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Hello all!

By now hopefully all the kiddos, if you have them, are hunkered down into the lovely routine of school.  I don’t know about you, but after adding all of Tink’s soccer practices and games AND Bear’s volleyball practices and games to the Wallpe Calendar, we should all celebrate if we make it through September!  As of now there are THREE weekdays in the whole month that are blank!

But enough about crazy schedules, let’s talk about pictures, YOUR pictures…  Let’s get even more specific and talk about old family pictures.  We recently said good-bye to our Aunt Sue.  She lived 96 glorious years, and so saying good-bye was like wishing her bon voyage into her next life in Heaven.  I even thought I heard giggling when I got the news, and I am sure it came from Aunt Sue and one of her sisters, Aunt Betty, finally being together again.  Those two were the best of friends.  What is a comfort now to us is all the pictures we have of our aunts and uncles.  When everyone was with us, their number was nine, plus spouses, plus families.  Grandma and Grandpa Lyons loved each other very much ;-)

As we gather these family pictures together, some are getting quite old, and of course, there is just one copy.  It’s easy enough to make new copies, but I am going to encourage you find a program or a wonderful person/company that will help you restore old family pictures so that when you share them, you are sharing them at their best.  These family pictures were edited quickly on PicMonkey, and they range in age from 51 to over 100 years old.

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The little lad sitting on the right is my Grandpa Lyons. This was taken around 1900.

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These are the first 5 Lyons children with four more yet to come.  The two girls closest in size are my Aunt Sue and Aunt Betty.

Baptism Day

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And this darling little girl (ME!) and her brother are being held by our honorary Grandpa Bill in March of 1964.

These edited pictures can be further enhanced with programs that allow you to clone or copy colors to fix bends, tears, and darkened areas where pictures have deteriorated.  Still, just playing a bit with the simple editing tools in PicMonkey made a huge difference in quality and clarity.

Here’s to giving you a new fun project to undertake, and I bet just adding these refurbished pictures to a closed family Facebook page would be a great way to share them with multiple families and generations.  Another idea is to make these “new” old pictures into original Christmas presents for family members.  Our heritage is so important, and here is a great way to preserve it and share the memories with our younger generations!

Lana from Walking the Off-Beaten Path

Jill of many trades trying to master them all. After teaching high school English for 18 years, I changed my life to become a farm wife in northwestern Indiana and mom to Tink and Bear.