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.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Grandy & Pawpa's Trip Out West 1970

Welcome to the first Sunday of a new month, the day Sian encourages us to tell our stories with words and/or photos as part of Storytelling Sunday. For my story, I'll be sharing photos of a mini-album that I completed, along with the journaling (my own as well as Robbie's!).

I started this mini-album in a class at our local scrapbook store, then it sat half finished for almost two years. When we found these photos and postcards from Grandy and Pawpa's trip out west in 1970, I knew it was time to finish this album and showcase their trip as a tribute to their enjoyment traveling together - one of the many things Robbie and I enjoy, too. I'm excited to complete this album!

Unfortunately, we don't have a travel log for this trip and most of the photos do not have notes, so here they are in random order - enjoy!



[Robbie's handwritten journaling] I remember Grandy telling me about the time they went to this restaurant outside Mesa, AZ. The owners of the place insisted on cutting off the ties of every man that ate at the restaurant. Pawpa didn't know about this beforehand and he was surprised when they "chopped his tie in half." After they cut off the ties, they were hung in the ceiling for all to see (with a tag giving the date, name, and home city of each person whose tie was cut off.) In the late 1990's (I think 1997) I found myself in Scottsdale, AZ for a business conference. Since I had never been there before, I made a point to drive up the mountain to see if the restaurant still existed. Well, it did and I spent well over an hour looking for Pawpa's tie, and I could not find it - there were 1,000s of ties hanging from the ceiling!



[Robbie's handwritten journaling] Grandy and Pawpa made several trips out west when I was young. To this day, I always wished I had been able to travel with them to AZ. Grandy had decided to take me on their next trip out west (after 1970) but Pawpa's health had declined to the point that they felt they couldn't make the trip. Even so, over the years I have been fortunate enough to have been able to visit many of the same places - even some they never made it to. Still, there are even more places to visit and I look forward to exploring them with Melissa some day.

23 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

What sweet journaling from your Robbie! Thanks for sharing your story.
Rinda

helena said...

lovely album - wodnerful to have the photos and that Robbie has stories he remembers being told from that trip

Alison said...

Cute album Melissa....fancy Robbie having tried to find his Pawpaw's tie in a sea of so many!
Alison xx

Ellyn said...

what a great story!

scrappyjacky said...

Such a lovely little album.

WendyB said...

Love the album and the special journalling.

Sian said...

I had been really looking forward to reading this one with its special journaling - and what a great story it is! I love it. I think I'm going to have a picture of those ties in my mind for the rest of the day. Thanks Robbie!

your album is lovely Melissa. The colours are perfect with the photos

Chipper said...

That is a lovely mini album. I am glad that the stories are getting written down now. What lovely memories.

MonicaB said...

Wonderful mini album and story!

Ginger said...

A beautiful album Melissa and Robbie :) I have a vision in my mind too of Robbie looking for that tie! Good story for STS :)

S said...

What a wonderful album. And aren't you lucky to have a partner in crime - who not only travels, but documents it with you too!

Amy said...

Melissa, this is a fantastic album and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Robbie's journaling!

humel said...

That's really lovely - great idea to get Robbie journalling, I struggle sometimes to get The Doctor to add his thoughts and memories but I keep persevering...

furrypig said...

Robbie writes really well it was great to 'hear' what he had to say and such great stories and photos in that lovely album Melissa thank you xxx

Tammy said...

What an amazing album! Sometimes I wonder if the right photos will ever come along for some of my unfinished projects - thank you for sharing that they can! This is very special and good for Robbie for adding his memories and perspective. :)

Cheryl M said...

Melissa, this is such an awesome album! I love everything about it!
And the fact that you've both journaled is wonderful!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen said...

What a beautiful album, Melissa! I love the muted colors that go so well with the photographs. Journaling is great too.

Becky said...

I love this - so great that Robbie did the journalling and congratulations on finishing the book, it iw wonderful :)

Cheri said...

Just how cool would it have been if he found that tie?? Although I can picture him spend over an hour searching, til his next hurt from looking up!

Missus Wookie said...

Great combination of old photos and newer journaling - cool that he's managed to visit many of the same places.

heart.hearth.home. said...

A super album of photographs that tell such a story. A real trip down memory lane.

Karen said...

What a gorgeous album.

Sue Althouse said...

Love how you've showcased these photos! I've got a stack of the same sort of thing, and now I'm inspired to do something with them.