When my Aunt Carol had her first and only child in 1971, I created a Quiet Book for Richard. When I had Dawn 2 years later, I was too overwhelmed or tired or just didn't put all the effort into a book for her. But Carol ended up giving back that quiet book. I doubt she used it, especially because they weren't church attenders and didn't go any place that would require a kid to be kept entertained.
When my grands started arriving I resurrected this craft...All kids said they would love one except for Cara. So I made quiet books for the other grands but they basically went along the idea of Scripture Story Quiet Books.
Yes, Quiet Books take a lot of effort but patterns abound...anywhere.
THEN one day earlier this year, Lexi DeBaltzo was asked to teach a class for the Family History Conference that is held every year. Her theme was "Tell a Story"...as in tell one story...not the whole family history story and to use other mediums than just the written word. Immediately I knew what I would create...a Quiet Book for M2T2's boys, telling the story of their courtship and marriage and family moments up to this time. I attended a couple of classes Lexi held at her home to get some ideas or pointers as to what she wanted. I finished a couple of pages so she could present my pages in Power Point presentation for the class. But I continued on with the quiet book. But there are no patterns for the events I would be describing so I had to work at having more creativity that I really have. I was able to alter a couple pattern ideas and that helped. I got hung up on NYC page but made it through and finished the whole thing this week. I cannot wait to present it to Marissa and Hank, alone and separate from the boys so they can enjoy my version of their life story and then they can know to present it to the kids, perhaps in church even...which is why I created it to begin with.
Sure it's all about technology today. I sit and watch kids entertaining themselves when they are FAR too old with their iPhones, iPads, tablets. But I am hoping this will be a different sort of interactive book. For my own remembrance these are the pages and the story that goes with each one.
Probably 20 plus years ago we had FHE groups in which each month we'd pick a theme and create X# of duplicate copies of the packet. Then we would assemble and hand them out to the other ladies in our group. This first page of this quiet book is my all time favorite handout from that group. CREATION of the world
God created Heaven and Earth..what follows are felt pieces that continue the story of the 6 days of creation.
God created Families. MY Family!
This page tells the story of a couple of parties Marissa and her housemates had when they lived in Lakewood, to which Hank was invited. The Cinqo de Mayo party might have begun with a stopped up toilet and Marissa and Hank went to the store to purchase a plunger. On the way home, I believe Marissa used it on Hank's behind. Another time a storm blew in and Hank was (or acted) afraid and put a metal bucket on his head for protection. You see the Marissa and Hank 'dolls'? They move through the book/story.
Wherever the Trefethen Ark may land, it will be HOME because we are an Eternal Family. As the door to the ark unsnaps, inside are finger puppets. Oh how I wish that ark would stay here for a bit longer.
It's the same hope I have that the other 3 families of grands would know as they look and play with their own quiet books. But honestly, I hope they all know more because of the various times we have spent/and will spend together. For the quick phone calls or Skypes. For however long this life in mortality is measured to me.
But this I do know...The Gospel is true. The covenants have been restored and should be honored and cherished, even in moments of doubt. It's our commitment to the Lord that allows our faithfulness to our family members.