I have learned to really reflect on important people and moments in my life. I asked Marty many times recently how I am able to stay strong during the most traumatic time of my life. Prior to the end of September, my life was in such a good place. I was in such a stable place as far as my personal and professional life. I have an amazingly supportive husband, family and circle of friends. I am finally at a school that makes sense for my educational beliefs-I have found my home where I hope to grow roots. I am able to express myself freely through my art.
The past month has felt like someone was ripping my heart out and stomping all over it. There have been moments where I can’t catch my breath and looking forward feels impossible. My birthday is coming up and I am dreading it. I questioned why and know that it’s because I don’t know what will happen between now and November 19th. Day to day things seem to change.
What remains constant and stronger than ever are the positive people that I have in my circle. My family has bonded in ways that we never imagined. I always knew we were close but this month has brought us closer than ever. My friends has reached out as extended family. My school has held me up and let’s be honest, I am still quite a stranger to them. And, Marty, he has been through this ten years ago with his own father. He has been my shoulder to cry on, my solid ground and the person to remind me that I am loved unconditionally.
Recently, Corris came over and we scrapbooked. We laughed and gabbed more than actually crafted but she knew that was what I needed. I worked on these pages. They are from Marty’s birthday in 2008. The gals from my crafting world surprised him with a dinner as a way to thank him for all he does for our Stampin’ Up! team. I look at those pictures and realize how far we have come. We have been through so much since then, our circle of friends. We came together because we had art in common and now I rely on them as family.
About the pages themselves, those gorgeous supplies are from Swirlydoos-my ALL TIME favorite monthly scrapbooking kit club. Those of you that craft with me either in person or on my UStream Show know how much I RAVE about Swirlydoos. So much that some of you signed up with Krissy to get her monthly kits. By the way, if you do…tell her I sent you and you (and I) get a FANTASTIC discount!
On this part of the page, I used Glimmer Mist with a Misting Screen to distress that paper doily. It is funny to me that when Glimmer Mist first appeared in the crafty world, I complained about it. Eileen & I were ready to BOYCOTT it FOREVER after trying it together one Sunday afternoon. NOW…well counting how many colors I have would take…FOREVER! I use it to distress and color everything…yes, even the pomeranians have had a free dye job!
The moral of this post–treasure those around you. Even when things are at their worst, look at all of the positive in your life. It is those people and places that are keeping me grounded & helping me look at the positive moments with my Dad and Pop. It’s hard but I know that they want only what is best for me.