Monday, February 04, 2013

Write Click Scrapbook | Our Last Conversation

The February gallery theme at Write.Click.Scrapbook. is “Conversations”. When I think about conversations, the most important one I’ve had so far in my life was the last conversation I had with my mom before she passed away in 2007. I’ve never scrapbooked it before, because just thinking about it was painful and always made me cry. This hasn’t changed. I struggled with it for a few days, crying here and there.

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(12 x 12) | materials cardstock (Gmund, American Crafts, Bazzill) + patterned paper (BasicGrey) + embellishments (My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee, Simple Stories Sn@p) + twine (The Twinery) + stamps (Evalicious, Technique Tuesday, Ormolu) + ink (Ranger JBS, Prima) + digital graphics (Miss Tiina) + die-cut machine (Silhouette) + sewing machine (Brother) + thread (Coats & Clark)

Journaling
The weekend before you went to heaven, I knew I should stay and not go home. On Sunday night, you said you wanted to chat with me. You asked me how I felt about you leaving us. I cried and told you I loved you and I was so sad, but I wasn’t mad at God. I knew He loved us and had a plan for us. You were relieved. You told me to take care of dad. You wanted him to remarry and be happy. It was just like you to be completely selfless, even in the last days of your life. You told me it was okay that I didn’t have children. God doesn’t give that desire to everyone. You were concerned about dad’s ministry. You asked me what I thought was important to pray about, and I said that I was always praying that if God wanted to take you to heaven, that you wouldn’t have too much pain. We both agreed that this time together was precious. I thank God so much that I had this talk with you. I wrote down as much of the conversation as I could remember. Three days later, God welcomed you to heaven with open arms.

I have a second layout in the February gallery. It is a digital layout documenting a conversation I had with Todd years ago.
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12 x 12 | materials Once Upon A Story digital kit (Lili Niclass & Emily Merritt) + Bokeh Overlays (Leora Sanford) + fonts (Capture It, Pupcat)

You can see my February gallery layouts for Write.Click.Scrapbook here and here.

Oh I almost forgot. Make sure you click over to the WCS February gallery launch post, because I created a free Silhouette cut file that goes with the conversations theme for February.
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11 comments:

  1. This is a very sweet layout about your mom, you will be happy to have documented that memory! [And I can see the resemblance between the two of you!]

    The Todd layout is very cute :)

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  2. Love the layout of you and your Mother, oh that must have been so hard to do but it turned out beautifully! Great job! I also like the one with your husband, awesome! That to me is what scrapbooking is about, the photos and the stories...Beautiful memories!

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  3. what a precious memory to get on paper... seriously teared up myself. i know it was difficult, but you will be greatful to have it later on in life when the details may get fuzzy. :) hugs girlie!

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  4. Love both of your pages - both very meaningful!

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  5. You really rocked the speech bubbles. Love that you incorporated stamps too

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  6. What a beautiful heartfelt layout. You'll be so happy you scrapped this and have it down on paper now.

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  7. Wow Christine, I never thought about scrapping about my mom and 'towards the end' conversations. I'm tearing up bc I know how much it sucks to lose your mom and you shared a piece of your heart. I guess I should give this idea some thought.

    and very fun layout of you and your honey.
    Julie

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  8. Thank you for sharing that layout about you and your mom. I can't even begin to imagine how it feels like to lose your mom at such a young age (yes, we are still young!). This is why we scrapbook...
    ox

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  9. Wow Christine. What a great Layout of you and your Mom. It put a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It will be 7 years on February 20th since I lost my Dad. He beat me at Dominos 2 days before he died. I still have the score sheet. I also still have the Note Pad where he would document his blood pressures so I could review them. Sometimes it feels like so long ago. I cannot remember his voice and only remember his face as it was towards the end not how it was when I was a kid. Sometimes the pain as raw as it was almost 7 years ago. Your layout has made me think about documenting my last days with my dad. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. My mom passed away on Valentine's Day 2007. I still have the notebook where I kept track of her meds. I do remember her voice and how she looked before she got sick. We took my parents to Hawaii two months before she passed away, and I have a lot of photos and videos from that. Sometimes it is fresh and raw still. I hear you.

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  10. Thank you for the great cut file Christine! Also, your layout is so special with your mom... What a comfort it is knowing that she is with Jesus ♥ May your heart continue to heal with that knowledge and the great love from our Father wrapping His arms around you!!! xoxo

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