Stories from the Hearth helps mothers and fathers immortalize and share their stories with their children in their own words and style. Our memories are what make us, and no one can tell them quite like we can; that's why Stories from the Hearth, unlike many other personal history companies, puts down every client's stories and life lessons in their own words. A son or daughter should be able to pick up their mother’s book and hear her voice.
Stories from the Hearth founder Elizabeth Thomas (pictured here with her husband and daughter) personally sits down with each client and listens to and records their stories, nudging them along as needed. The end result is a book full of stories, images and photographs that can be cherished for generations.
Stories from the Hearth founder Elizabeth Thomas has a bachelor's degree in English and has added to that education experience in newspaper and book publishing (editorial and layout), as well as studies in French and philosophy.
Soon after graduating from college, Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, became an award-winning newspaper columnist, and took up running. She is an avid reader who loves hiking in the mountains and wishes she were a better cook and ballroom dancer. She and her husband have one child, a little girl who will smile at anyone and adds color commentary to client interviews.
(For the answer to the question, "How did you get started doing this, Elizabeth?" check out this blog post.)
These three fill out the rest of our team and carry the ball through from transcription (Jill) to book design (Heidi) and a final edit (Crystal). Of course, like with many small businesses, each helps out throughout the entire process, picking up whatever task needs to be completed.
On a less professional front, we are a team of mothers who believe that family is everything.
A "hearth" is the area in front of a fireplace. Many years ago, it's where the cooking happened and everyone stood to get warm. Now, it's where family gathers to get all cozy, snuggle up, and talk. The hearth is the center of a home, and since this company is all about bringing families together across generations, we craft our books so they have that same loving feeling.