It’s free week again at Four Foxes, One Hound, so I’m going to share another group of people I see regularly. This is my scrapbooking group, affectionately nicknamed the Crazy Crop Club. Eight women meet once a month in the home of one of our members. I enjoy having a regular time to work on my albums. I have so many other interests and hobbies that sometimes tasks like organizing my pictures get put on the back burner. Having a dedicated time for this particular hobby ensures that the job will get done!
We’ve been meeting regularly for eight years. I’m so thankful to have an evening each month where I can concentrate on working on getting my photos arranged onto album pages. As you can see, I now have several albums filled with family pictures as well as pictures of my time teaching elementary school. Each of my daughters has an album I started of their baby pictures, and when they got a little older they each started making their own albums. And then there’s a wedding album, and their school albums, special ones for trips…you get the idea. What I really need to do is get these album spines over to someone who does embossing so I can label them instead of having to pull them all out to find a certain picture!
We have a lot in common – four of us are the same age, and most of us have children close in ages, so we have a lot to chat about during our evenings together. We take turns bringing goodies, although twice a year we have special treats – on our anniversary month of May we have a potluck, and in December we do a cookie exchange. We share recipes and household hints. We ask for and receive advice about dealing with difficult situations. And we pray for each other. Constantly.
I tend to take a lot of pictures, so three hours a month isn’t quite enough time to keep up with them all. Twice a year we get together at a hotel or retreat center with other scrapbooking enthusiasts for an entire weekend of working on our albums. And once in a while we’ll meet somewhere on a Saturday for an all day work session. Hey, creativity takes time! Here’s a picture of most of us after a weekend at a retreat in Boyne City, where we rented a house for the weekend.
During the eight years we’ve been meeting we’ve seen our children go off to war and return, marry, and have children of their own. We’ve had parents pass away, seen our spouses go through difficult health issues, and some of us have downsized and moved to new homes. We’ve traveled the world, changed jobs and started new careers, and discovered the joy of grandparenting. We’ve got pictures to document these life events, and we’ve got each other to share them with.
What could be better?