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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering Dad

If you thumb through my scrapbooks or scroll through my blog, you'll run across numerous layouts about my parents. However, I realized I haven't scrapped many stories or photos of Robbie's parents. Robbie and I had been married less than a year and a half when Dad passed away (10 years ago this month), so the photos we have of his parents together are from before we met. As we are (slowly) sorting our way through boxes of photos, I've been gathering photos of Robbie's family in a Storage Binder. Recently I was inspired to pull a few of those photos out for layouts.

Robbie's dad always enjoyed traveling, and after his retirement he and Mom traveled often. I pulled several photos of them together in various locations, then asked Robbie to write a short note on a journaling card for this first layout.

One year for Christmas, Mom gave Dad a horse - something he'd always wanted. This next layout showcases photos of Dad with Poco.

I never really got the chance to know Dad very well as he was already ill when I first met him, but there are stories to tell from the few times we visited Ohio that first year of our marriage - like when Dad ate chicken for me, and the time he opened the safe to our surprise, and the way he read the fine print on the coffee cup . . . but those are stories for another day. We miss you Dad!

14 comments:

Cheri said...

It is good to get some of those stories down, and I'll bet Robbie really appreciates it!

Barbara Eads said...

Love your layouts. But I especially love that you got your husband to do a bit of the journaling. Now you have his handwriting a little story to go with it!

Sian said...

It looks to me from these pictures that Robbie holds himself very much like his Dad? I can see a nice likeness. Bet Robbie loves what you are doing with these pages

Debbie P said...

Very nicely done. Great tribute pages. Love that your hubby did some jounaling!

Becky said...

Lovely pages and a great way to remember him.

alexa said...

Lovely that Robbie himself has become part of the page too! I am sure his Dad would be touched that both of you have taken the time to remember him in is way ...

Alison said...

What lovely memories, Sian...and, yes, I too think Robbie must be 'chuffed' that your doing pages about his dad!
Alison xx

Beverly said...

Great layouts, Melissa and I love that Robbie handwrote the journaling. I find it interesting when I see a series of pictures of a couple or family and they are always posed int he same positions. Dad on the right, Mom on the left. We are such creatures of habit :)

Tammy said...

Love these and that you are taking the time to document these photos and the stories you remember. Hurray that Robbie contributes by adding his own words to the journaling. Love that!

S said...

It's great that you are getting those photos on pages along with Robbie's memories. Scrap on!

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a perfect post for Memorial Day weekend. Lovely tributes.
Rinda

Sandra said...

Bringing those wonderful memories to your layout makes it feel like he's right at your side looking over your shoulder

Karen said...

I love that you got Robbie to do the journaling for the first layout. These are lovely tributes.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh I'm glad that you are sorting through the photos and are able to showcase Robbie's family memories. It is something I've been trying to get Wookie to do.