Update: The Loss in My Family Last Week

In case you didn’t hear the message Izzy left on the Paperclipping Roundtable…my family had some very sad news last Wednesday. My dad fell asleep while he was driving and passed away after rolling off the highway and flipping his car. Fortunately, no one else was involved or hurt.

I have had great comfort and peace throughout this shock as my siblings and I have been poring over a lifetime of photos and wonderful memories that our dad gave to us. (I’m the one on the far left, below…)

Noell, Erin, Ted,  Chad 1976

Because of our focus on memory-keeping through photography and video, Izzy and I had a lot we were able to share with my family, and we will be forever grateful that our memory-keeping hobbies had motivated us to capture so much.

I’ve also felt much comfort from friends, family, and people we don’t necessarily know ourselves, but who know us. Encouragement and condolences from Paperclipping Members and listeners have touched my heart. Thank you for your thoughts and best wishes.

How This Affects Paperclipping Members and Roundtable Listeners

So here is how this affects you, my dear devoted listeners and Members, as I have been away from home to be with my mother and siblings, to prepare for the funeral, and to help my mom get this new phase of her life in order…

The Paperclipping Roundtable — Izzy and I plan to do a special Roundtable episode next week. It will just be us, and it will be shorter than usual. In that episode I want to share what I learned and observed regarding memory-keeping since my Dad passed away.

The Member Videos — In all the years we have run the membership, we have never been late on our two videos per month. That is going to happen for the first time this month of February. Please accept my deepest apologies. We were scheduled to start shooting the first of the two videos on the day of my dad’s accident.

Everything is already set up and ready for that episode, so we will start shooting in the next couple of days, but one or both February videos will be late.

If your membership expired between February 18th and Feb. 28th, Izzy has already extended your membership for an additional month so that you will get your videos. He changed each one manually — so he was our hero this month!

Much appreciation for your patience while you wait. Please click here if you’ve been needing to renew, click Add/Renew Subscriptions, and in the drop-down menu choose Paperclipping 1-year renewal for $28.

I also have an article that I had ready to publish to the blog last Thursday. I will publish that this coming week instead. If you have a problem supply that is older and you can’t seem to use it up, you will enjoy seeing this organization-based solution that I will share.

And one last thought before I go —

In 2007 I wrote an article on capturing the relationship in your family. I kept thinking about it during my time with my family. It was the beginning of a change in perspective in how I shoot photos of people. Eight years later, my perspective on this has grown, and I look forward to sharing more on this in the future.

Grandpa is becoming acquainted with Aiden's complete charm.


I appreciate all of your support and kindness through this painful time.

Shine On,


  • Linda Wijtvliet

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family!

  • Gela K

    As a paperclipping member for several years, thank you for your commitment to us. However, Videos and podcast are the least of my worries. Take your time to heal. Grief has no time line. Many hugs a prayers to your family

  • Julia Heald

    So sorry to hear of your loss Noell and Issy. Thank you for sharing this post of beautiful photos.

  • Betty

    So sorry to hear your news, thank you both for taking the time to update us during this difficult time. Will be thinking of you. xxx

  • Sending you and your family thoughts and prayers. Thank you for opening up and sharing with us all. I believe everyone understands the delay of things – family is the most important!

  • JulieFrog

    I can’t begin to imagine the pain you are all feeling and thoughts and prayers are with you. Admidst all this, though, thank you for taking the time to remind us all how important it is to capture the moments with our loved ones.

  • Veronica Reynolds

    My heart goes out to you, I lost my dad to prostrate cancer and I know how hard it is. I wish you love in this time of need.xx

  • Els

    So sorry to hear this. Wishing lots of strength in this difficult time.

  • Sharon Dodd

    Noell and Izzy, I am so sorry for your loss. I am certain that your memory keeping gave some comfort to your family. I lost my dad 4 years ago and the loss of a father is very hard. My prayers are with you.

  • Marja

    I wish you lots of support and strenght. And many warm memories!

  • Andrea Jones

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was listening to the latest PRT last night and was thankful that you had reached out to have that discussion before the passing of your father. I’m not concerned about PRT or videos being a little late – take the time you and your family need to find equilibrium again. Take care of yourself and we will be here when you are ready.

  • Lucie Hale

    oh Noell, I’ve been out of touch for a long while due to unprecedented extra work–it has impacted my ability partake of your wonderful weekly sessions. I am so sad for you and can’t imagine the loss you must be experiencing. Thank so much for sharing with us, and caring enough to give even us slackers a glimpse into your life. I agree that memory keeping today is essential because one never knows what tomorrow will bring. Due to your unalterable passion and commitment, I resolve to no longer be a slacker and to renew my membership today. Hopefully, this will give you a little bit of extra comfort during this time. Your commitment inspires me and countless others and we stand by you during this time of need. Hugs!

  • meryle hawkins

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this heartbreakingly sad time

  • So sorry to hear this devastating news. Prayers for you and your family at this time, lovely lady xx

  • Angela

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, no one is ever ready for these events but it I lovely to read of the comfort you are finding through your memory keeping. Which we can all be grateful for as it inspires you to inspire us .x

  • Thinking of you and your family. Being able to share your memories and stories about your dad with your family is a gift to treasure. May you feel peace and love during this difficult time.

  • Leanne Cyr

    I’m so sorry you’ve lost your dad so suddenly. I hope your cherished scrapbooks bring you comfort and, with time, joy at remembering your dad’s life.

  • I am so beyond sorry to hear this. Such a tragedy. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Jolanda

    It’s so sad to hear about your father….my condolences to you and your family on this great loss.

  • Chris

    My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Inkfanatic

    Thank You for taking the time to update us, especially during such a challenging time Noell. My thoughts have and continue to be with you & your family! I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Northerndoll

    My deepest sympathies. My brother lost his grandson October 2013 in the NICU, his wife just passed away last May. My niece and I who are the same age just spent the last 18 hrs in ICU with my same brother who just underwent open heart surgery. It has been rough, I brought him a framed 12 x12 scrapbooking page of him and his wife before she died and a picture of their wedding. He has it in his hosital room. I started scrapbooking in 1999 following a brain tumour. At that point all I had was a baby book and a letter I had written for my son who was only 5, had I not survived my 12 hr brain stem surgery. Scrapbooking is my legacy for my children, my son now 21 and my beautiful daughter who is 10. I have thousands of photos and all my mom’s collection on dvd, which I scanned and made copies for all my family. No one can imagine dying at 34, 50, 73 or even my mom at age 91, she feels she has years ahead of her.

  • Isadari Rivera

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad Noell! I wish I could reach through the computer and give you a big hug. I know you have a business to run but if ever there were a time for you to take a break and focus on your family and have time to grieve, now is that time. Please take as long as you need and know that all your fans will be hear waiting and praying for you. Lots of love!

  • molly4mccarthy

    Noell, Izzy and Family – You are all in my prayers during this sad time. xo

  • Lisa

    I am so sorry. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Cindy_deRosier

    So very, very sorry for your loss. My best to all who loved him.

  • Dee Kay

    What beautiful pictures and memories you have to share. Thank you for allowing us to be part of that. Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

  • Linda Gilbert

    I am really sorry to hear about your Dad. Our parents are who molds us into the beautiful people we are today. He is proud of his children and you Nicole are a reflection of him. God love and peace during your families difficult time.

  • JaneOL

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. I am in awe of your work ethic, please know we are in no rush and will be here waiting whenever you are ready to get back to work. Thank you for helping us capture the memories of those we love. They will surely sustain us through difficult times.

  • Christy

    I am so sorry to hear about you loss Noell. Losing a parent is so hard. I enjoy listening to the roundtable during my commute (an hour both ways). You & Izzy make me laugh (in addition to all the good scrapbooking tips). Hugs

  • linda ruschmeyer

    so sorry to hear of your loss. my prayers are with you and your family

  • A big hug from Spain <3

  • Big hugs and my condolences Noell. I am SO SO SO sorry for your loss. I will be sending you and your family kind thoughts during this time.

  • Juleann

    Please don’t worry, just take care of you and your’s. I’m so very sorry for your loss and send you a big virtual hug

  • cheryl

    So very sorry my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Patty

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • TiffanyH

    I’m very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Please accept my condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. {{hugs}} to you.

  • Alexa

    I’m so sorry for your loss, thinking of you during this difficult time.

  • Youngmi

    You are so amazing for thinking of your members and listeners during this time. I really stink at finding the right words to say during times like these so i’ll just say that I’m so sorry for your loss and that I’m thinking of you and your family.

  • Jennifer A.

    I am so sorry for your loss, Noelle. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Mosbaskets

    Warm thoughts and prayers for your family. I am new to Paperclipping. I found PRT through iTunes and after a few episodes started checking out the many things and people you takes about. I have been scrapbooking for years and years but started with the more traditional/modern style in 2000. I do both traditional and digital depending on the theme or goal. I had gotten so overwhelmed that I had done very little in the last few years. Listening to PRT got me inspired and am scrapping much more. I now look at my pictures and think about the story I want to tell and don’t worry about getting ALL of my pictures scrapped. I have even subscribed to Papperclipping (I’ve never had an online subscription before) because I find how your present things very inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing your love of memory keeping. By the way Izzy, I love your description of motion scrapbooking, my husband and I have been making photo slide shows since 2003 when we bought our first Mac. He does a year in review each year and I have done some for my kids events like a season of baseball or soccer or marching band. Everyone really enjoys them. We have even started adding videos in with the stills. Anyways, prayers at this difficult time and thanks for all you do.

  • Sandy

    I’m so sorry for your loss – you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Betsey Terry

    Sending love and prayers to you and your family!

  • So sorry to hear about your loss Noell.

  • Traci Chamberlain Spencer

    I pray that you are comforted by your family and friends – heartbroken for you!

  • sharolyn

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all ~

  • Cathie Reed

    Noell, this is terrible news. Sending so many warm and kind thoughts to you and your family.

  • Jen Shipley

    sending you hugs. so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you shared, bring you comfort during this difficult time

  • Simona

    Continuing to keep you and your family in thoughts and concerns that you may be at greater ease and peace as the days and weeks pass. Prayers for your mother and siblings too, for all who knew and loved your precious dad.