My 91 year old grandmother was in the hospital this past October with pneumonia. My parents just happened to be on vacation when she got sick, so as they were rushing back to Rhode Island from Maine, I was the one who sat with her in the hospital. I’m the oldest grandchild for my grandma. We’ve always, always, always had a very special bond. My grandma has lived a lot of life in the last 91 years. She was a navy wife with 3 children. She became a widow way too early in life, at the age of 51. She has 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren… and believe it or not, just participated in a 5K this past August! She’s one heck of an incredible lady. While I sat with my grandmother in the hospital last month, I had the chance to chat with her. I mean, really chat with her. There was no interruption from my kids. There was no time limits or time restraints. It was just us, the two of us talking. And it made me truly realize to the core just how much I want my 5 kids to know her like I know her. My grandma is part of the reason why I’m here and my kids are here, she’s part of my fabric of life. She’s part of who I am. She knows the story of my beginnings… and my mom’s beginnings. That’s pretty incredible. I want her stories and my mom’s stories to be known, to be told, to be shared, to be recoded in history… because these pieces of life make up who I am and who my children are, too.
Once you purchase a package for your family member (or yourself!), they receive 1 question a week from StoryWorth’s library of over 600 questions (you can also edit questions or write your own). The recipient can simply reply via email with their story – and include photos – or (what would work for my grandmother) record it over the phone. Once they send their story in, a copy is emailed to you in real time, so you can reply to the story with questions or comments. it really is a beautiful way to truly record history.
After a year, StoryWorth prints the shared stories into a beautiful hardcover book for you to enjoy and savor forever. It’s the gift that keeps on giving: you get your family’s stories not once but throughout the year, culminating in a keepsake book. It really is something priceless.
Thinking about my grandmother, this is perfect for her. There are so many things I want to know, or want her to reshare… because again, you have the ability to choose your own questions, too!
How did you meet my grandfather?
What was it like being a navy wife?
Why did you name my mom Sharon?
What do you love about being a great-grandmother?
And to know I (as well as my mom) respond with comments, it’s a priceless gift! My mom is the anchor in my grandma’s life, so I know it would be wonderful and emotional for her to be part of this, too.
This truly is the perfect holiday gift.
If you’re like me and would love to record history and stories for your family, StoryWorth is definitely something you need to check out! A year’s subscription includes 1 storyteller, unlimited recipients, and 1 book. They offer 5 customizable book covers, which I love. For the holidays, they’re discounting the price from the regular $79/year to $59/year. They also have beautifully designed custom printables to make your gift feel festive and personal.
This really is the kind of gift that you will cherish forever and ever.