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, December 1, 2013

The Grandma I Don't Remember

Welcome to the final Storytelling Sunday! I want to thank Sian for encouraging us to share our stories the first Sunday of each month for the past three years and providing a place for us to link up and find other storytellers around the world. (Click here to read more of this month's stories.)

This year Sian prompted us to share the items that are precious to us, and today I'm sharing this precious photo.

Yes, that's me . . . wearing my first skates . . . one of my gifts for my 2nd birthday. Skating is a huge part of our family history, however that's a story for another day. The reason this photo is precious to me is because it's the only one that I know of with just me and my maternal grandmother in it. There are a few other photos that both me and Grandma are in, but those include other people as well.

I recently created a layout for the Scrappin' Goodtime Design Team using the New Year New You papers by Webster's Pages to showcase this photo and the story of why it's precious to me.


Journaling reads: When I think of Grandma, I think of this picture. It was taken at my birthday party the year I turned two. This is how I remember Grandma, not a real memory in the sense that I can recall the day and events - I simply remember seeing this photo when I flipped through Mama's photo albums. Grandma died a few weeks after this photo was taken. But I like to imagine that she would have been there for other celebrations and that she would have always had her hands out ready to help me if I stumbled - just like in the photo.

I'm excited to finally have this story scrapped and to add this photo of me and Grandma to my Early Years scrapbook!

22 comments:

Alison said...

A lovely picture and layout...so many memories in one picture,
Alison xx

Ladkyis said...

Oh that's beautiful!

Sian said...

Melissa, that is a beautiful page to go along with that lovely story and that seriously cute photo. A perfect way to finish the way!

With very many thanks from me to you for all the stories over the past three years. I've looked forward to reading your story every time I've spotted your link and I know everyone else has too. Thank you x

Jo said...

A lovely photo and a beautiful story x

scrappyjacky said...

What a lovely page to go with the story....a precious memory indeed.

Louise said...

ahh so very precious!

Ellyn said...

what a sweet memory. she would be so proud of who you have become!

Jane said...

a lovely photo, I can see it's you!

furrypig said...

that really is a precious photo and a great story too xxx

Sheena said...

I knew instantly it was you in the photograph x
What a wonderful page & photo so full of memories xxx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Such a sweet photo and a lovely story to go with it.

Missus Wookie said...

I'm glad you've got the photo and have scrapped it. That is a lovely colourful page too.

(and the date made me smile - you are a month younger than Wookie)

debs14 said...

What a truly precious photo.

Debbie P said...

What a precious photo and a wonderful story! That's so awesome that you have that photo! tfs

Amy said...

I am aware of my own limited number of photos with my grandparents and make a point of taking plenty of my children with theirs!

Lynn Wigren said...

Wonderful story and beautiful layout, Melissa!

Becky said...

A wonderful page and obviously a very precious memory. Thanks for sharing your stories over the past three years, I have loved reading them.

Cheri said...

What a sweet memory and layout. Although I'd have guessed you were three in that picture! Maybe it is the skates, but you sure look tall!

alexa said...

Aren't you just lovely? Just like those hands behind about to steady you if need be. Sometimes the legacy we leave is not of a clear memory but an enduring encouragement to step out and be all that we can be :).

My simple life said...

Beautiful story and lovely layout too

Karen said...

I have many memories that are associated more with a photo than a real event. This is a precious story.

Maria Ontiveros said...

A lovely story and a beautiful layout. I only remember one of my grandparents.
Rinda