this is a layout of my Grandpa, James W. Goins when he first came to Chattanooga from Ohio with his son Ralph. I chose the title from the Scraps Of Darkness kit name, because Passages was so fitting for this layout. My Grandfather had just divorced, and decided to make a change. He moved from Ohio to Chattanooga, to live with his sister, where he eventually met and married my Grandmother, Viola Mannery, who had experienced a divorce and who also had a child from that first marriage, my Dad.
My Pawpaw was such an amazing part of my life. He is who I get so much of who I am from. We were buddies. I lived most of my young years at their home, and although we didn't have much we certainly had love. I constantly followed my Grandpa around, a little apprentice you might have called me. My Grandpa made a living, fixing up old junk and selling it at flea markets, making all kinds of things from wood, painting, and creating miniatures. He loved music, dancing and just about anything that required that you do it while smiling or laughing. He lived life with a child like wonder, and had a smile and attitude that was contagious. I had no idea that he was not my true blood Grandpa, until someone told me when I was about 10, but it didn't matter to me or him, we were a part of each other no matter what was running through our veins.
In May of this year, it was the 1st year anniversary of my Paw Paw's passing, and my family had asked if I would write a remembrance for the local newspapers, I of course said yes. That remembrance is what I used on the tags and reads:
I whisper to myself, Happy Birthday Paw Paw
I hope you don't mind if I'm still missing you, if a few teardrops fall
I'll take the time to celebrate you, in my own way
I'll remember a life well lived, by what I do today
I'll "Walk the Floor" with old Hank Williams, or pick some "Wildwood Flowers"
I'll visit with the ones I love, tell stories and talk for hours.
I'll create something beautiful with my own two hands
I'll draw or maybe I'll paint,
I'll carve and I'll sand
I'll Charleston, play card tricks and laugh till I cry
I'll bow my head and give grace, find enough faith to get by.
As I fall into bed with my memories, I'll realize I am not alone
As your family and friends all remember you today, your legacy will live on
Thank you for letting me share a piece of the sweet relationship that I shared with my Paw Paw, and some little pieces of who he was. I am so grateful for your company along this journey. ~Hugs, Renea
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