May 02, 2008

A Gift From Us To You...& From You To Us

Lynette, you will totally understand my excitement about this post.

Yesterday, I went to the mailbox to collect my weeks worth of mail only to find a package addressed to me from my grandmother. I love packages. Any kind of mail for that matter. So as soon as I got home I opened it. I had no idea what she might be sending me. I ripped open the large envelope and pulled out this.
What is 'this' you ask? Well let me tell you a little story.

Christmas 2006, I was struggling what to get family. Lynette had a wonderful idea! History journals with questions in a jar. She showed me her crafty way of making it look cute....and I can't resist crafty cute ideas...so I asked her to help me. We decorated simple notebooks with scrapbook paper, love scrapbook paper, and ribbon. I added black and white wallet size photos of my family in 2006 to the divider pages and fun vintage clip art as well for a custom look and feel. Then we downloaded geneaology questions from sited online and cut them into strips, put them in a jar, made a special label for the jar, and decorated the top. For Christmas, each on of the grandparents & great grandparents received a notebook and jar. I was so excited for them. Some of them weren't excited about the challenge I gave but none the less...I want my children to know about their grandparents.

365 questions later...my grandmother is the first to complete this book. I cried when I saw what it was and flipped through the pages to find her handwriting, photos, and drawings.


This is such a wonderful priceless gift that I can share with my kids. K was flipping through it and found a song that my grandparents wrote and composed together and I sat down at the piano and plunked it out. Every few minutes K would come in my bathroom where I was getting ready for the day and say, 'Mom, look at this.' 'Mom, did you know Great Grandma Gore was in the military?' 'Mom, look it's Great Grandma's wedding picture.' and 'Mom, Great Grandma looks like Aunt Abby in this picture' (I didn't have the heart to tell her that Great Grandma Gore is Grandma Sanchez' adopted Mom, because I thought it was so cute how she made a physical comparison between family members).


Thank you so much, Grandma for taking this challenge and completing this book for us. And for those Grandparents that are still working on this...keep going. I don't care how long it takes you to finish...just finish. Your grandkids will love you all the more for it. They will have pieces of you for generations to come. This is certainly a family treasure.

12 comments:

Veronica said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! That is one of the best ideas I have ever heard!! I am doing that for our parents for Christmas. That is just too cool!!

abby said...

please make copies for all of us. I think we all would love to have it for our kids too! love you. ps. I don't have your email so email me!

Miles and Bex said...

Wow! That is so awesome. I loved reading my Grandmas journals after she passed away. What a great idea! So awesome.

Joey & nettifer said...

Staci!!!!! That is seriously one of the coolest post ever that your grandma actually did it and filled it with up pictures = she went above the call of duty! I love your grandma -that is an awesome post! Glad it turned out great. I am going to call my grandparents to see where they are with them. I bet they haven't even started. I am so glad we did this! Gosh what should we do for this christmas :) Love you!

Kristi said...

That is so cool! What an awesome family treasure, I may have to copy that one!!

ishybeanie said...

what a great idea i love that.

danielle and jason said...

I remember when you guys were making those. How awesome that you got it back!--What, do you have the coolest Grandma ever? (I'm not sure mine could be convinced to do that) What a neat idea!

Bellblogging said...

Wow that is amazing! How neat is that...what memories!

heather said...

I don't know how to type the WOW factor in words when I read this post. That is incredible. That is worth more than anything in this whole entire world. You lucky duck.

heather said...

p.s. that last comment is from heather s.

Julianna said...

That is such a wonderful idea!!! Your post almost brought tears to my eyes! I would love for my kids to know more about my parents/grandparents!

Do you have all of the questions in a Word document that you could email me? I would LOVE it! jsnsl@hotmail.com

Lisa said...

What a great idea! I'm so impressed that your grandma actually did it!!! What a treasure!