My daughter is in Spanish 4 this year, so she announced that in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we should speak Spanish as much as possible...you know our own little immersion course. The most I could contribute was fixing fajitas for dinner for the past two nights,LOL.
Three topics come to mind as items to scrapbook on the theme of labor day.
1. Scrapbook a birth...describe the "labor" involved. Click Here to see what I have done in the past.
2. Take time tommorrow at work to snap a photo of you at your job, include some co-workers too.
3. Scrapbook the occupation of your ancestors, be proud of the contributions they made to American history as well as your own personal history.
I'm very proud of my ancestors that were coal miners, steel mill workers and housekeepers. For if it wasn't for their efforts to pay for college of my parents, I probably would not have a college degree. So today I salute them, (and myself of course...as I sit in a client's office working on this "Labor Day").
August 26th is an historical in my family. My paternal Grandfather died on this date and then seven years later my maternal Grandfather died on this very same day. My maternal grandparents were married on this day and my mother's sister was also married on this day. What does all this mean...absolutely nothing...just a date that casues me to stop and think.
Here's to my maternal grandparents who would have celebrated a 75th Wedding Anniversary (I think).
This beautiful canvas painting of them was damaged in a house fire 2 years ago...but maybe it can be cleaned...gotta put this on my Christmas things to do list.
One of my favorite memories about going back to school was new tablets, pens, notebooks and journals. This summer I was introduced to between me and you journals, that are pseudo blank. They are portable journals that make great keepsakes. The journals are a way to share stories between you and a family member. I have one that says aunt, since I'm not an aunt I plan to give it to one of my aunts and ask her to answer the prompts and return it to me for my birthday.
The pages are a crisp white, the lines and the prompts are faint, but readable watermarks and most of all I love the coil binding and hardback covers. The price is extremely affordable and would make a great gift.
Some of the journals are in spanish too! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the product and how you have used it.
I loved my Grandfather Ernest Tarpley so much, I gave him a new name..."Poppo" I'm not sure what my other two older cousins called him before I came along. Poppo was very special to me, I spent ALL my summers with him, I lived with him for almost a year and I was his favorite...no doubt about it (sorry yinz, you know who your are). He is single-handedly probably the person most responsible for my gloriously happy childhood. I could write a whole book (and maybe I will) on him and our relationship over those few short ten years.
Last week I was handed a big surprise about him...I found his 1935 high school diploma and report card. I was absolutely floored...How could I have not known he graduated from highschool? All of his younger siblings did, I have their high school graduation announcements. Why is it I never thought he graduated, is it because he worked in the deep, cold DIRTYcoal mines of Pennsylvania, because he served in CC camps at the age of 17-18? I'm mad at myself for never asking someone. I guess I made an assumption without asking for the facts...but his brothers graduated and they worked in the mines...WHY DIDN'T I KNOW HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL! WHY!
Going through the last box of items from my grandmother's house fire, I came across a handful of prom pictures that looked like this:
This is my mom at one of the three proms she attended while in highschool 1959-1960. As soon as I saw the photo I said I know I've seen a copy of this image with the prom date. You se emy grandmother cut the male out of all her prom photos. I was too tickled. My husband said, boy I hope it wasn't your dad LOL! I couldn't wait to call my Grandmother and ask her about it. She said..."Well, you know after you get married, sometimes these photos of old beaus can cause trouble, and I didn't want to cause any trouble"...we laughed...and then I called my Dad...he recalled my mom's dates quicker than she did LOL! I'm glad my mom didn't do that to any of my photos...my kids love hearing stories about my life before their dad...not so sure he cares though...LOL
About a week ago I shared via e-mail and a post on Facebook the following link to a news article about my recent family reunion activities. I knew at one photograph accompanied the article, that of our slave ancestor, because I saw it on-line. What I didn't know is that our family photo and half of the article took up 2/3 of the front page of the Lifestyle section!! Thank cousin Barbara for sending me the original newspaper article. For all the headaches that come from planning reunions, seethis article made it all worth it.
For the past 11 years I've been involved in family reunion planning and I have wanted to continually educate my own family (all 1,800 descendants) of our rich heritage and be an inspiration to other families to get out there, talk to their family members, take photographs plan fieldtrips, learn our your family's story is woven into our American history. Preserve those stories of old, pass on the story telling traditions...learn to love one another.
Smmmer is just zipping by. I can't believe my kids have less than a month before they go back to school. I so wish I could homeschool them. My posts here on my blog have been infrequent, because we are just too busy loving and enjoying every minute of summer. One of the highlights, Jerin got to do 14 ziplines in Costa Rica and the three younger ones did ten ziplines at Bryce Resort.
A dream of mine fullfilled...one of my slave ancestors is given a proper headstone at his burial site.
Over the Fourth of July weekend our family was called to the burial site of our ancestors Stephen and Della Tarpley in DryFork, VA by the beat of African drums...where the names of our oldest family members were bellowed. Della's headstone is the only tangible reminder of her, Stephen previously had two cement markers that leaned against a tree a few yards from his actual resting site. For the past ten years, I have been dreaming of a headstone for Stephen and this year our southern branch made that happened. I'm so thankful that many more generation's of Stephen and Della will have a place to visit and give prayers of thanks for their strength courage and faith. Although the headstone reminder is nice, I'm even more thankful for them raising their children in the Christian faith, now that's a legacy that truly will live on forever.
I have been working on this prayer tag book for three years. It has been in my mobile scrapbooking bag so long, it's pitiful. Here's the story...I find it hard to do actual layouts at events, but I like to work on mini-projects. So three, maybe four years ago I bought these 7Gypsies tag albums with the GREAT idea to make a tag book of the nightly prayers I pray for my kids each night. The prayers are a xerox copy of an article regarding 31 things to pray for your children that my mother gave me about 20 years ago. It's all tattered from years of it being on my nightstand (in three different houses). Now my prayers have a place of honor on my nightstand and the kids even rush to read the nightly prayer each night.
This was really a fun project, here are some of the highlights and products that I used.
I inked two 7Gypsie tag books, used two different patterned paper kits, handwrote each Bible verse on textured cardstock and inked all the edges. The theme of each prayer is on a punched shape and the whole thing is bound together using twill.
Definitely more work than an old sheet of typed paper, but maybe it will become a family keepsake, already it's become a nightly ritual for the kids. I sleep much easier too knowing that I've prayed the Word over my family.
Next project: Through the Years, Our Bryce Family Vacation Album