Monday, July 29, 2013

Dad's Album—6 More Pages

Geesh I need to be better about blogging my pages as I create them. Then again I was kind of on a crafty binge over the weekend and I think I did most of these in the past few days.

This round of pages has been kind of difficult for me. Typically I love basking in the memories of dad, but this time has been hard.  Not sure if it's because a very dear friend of mine recently lost her father or if I'm just missing his wise counsel and his incessant teasing.  I loved that.

The first page in this crafting binge I created was about the Valentines that I created for the boys. Lets face it. I kind of felt like rockstar mom actually pulling off these beauties and it was only because of having time to kill while at the hospital that I made it happen.






Next was another layout that was hard to do. It was one of those photos that I kept grabbing to scrap and kept putting back—because it was such a powerful and special moment. One I genuinely wish I could be a part of again. I miss dad's wisdom. 






After dad's surgery he was on I believe the 4th floor of the hospital for the maximum amount of days he could be before his insurance co-pay would re-set. Thankfully he was able to have a great room with a view and plenty of space for visitors. Often dad would become discouraged and wish to be home, and his strength just wasn't returning as quickly as he had hoped, however, he did do his best to find enjoyment in simple things, such as what was on the menu for the day and entertainment coming from Sean reading his journal entries from his youth to us.  (Good times for sure!)






Once dad was moved into the orthopedic recovery ward on the bottom floor, I decided I'd be brave and share journal entries from my youth. WOW. I. WAS. ONE. HORMONAL. BOY. CRAZY. INDIVIDUAL.  That particular day Sean and his daughter Alyssa were there, mom, Maddi and Sarah and Mary. I was genuinely blushing due to the fact that I changed my crush every 3 days and liked some guys considerably older than me.  My girls thought it was a riot. Alyssa didn't pick up her cell phone once, she was so engrossed, and me? Well I was bright red from blushing.  Dad was quietly rolling his eyes in bed wondering what on earth he did wrong when raising me, I'm sure. :D







Moving along in the time line (I don't scrap in order if you can't tell!), I did this layout of the last photo I have of dad with most of our kids. I truly wish Maddi would have been in the photo, but alas, sometimes you can't force a stubborn teenager to do what you want them to.  ;)  

Our boys were SO excited to share their Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes that I had made from them the Friday before. Don't judge that 3 days went by before I washed Aarons blue hair out. :D





Lastly I created another dear to my heart layout of another powerful moment. I will never forget this day—less than 48 hours before dads passing when he was talking on Skype with Rich. It may even have been their last conversation. The tears were truly pouring when dad was talking with him, filling him in on the details of his doctors visit and the anticipation that his life would not extend through the week. 

Dad in his infinite wisdom told Rich that he was not afraid and in fact was very much looking forward to meeting his Savior and his parents and his dear grandma. When he was talking with Rich he said how there will be times throughout life when the memories will hit and the heart will hurt (and boy was he right about that), but that we should remember the happy times we had and just have peace in knowing that we will be together again.

Even though it was a moment filled with tears, it was also a moment filled with giggles thinking about the happy times. The last decent conversation we all had together, prior to the confusion setting in.





Thanks for stopping by! If I don't see you before stop by on Friday as I'll be participating in this months Blog Hop with Kiwi Lane. 







16 comments:

Lisa in Texas said...

I am so enjoying your pages about your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful person and I am sure he is smiling down on you as you chronicle your memories of him, what a blessing for your kids! Thanks for joining us again at Sketch N Scrap!

Theresa said...

awesome job with the Sketch N Scrap sketch. all of the layouts are great as well.

Cristine said...

Beautiful layouts, Kristy. Even though it's about a serious subject, I LOVE the green layout. All of the blues just pop off of it. It's always amazing to see you creating!

Chelsea said...

Such wonderful pages, you've been a busy woman! Thanks for sharing them at LGS! I also think it is so cool to do a page about your journal. Chelsea

Brenda said...

Sometimes scrapping without photos is the most wonderful of pages! Thank you for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

Debbie P said...

Your layouts are wonderful! You've made them so meaningful, yet so creative. Hang in there, this is surely very therapeutic for you. Thanks so very much for joining us and sharing your pages at Let's Get Sketchy and Sketch N Scrap!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

Gorgeous!!

heartforhandmade said...

Great layout pages you did here. I love the random facts that you put into each of them to document life itself. So glad you played along with us at Sketch-N-Scrap.
xx Ria

MichelleMc said...

Such beautiful pages! Thanks for sharing with us again at LGS.

Brandi Matos said...

I am IN LOVE with your work1!!! Such great detail and awesome choice of embellies to compliment your photos!!! VERY well done :-)
Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!!!

Stephanie Eaken said...

What fabulous pages & such a nice tribute to your dad. Thaks for sharing them with us at Sketch N Scrap!

Jen said...

You are an inspiration...I love the way you scrap about your dad. I'm sure its therapeutic! I haven't been able to scrap about my mom much since she died. Your layouts are awesome! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

Laura said...

Amazing pages, therapeutic I am sure! Thanks so much for linking up with Let's Get Sketchy!

Kelly said...

Just absolutely FABULOUS!!! Love all your pages but really adore what you did with the sketch! I 'LOVE' it! ;) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Sketch N Scrap! :)

Alycia said...

Thank you for sharing these moments with us. Truly amazing.

Carol Peixoto said...

Such beautiful pages! Awesome job! Thanks for playing along at LGS!