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Giveaway Update: Congrats to Lori Freeze!  (Watch your email for more info)  And thanks to everyone who entered!

 

Note from Laurie: Looking for a meaningful last-minute Father’s Day gift to give this year?  My friend Jamie recently tried StoryWorth and it sounds like such a cool idea, I asked her to share what she thought. 🙂 After James’s father passing away a few weeks ago, I can see how this would have been an incredible gift to give, and love this concept. 

 

AND – get $20 OFF the regular price when you use this special Father’s Day link here.  If you scroll down to the end of the post you can also enter to win a StoryWorth subscription (how fun is that?)


 

Jamie here!
Father’s Day is creeping up a little faster than I’d like – so I wanted to quickly share about my recent experience with StoryWorth.  I have been so impressed that I wanted to tell PPP readers all about it!

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My grandparents have both passed away in the past few years.  I was very close to them and I think about them all the time.  But mostly – I think about how much I wished I’d sat down with them and a tape recorder and just had them tell me stories.  I feel like I missed so many opportunities to lock them in my memory!

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And so now with my own parents, I’ve tried to be more intentional in asking them about their lives.  Especially because like many families – we don’t live close together anymore.

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I ask my mom to tell me how she used to spend summer evenings when she was a kid – bringing home her first boyfriend (the crazy one) and playing Four Square with Papaw and the whole neighborhood.

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I ask my dad to tell me about the time he spent in the army.  Or about the time he lived in New Mexico and hid snakes in his sock drawer (and how his mother about had a heart attack).  I want to be able to share those things with my kids and my grandkids!

And then recently I heard about StoryWorth and I was *instantly* in love. 

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StoryWorth is a gift that you give another person – it sends them a message that their stories are valuable, that their memories are special.  But it’s also a gift you give yourself.  When you gift a StoryWorth subscription to someone, they’ll receive weekly story prompts in their inbox.  These questions are thought provoking – and fun – and intended to help invoke memories and inspire parents/grandparents to share their stories.

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The storyteller can also attach photos with their stories (for the overachiever!)  Each week they can sit down and spend a few minutes sharing memories with you.  After a year all their stories are collected into a beautiful keepsake book (with any photos they included) for you to treasure and pass down.

Sounds cool right?

This past Mother’s Day my husband and I gifted StoryWorth to his mom.  She loves to post pictures on facebook of old family photos, and I know that she hates living so far away from all her grandchildren.  We thought this kind of gift would mean a lot to her – and it did.

She was so thrilled and touched – she answer the first memory prompt right away.  My husband said it was a story from her early childhood that he had never heard before and as he read it to me, it made me smile.  Her sense of humor and sweet memories of her own mama are so special – and in my opinion, this book we get at the end is going to be SUCH a treasure in our family.

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So now Father’s Day is coming up.  
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And I thought – well if your dad is anything like MY dad (who asks for socks or fishing lures each year) you might be fresh out of new ideas and looking for something more meaningful.
Well this is the most personal Father’s Day gift in the world – getting to know him better!
If your dad is a storyteller, begins advice with “when I was your age….” or maybe just likes to shock you with his youthful antics – … then StoryWorth is a perfect gift.
It’s meaningful and you can send it at the last minute – I love that.

And it makes them feel special – because they are.

I can’t speak for everyone – but I think that for my mother in law it was very flattering.  It was special for her son to say he thought of her life as important and that her stories should be passed down.  I know that anytime my teenage boys so much as sit down at the table with me for 10 minutes and listen to me ramble I get a warm glow inside – so I can only imagine how I’ll feel years down the road.

Interested in this meaningful last-minute Father’s Day gift?

 

  1. To get started with StoryWorth, just head over here.
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GIVEAWAY

StoryWorth is giving away one FREE Subscription to a lucky reader on Friday 6/9.  

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Here’s how to enter:
Leave a Comment after this post with why you think someone you know would love StoryWorth OR why you would like to have a StoryWorth subscription for yourself to pass down.

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Good Luck!

 

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  1. I would love this for my dad!! He loves to tell stories!

  2. Shannon W says:

    I hope this is where the comments go, the link above doesn’t work. 🙂 I would love to win this to gift to my dad. He’s got some amazing stories and I love this idea so much!

  3. I would love if my dad could do this. He has so many experiences and stories that range from life lessons to hysterical. He suffered a minor stroke almost 10 years ago. His long term memory is great. I think the email prompts would be a great way for him to share his story with his grandkids.

  4. I think my father and mother would love the storyworth book! They are up in years and my father is turning 84 the 14th of this month and is in failing health. It is amazing the man is still with us, but he is not one to sit back, he keeps moving. He is just about totally blind. He gets shots in his eyes monthly, trying to save the little bit of vision he has. He heart is only pumping at 25% and he has severe cardio vascular disease and many other health concerns. He served in the military for 21 years and fought in several wars. He was one of 7 kids and only he and a younger brother are the only ones living. About 5 years ago, he and his 2 younger brothers, by 10 years, were all in the hospital at the same time. My father and one uncle under went bypass surgery and the other needed a heart transplant. Unfortunately the ladder uncle did not make it. My father has many life experiences and a lot of wisdom to share with us all. He feels his days are limited and he has a lot to share. My mother is a wonderful caregiver and we worry she doesn’t take care of herself. Both my parents lived during the depression. My mother led a very poor life but has some great memories of her mother and 7 siblings, she lost her father when she was 4. She has shared some of her stories and it is amazing what she had endured and came through. My memory of these stories could not be retold in the detail that they have. It would be nice to have these stories documented and it would create wonderful memories of my parents sharing stories with these prompts. I could see them light up telling there stories.

  5. Lori Freeze says:

    I’d love to gift this to my father-in-law. My husband’s mother passed away when he was 15 and his dad loves retelling funny stories often of their life together. Ive heard him tell the same stories over & over and he just lights up all over as he recounts the memories with so much love. I know someday he will pass away too & my husband will have these stories but not necessarily in his father’s ‘voice’. What a wonderful way to keep his dad and mom alive for years and generations to come! I really hope I can give this gift to him.

  6. This is an awesome idea. I would love to give this to my Dad and I would love to win this for him. I’m sure he has many stories to tell that I’ve never heard. This is such a great way to pass down for kids and grandkids.

  7. Jennifer says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I think it would be great for Grandparents & Parents to do… Its an awesome way to hear their stories even after they have passed in their own words… and the younger grandchildren will be able to read and understand who their grandparents were…. I LOVE THIS!!

  8. Tiffany says:

    I can not believe I have never heard about this. It sounds amazing. I wish I had something like this from my grandparents before they passed. I always loved listening to their stories. My dad has always loved to make jokes and make people laugh. I love to hear how excited he gets and how much he gets into his stories when he is telling them. I would love to be able to win this and give it to him to preserve all his stories and tales of his youth.

  9. Brenda Warner says:

    Would love to leave this to my niece and great niece!! My niece loves my stories!!

  10. I hope this is the right place to post. Seems the link is dead. I’m undecided who this would go to. My folks are both in their 80’s but don’t much care for this type of thing. My husband tells great stories and then my kids could enjoy that….

  11. What an amazing way to have / keep stories of loved ones! Going this route for my Dad, for Father’s Day. Wish I’d been aware, for Mother’s Day, but there is always her birthday! 🙂

  12. Rachel Stuckey says:

    This is really is a gift that keeps on giving. I always have such a hard time buying for my dad because he will never tell me what he wants. He always just says, “The good Lord has blessed me with everything I could ever want.”
    My dad has always been my hero, my rock, my #1 supporter. I know there are many people that would say the same thing about him, as he strives to do all he can to make someone’s day, everyday!
    I want to make Father’s Day be his day and make it be about him! I also know how much he will enjoy being taken aback to all his childhood, adolescent, and young adult memories. He lost his dad 2 1/2 years ago and his mother’s dementia is progressing daily. I want to take him back to the many wonderful memories he had with his mother and dad. I know how much he would enjoy doing this and then sharing it with all his loved ones. It would most certainly be cherished by me!
    -Daddy’s girl

  13. Tiffanie Wright says:

    Both my father and father in law would love this. What a fabulous idea. This is something that is just so much more special that a material gift.

  14. Jen Steinmetz says:

    This would be such an amazing gift…I am going to get on this! I would love to have our stories in a beautiful book!

  15. Marge Webster says:

    I would love to get the Storyworth book. I use to tell my grandchildren
    stories and would love to record them. Thenk you.

  16. Alethea Crossman says:

    My husband loves stories… Telling them, listening to them, making them up when our kids were little. This is right up his alley!

  17. Abigail Dobbins says:

    I would love to win this for my dad! He grew up in the Philippines with hundreds of family members around post WW II. He would love this!

  18. Lori Freeze says:

    Ohmygosh!! Thank you SO much! I know my father-in-law, and my husband, is just going to love this!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You have made their Father’s Day so special!

  19. Christi says:

    This sounds amazing! Thank you! My dad lives 1000 miles away so my kids don’t get to hear his stories very often! He will love this!

  20. Danielle Myers says:

    I would love this for both of my parents! This is such a great idea for a family keepsake! Both of my parents have life threatening illnesses and I would love to have something for my children to look back on and cherish family stories!

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