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Page 1 of a Very Special Album

Saturday, August 18, 2012

As most of you know; I'm a 70 year old grandmother with 7 grandchildren. I have a goal of presenting each grandchild with a 10 year album on their 11th birthday. So far, I have presented 4 and they are treasured. Now, I am working on the remaining 3 and one has to be done by the end of this month.

What a wonderful experience it is pulling together all of this and reliving so many good times! I've really struggled with how to start this album and have taken the first picture out and put it back several times now. You see; it's not very flattering of me. But it is who I WAS.

The decision has been made; I present page one of my DGD's album. She was born 8/29/01.

I'm including another copy of the photo; since these are unedited photos of unedited photos, I'm afraid the quality may not be very good; but the point should come across fine.

This was taken at a baby shower for my daughter, sitting next to me. We're playing a game where you cut off a piece of yarn how large you think your waist is. You know how much fun that was for us!!

You already know this is one album with a happy ending. As my granddaughter grows and gets older; I shrink and get younger! It's win, win!!

Taking a break from working on the albums and I just wanted to share. WooHoo! Joy

Afterthought: I guess all of you don't really know me! So I thought it only fair to include the happy ending. This was taken this spring with my KY grandchildren. My 10 year old granddaughter is on the left and I am on the right. I don't post my grandkids names.

Thanks for the visit! Joy
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    Wow, Joy! What a transformation!
    1937 days ago
    Dear Joy,
    You continue to be a great inspiration! Keep the "joy" in your're one terrific role model! emoticon Renee
    1940 days ago
  • ANNIE1114
    I am sure that you are an inspiration to your grandkids. They are a good looking group of kids!
    1963 days ago
  • CCHEF1
    This is a great idea for you to give your family members and you are amazing. Congratulations on your before and after success!
    1971 days ago
    AND, (sorry for the second posting), it took me a couple of seconds to find you in the 'After' photo. Excellent work!
    1976 days ago
    I didn't know you were 70 and you probably get this often, but, you look younger than 70.
    I can see why you wouldn't include the unflatttering photo, but, your granddaughter will be blessed knowing that if she were to ever battle, or meet someone who struggles, her grandma knows victory at 70. That is hope for many.
    Also, this album is an amazing gift.
    I am jealous. In a good way. I am very happy for your loved ones. They will be so very cherished.
    My hubby and I know a missionary's son that had grown into a Deacon after a prodigal time in his life. His mother that was a nurse and missionary in Egypt made him a small scrap book that she gave him when he left home. It started at birth and over the years she'd journal how precious he was and how blessed she was. He brought it with him everywhere. This man was a big burly, prayer warrior of a man and that precious item was like a moral compass.
    Well done cherishing your grandchildren!
    1976 days ago
    What a precious gift for your grandchildren! And I'm glad you included that photo. What a life lesson that will continue to be for your granddaughter. She will always be able to look at that, think of what you've accomplished, and know that she too, can do anything!
    1978 days ago
    You are a precious person to me and a true role model. Thanks for posting!
    1979 days ago
    Amazing! You are so inspirational!
    1981 days ago
    Love it and the album idea, took me till about 3 years ago to finally do my son and dd. scrapbook from birth to grade 12. now better get an earlier start on Thomas and Eva's! LOL
    1981 days ago
    You are the amazing shrinking woman! Looking good. Your granddaughter will love that album.
    1982 days ago
    This is fantastic! You should be so proud! What a gift you gave your grandaughter...a healthier gramma!
    1982 days ago
    It is unbelievable how much you have change physically, and I know emotionally.
    You did the right thing to start with that photo.
    1982 days ago
    Hi, Aunt Joy! I still love the album you gave me for graduation. The girls love looking at it and seeing their Mommy as a kid.
    1982 days ago
    Well, I have been following your blogs and I feel I do know you. Still I am amazed at your transformation. It just shows what can be achieved.
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    1983 days ago
  • _JODI404
    What an incredibly special gift those albums are!!!! That is something to really treasure.

    I understand the reluctance to include unflattering photos... but I think you made a great choice. It does show your journey, I LOVE this: "As my granddaughter grows and gets older; I shrink and get younger! It's win, win!!"

    Your recent photo is so nice!! You are a true role model for healthy living and always an inspiration to me!!

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    1983 days ago
    The picture with you and your Kentucky grandchildren is beautiful! I love the album thing, too! What a wonderful thing to give each of your grandchildren... emoticon
    1983 days ago
    You are a wonderful grandmother for doing this for all your grands. And WOW!!! What a difference from the first picture to the second!! You really look beautiful
    1983 days ago
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    PS: Boy, your grandsons are tall and all the grandchildren are good looking.
    1983 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2012 6:45:41 PM
    what a wonderful idea!
    1983 days ago
    I love this idea, I gave my son a photo album when he was 30 but just real photos in an album and will do the same for my daughter next year but this time I will scan an on line album.
    I would not have know it was you and you are right as she has aged you have got younger
    1983 days ago
    What a wonderful idea to create such a gift for posterity emoticon
    1983 days ago
    Beautiful! Love the album idea. So sweet. What a gift.

    1983 days ago
    What a special gift to give each of your grandchildren!
    1983 days ago
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