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December 22, 2012

Step Ten Join Me on a Journey

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I seem to have lost my way. What with getting ready for Christmas, flu and colds, and basic busyness, I just got right off the path that I had been working on. This project has gone on longer than I had originally thought it would.

I want to have photographs of all of the grandparents that I have been writing about. I am looking for old albums that seem to be hidding somewhere. I remember a photograph of one of the weddings. It used to be hanging on my grandma’s dining room wall. I sent several emails out, and I finally know who has the picture. Now I am just trying to get a copy sent to me. I will continue to work on getting the photos together.

The next step for me was to put together a family tree. I thought of several different ways to do this. I could use some printed sheets and put on all the details dates etc. I decided that the easiest way, to begin,  was to just do the names.

genealogy chart

I drew out all the grid and put in all the names with pencil. This way I was able to erase and make changes as I needed to. Then I created the background right over my writing on both pages with blue and yellow gelatos. When the colours were dry I went over all the lines and names with a black marker. To finish it off I used a blue big brush pen to embellish around the boxes. The final touch was to add the word “Family” and a little silver to the edge of the pages. . I thought that doing the page simply would make it easier for my grandchildren to follow and understand.

I am going to close off this project for now. I will come back to it next year and do the same steps for my husbands grandparents and then I will combine the two family trees. There is still much work to be done but I want to move onto some other things for 2013.

Watch for my postings on JOY!! this year. I feel a need to better understand joy. The Bible tells us that …”The joy of the Lord is our strength” I could sure use more strength in my life. I will be searching out the concept of joy as we move into 2013. I’m not totally sure what form that will take but I am ready to try.

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October 22, 2012

Join Me On A Journey – Step Eight

I finished my notes about my paternal grandfather. That completes all my grandparents. I have written a page about each of them, listing the things that I remember about each of them.

This week I will go back to the beginning and fill in the vital statistics for each one. I will search my family records for places and dates for births, marriages, deaths. I will also include baptism and church confirmations where I can find them.

At the same time I have been continuing to play with colours and create some art pages in my journal. In this one, I did a washed background of gelatos. I put a foggy sun in the sky and included a stock of wheat to remind me of Manitoba. I stamped on a house to represent the house my grandfather built and the reminder that a house should be built on a firm foundation. My grandfather built the house around 1920 and it still stands today.

MAnitoba 1

The image isn’t very clear but the overall effect was kind of foggy, like an early morning haze.

I would love to hear the stories you are remembering about your grandparents. Be free to include them in a comment.

September 22, 2012

Join Me on a Journey Step Seven

This week I journaled about my paternal grandmother. She is the one that I knew the best because I grew up living only a few blocks away from her. I will be adding memory pages about her for some time to come.

My art page for this week is a little different. I wanted to represent the love I felt for and from my grandmother and also the energy that she should in her life. I started by smudging the background with a baby wipe and red and orange Big Brush pens from Faber-Castell. I liked the muted affect that it gave to the page.

Then I used a mask to create blue and red dots on the page.
Step seven journey 009

I decided to try a little zentangle up one side of the page and for the first time I put some colour in the doodle.
zentangle

I used a piece of the mast to mat the cloud for my Bible message and added a stamp of a gentle woman in the background and a humming bird.
gentle woman
hummingbird
I hope the overall affect is one of energy and love. Again I am trying things for the first time and the balance is often not quite as I would like it but it is interesting to work on it.
whole page

I have one more grandparent to write about and then I will start getting into gathering some statistics.

Please comment and let me know what you are working on. Put in a link so I can see your work too.

September 14, 2012

Step Six: Join Me On a Journey

This week I have been on a the Disney Cruise Ship WOnder, with two of our grandchildren. It was such a wonderful time. They live on the other side of Canada so we only see them once or twice each year. Even with that much involvement we know them quite well and it was a joy to get to know them better. We did side trips in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. They panned for gold, ate BBQ salmon and studied glaciers. I found out that Daniel loves seafood and will try just about anything off the menu and Andrew has the most wonderful laugh. It was a thoroughly lovely vacation.

I thought I would spend time writing memories in my little journal book but I found I was having too much fun making new memories. For that reason I didn’t get on to this weeks blog entry until Thursday night.

This week I wrote my memories about my step-grandfather. I didn’t know him well but found I had lots of memories as each one unwrapped the next. I tried to write what I felt about what I knew about him. I didn’t worry about dates, I just wrote what I remembered. I will seek out more detailed information about his life statistics after I have written my memories of each individual that I want to remember.

step six journey art page
For my art page I took out my gelatos and did a muted wash of light blue. I coloured lightly on the page and then smudged it all with a baby whip. Then I rubbed some green on a stamping block, added water and then used a brush to accent the edges of the page. I look forward to watching some videos over the next week and finding some more things that I can do with my art materials.

step six pine stamp
Then I pulled out an old Stampin Up leaf set and decided to stamped a Pine branch motif up the side of the page in dark green. I over washed it with some silver but it doesn’t show up very well.

I am definitely doing this in baby steps but it is going forward. I like that I have made a committment to post every Friday and it gives me a goal each week. I open my house to anyone who wants to join me to scrapbook or paint on Thursday nights, so I always have company as I am finishing up.

Over the next two weeks I will be writing about the grandparents that I knew the best, so I will be writing much more.

August 31, 2012

Step Four: Join Me On a Journey

I have been continuing my journey to introduce my grandparents to my grandchildren. I started writing about my grandmother, Elsie May Sear (Patterson, Manning) and each little memory reminded me of another. I felt so close to her as I was writing. I kept remembering more and more. I realized what a strong person she must have been.

Today I am writing about my grandfather. James Alexander Patterson. I never met him. He died when my mom was really little and I know very little about him. My mom remembers him as a very gentle kind man. I will write the things I have been told about him and then over the next week I will write about my mom’s step father, Harry Edgar Manning. Although he is also dead now, I did know him when I was younger

This week I have been having fun with my art side of the page.

wipe across horizontal lines to create background

Using my gelatos from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, I started by making horizontal stripes on the page. I started with light greens and worked my way through blues to purple. I then used a baby wipe to wipe up the page and then down the page in vertical stripes.

plaid backgroundI went horizontally across the page and then vertically repeatedly until I like the effect. This kind of made a plaid pattern with a crayon effect. If you want a richer smoother surface, you can add the horizontal stripes again and wipe it until you get the desired finish.

flower stamp

Then I used a flower stamp and a green big brush marker from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft to make a design on the bottom of the page and a small stamp in the top corner.

coloured in some of the leavesI coloured in a few of the leaves for effect using one of the deeper greens from my background.

embellish flower
I embellished this rose die with silver ink and added a little ribbon.

Isaiah 46:8

The Bible verse that I chose reflects my thoughts about my Grandmother.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and flowers fade but the word of of our God lasts forever.

Have you joined me on this journey, please make a comment and let me know. It has been a month now and I need some encouragement to continue on the path.

August 24, 2012

Step Three Join Me On A Journey

This week I worked on the cover of my album. I decided I wanted a tree, to represent life. I cut one out with my E-craft cutter and used the silhouette as a mask.

tree mask

I then used some brown and black inks and several sponge surfaces to ink the tree trunk and branches. It turned out flatter looking than I wanted.

inks and sponges
I will give it more definition and dimension with some pen work later.

front of journal

I am having fun writing down my memories of my grandmother and I find that each memory seems to unlock another. I think I will be doing much more writing than I had at first thought.

If you have a grandparent who is still alive, start listening when they are talking. Pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee and listen. Try not to probe too much. Just get them started. Listen for stories about when they were children or teenagers. How were things different then? What did they like to do? What was their favourite food? My grandparents used to love to talk but I wasn’t very good at listening.

Think about the things you would like to share if you were introducing this person to someone. What makes them interesting ? What makes them different.

Recently my sister called and told me that in clearing out my uncle’s apartment, she found my grandmother’s Bible. I was so excited. I had to wait several days to get it in my hands but I was pretty sure I would find that my grandmother had the tradition of writing all the family dates in the middle of her Bible. Sure enough, so much information was there that I didn’t have before. It took me back a generation further into the past. It will also allow me to add lots of dates to my journal as I go.

Please join me in this journey and leave me a comment. Have you ever done anything like this? Do you have some tips for me?

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April 23, 2008

Change

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I can’t believe how busy life can get and how quickly things can change.  We decided to leave Halifax and go to Ottawa for a little visit at Easter.  We set out on Good Friday morning.  We thought we needed a bit of a break so we went through the States.  It was a great day to travel and we made it to Bangor with no problem.  There were warnings of snow storms and ice everywhere but we saw none of that. 

We were surprised to find that our hotel was right across the highway from the local dump, but it was a great hotel – The White House hotel.  Our room was on the third floor,up under the roof which meant that our windows were skylights and the walls sloped up to the ceiling.  It was a nice room.

We found a cool steak house for supper.  We started off with all the peanuts you could eat.  I have never seen peanuts before that were roasted and salted while still in the shell.  They were delicious.  Our dinner of steak, salad, sweet potatoe fries and wonderful rolls really hit the spot and when the bill came we made the decision to always eat here when we are in Bangor.

The next day we set out for Burlington.  Again, except for a little drizzle, we didn’t see any of the storms that seemed to be going on all around us.  We decided to go across country and found it a little difficult to stay on our path, when going through some of the towns but we persevered and got into town quite early.  Our hotel room turned out to be a suite.  They had turned two regular motel rooms into a spacious suite.  We found a cute little italian restaurant for supper.  The salad and pasta was just what we needed. 

I spent the evening figuring out how to bead daisy chains like we used to make as teenagers.  This will be part of a class that I am teaching next month in Ontario.

After a breakfast of waffles we were on the road again and we got into Munster in the early afternoon.  We were met at the door by our son Matt, who should have been at work, and his two children, who were very glad to see Granny and Gramps.

Matt was there to tell us that Grandpa Irvine had died that morning, quite unexpectedly.  We were in shock.  He has been living on his own since his wife died last year and we were going to Ottawa to visit with him and see for ourselves that he had enough helpers coming in.  We were also going to talk to him about the possibility of going into a home next winter.  We were even considering moving to Ottawa and moving in with him for a few years so that he didn’t have to leave his home yet.

Everything changes in an instant.  Bruce organized the funeral arrangements for his dad.  We organized for our oldest son to come home.  The whole family was together again.  We all agreed that we need to organize a family reunion.  Bruce and I have lost 3 of our parents in the last year and a half.  We are tired of family reunions that revolve around funerals.

In meeting with the accountant and then having dad’s house appraised, we realized that it would make sense for us to inherit the house and let Bruce’s sister have the rest of the estate.  So all of a sudden it was decided that we would move home in September and our daughter Lisa and her son Gabriel would move in with us.

We have wondered for a long time what we would do when Bruce retired.  Now it seems to be all mapped out for us.  When God puts a plan into action, there are very few decisions to be made.  Everything is falling into place without much stress on our part.  Now we just have to sell our home here in Halifax and prepare to move.

Sometimes change comes with incredible stress and tearing away.  This one seems to be wrapped in grace and peace.  At each step we get a little surprise and bonus.  We are learning to live each day to its fullest and not give a lot of thought to tomorrow.  God will take care of tomorrow.  I am really looking forward to seeing what God has for us in the months to come. 

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