So when you turn 80 yesterday's floral wall display just doesn't seem enough. At least not for me. Months ago I had asked her for ALL the family photos so I could start a pictorial timeline for myself. Kind of like writing my autobiography except with photos. I also wanted them so I could find enough to make a scrapbook for my mom. I have made one for my siblings on their special birthdays over the past few years. But she didn't comply so I had to use images I had in my own collection. I also went to her public library and took photos of her yearbook pages. (Sure couldn't ask her for her copies!) And this is the result.
Top photo: her 7 grandchildren
Bottom photo: my youngest sister, her husband and daughter were unable to be here with us
Now she and my step-dad (but he's more like a dad!) travel extensively...I think Africa and Antarctica are the only continents they haven't visited.
Here they are on my sister's pond. Don't you like how the shadow of the tree points to them? That was an aftersight.
I didn't want the pages to be too fussy with embellishments. The scrapbook is all about the photos, not the extras. I also wanted it to be something she could use later in life recalling special moments, people, etc. Maybe it would be the only thing that would help her connect to reality or in the here & now. No matter, it's made with love and I hope it brings her much joy, both now and later.