Thursday, January 7, 2010

a celebration of life

Early this morning (5:12AM to be exact) the phone rang. It was my mother-in-law and she was overcome with grief and could barely speak. My father-in-law had passed away earlier in the morning while he was in dialysis. We knew this was coming... he's been sick for a very long time and we thought we were prepared. We so were not. At least not today. I feel such a loss and I keep waiting for the phone to ring with good news... like it's all a cruel joke someone has played. My poor mother-in-law. I just wish I could be there to hold her and comfort her. Thankfully my husband, our dd Kara, and her other 2 sons who live here in the area are with her/on their way to be with her. I have had grandparent's die, but I cannot imagine hw it must feel to lose a parent, as my husband now has. I can somewhat relate, but it's just not the same. I am sure it feels like a big hole has been ripped out of his heart and there is no band-aid big enough to repair the damage. If you are the praying kind, I would appreciate a little prayer be said to honor my fil, and to watch over and guide my mil, my dh and my brothers-in-law.

I struggled with posting this layout, but life is about celebration and happiness and it does continue for those of us who are left to grieve. For each death there is a birth and Emily's 15th birthday was last month, so I created this fun and lively layout to celebrate her. I used these fabulous Birthday vinyl rub-ons from E.A.D Designs on this layout.

pp: Scenic Route
rub-ons; E.A.D. Designs
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

I recently stumbled upon this challenge blog called Misson Create and I decided to incorporate some of the concepts for mission 0007 on this layout as well. I used 3 of the 5 challenges--- masking technique, grid/ledger pp and red--- for a change I decided not to use strip journaling since I use it all the time... however I did include her name and date using strips, but I don't think it really counts.

I am off to go spend time with my family. Be sure to hug your loved ones and tell them you love them.


  1. Thanks for playing along at Mission Create--your layout is colorful & vibrant!
    Sorry to hear about your loss today-your right-tell your loved ones that you do love them-that is what is important!

  2. Sorry to hear about your recent loss. ((HUGS))

    Thanks for playing along with us at Mission Create!! Il ove the colour!!

  3. What a fabulous layout! So sorry to hear of your loss.

  4. sorry to hear about your loss {{hugs}}

    beautiful LO - love the misting :D

  5. :( Sorry to hear about your loss- that lo will always be extra important for you

  6. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Rae! We had a horrible thing happen this evening too, something that makes you really appreciate every second with your loved ones. Big hugs,


I thank you so much for your kind comments! :) Have a beautiful day.