"Religion, education, and structure were extremely important in our home. Grandma was a very religious woman who devoted herself to helping others and giving back to the community. She was a Seventh-day Adventist and every Saturday we attended Sabbath school, where we learned about the Bible and the stories of Jesus. Many of the lessons were taught through arts and crafts projects. I made bookmarks using biblical characters and paperweights from rocks, felt, and Magic Markers, which made perfect mother's Day gifts. Sabbath school was the birthplace of my interest in crafting, and Mother's Day was the perfect opportunity to create Grandma's favorite gifts..."
"Holidays were also fun and festive at home. Grandma Lorraine decorated every nook and cranny. Christmas, Easter, and birthdays were the most joyous occasions. Cindy and I made cards by hand, finger paintings, homemade decorations, and one-of-a-kind presents. Grandma Lorraine taught us to stretch our imaginations and be creative by using common household items to make our art. We used old discarded buttons, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, fabric remnants, and recycled greeting cards that weren't saved in our scrapbooks."
My note: Sandra was 2 in 1968 when her mother first dropped her off with Grandma Lorraine. She and Cindy lived with Grandma until Sandra was around 6 years old when her mother decided she wanted her girls back. But no one could take the place of Grandma Lorraine who was the only Mommy she knew up to that point.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Grandma Lorraine as much as I did!
~excerpt taken from Made From Scratch: A Memoir by Sandra Lee