Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

LOAD Day 3 - That Eating Place

When the twins were visiting this past summer, we were talking about how many days they would stay here and Laurie asked, "then are we gonna meet Mom at that eating place?" She was referring to Cracker Barrel, where I pick the girls up for their visit. I realized that I'd never scrapped that story and thought it was perfect for today's LOAD prompt.

During one of the early weeks of The Mother LOAD workshop, one of the assignments was to create four small bags of embellishments - four embellishments per bag. Today's prompt was to grab a bag and create a layout. Here's what I had in my bag number 1.

I pulled two photos that I'd taken at "that eating place" this summer and a couple of kid's menus that I'd saved in my Memorabilia File from a few summers ago and came up with this layout.

Journaling reads: I often scrap about visits from our nieces, but there's another story that centers around me & Brenda (& occasionally Robbie & Michael) - getting them here! This feat involves phone calls for planning, checking schedules, deciding on a meeting time, driving to Cracker Barrel in Conroe (or Tyler on occasion), loading and unloading of suitcases & bags & bicycles & car seats & quilts & anything else the girls "need." It seems each year there are more bags and bigger bikes, but one thing remains constant - we always meet at "that eating place!"

The Learn Something New Every Day class prompts are reminding me to look for the lessons I learn each day. Today's lesson is not to forget the "behind the scenes" stories that go with all the fun things we do each year!

Anyone else have a "behind the scenes" story you haven't scrapped? Something that is so routine for every vacation or holiday or event that you haven't thought to include it?


Rebekah said...

What a fun page! Looks like you are having fun with LOAD!

Brenda Kay said...

Great Layout. I am so glad you were finally able to share our side of the story.

Ginger said...

Love that you included the memorabilia with the layout. Good job Melissa on keeping up with LOAD and LSNED :)

Alison said...

great LO...and you are right about remembering the behind-the-scenes stories!
Alison xx

Sue Althouse said...

Love how you are combining LOAD and LSNED! We love "that eating place", too. Our son called it the "Crackle Barrel" when he was little!