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Today is the official Scraps Of Elegance Design Team Reveal for the October Rue Des Rosiers Kit!!

This first project is a layout that features a photo of my Granny. She is holding my Dad in her lap and is surrounded by her other two sons Edward and Ralph. My Granny went on to have 7 children, 15 Grandchildren, and 33 Great Grandchildren before she passed away. She was a major influence in my life, and I miss her everyday. I titled this layout "She Was Love", because for everyone who knew her, that's exactly what she was. I wrote the following poem and gave it to her before she passed and she asked that I read it at her eulogy which I did. I wanted her to know what she meant to me, and I hope that it captured just a small percentage of what I felt for her:

I Want To Be Like Her
To My Grandmother
Love, Renea Harrison

The world they may not think so, but to me she is a queen
Whether in her youth or old age, true beauty through her I have seen
I hear her talk of her Jesus with such love in her voice
Between the things of this world and His ways, she has made her choice

She does not wear her faith around her neck like a talisman
Instead she covers her life in the blood of the Lamb, according to His plan
Oh, I want a heart like hers where love it has no bounds
One that beats for joy over the relationship with her Jesus she has found

The world, it may not think so, but to me she is the greatest soldier on Earth
Whether in her youth or old age, through her true strength I have observed
She has known some hard times, some so tough others would have given up
But she knew for her character to grow she must take from Him her cup

No, she is not perfect, not without sin
But she knows that face down on the floor is where true forgiveness begins
Oh, I want to have strength like hers that doesn't come from muscle or bone
The kind that comes from the knowledge, that through surrender she will find her way home

The world it may not think so, but to me she is a star
Whether in her youth or old age, no truer faith have I seen so far
She has known great sorrow more than some could bear
But she knew that help would come, when before her King she went on her knees in prayer
Even when things did not go her way and life seemed so unfair
She would just bow her head and turn her troubles over to her Savior's care
Oh, I want a faith like hers that radiates through her life
The kind that comes from knowing that she has a Savior who shelters her,
no matter what her strife

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my memory of my Granny with you, and for checking out my work with this month's kit. I just love all the Vintage, Old World Romantic elements of this kit, and I hope you have enjoyed your visit! Until next time ~Hugs~Renea