Thursday, July 14, 2011
In Loving Memory
Photo taken by Cori Kalven
I do not know if I mentioned this a year ago, but Grandma "at the Lake", also known as Margaret Violet Allan, passed away a few days after our wedding and a day after her birthday. It was a very emotional day.
On Saturday we celebrated her life. What more fitting place than at the lake where Joe's entire family (on Mom's side) grew up together. The fabric of their lives is so richly encompassed at the lake, with Grandma interwoven throughout.
To celebrate her life, Melissa and I made an album (from all of us) for the parents, in loving memory. The lovely "poem" encapsulating Grandma and the Lake, was written by Melissa. It is super moving. What makes the album super special is the fact that all the photos (with the exception of the loon, the photo of Grandma on the last page, and the cookie jar) were taken by Grandma. Her photos are amazing - she had such a love for the clouds, sunsets, the trees...nature really. The last few pages were open pages for family to write down their favorite memory of Grandma, so that we all, and future generations, may remember and see how special Grandma is.
Without writing much more, below are the poem and scrapbook layouts.
Grandma left a legacy out at the lake, in our hearts, and in our memories. We know you are around us at all times.
We miss you and love you. Here's to you Grandma!