Thursday, November 3, 2011

thoughts and prayers.

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As the last few days of my maternity leave are drawing near, I can't help but feel a bit sad.

But, nevertheless, I am very glad that October has passed.

It was a somber month... I came across many blog hops about tragic events among fellow crafters. The one that touched me the most was Katie's story.

Her tale hits home, I think it's because she also has sons. The first night I came across her blog, I couldn't sleep and just cried for her. It's not much, but I've donated to her cause. And am planning on making a card for her and her family. But right now, I just can't get myself to get started. If you haven't already, you should visit her blog. It's a true testament of how much this crafty blog world supports each other.

I also just came across this:





One of my colleague's mother also passed away last month of breast cancer. How bittersweet that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. It had been a tough, long battle and I'm praying for my friend and her mom and family.

Lastly, one of our dear friends lost his father from complications of a stroke he endured some months ago. I've never met his dad but saw pictures of this tall, smiling man, whose presence in the pictures always stood out.

Sympathy cards have always been a challenge for me. I feel that most of my stamps are smiley and happy and not really appropriate. I tend to use butterflies, but I wanted more of a masculine feel. When I was cleaning out my stamps bin, I came across this old set that I never used from Sassafras called Oliver and Friends.

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The huge, almost boisterous silver owl is my friend's father and he's looking down at his family from Heaven. I thought the leaves represented the season. And that because they are falling around this time, they depict life and death.

The patterned papers are from Scenic Route and the ribbon is from my stash. The CS is from Neenah, and the ink is from Memento. The images are colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Hug your loved ones, everybody! I'm sorry if this was such a sad post.

9 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...

Such a pretty card Rinne~ A little touching too....
I'm going to read more about Katie - my prayers are with her and her family.... Wow, it just happened so fast.....

Lalo said...

What a sweet post today. Not sad at all but a reminder to all of us to love on the people we love!!!
I'm not to good at sympathy cards too. Seams like we have the same problem...too much cute stuff. Your card turned out great. Love the owls and the thought behind the whole thing.
Hope you have a cheery happy day today :)

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Such a pretty card! I too have had Katie on my mind and in my heart and prayers. I think of her everyday and night. It makes my heart feel so heavy! Katie has so many people praying for her and her family! Hugs! Leah Ann

Arabella said...

Your card is perfect for a thinking of you card Rinne! I love those sombre looking owls. Thanks for your reminder to tell the people we love that we love them!

Arabella

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jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

Katie's story brings tears to my eyes and it reminds me of how precious and short life is.

Awesome card! I have a hard time with sympathy ones too.

Rez P. said...

Aloha Rinne,
OMG! Katie story had also bring tears to my eyes. My Df also had lost her mother last month with lung cancer and also lost her father last dec. Alot of people don't realized how life is short and they takes things for granted. Telling your love ones how much you love them is just the lil things you can do bc you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Your card is also beautiful. Thank you for being such a wonderul blogging friend. I appreciated all of your sweeet comments.
BIG HUGS,
REZ
KarezmaKreations

margie c said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful card and post, Rinne... such sadness... Katie's story has touched me tremendously, she has reminded me to love all of my boys unconditionally and never take anything for granted!
My thoughts and prayers to all!
You are so sweet :)
hugs, margie

Amy said...

Your card is wonderful Rinne and so thoughtful!
It's so sad about Katie, I can't believe it was so quick. It is heart warming to see all the support for her from the crafty blog world.
Take care and hugs!