Photo Freedom

Ok, I hate it when this happens. I accidently set the blog to post something on a certain date, forget about it and then it posts without much of an explanation — so bugs. Anyway … this little email story was sent to me from my friend Toni — and it cracks me up.


Well, today is Sunday and when I was in church, well,…I’m pretty sure God told me that SJ’s Photo Freedom is biblical.    Okay, not literally. Not audibly. And not even the book itself (though it is a must read, imho). But the philosophy; to scrap out of order. I think He said it’s okay.

See, here’s the thing. I was sitting there reading along with my pastor in Matthew when he mentioned the fact that Matthew captured the life and ministry of Jesus topically and not chronologically. And I kid you not, I thought, "It’s O.K. if I don’t scrap chronologically? Whoa, it’s really, really okay."

That’s why I bought Stacy’s book.

I needed to hear it and I needed to know how to do it.

I thought, "And look, there’s Matthew recording history for Jesus and he’s not doing it chronologically. Surely then, it’s okay for me to document my family’s life and history out of order. SWEET!"      

Now just in case I’m taken too seriously here , I did see the humor in thinking this (especially in the middle of service, mind you). But honestly, it really was somehow freeing for me to hear that today.

Matthew. And God.

On my side. Scrappagorically speaking.

Who knew?

And in other news, I’m back in Seattle today. I decided to stop on
my way home to spend some time with my mom. Her birthday is on Saturday
and so I set up a little surprise with my Dad — I would show up
unexpected on Wednesday night and we’d all go on a hike and out to
lunch on Thursday — just hang together and enjoy a healthy and vibrant
wife and mother. Here’s the funny story — Dad looked on her calendar
and discovered she had a hair appointment, so I called the salon and
explained what I was planning and asked them to call Mom and tell her
they had accidently double-booked and needed to reschedule. I
anticipated (of course) them saying "Oh, no problem, what a fun
surprise, yada, yada" INSTEAD, they said "We can’t do that — we would
never cancel on a loyal client like your mom" and I’m like, what? You
really won’t do this for me — come on, what’s it going to take? Long
story short, she finally agreed to call mom, if I promised to emphasize
how hard I had to push to get them (the salon) to agree — oddly enough
as it turned out it didn’t matter because I got a call yesterday that
Mom has a problem tooth that requires immediate oral surgery!

So, here I sit in a dental office, blogging and waiting for my mom.
When I arrived last night, she said she was so bummed that she had to
call and cancel her hair appt and replace with a date with a dentist
and I said "You mean the salon didn’t call you?"

"No, but the girl said .. you don’t even have an appointment — although I can see where your name was erased!"


So … Shutterfly
ROCKS. You would not believe how cool this company is and how amazing
their facility is and the very cool things they are working on. I had a
wonderful time getting to know them and the members of the SAT
(scrapbook advisory team) better — and I can’t wait to tell you more!

[edit] It’s now 4:00 pm and I’ve
enjoyed a lovely day. Got to go hiking with my Dad in an amazing,
verdant forest with moss covered trees and now the sun is shining as it
only shines in Seattle — good day. Headed home to my family (love that


  1. Well, I can’t think of a better endorsement than that. Thanks for sharing the story.

  2. Wow…funny and profound, too! :-)

  3. Thank you for sharing this. The same kind of thing happened to me at the turn of the new year. I had just chosen the word ‘Joy’ to focus on for this year and was wondering if it was the right word for me. The first Sunday of the year my pastor gave a sermon of finding the ‘Joy in Life’. Believe me, I sat up and paid close attention and have been looking for the joy in my life ever since! God is great!

  4. i never knew that about Matthew!
    How fantastic.

  5. LOL! I knew that… but I never thought about the practical scrappy aplication! Thanks! :)

  6. Deborah P says:

    Loving both Toni’s and Sue’s stories. God has perfect timing (and a great sense of humor!).

  7. Kristen says:

    That is awesome.

  8. Jeannette P says:

    Very, very cool! I agree that it is ok to scrap out of order & Amen to it being found (well in a sense) in the Bible. In fact, I’m about to take the big plunge & have torn a few of my shelves apart & realized just how much my photos need a new organization.
    Sue, what a great way for God to speak to you for you to know that Joy was what you should focus on. I never thought about picking a word to focus on. I may pray about that & see what God has in store for me. Perhaps contentment.

  9. Don’t you love when God speaks and we actually hear it (lol). I’m sure he does.

  10. Brenda :D says:

    God is all about setting the captives free, isn’t He? ;) Gotta love Him!

  11. Andria B. says:

    Smiling… thanks for sharing… :)

  12. That is great!:) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thanks for sharing, I agree it’s ok not to scrap chronologically even if sometimes I was worrying !

  14. mrstjshelby says:

    i love humor found anywhere…even spiritually!

  15. Love it. Especially my new vocabulary word “Scrappagorically”. I plan to use it in a sentance. Daily.

  16. I LOVE IT!

  17. Katrina says:

    Not related to the topic at all. But I REALLY want a brownie whenever I visit your blog :)

  18. :) yep. :)
    I’m sure it’s ok…

  19. That is totally awesome! How cool is that?! Very funny to open this and read today. What a great shout out for your new book!
    Thanks for sharing this! It gave me a good smile today!

  20. kat-in-texas says:

    Halleluiah, Sister!!!

  21. LOL! I see others can relate as well. I tell you, that Sunday messsage is alive and well in me. ;)
    Thank you so much for writing Photo Freedom and showing us HOW to do this, Stacy.

  22. Hey Stacy – please tell shutterfly to have prints in square sizes.

  23. Wonderful story! I may have to scrap Scrappagorically – lol. And yes, Shutterfly does rock! I’ve been using them for years, and I can’t wait to see more and more indulgence for us!

  24. ahhhh your killing me I can’t wait to hear the shutterfly thing….

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