we have taken on our travels. I love the fact that every picture can take us back to a certain moment in time, and is able to recall exactly how we felt at that special moment.
But something happened to a colleague of Chris’s 2 years ago, something you wouldn’t wish on anybody. A house fire; the fire completely gutted the house and took with it every memory that family had ever built. Yes, of course they were upset about the whole situation, but were utterly devastated to lose every single childhood photo and memory box of their now grown up children. As their P.C had also perished in the fire even photos they thought were safe by backing up to hard drive, were lost.
When I heard this news I started backing everything up to I cloud and external sites, so if the worst ever happened my precious photos would never be lost. But still my photos and memories are gathered all over, I cloud, external sites and boxes of photos, albums and scrap books from before digital times.
I remember when Chris lost his beloved Grandma it took months to sort her photos and more importantly put faces, places and dates to all those precious memories.
I was so excited when I got the opportunity to work with the lovely people from Memfy. Memfy is a wonderful web based memory collector, and very excitingly is soon to become an app. It is designed to catalogue life memories and can even be broken down into categories such as life milestones like births, marriages, first teeth and first day at school. Big purchases, like the day the boys get their first car, and embarrassing moments, I am saving these for 18th and 21st birthdays.
Memfy can be shared sent as a message to a friend, or those private memories can be kept that way, for your eyes only. No one ever needs to see your Memfies, you can keep an online, private, lifetime log. Lets face it some moments are too special to share with the world.
I have been using Memfy for a just over a week now; I must say I am a little addicted, busily back cataloguing our lives for the boys to one day show to their own children.
Above you can see the time line I am starting to build, and love the fact that in the future I will be able to upload a Memfy in the moment, from my phone, thus never missing a precious memory.
Each memory can then be opened to show a snapshot of that moment in time.
To say I love Memfy is an understatement, in Fact it is Chris’s Dads 70th Birthday in a couple of weeks, and I am confident that even with her limited I.T skills, Chris’s Mum will be able to build him a life Memfy in time for the big day. Another bonus is that you can export your Memfy’s to PDF to enable you to print off Memfies. As a teacher I see this being a huge bonus in the life of a student, to be able to record assessment and their learning journey. There really are so many uses. Life journaling, online c.v, career tracking the list is endless.
I will leave you with this Memfy video that demonstrates how Memfy can be used to store a lifetime of memories. But I must warn you I shed a tear when I watched it, then couldn’t wait to get started building my very own Memfy journey.