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When Mike and I finally settled on our kids’ names, I reserved the techy things I thought they might want down the road: their name urls, emails, etc. They might change them once they’re grown, but at least they won’t be stuck with, say, jamespohr10279@gmail, you know?

My kids say and do lots of hilarious and sweet things, and while I chronicle parts of our lives here there’s just too many little things that I don’t want to forget. More importantly, there are things I don’t want them to forget. I take pictures of them looking at each other lovingly because I know in the not-too-distant future, they’ll likely be fighting like only siblings can. I write down the cute way Annie mispronounces words, or the very detailed dreams she tells me about over breakfast. I keep track of the crazy things that make James laugh, and the days he achieves new milestones.

I used to have all of these moments and stories on my phone, computer, etc, but it was so hard to keep track of it all. I wanted my kids to see these things, but how would they if everything was scattered all over? And then it occurred to me that I could use those email addresses I reserved before they were born to send them all these stories and pictures.

Now they both have dozens and dozens of emails with pictures, quotes, and videos waiting for them. I hope that one day, when I give them “the keys” to their email accounts (with lots of stipulations, but that’s a whole ‘nother subject), they’ll get a kick out of reading all the things I’ve sent.

There’s a service now that you can sign up for that actually uses this idea but takes it one step further. is an online site that gathers up all of your photos from all over the place (your computer, picasa, flickr, instagram, and Facebook!) into one place. You can then enter in members of your family and start assigning “events” to your family timeline, with spaces for photos, video, and text. Mike and I are both admins so we can both add events to the family timeline.

One feature that I really like is the ability to create time capsules. You’re literally creating a digital time capsule of photos, videos, and text, but the cool thing is you get to set the date it’s opened. I created a time capsule of Annie’s first year of school filled with pictures of her, scans of her artwork, video of her class’s singing performances, and text of all the funny things she said.

Father's Day art

cute smile


Then I set it so she’ll get an email to open the time capsule on the day she graduates from high school – a “look how far you’ve come,” kind of thing. And, you can make as many time capsules as you want, for each member of your family.

I really wish OneDay had been around when I started emailing my kids because I would have been all over it. But I’m going to start using it now because I really like how easy the interface is to use, plus that time capsule feature is just too good to pass up. is currently in Beta, but my readers can enter in code Spohrs (case sensitive) when signing up and receive a free lifetime account! Super cool!
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