Saturday, June 23, 2012

Loving Women of a Lifetime Blog Hop

You should have arrived from Melissa's Blog. Welcome to our Blog Hop where we all have a story to tell about the wonderful women who have inspired us during our lifetime.
My story is a little different and it took me some time to decide who I was going to write about. Turns out she was right there all along. :)
This blog is dedicated to my mom. This is a difficult time of year for us as yesterday was two years since my dad passed. Dad had been sick for about 5 years prior to his passing. Cancer, Dementia, Parkinson's. It all came on slowly, a little at a time.

Mom and dad were married 40 years when it all started. Mom having never had an easy life growing up, married my dad at the young age of 21. They had 4 children and provided well for us. Mom kept us involved in all sorts of activities, cheerleading, dance, pageants, fishing, and sports for my brother. Dad worked but mom was always there. Mom worked, but there was always a hot dinner on the table every night, the house cleaned and everything taken care of.

As everyone left and started their own families, it was mom who pushed dad to start traveling a little, vacations here and there and to enjoy being together.

Once dad became sick, it was mom who stepped up to the plate again to make sure dad had everything and all was taken care of. Even during the last year when dad had to be lifted into and out of bed, mom refused to put dad in a nursing home but instead to care for him herself. She was the true meaning of "through sickness and through health". She was there.

Once dad passed and everyone went back to their own families and lives, I feel like mom was lost. All her life taking care of others, she was not sure how to go forward.

In her process of trying to find herself, she moved across the country to Texas with my sister. She found she was not happy. She then moved across the country to live with her sister in Virginia. Again, this did not work for her.

Finally, she began the healing process and chose to get her own apartment, she joined the YWCA and the senior center. She is meeting new people and she is thriving. She still has so much life and a chance to live for her. Mom is now making quilts and taking trips with her new friends and plans on going to Germany next year! AWESOME!!

So here's to you mom! I love you so much and hope this brings at least a small ray of sunshine to you today. Dad would be so proud and happy for you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. Next be sure to visit Jessica. She is such a talented and sweet lady so make sure to leave her some love!

Besides, we have lots of sponsors for this wonderful Blog and you don't want to miss out!

You have to make sure you comment on every blog to be eligible to win.
These are our generous Sponsors for our hop. Make sure you stop by their sites and thank them!!

Kat Shriber$30 CTMH kit

The Scrapbooking Queen- 6 of
her stamps  & 2/25 packs of wobbles

LuAnn Hale -Gift Certificate to her stamp store

Amuse Studio$25 dollar gift certificate

Pink By Design -  a stamp set

Ginger snaps scraps-  winner's choice of Camp A Lot, Little Miss or Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad.

K Andrews Designs 

Suzy's Crafts

Friday, June 8, 2012

Welcome to the Picnic Blog Hop. You should have come from My Cricut Craft Room.

Erica challenged us to make something Picnic related. So when I think of picnics, I think of watermelon. So I pulled out my trusty Gypsy and went to work.  I found this adorable watermelon and saying on the Simply Charmed Cartridge.  Hope you like it.!
Using Kaiser Crafts 'Cock A Doodle' small paper stack for the background of the card. (Card 5" X 10").  I cut the Watermelon at 3 inches out of various colors of green cardstock. Added some inking and some googly eyes and the mouth was done with a Black Viva Decor pen. I then added just enough Green Stickles to give it some sparkle. :)  The saying was cut from the same Kaiser Craft paper stack. Stickles and the pearl pen were used on the little face smilies.  I found some ribbon I had and added a button to finish if off.  Super easy and super cute.

Thanks for looking. Now head on over to KathyJo to see what fabulous project she has designed!!

Have a wonderful Day!

Suzy's Crafts