Monday, November 27, 2006

Frognecks = Turtlenecks??

Hmmm...starting a blog...not sure how this is going to go, but we'll give it a try. Anyone reading this would soon discover this, so I might as well come right out and say it - "I am obsessed with everything scrapbooking!"

Actually, that is the main reason I am giving this a go...1) to hopefully have a better record of some of the things that touch me, inspire me, make me laugh - for use in my scrapbooking, of course and 2) to perhaps share some layouts - assuming I get it figured out how to post them. :)

You will also soon learn that my other obsession is my daughter, Kaitlin, who is 4 years old. Case in things that make me laugh entry for today:

It is getting quite cold here in SD and this morning as I was getting her dressed for preschool we decided on a pink turtleneck. I also had on a turtleneck sweater and she said, "Look, Mom! I'm wearing a frogneck just like you!" She was quite pleased...I tried to explain that they are called 'turtlenecks', not 'frognecks', but she just looked at me with disbelieving eyes and said, "Frogneck!" quite insistantly. Okay, dear, just for you, I'll call them frognecks!!

Until next time...
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This is a layout that I did this weekend that has a special little story behind it...the photos were actually taken by my mother-in-law when my daughter was staying with them for a weekend. Kaitlin and Papa Rahn were planting mums at her Great-Grandmother Marilyn's grave. We gave Kaitlin Marilyn's middle name, Rose, in honor of her.

I don't usually scrap photos taken by others, but this just seemed to be an important story to tell and I had never quite gotten or found the right picture for it yet, but these seemed to be it...

The journaling is hidden behind the main photo which opens to reveal it:

You never had the chance to meet you Great-Grandma Marilyn, Kaitlin, as she passed about two years before you were born, but she is still very much a part of your world.

When you were quite young we told you about Grandma Marilyn…in the beginning it was just about how Mommy & Daddy decided to give you her middle name {Rose} in her honor.

But then you got a little older and wondered where Grandma Marilyn was and we told you,
“Grandma Marilyn is in Heaven.”

“Where’s Heaven?” you asked.

“Way up in the sky.” A simplified answer, I know. You accepted this without must questioning, but certainly did not forget.

You often speak of you Grandma Marilyn and recently you said to me out of the blue, “Mom, did you know that Grandma is watching over me from Heaven?”

“Why yes, Kaitlin, yes she is.” I said with a smile.

Is it coincidence that you seem to have such a connection with a Great-Grandmother you never knew? I don’t think so.

Anyone who knew Marilyn knows how desperately she wanted great-grandbabies and as your Daddy was her first grandchild to marry, we were often asked the question of when we would start a family.

It was about a year after her passing that we found out we were to have you – the great-grandbaby that she had so wanted.

So, I have no doubt that you do have you very own special angel in Grandma Marilyn watching over you from Heaven, Kaitlin.

Watch over her well, Marilyn Rose. We think of you often…
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