1000 Cranes


In 2003 my mother married her prince charming
I was still in high school when they met
and at the time I wasn't too keen on the idea of my mom dating
let a lone being in love
but time passed and this new stranger became a friend and then family
and today my DAD!
I never thought I would want to call him dad
the word dad was tainted
and I thought I would never have that little girl fantasy
of being her daddy's little angel
but as time passes old scares slowly fade
and new beginnings emerge
I am now a beloved daughter
to a wonderful man
who bring so much joy to my mother
and to ME!


My family has never been the cookie cutter standard
but I have been blessed to have more family and more love because of it
With a new dad came new grandparents
from the very start I have loved them as they have loved me
they have a very special place in my heart.


Last Year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
I wish I knew more of their story
such a unique couple to have met over seas
and to start a new life in America


My grandmothers name is Chizuru
Meaning "A Thousand Cranes" in Japanese
we call her Tomi for short derived from her maiden name.
I wonder what it is like to have you name changed half way through life?
Did you know that only a hand full of people call me Chelsea Ann
in fact when I asked the Priest during my wedding rehearsal
to announce me by my full name
my mother laughed.


Working with Tomi's images from her girlhood is so much fun
she is such a beautiful person and she has so much spirit and charm about her


I just adore her style so sweet and chic


I never can stick to one style with my scrapbook
Each new page starts with a blank canvas and an image
and from there magic or disaster...
oh yes sometimes things just don't work out
but other times it's like a puzzle coming together.

What are your favorite memories to scrapbook?
I can't wait to have little one's of my own
Baby Books are the sweetest...
which reminds me to tell you that yes I am working on a baby themed digital kit!
Actually I think there will be many baby themes... so many ideas!!! So many!!!

I best be off... please visit my Flickr Scrapbook Set
for all the kit information for each page
and to see the images larger
(why oh why does Blogger hate me as of late!?
the sizing and colors are off and oh my even pixillation!)

Happy week to you!
Chelsea Ann


9 comments:

Pink Trees and Sunshine said...

How beautiful!!! I especially love the one of all three generations :~) Are these digital pages?

Diane said...

Darling pictures of your grandma, and yes she sure had a sense of chic style, I guess it runs in the family!
Hugs, Diane

My Big Mouth said...

Love the pictures and the pages you did are awesome!.I'm totally loving the asian themed digitals.My mother inlaw(passed in March) was Japanese. I have recently been enjoying going through the tons of pictures of her,her mother and her grandmother.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Hi sweetie! Great post!! I love your family!! They are darling!! My family isn't really "cookie cutter" either,but it is better that way. I think anyway. I know you want to be called Chelsea Ann. I am SUCH a nickname person though it is hard for me!! I just want to call you Chels or something! :-) Huge hugs hun! Hope you are having a FABULOUS day!! xoxo!! Britt :-)

creative breathing said...

Chelsea Ann, This post is the sweetest ever! I adore your grandmother just from your words and photos. Beautiful layouts. Catching up, I'm off to read more of your posts. E

Mark Boddeker said...

At Christmas
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...
Your text is really appreciable!

fullofbliss said...

Oh, I just loved this post! Seeing all the beautiful photographs that you have digitally scrapbooked, and the wonderful story of your family really touched my heart. Just so wonderful!
XO~Bekah

KayEllen said...

Aaahh I love this Chelsea:)))

Have a good week:)
Your Grandma's pics are wonderful!

Smiles,
kayellen

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