I also decided that I'm going to place my Grandmother and Grandfather's wedding picture on it, surrounded by antiqued photos of both mine and my sister's weddings, and photos of our children. I think it's rather fitting, since in some ways our whole family was created by the giving of that chest.
Also this past week, I got back all the photos from my son's birthday party. I always order three sets when I order pictures: 1 set for our photo album, 1 for his/her scrapbooks, and 1 for giving to people or putting in frames - or for collecting for a master photo album I'm hoping to put together.
A few years ago, one of my husband's aunts gave us a photo album of my husband's father's side of the family. It starts with the great-great grandparents down to our wedding. It's got a few pictures of each cousin and includes just about everyone on his father's side of the family. Then, I've also got a box of photos that my father-in-law left here of my husband and his sisters from when they were younger. I'd like to get some from his mother - and then some from my parents of our family - and make one master photo album of our families, in chronological order to date. I think it's important to have family photos to reflect on, and especially in todays world where families aren't as close as they use to be - both in geographical location as well as in general - I think it's important for children to have a sense of family. Even if they can't always reach out and touch them.
Who am I kidding - it's important for me too. Maybe even more so....