Yesterday afternoon we got the word that the doctor's are unable to do anything further for David's sister Eileen. Hospice has been called in and Eileen has opted to remain at home. The overwhelming shock that the family is experiencing along with sadness and grief is almost too much. And so soon to the passing of their mother Virginia this past fall. We leave on Saturday to make the trek down to Florida in hopes of spending some quality time how brief it may be with Eileen.
Your thoughts or prayers during this horrible time would be appreciated.
Well, we had a bit of summer here in Connecticut this past weekend and into the early week. It actually got up into the high 80's early 90's (91 to be precise.) The kids have been playing outside a good amount, Jase is having a problem with bugs. He breaks out into screams and cries of terror if any land on him anywhere and he freezes. His screams make my heart skip a beat. Not sure what we are gonna do to get him over that -- maybe time will take care of it.
I haven't been creating much but I do have a few cards to show.
Yet another Mother's Day Card
Paper: Close to my Heart Caboodle Level II Paper Pack
Cardstock: Close to my Heart White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Stampin' UP! Groovy Guava
Stamps: Close to my Heart One of a Kind, A Little Everything
Ink: Close to my Heart Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Chocolate, Stampin' UP! Groovy Guava
Fibers: Stampin' UP! Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Diecuts: Nestabilities Label 4
Punch: Stampin' UP! Modern Label Punch
Embellishments: Recollections Blue Rhinestones
Design: Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch #278
One last Mother's Day Card
Paper: Stampin' UP! Rasperry Tart
Cardstock: Unknown Mfg. Kraft, Stampin' UP! Rose Red
Ink: Stampin' UP Chocolate
Stamps: Stampin' UP! Happy Moments
Fibers: Stampin' UP! Kiwi Kiss Striped 5/8'' Grosgrain Ribbon, Karen Foster Designs Black Scrappers Floss
Diecuts: Making Memories Slice Fonts: Essentials
Design: CASEd but unable to find original source. If it's yours let me know & I'll give credit!
Paper: Basic Grey Nook & Pantry Collection
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Whisper White
Ink: Close to my Heart Juniper
Punches: Stampin' UP! Designer Label, Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Craft Punch
Embellishments: Recollections White Pearls, Joann Mini Brass Brads, Staples Standard Sized Staples
Design: Paper Crafts Magazine, March/April 2010 Issue, Page. 23, Friends Card
I completed 2 - two page layouts this weekend to celebrate NSD. Now mind you I purchased a kit entitled Miracle from Close to my Heart that included everything except ink and adhesive. Boy, what a kit - I really loved this one. From the beautiful B&T papers to the embellishments it is just so expertly put together! Actually, it looks so much much more expensive than what I paid.
A week or so ago frequent visitor to this blog Barb of the blog Thought Connection shared a wonderful Heritage layout. For a few minutes after viewing Barb's beautiful layout (that just happened to be digi btw) I mourned for the loss of my family's history to a freak electrical fire that took everything my grandparents had back in the Spring of 1976. A few days later I remembered all the pictures my mother passed on to me a couple of years ago and while they are not the best snapshots they would at least let me start constructing something of a Turner Family history. So here are the first pages of an album dedicated to my family's heritage. While you can definitely see these designs on any CTMH customer's blog you probably can't know the love and pride I felt creating them and for that I am extremely proud.
First page is taken in the mid to late 1950's and is my teenaged mother posing with new kitchen appliances. That stove lasted well into the late 70's.
Second page was taken on my parent's wedding day October 27, 1956. Sadly, there are no surviving photos of my parents together on their wedding day. My mother looks like a little girl to me ... times were so different then she was 16 and Dad was 18. They spent their wedding night at my grandparents house sleeping in a room with 3 other people. Imagine that in this day of stretch limos for proms!
The first picture is my parents sometime mid to late 1950's. This is one of my favorite photos of my parents. They look so happy and my Mom looks quite chic with her blouse collar turned up. After marrying they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where my Dad got a job that he worked at until a disability forced him to leave in the mid 1990's
The second picture I would imagine it's the same date frame as the others. Their look is so 1950's. My mom tells a story of how every dish they owned would be stored on the kitchen table as they couldn't afford a cabinet and her Daddy was their visiting and knocked the leg out from under the table and they lost everything. Hard to imagine Dad made $36 a week and Mom babysat for extra money.