The envelope on the back of the poems was a sentimental touch that allowed each Grandma to really make this gift to her grandbaby her own. The envelope had a little poem and Grandma would write a letter from her heart and store it on the back of the frame. Those first Grandma's who wrote these letters, now have grown grandchildren with handwritten words they will treasure. Customers have shared stories with me about how special this part of the gift has become. One young mother lost her mother several years after her first child was born. She was so thankful to have that letter written to her child from her mother- a memory beyond words.
As the years passed, the market and product demands changed. As saving and displaying ultrasound images became popular, we added Grandma's Heart ultrasound cards and frames. We also found many Grandma's buying Grandma's Heart for themselves and their grandma friends, so we added a home decor styled frame. We also coupled Grandma's Heart and Grandpa's Heart poems for a single frame for baby's room.
The latest introduction has been framed prints with a more current nursery theme and ones that can also be personalized with Grandma's own unique name...Mimi, Gigi, Gran. We can customize the name, as we address the gift needs of today's Grandmas.
As we near the 20th anniversay of Grandma's Heart. I am reflecting on the journey.
So much has come from Grandma's Heart. Much has changed in the world, and in my world yet in some ways... nothing has changed. Changing design trends, marketing, competition, the internet, these things have changed. I've changed too. Over two decades, I have gone from that newly married young woman to an experienced mother of 4 growing children. Ironically, I am still not a Grandma much to people's surprise! (oh, we thought you were a grandma to write all these things!)
There is one thing that hasn't changed.
The sentiment written nearly 20 years ago still captures the heart of grandmas. How fortunate for all the grandbabies and the grandbabies to come that they will still enter a world with grandmas. To celebrate the past, present and future, this year I am working on my dream of a children's book and a few other special products to share with grandmas everywhere.
Another chapter being written...
Do you have any ideas for Grandma's Heart gifts you would like me to create? Do you have a story of Grandma's Heart to share? Share with me on Facebook, in comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.