As I was attending the album retreat in Salt Lake City, UT, I received word that my beloved Granie was dying. It wasn't a huge surprise as I knew she was 93 and on hospice but sad still the same. I can't think of a better place to hear the news. My Close to My Heart career is riddled with memories of my Granie meeting us at conventions in Salt Lake with my dearly departed cousin Samantha. I remember one convention where my Granie came over to the Salt Palace with Samantha when the theme of convention was 1970s. We were out on the floor dancing up a storm. My Granie insisted that there was "no way her daughter and grandaughter were out there with those crazy women!" Samantha was equally adamant that we were and indeed Sam was correct, we were, as usual, having the time of our lives. Samantha and Granie are now both in heaven, two amazingly similar spirits that we miss terribly!
My friend, Bren Yule, was sitting and singing Love at Home while we were making one of the layouts at the Album Retreat, it reminded me of my granie singing that song to us whenever we would fight as children and made me laugh during this time of sadness for me, sad even though I know my granie is happy to be at peace with the love of her life and her family members.
Listening to Stacy Julian speak at the album retreat also reminded me that Stacy was the one that taught me to scrapbook PEOPLE and MEMORIES instead of events and I am SO thankful that I had taken the time to scrapbook special places in my granie's home in 2007! I remembered making these pages and came home and was overjoyed to find them. I am SO happy to have them because these special places don't exist anymore, Granie's been in the Gingrich Home for the Elderly for over a year, receiving tender loving care for which we are so grateful!! I wanted to share these pages, hoping they will help inspire someone else to scrapbook PEOPLE and MEMORIES before it's too late. These pages are irreplaceable!!
In addition, I've included the eulogy that I wrote and read at her funeral as the oldest grandchild. In the middle is a Studio J layout that I did of my grandparents a few years ago at a Studio J Boot Camp. It, too, is a layout that I treasure! The best thing about Studio J is that I can order more copies of that layout and send it to my family without remaking it! YAY!! (And yes I realize that Granie is spelled wrong but that's the way she signed her name so that's the way I'm writing it! And I apologize for the lack of paragraphs for some reason blogspot deletes them!)