Your Lasting Story Blog

We Love Knowing Someone Cares

Imagine that someone you love receives a gift from you.

Immediately, they're filled with the warmth that comes from knowing you thought of them.

As they open your gift, they see that it's a beautiful photo book dedicated to them. Imagine how touched they'll feel!

They open the book and read the first page. It has photos and a story that's all about special times you've spent together, or a special event that you've captured in words and pictures. They realize that you've gathered those memories like a rare bouquet of flowers.

Every page is thick, lustrous, and professionally printed. It's a book made to last. It's not your ordinary gift; it's a testament to how much you care.

You may say, "So what is the Lasting Story blog for? And how do I write a story? I don't know where to start!!"

This blog is designed to help you tell your story. I also invite you to email me at with any questions, and I'll be happy to answer them! My goal is to make it as easy and fun as possible.

Each blog entry explains storytelling in one of three ways:

  1. Giving examples of how to approach different kinds of Lasting Story Photo Books (e.g., Heritage, Birthday, Travel)
  2. Telling stories about my own life to give you a feel for how to write about yours.
  3. Giving you a Behind the Scenes look at how I design a Lasting Story Photo Book.

You've made it this far. Here's to your lasting story!

Linda Freeman
Keeping Time In A Bottle

Keeping Time In A Bottle

For some reason, everything that happened that evening is stamped on my memory: Shelling the shrimp Barbara brought, setting a strip of aluminum on a hot grill, and grilling the shrimp while drizzling it with garlic butter.

An Icy Reception for Winter

An Icy Reception for Winter

I feel like a traitor to the Midwest writing this, but I don't like Winter.

Remembering a Lost Loved One

Remembering a Lost Loved One

Whenever my kids had a birthday coming up, my aunt would find out what they wanted, and finding those gifts became her mission in life.

I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

My Mom loved to dance, and was super good at it.  But after marrying my Dad, she had to dance by herself 

Are the Gifts You Give Truly Personalized?

Are the Gifts You Give Truly Personalized?

I included it in his Travel Book because astronomy has been a hobby of my husband's since high school. 

Father Doesn't Always Know Best

Father Doesn't Always Know Best

Suddenly, I heard a long, deafening horn blast coming from our starboard side! An enormous container ship loomed directly above our tiny sailboat.

This Time, With Feeling: Telling Your Heritage Story

This Time, With Feeling: Telling Your Heritage Story

Mom and I also loved Broadway shows, and she started taking piano lessons when she was 65.

The Things We Do For Love

The Things We Do For Love

this cameo survived World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and decades more...

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

One story I'll definitely include in his Lasting Story birthday book is this one. And I'll preface it by saying that my husband's sentimental side makes me fall in love with him all over again.

Do Your Photos Tell Only Half the Story?

Do Your Photos Tell Only Half the Story?

We ran into some gigantic granite rocks that we had to hop over like billy goats! I have no idea how hikers climb over some of those babies.

How I Got Engaged On A Low Budget

How I Got Engaged On A Low Budget

I can tell you from first hand experience that having a tiny stone in your engagement ring doesn't doom your marriage to failure.

Do Written Stories Belong In Your Wedding Album?

Do Written Stories Belong In Your Wedding Album?

Weddings are a special occasion where love and emotion are in the air. The bride and groom's happiness is tangible, and they can also preselect photos for their album that best capture the celebratory mood.

What Can Compare to Good Friends?

What Can Compare to Good Friends?

Having good friends is a little like having a good marriage - they know all your quirks, they let you vent, and they know that your wedding ceremony only lasted three minutes.

When Chance Encounters Change Your Life

When Chance Encounters Change Your Life

Isn't it strange how acquaintances who pass through your life can have a lasting impact on it?

Do "The Little Things" Belong In Your Lasting Story?

Do "The Little Things" Belong In Your Lasting Story?

Imagine that you're writing a lasting story about your Mom.  What were the little things she did that still stick with you today?