Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you were inspired yesterday to start thinking about who you are and how amazing you are. But what about all those other amazing adults in your life whose stories need to be told?
Let me give you an example. My kids will never get to meet three of my grandparents, and one of their grandmas (my husband's mom). They all passed on before my kids were born. But I want them to know how incredible these people are, and how much they contributed to the people my husband and I have become. So a few years ago I started an album containing simple layouts featuring some of the people I love who they haven't met. I want them to put a face to "Grandma Huff," or recognize why I loved "Grandpa Tucker." Here are a few of the layouts:
This is my mom's mom, LaRue Huff. She was a great woman who loved the color peach, always had pretty soaps in a dish in her bathroom, and re-stocked her candy dish regularly for all her grandkids. I spent lots of time at her house when I was little, because I only lived a block away. I found the great photo of her as a young-married lady, and included a photo of her with me on my wedding day. I also made a page featuring her husband, "Shorty" Huff:
Grandpa Huff always had a good story to tell, a JellyBelly or mint in his coat pocket to share, and he played a mean hand of Slap Jack or Old Maid. He also loved to take us all on bike rides around the neighborhood, either on the back of his bike or alongside us on ours. He loved to plant marigolds and grow tomatoes. I also made another page with this great photo of him with some of my cousins:
Here is a two-page layout I created about one of my husband's grandparents, Grandpa Don. He died a few years ago, and we miss his spirit, his smile, and his habit of doing the dishes at every family party! My husband's cousin is a photographer, and she captured him perfectly in the photos:
And now we come to perhaps the best thing you can do for adults you love: give them their own story. I included a teaser yesterday in the form of a note that Haley wrote about never scrapbooking again. Haley is my sister. This year for Christmas, the siblings in my family drew names, and we encouraged each other to give something homemade. My sister, who has never done any scrapbooking, decided to make me one for my gift! She gathered photos of me from birth to adulthood, and made me a history of me!
I can't tell you how touched I was that she would take the time to make something like this for me, even though she ran out of glue and burned her fingers setting tiny studs on the pages with a heat gun (that's why she left the note on the title page indicating that she would never scrapbook again!). I love it, because there are a lot of photos in this album that I don't remember, and a lot of stories that I realize I still need to tell. Think how happy you could make some of the adults in your life if you took a moment to tell their stories?
Your challenge today is to choose someone whom you love and appreciate, and make a layout devoted to them. Tell why you love them, why they are an important part of your life, how they have contributed to your story. Think of it as an early Valentine!
Click back here tomorrow for a great giveaway day, and join me Friday to see a bunch of layouts about the relationships that enrich our lives. Think love, think friendship, think appreciation, think possible layouts!