The Story Behind A Thousand Words Thursday

Cheaper Than Therapy I love my computer's screensaver. It's random photos from all our picture files. Every 10 seconds or so a picture that could be up to 8 years old flashes onto the screen. We have nearly 8000 photos stored to date, so it's like a blast from the past when something like My Boy's first day of preschool appears, or a bloody shot of Hubby's face the day he crashed on his Quad. Unexpected reminiscing. Often we turn off the TV and all sit in front of the computer and watch our family's history through this photo show. It's cool when My Boy will say, "I don't remember that!" when he sees a picture of DQ at 18 months old. The whole concept of life existing before he was born is mind boggling to him. We ooh and ahh at all the funny, loving, sentimental shots. Sometimes we look with silence.

Every Thursday I am going to post a picture that is powerful, that expresses emotion, and speaks volumes to me. Here's one that is worth a thousand words.

123 supporters in group:

  1. Tenakim said...

    We do the same thing with the screen saver as you! Isn't that fun when the kids just sit and wait for the next picture? I don't have near the libraray you do (or the quality for that matter), but I guess my kids are easily amused!

  2. swirlingnotions said...

    What a great shot. My mom does the same thing with the screensaver. I'll be talking to her on the phone and she'll be like, "oh, look, here's you and Julie and your baby shower," and then a few minutes later, "oup, remember that dinner on the terrace in Orvieto?" I finally have to be like, "Mom, turn OFF your screensaver!" :-)

    Look forward to seeing more . . .

  3. Chris said...

    I have done this before and you are right, it is fun. My eldest daughter always wants to see our family digital picts and pushes her way to the front any time I am working on the picts. Maybe I will change my screen saver tonight...might be fub! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Cookie Sunshine said...

    Fabulous photo, wonderful idea!

    Cookie
    http://www.cookiesunshine.com

  5. Caroline said...

    Great picture! As I said in "My favorite things"....I love photos that inspire. Very nice!

  6. Fiesty Charlie said...

    I have over 10,000 pictures and I know what you mean... Great idea!

    Abbie, who is 2.5 always tells me, "I remember that day... It was before I was a baby."

    Smiles from this blog!

  7. Beverly said...

    Love the photo

  8. Spice said...

    I love this idea. We do the same thing with our screensaver too. This picture you have up is awesome!!!! http://spiceworld.us

  9. Cheryl said...

    beautiful picture!!!

  10. Cathy said...

    Hi Jen,

    Will join next Thursday! I can't wait.

    BTW, I love the new look here. Great job!

  11. Annie said...

    I plan on trying this with you tomorrow! Thanks! Love the blog!

  12. ExtraordinaryMommy said...

    Love the idea...really enjoy your blog. Going to try your Thousand Word Thursday tomorrow :)

  13. Elizabeth said...

    Love the idea, too. I think I did it right! lol

  14. HappyHourSue said...

    That beach photo plus the Greenday song was very powerful.

    I can't do that for a screensaver unless I want photos of the kids interspersed with Bathtub Gangsta. Haven't separated real life from blog life yet.:)

  15. Laurie B. said...

    What a lovely idea! I'm in and the badge is posted on my blog! I'm also adding you to my favs on my blog list! With Gratitude, Laurie B.

  16. Drama Mama said...

    Nice pic! I posted one on my site www.ventspace.blogspot.com similiar to yours!! Check it out!

  17. Clare said...

    I am starting thousand word thursday!!! I am super excited:)

  18. AmySprite said...

    I'm sorry I missed this yesterday- I will join in the fun next week. Great idea. My kids love to hang out by the computer and catch the screensaver show, too. It's better than TV because it's THEM!

  19. Braja said...

    Madame Therapist: I've added my button to my blog and you're on my faves...so does that mean every thurs i write a thousand?

  20. Braja said...

    Ohhhh! OK OK OK got it got it got it :) Will send photo duh...

  21. April said...

    Thanks for such a great idea! What a beautiful photo!

  22. A Family Completed... said...

    I love this idea. I saw it on my friends blog. I'm so in now I can't wait until Thursday!

    www.afamilycompleted.blogspot.com

  23. Abby said...

    Great idea! I am on it for tomorrow!

  24. Bree Shaw said...

    just started the 1000 words thursday today! not quite sure if i just post the picture on my blog or if i am suppose to post it somewhere else too. thanks for the great idea!

  25. Bree Shaw said...

    i linked to my whole blog. sorry i didn't read very well:) i will try and figure that out for next week thursday post. please forgive me:)

  26. jaime said...

    I've joined in on the Thousand Words Thursday today! what a great idea...and very cute pic you have up this week.

    I like to put my pics on the computer when i have family over as well...slideshow artwork of sorts.

  27. Andrea Frederick said...

    I played the 1000 word game...I think. Not sure if I did it right. I added the tag, but was I suppose to link to your blog? Love your picture!

  28. iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

    I found a picture I thought was perfect this week - the little guy has been keeping me hopping!

  29. Miss Jenn said...

    Great idea...not sure exactly how to do this but here's the link to my blog:

    http://jennbeeler.blogspot.com/2008/11/thousand-word-thursday.html

  30. Liberal I am. Bona fide I be. said...

    Fabulous Idea!! Count me in!

    Christina

    bonafideliberal(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. jsprik said...

    great!! thanks!! glad to have a "thursday" post!! be blessed!!

  32. Pacing the Panic Room said...

    You're supposed to post a picture?! I've just been writing 1,000 words on Thursdays!

    :)

  33. Doublebanker said...

    Just joined the group..check out my Thousand word Thursday posts here!

  34. Momo-Mama said...

    Ohhh boy! Can I play too? I am going to go add the tag to my post for today...

  35. Martha said...

    I played today... I am having a mental moment and can't remember if I am supposed to post my link somewhere else!
    http://thedailygrindbymak.blogspot.com/2009/01/thousand-word-thursday_15.html

  36. mommytoalot said...

    I am going to play along...
    Lisa

  37. Twisted Serenity said...

    What an awesome idea! Do you have room for one more? Im going to do the thousand word Thursday on my personal blog. I love that picture you posted! It's beautiful and captured the moment!

  38. iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

    Grabbing the button now :)

  39. Corrine said...

    ok am I behind or something? I really thought you were already doing this? I love that you sit and look at pictures, have you thought about putting them in to a book?

  40. mommaof4wife2r said...

    love it...and i think i might join next week if i can remember!

  41. Tracey said...

    I got the button and posted my pic.
    http://themommychroniclesofkindergarten.blogspot.com/2009/02/thousand-words-thursday.html

  42. A little bit of this and that.... said...

    Ok so how does this work? Im new to blogging and havent really experienced with any of these things,....where do I put your button? And what exactly am I supposed to do? You should add instructions for people like me,...lol

  43. Shirliana said...

    I used to do that but when I replaced my old laptop I never set up the new screensaver like that. Good idea though and maybe this weekend I'll try it again. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  44. Momza said...

    I don't know how I got here, but I'm comin back.
    Great ideas thanks for sharing!

  45. The Preppy Princess said...

    Ummm... I am so not sure what I am supposed to do, but will ask the Spousal Unit to help!
    tp

  46. Vanessa Rogers said...

    I love that idea. I will try and participate when I can remember.

  47. Miko's Girl said...

    It's Thursday, I'm procrastinating cleaning the toyroom, so I'm in.

  48. Sheress said...

    Today was my first time on your blog. I hit your button on my friends page. Absolutely love this idea and you will be seeing back. Hope I did this correctly.
    Feel free to stop by.

    Sheress

  49. wife.mom.nurse said...

    That screen saver sounds great!!!

  50. ~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear said...

    My family loves that I do this as my screen saver; they see pics they never knew existed...

  51. Abbey R said...

    Well I am pretty new to the blogging scene but I saw your icon thingie on a blog I was cruising through and wondered if I could give it a try. So if its all right with you, I'll dig out some of my moms old photos and give em a whirl!

  52. fordfamily said...

    Thanks for the idea. I posted mine for the first time today. I love the idea about the screensaver.. I need to do that.

  53. Lovin Elly said...

    LOVE the idea...I am all in!!!! I will post today!!!!

  54. Tonya said...

    I was browsing through your blog and found the Thousand Word Thursday. I love it! I am going to start doing it on my blog as well...:)

  55. iceehot said...

    This is such a wonderful idea, I had to join in on it!

  56. Courtney D said...

    This is such a lovely idea! I can't wait to join in the fun! Thanks for allowing the steal of your great concept!

  57. Luna said...

    We love watching our screensaver. I have never tried using it instead of TV. What a great idea.

  58. Jennifer said...

    This is such a fun meme! I've seen so many other mom's do this, I decided to take the leap and participate for the first time this week!

  59. Heaven Helped said...

    Fantastic idea, your photo could fill a book with words. I've posted your tag to my blog and love the Thursdays photo idea.

    :)

  60. Erin said...

    Wow that is a great idea!! I thought we had a lot of pictures

  61. Kimberly said...

    Like you, I have thousands of pictures on my external hard drive. At one point, they were all on my computer hard drive, and it failed. My computer guy was able to save them for me, so now I keep them safe. I so need to get them printed and into albums...some day. I'll be doing TWT again next week!

  62. **WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

    Love it...what a great shot!

  63. Liz said...

    Lovely pictures!

  64. JenniferB said...

    love your picture. I joined, added mine today.

  65. Aimee said...

    I did my first Thousand Word Thursday post today! What a good idea! I love the beach picture!

  66. SweetPeaknits said...

    Would love to join you next Thurs.

  67. rossel said...

    count me in. i'll post mine next thursday. do you have different themes every week?

  68. Sheila said...

    Made my first TWT post today!

    http://runninlateagain.blogspot.com/2009/06/thousand-words-thursday-1.html

  69. JosiahsMommy said...

    I love this idea! I'll be joining in next Thursday. I can't wait! Feel free to check out my blog if you have some free time. I have a contest going on under my "wordless wednesday" post!

    http://myconfessionsasafirsttimemom.blogspot.com/

  70. Amanda said...

    I will try it out too! what a great idea I love taking picture and love looking back on the memories I have captured. Now to find the best picture....

  71. Amanda said...

    http://rantsandraisins.blogspot.com/

    posted my 1000 word pic! great idea

  72. Stacie said...

    I created a Mr Linky Widget for Thousand Word Thursday. For more information I have it linking back to this page here! I hope you don't mind.

  73. Jennifer said...

    I wish I were near a beach. I would be there everyday... ok, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but close to everyday! ;-)

  74. sheila said...

    Beautiful shot! I joined in this week for the first time.

  75. sheila said...

    How do we participate if we don't have a .blogspot blog? I can't leave a link :(

  76. The deMented Mom said...

    Hey, thanks for the meme...I am having some serious writer's block. My curse.

    Cheers
    jackie

  77. classroomconfessions said...

    I'm so in! Thank you for the motivation and the chance to express both my love of photography and my love for writing
    :)Camile

    http://www.classroomconfessions.wordpress.com

  78. Kiki (G.G.) said...

    I have commented on many A Thousand Words Thursday entries of other bloggers, but never participated. I have seen some bloggers use videos in the past. That is what I did today for my first post, but from now on I will post old photos. I think this is a wonderful idea and thank you for sharing. I look forward to next week and meeting new bloggers. Tkae care.
    -Kiki

  79. pra said...

    We have the same screen saver. just now we have very few pictures in our system. But now I am working on that!I am going to add all the photos from mine and husband's childhood to the date...After that it is going to be a very memorable experiance everytime...

  80. Jane Lively said...

    Found your site (and this fun idea) on bitchenwivesclub and will likey give it a try sometime. Thanks for the idea... my brain needs all the help it can get. check out fourjugs.com sometime.

  81. Martha in PA said...

    Jen, My AWTW post is up, but yours is not and we will be out most of the day on a field trip. If you have time could you link me up? If not that's okay, I will link up this evening!

    http://thedailygrindbymak.blogspot.com/2009/10/thousand-words-thurdsay-philadelphia.html

  82. CityGirl GoneCountry said...

    I've joined...stop over to see my pic....
    http://daysnoctober2009.blogspot.com @ my crazy life:)

  83. Amethyst Moon said...

    Great pic!

  84. Holly K said...

    Hi Jen,

    I found your blog through BlogFrog and wanted to come visit. We do the same thing with photos except we have one of those digital photo frames and it rotates through a hundred or so pictures. I love seeing older photos that I had forgotten about. When Grandma comes to visit, she just sits and stares that the moving pics like it was TV.

    I also wanted to say welcome to BlogFrog. If you have any questions or suggestions for how we can improve, please let me know. I' look forward to following your blog!

    Holly (co-founder TheBlogFrog)

  85. Adie said...

    beautiful!
    this is my first time joining!

    http://livelaughloveandchaos.blogspot.com/2009/10/thousand-words-thursday.html

  86. Pumkin Cheesecake Recipe said...

    Love this shot. I like the idea behind this as a screensaver. Thanks for sharing it.

  87. mommytoalot said...

    Awesome shot!

  88. gemini said...

    beautiful spot. am joining you now. new and visiting here.

  89. Carolyn Ford said...

    Looks fun! I am joining this week.

  90. Rinkly Rimes said...

    This gives us a chance to air all our old nostalgia!

    http://rinklyrimes.blogspot.com/2010/01/wash-board.html

  91. Martha in PA said...

    No ATWT today? :(

  92. Lorie Shewbridge said...

    Come over and see my baby Nano... he's a cutie!

    http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/2010/02/thousand-word-thursday-mommy-im-trying.html

  93. Life with Kaishon said...

    This picture is just beautiful. Do you usually have a Mr. Linky to go with the picture?

  94. Christine said...

    I'm on board!

  95. sheila said...

    That is beautiful! Mine is up
    http://www.maviefolle.com/wp1/2010/09/freaky-sky-in-wooster-ohio/

  96. Adri17 said...

    You are so creative - never thought of a screensaver plus flashing photos. Thanks and yes, the photos look like they are saying a thousand words.
    adriana dot grillo at live dot ca

  97. Annette Kerr said...

    Great photo! It makes me yearn for the summer and a trip to the coast!...

    I've joined up to this fun meme for the first time today!

    :)

    Annette
    www.mammakerr.com

  98. Karen Propes said...

    Love the photo, I will be coming back to enjoy your families photos. It's what I call a stored memory. I love digital photos, sometimes we need a little reminder of where our families have been. Thanks for sharing a little part of your life with us.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  99. Whitaker Family said...

    Love your idea of putting all your pictures on your screensaver! Thanks!
    -Julie W.
    julieloveswill@ gmail dot com

  100. Timster said...

    We do the same thing with the screen saver as you!

  101. Timster said...

    We do the same thing with the screen saver as you!

  102. sodahoney said...

    I follow on gfc

  103. sodahoney said...

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  104. sodahoney said...

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  105. Jeanette said...

    Love the picture!
    I also use my saved pictures as a screnesaver. I love seeing my kids when they were little and other family members, especially those who have passed on.
    Do you have a Mr. Linky? How do we join in? I have grabbed the button and have it on my blog now and would love to join in on this meme. Hope to hear from you!!

  106. Redruby said...

    this is a wonderful meme..i want to share some thousand words photos too in my blog below..

    Travel Snapshots

    thanks for hosting! and happy new year too!

  107. VickeC said...

    you are very tallented,im a computer dummy an dont know how to do that,but its a wonderful ideal,,im gonna try to see if I can do this

  108. freddie said...

    I think I will start doing this with my grand children pictures. It will be great to see how much they change through these pictures.

  109. Lilyana Cruz said...

    sensational your blog guys! successes and continue!

  110. VickeC said...

    you always have great ideals

  111. Mary said...

    I'm just going to enjoy reading everything and enjoy the pictures!

  112. kelly1980777 said...

    I love your blog and the things you talk about is so real.keep up the good work.

  113. kelly1980777 said...

    I love your blog and the things you write about are so real.

  114. denise226 said...

    love the picture

  115. sandy1955 said...

    I use to have mine like that with lots of pictures, I need to do that again.We have so many and it's fun looking back at some of them
    Sandy VanHoey

  116. Sarah said...

    This is a great idea! I couldn't tell you what I had for dinner last night - but I can remember all the smells and tastes and times when all my old photos were taken. I recently took a trip to my fathers house which I hadn't been to in years and picked up some old photos that I hadn't seen in nearly a decade. It was a matter of seconds, and everything circumstantial behind those photos came right back to me. I totally get it :)

  117. Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

    I really should do this on my computer I'm sure I would see a ton of pictures for events I haven't thought about in a long time.

  118. flairshare said...

    I love to change my desktop photos...I use a variety of wallpapers, pictures, etc. Just one of my many hobbies!

  119. pegfive said...

    congrats on all the supporters for 'thousand word thursday'...i don't take enough pictures, after reading this, i shall join you in picture-taking for posterity's sake. thank you much

  120. Rhonda Martin said...

    I have a nice camera but I don't use it much. I always seem to be the one with my hands full. Whether it be cooking the meal when family is together for a function or helping with a craft project it's always something when I would rather be taking pictures. I love the idea of having pictures scrolling as a screen saver. I have to see if I can figure out how to do that.

  121. Heavensangel2387 said...

    You must love photos as much as I do! 8000 photos thats a lot!
    Cool, thanks for sharing, great idea!

  122. creativestreets said...

    Good for you for starting this blog!!

  123. lil_lady_dz said...

    My laptop has the same kind of screen saver with various family photos pictures, I love seeing the photos pass through the screen, it reminds me of great times.

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