Monday, February 17, 2014

a different kind of okay


I'm having a hard time starting this so let me start by saying Thank You for all the kind words and thoughts and prayers that came our way.  They were very much appreciated. 

Thank you.

Let me show you a few of the thank you cards I made for Dad's nurses and other special people that made up his support team. 

Blooming with Kindness and Dictionary.  Crumb cake and watercolor paper.  Black Stazon and crumb cake inks.  Rose red, more mustard and garden green watercolor crayons, pearls and vanilla seam binding.

I know the watercolor crayons are discontinued but I'll never give mine up.  I don't seem to like stamping with this flower any other way.

This saying was perfect.  I don't know what I would have done without his great support team.  They really did make all the difference. 

I ended up driving to New Mexico by myself.  Well 2/3 by myself.  13 hours one way.  I picked up 19 at her school along the way.  It was the first time I've driven that by myself in 29 years.  I was looking forward to the alone time. The rest of my family flew in on the day of the funeral.

But after I had a little too much of my own head, I popped in an audio book.  19 received 2 audio books last semester, The Fault in our Stars and Divergent.  Let me tell you, 8 hours on the road with an audio book felt like 2.  It was AWESOME!  I highly recommend them if you are doing a road trip. I also highly recommend both of those books.  Good stories and the actresses that read them were great. 

On the way home, well on the way to dropping 19 back at her school, we had a little extra time and I got to do something I've been wanting to do for years. 

We went to the Barringer Crater! 

Okay, it says Meteor Crater on all the signs.  I was confused that I had the wrong crater there for a while.  But really, how many craters are there in Arizona? 

btw.....I asked and it is also called the Barringer Crater.

19 took this pic with her phone.  Pretty cool!  It was a perfectly beautiful day.  I'm glad the other yahoos didn't come with us because they would have said it was dumb.  I thought it was cool.  Thanks for humoring your old mom honey.  Shes a good sport.

One last pic and then we'll be back to our regular programming.

This was on each bed at the hotel.  Well thank you very much Hampton Inn.  I just thought it was kinda funny. 

Alrighty then, thats it for today.  Again, thank you so much for your kind words. 

Blessings, b.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

{big sigh}

Good morning.  I can't believe its been a whole month since I've been on here.  Geez

Lots has been going on around here.  Mainly we went to New Mexico to see my dad early in Jan.  Since I did not get a Dec. Daily done this year I thought I would do a Week In The Life documentation instead. 

And now in retrospect, I'm so glad I did.

Here is a post I wrote about my dad a few years ago.......just to give you a little background

I used the Becky Higgins Project Life Design A page protectors.  My Week In The Life album is 8.5x11 so I just cut these ones down.  I used clear packing tape to close up the open edges.  I also used the journaling cards from Becky Higgins.

The number stamp is the old Headline Numbers set.  I used regular whisper white cardstock for my larger journaling cards.  Becky, you should come out with some 4x6 journal cards.  Maybe you already do, I just haven't looked.

I am going to add a few last words to the back of this page.  I just haven't done it yet.  I'm so glad I got this done so soon after getting home because a few days later, my father passed away. 

I had a feeling it was getting to be time.  I knew before we got there that he was just waiting to see us all so we could say good bye. I'm so glad that we were able to.

We are going back next week for a memorial.  So it may be awhile again before I post anything.  I need to make thank you cards.

I am humbled and blessed to have such an outpouring of love and support from my friends.  Thank you all for being here. 

Blessings, b.

Love you dad.