My Grandma Welch was one of my best friends ever.  We were like two peas in a pod, just incredibly close and when we talked, there was always so much laughter!  Today was her birthday and it is a day that I still celebrate her.  I am lucky enough to have her photo albums and more pictures that you can imagine. 

Years ago, we were looking through them and I asked her why she would ever write in her photo albums.  And she said that she did for several reasons.  First, so when she was old and forgetful that she would be able to read about the people or event and hopefully remember. Second, she did it for everyone else.  So that when we look at the pictures, we would know who the people were and why the day was special enough to take pictures. 

She loved to travel!  And she made notes with her pictures about everything with the trip.  What time they got there, how much a cup of coffee was, who they met and where they were from.  I am so greatful for that information, because I would not have a clue of what her pictures were of, some strange pasture or beach with people she was obviously enjoying the company of, but who in the world are they?

Now, her scrapbooks look nothing like mine.  The only embellishment hers have are the twine that holds the seam together.  There is not any stamping, there is not any bling at all.  And I think that is an important lesson, it is not about the bling, it is about the story (the bling just makes it more fun :). 

So many are intimidated by scrapping.  But just think about your kids and your grandkids, think about when you are too old to remember and make a few notes, you will be glad you did! 

I sure am glad that Grandma Welch did.  She was a lot of fun, we got into a lot of trouble together and let me tell you, she made the most incredible beef and noodles and persimmon pudding that you have ever tasted!

I am delighted to share with you some of her scrapbooks with you today!  Enjoy… DSCN0283

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