Dear Sophie

While this is not a video of my “Sophie”, it seemed to pull all the right heartstrings. Yes, folks: Google got it right.

The ad is brilliant. It makes chronicling our children’s lives a lasting memory and one that they will cherish for many years down the road. Do you agree?

It got me thinking: yes, I can leave my children memories marked by breathtaking pictures and heartwarming videos. But even more than that I want to be the father who leaves a legacy of impact: one characterized by pointing them towards their heavenly Father.

By preferring my wife.
By serving others.
By speaking in love.

…and hopefully make a few dance videos along the way.

What are ways you capture the special moments in your life?

49 Comments

  • Michael

    May 9, 2011

    Photos and more photos man And evernote. If Ethan says something rad, I put it in Evernote. My plan is to give him a book of all the awesome stuff he has said when he graduates.

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      that’s a good idea… have a “rad things the kids say” note in evernote. like that!

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    • Joseph

      May 9, 2011

      Great idea with the Evernote Michael.

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  • Arny

    May 9, 2011

    It’s funny that you post this today…we hadn’t taken that much video of our kids lately. But yesterday for mother’s day, it was the first time it was hot enough to let the kids run wild in the back yard with the sprinklers! We were having so much fun that my wife recored the most of it on camera…

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      special moments! love it, arny.

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  • Adam

    May 9, 2011

    I try to capture moments with my son, but as soon as a camera or video camera comes out everything stops and all he wants is the camera. I am still trying to capture one of our dance parties…Must find a way to hide camera before it starts…

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      you know, adam – it is a requirement that you post a video of dance parties. requirement, i tell ya.

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  • Ben

    May 9, 2011

    Oh man, @droo12 and I were talking about this last week, totally love this vid.

    I have tons of stills… and I mean tons, like 35gb worth which includes low-res camera-phone shots. I want to take more videos, but alas we do not have video camera. Hopefully we’ll get one this year and I can torture everybody in the blogosphere with some of our family’s silly antics.

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      your family’s antics are priceless. heck, your antics are priceless (hello, nose hair!)

      our first order of business… get some sort of nice camera, and get away from our point and shoot.

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      • Ben

        May 9, 2011

        …and some newer nose-hair trimmers.

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    May 9, 2011

    I journal. I have a notebook filled with daily observations for my daughters, from the price of gas per gallon to them saying their first word. It’s all in that notebook.

    Great video, D. I wouldn’t have seen this unless someone were to share it!

    A son always points others to and speaks highly of his Father. Your daughters will recognize this.

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      we had intentions of creating a notebook of sorts for each of our kids. hasn’t materialized yet, maybe one day. and, you’re welcome!

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        May 9, 2011

        D,

        I’m doing the journal in long-hand, because I want my daughters to see the ink, the style of my gestures as I write, and to know I took the time to record their lives for future use. I also doodle on the edges of the pages and have scribbled Scripture passages on the front cover and rear cover. It’s almost a work of art, really. Maybe I’ll keep it and never give it to them. Hmm. LOL!

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  • Moe

    May 9, 2011

    I agree, ad is brilliant. However, I wouldn’t trust Google with my most precious memories. They make money by selling our data to marketers. I don’t want to leave my children’s life in the hands of the “man”.

    With that said, I have a ton of photos and a handful of videos and photobooks that I am compiling for each of my 2 children. These memories are special and I want them to cherish them as they grow older. Heck, I want to cherish them as they grow older.

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      yeah, i agree: the photos and videos are more for us…. :)

      i kinda look to my blog as something to pass along to them one day. hopefully they’ll be able to look at it, see my growth, get a glimpse into the things I was thinking about, etc.

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      • Moe

        May 9, 2011

        I can’t do that. My kids will grow up thinking, “my dad is all about spiritual diarrhea, hoochies, asses, profiling biblical serial killers and some bloggers we never knew or met.”

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  • kristinherdy

    May 9, 2011

    I’ve used FB to chronicle the things they say and my eldest has her own twitter page, but I have been remiss in keeping up with that.
    I’m terrible about pics and videos. I used to scrapbook. Where does the time go? some days I’m too tired to eat, much less take videos.

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      ha, i know what you mean. so often my wife and i are like… “oh it’s 10 oclock and we haven’t eaten dinner”

      one thing i appreciate about my wife is the “1-year scrapbook” she has for each of the girls – it details out everything each month the first year of their life”. she also has a 1-year calendar, where she marks significant days (first words, words bath, activities, etc).

      but we NEED to set aside time for that because so often we don’t have time :(

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  • kevin

    May 9, 2011

    With Megan being a photographer, you would think we take boatloads of pictures. When he was younger, this was definitely true. This last year, we’ve slacked. We have several videos and, thanks to trusty iPhone, I take about 2-3 pics of him a day, and a couple of videos a week.

    In my best Kip voice: I love technology…

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      yeah, i’m thankful that my bro is an amateur photog. grateful that we get “nice pictures” a couple times a year (for free). :) i hear you with the iphone…. that is my primary means of taking pictures and capturing the small moments.

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  • Jon

    May 9, 2011

    Rad vid! Not in this stage of life so yup. :)

    What I can say is that my family fails when it comes to pics. There was a lot more when my siblings and I were younger. But now, everyone always forgets the camera lol!

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      i hear ya! its something you have to be intentional about…. sometimes even its one of those things that nobody wants to do (take pics), but after the fact, we’re glad pictures were taken :)

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  • Joseph

    May 9, 2011

    I’ve been considering starting a blog specified for my first child that’s due in November. A place me and my wife can share stories, photos, and store memories with other family members that may not be able to spend a lot of time with us. It would be mostly for our family. Probably will do it. Other than that photos, journals, video and all that stuff… :)

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      I say go for it! We have a family blog as well. And while I haven’t been the best at posting stuff (videos, pictures, etc) lately, it’s nice to have that for family and friends.

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  • Michelle

    May 9, 2011

    I don’t do stuff like that. I wish I did. I just lack motivation. I do have scrapbooks though, just not online. Good post.

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    • dustin

      May 9, 2011

      thanks, michelle. for me, its been tapering off a little (a lot of vids of my oldest, not as much with the youngest)…. need to try and change that.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    May 9, 2011

    Saw this last night for the first time Dustin. Great commercial. Too bad they didn’t have this when my girls were young. Shoot, I am not even sure they had computers. LOL Two things I might add: Love and honor their mom (You already do and said so); and 2) love and honor them as well. They will NEVER forget that.

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    • Moe

      May 9, 2011

      Just because he says so, I don’t know that he does Bill.

      I’m heading to GA this summer, and I intend to gather his family and interview them the “Beta Christian” style and see if it’s all true. :0

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        May 9, 2011

        I foresee much #epicness in the future at BetaChristian. A family interview? Brilliant.

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        • Dustin

          May 9, 2011

          Bill – thank you. Your comments always encourage me. Thanks!
          Moe – back off, you hooligan. :)
          Donald – I’m with ya. Maybe a family interview is just what the doctor ordered…. :)

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      • Ben

        May 9, 2011

        Epicnessessess.

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  • Adam

    May 9, 2011

    We have thousnds and thousands of pictures of the kids. We have photos that we haven’t even developed. And I mean probably at least 1500.00 in just processing. Then countless videos. Being put in a situation where we knew we didn’t have much time with Gavin makes you take every moment and capture it. We are that way even to this day.

    But I like the idea of creating a email address for this kids and then giving it to them when they are older. Love it

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    • Dustin

      May 9, 2011

      Oh man, thanks for sharing Adam… your story (and Gavin’s) puts things into perspective. It certainly makes you want to take every moment captive, cherish it, and be grateful for every second…

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  • seekingpastor

    May 9, 2011

    I’m a terrible picture taker. I don’t want my kids to remember me as the guy behind the camera–I want to be making memories with them. But I do need to take more pictures.

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    • Dustin

      May 10, 2011

      me too, matt – in both ways you mentioned.

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  • jenn

    May 10, 2011

    I have SO many pictures. Then I also have sporatic journals and blog posts about my daughter. My problem is putting it all together somehow. I have ideas, but then I get busy… I have a month off from school right now and my goal is to learn PhotoShop so I can start making digital scrapbook pages. I’m thinking I need more that a month to learn, but I’m going to try.

    And I agree, the way each of us lives will make a much bigger difference in our children’s lives than videos or photos. Sometimes I worry that Shiloh will only remember me as the mom that was always busy doing homework. (That’s all she thinks I do.) But then I think about reading together, our dance parties (yes, we have them too), jogging together, and all the other things we do together and I hope homework isn’t all she’ll remember. Maybe she’ll remember me as the mother that loved her enough to go back to school at 28 in order to be better able to support her?

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    • Dustin

      May 10, 2011

      digital scrapbook pages? interesting… like that idea!

      i think, jenn, the important thing to remember is that right now your life is in a “season” (not always going to be like that), but all those other things (the times she gets to spend with you… dancing, reading, jogging) …those times are what she’ll remember!

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  • mo

    May 10, 2011

    We take a lot of pictures and video :)

    it’s interesting, because so much of life is digital. There’s already more of the #babychild’s life online that there is of all my childhood on home video.

    that was a cool video. too bad i don’t cry — my tears cure cancer. er, maybe that’s churck norris.

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    • Dustin

      May 10, 2011

      so true – by the time our kids are in college, they’ll probably have a larger digital footprint than we’ll ever dream of!

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  • Chris Barba

    May 10, 2011

    Hey Dustin! Love that ad.

    So I saw this one video where a guy started to taking one picture a day that meant something to him. Over time he grew a collection of pictures, and instead of a life of days, months, and weeks going by, he was growing a life of memories.

    So I’ve tried to adopt this practice by taking a picture everyday (more like 4 or 5 days a week) that captures the essence of what I have brought to that day.

    I’m liking it a lot and just looking back on some of the photos I’ve taken, they act as touchstones to certain days that contain certain feelings, emotions, and thought. Definitely a fan of this one.

    Cheers!

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    • Dustin

      May 11, 2011

      That is a cool idea, Chris (taking regular pictures so you can chronicle your life – your accomplishments, what you brought to the table, etc). Neat idea behind that thought.

      Thanks for the comment, Chris!

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  • Marlee

    May 10, 2011

    You know what caught me about this Dustin? I imagine that this is how God feels about us. I imagine that he notes our moments in just the same way, with just the same love. How cool is that? Thanks for bringing about that feeling in sharing that.

    On a side note, I wish I was that committed to documenting those simple joys in life. I can’t even keep a diary!

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    • Dustin

      May 11, 2011

      Interesting perspective. You know the cool thing about it? He knows it all to begin with. :)

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  • Tony Alicea

    May 10, 2011

    I chisel them into a block of stone. It takes a long time but it also lasts a long time. I just have to be careful not to get ticked off and thrown them on the ground all Moses-style.

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    • Dustin

      May 11, 2011

      Block of stone…. you know, I could see that. ;)

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  • Keri

    May 11, 2011

    Dustin…you are already pointing them to Our Heavenly Father. I can say that with conviction because you’ve shown me the Father’s love through your blog, your comments, your heart to know others.

    Whoever those boys are that are gonna marry your girls have some HUGE shoes to fill.

    Capturing moments? I’ve shared with you about the journals I keep, but I don’t do that very well. :( My biggest thing is retelling memories to my kids. I love to retell the stories, especially the ones they can remember. I know if I didn’t take the time to remind them, they wouldn’t remember so wel because they’re so little. But, it melts my heart when I hear them retelling the stories in their own words.

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    • Dustin

      May 11, 2011

      thanks for the kind words, keri! dude, I don’t want to think about boys marrying my girls anytime soon. yikes. LOL!

      that is cool about retelling stories. I know when I was younger, and even so right now still, some of the most memorable memories I have are the ones that I retell over and over with my family.

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  • Sophie's Mom

    May 12, 2011

    Yes, love this ad for many reasons, including the fact that I have a daughter named Sophie who I write to.
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog…and keep up your blog as well!
    It’s great to see a strong father figure out there not afraid to express love for his children…

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    • Dustin

      May 13, 2011

      awesome! thanks for stopping by as well!

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