Randi Rubenstein knew the house was just a house. But as she cleaned out the rooms in Newport Beach where she had raised 10 foster children, she found herself overwhelmed with memories — and wanting to preserve them.
A quick call to Keri Gee Semmelman fixed that.
Semmelman, a Huntington Beach resident, launched My Memory Catcher last fall to help people capture their favorite moments with spouses, children, pets and more. She and her team of interviewers, known as the happiness historians, talk to clients every two or three weeks and write down their cherished stories. When the process ends, My Memory Catcher presents clients with a memento of their choice — a journal, a picture frame, a storybook or a mock newspaper.
Rubenstein's order was taller than most, as she had Semmelman interview not only her but her 10 former foster kids. The collection of anecdotes is due this weekend, and Rubenstein, who sold her house last year, can't wait.