30 years have passed …

     Posted by Lori on June 1, 2016

On May 26, it was the 30th anniversary of my Mum’s passing, it does not seem that long … yet sometimes it seems longer.  The year she passed away, I also gave birth to my son Justin.  My Mum never knew that I was pregnant, I did not have the heart to tell her that she was going to have a grandchild that she would never meet.


January 26 was the 10th anniversary of my Dad’s passing.  I had to actually stop and recalculate that as it doesn’t seem that long ago.  My Dad got to be a Grandpa to both of my kids … Justin and Chantel … and to my niece, Larissa.  Justin will turn 30 in October, Chantel will turn 26 in November, and Larissa will turn 30 next January.   Wow, I shake my head because it’s so hard to believe that these kids are really that age.


This coming June 23, it would have been my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary.  I remember celebrating their 25th anniversary the year I graduated highschool, 1981.  It was a huge surprise to them, I can still see the look on my Mum’s face when all of their friends starting arriving at the house.  Fun times … such good memories.


It’s times like these that pictures are so precious, and it reminds me why this hobby is so important.  Sixty years ago, this happened … my parents got married, and as I look at these pictures, it reminds me of so many things.  And you know … as hard as it is, as much as it still hurts, I can look back and smile, remember, laugh, and cry … because these two people are the reason that so many things happened, and that so many more things will happen.


Mum, Dad … I miss you and I love you both … and I will never forget all of the things that you did for me.  I talk about you lots, and yes, Mum, I have caught myself many many times saying and doing things just like you did … and I smile.  You were right about so many things, and I can admit that now.  Dad, that stubbornness that I swore I didn’t inherit from you … guess what … not only did I, but all THREE of your grandchildren inherited it as well.  In fact, I think they might just give you a run for your money on who is the most stubborn … and I know how proud that would make you.

The memories I have are priceless, and I will always cherish them.  Through my scrapbooking, I will do my very best to pass along many traditions and stories to my family and generations to come.

12 Comments so far

  1. Kim June 1, 2016 7:29 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your parents Lori ((hugs))  and a beautiful layout to remember them by and the title is just perfect !

  2. Norine June 1, 2016 10:11 am

    What a beautiful post Lori!  And lovely layout to mark the passing of years!  What a gift we have to be able to preserve our memories for those who don’t have them!!

  3. Chelsea Miller June 1, 2016 10:47 am

    Lori this is so beautiful…. the layout, the story, everything.  This is why we do what we do.  As hard as it can be sometimes, it also brings so much joy.

  4. Wanda June 1, 2016 10:51 am

    What a lovely layout.  Memories.

  5. Barbara June 1, 2016 11:17 am

    What a lovely story.  A wonderful tribute to your parents.  Beautiful piece.

  6. Lori A. June 1, 2016 11:19 am

    Wow Lori! This is a beautiful tribute to your folks. I’m sure they would be so proud of you. It is funny to think about the traits, positive and negative, that we have inherited from our families.

  7. Bonnie June 1, 2016 11:23 am

    Beautiful. Both the layout and the tribute to your parents. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Terri June 1, 2016 2:44 pm

    Love <3<3

  9. Verena June 1, 2016 3:04 pm

    beautifully said Lori!

  10. Carol T June 1, 2016 4:16 pm

    Beautifully said! Beautifully done!
    Your family will treasure forever!
    Love it!!!

  11. Eileen June 2, 2016 8:52 am

    What a lovely tribute to your parents, and a beautiful way you have preserved their memory.

  12. Audrey July 20, 2016 4:28 pm

    I really enjoyed this class & the finish product

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