Joanna Goddard

Joanna Goddard

Six-year-old Toby has always been fascinated by stories of our childhoods back in “the olden days,” and now that Anton is almost three, he loves to ask about how everyone in our family is related. (Recently, he hugged my mom’s leg and sighed reverently, “You’re Mommy’s mommy.”) So, with the help of Legacybox, we thought we’d surprise the boys on a recent movie night with a slideshow of family photos they’d never seen…

Old photos

First off, this is what our photos used to look like. They were crammed into old boxes, filled with Kodachrome slides, letters and random paperwork. Some were in my dad’s basement, others were in my mom’s basement, a few were with my siblings. No one looked at them, and there was no way to share them.


But then! Legacybox reached out to see if we wanted to mail them our photos and — poof — they would digitize them all. Our answer was a resounding yes! So, they sent us a crush-proof box, and I put our old photos into it. (You can also give them VHS tapes, Super 8 film, whatever you have.) They have an easy guide, and you send the box back, pre-paid. You also get a personal concierge, so you can talk to an expert any time.


A few weeks later, we got the box back, along with a DVD and thumb drive with all our digital photos. (I’m so excited to share these with my family this summer in England.)


We also got all our original prints back, too, of course.

Jo and Anton

One evening, we checked out the digitized snapshots on our TV, big and clear.


We made popcorn…

The boys

… and told the boys all about Mommy and Daddy when they were little. They were very impressed by the pick-up truck Daddy had as a teenager!

Joanna Goddard and Alex Williams

It was really moving to go through them all.


And the boys loved it. Here are a few of the newly digital shots…

Jean and Jeremy Goddard

My parents in the hospital with a newborn.

Jeremy Goddard

A not-very-comfortable baby carrier.

Jean Goddard

Hanging out with our mom and grandmother. (Look at the rope ties on the swings!)

Joanna Goddard

My giant head started early.

Joanna Goddard France

Dining al fresco.

Family photo

Not sure what’s going on with the chicken leg, haha. Ditto sombrero.

Joanna Goddard

Doing some counting.


With my grandfather in Cornwall.


The party scene in the Nutcracker. (I’m on the right.)

I would highly, highly recommend Legacybox. It was so easy! What a gift to have all our photos in one place and be able to share them with our whole family.

Bonus for all readers: The first 100 people to order using the code CUPOFJO will receive 40% off their Legacybox.

Thank you so much, Legacybox!

(Photos by Annabel Braithwaite of Belathée Photography for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Legacybox, which makes digitizing your family photos easy and quick. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)