For a moment, albeit brief, I thought the world had stopped moving - the sobs were gut wrenching, loud, overwhelming...and at the same time the silence was deafening...and life really hurt...and our little ones discovered life here on earth is not "forever".
Five years ago today, Jim's father passed away at the age of 66. The first parent we have lost, the first grandparent our children have lost. We knew the time was drawing close, we had time to prepare - but are you ever really prepared? No...trust me...no!
I made this card for hubby, each of the kid's signed it and I wrote a little note inside. Lots of hidden meanings in the card - most I don't even imagine hubby will see, but let me share them with you.
The edges are distressed - losing a loved one is rough, distressing. I used direct-to-paper of Pumice Stone Distress Ink - those edges look almost black don't they? Yeah, that's how you feel.
The heart - it's cut from paper with a beautiful design - our hearts are interwoven with love, but also broken into small pieces.
The button and stitching (the stitching is tough to see, but it's on all 3 layered panels) represent stitching life back together because life keeps marching on whether you want it to or not!
The vine - growing and accepting that your loved one is gone.
I remember the service as if I'm still there - it was sad but also filled with lots of laughter. Our son, age 6 at the time, did something so hilarious during the service - EVERYONE laughed - and that was good.
It was a unique service in that the 3 boys (hubby and his 2 brothers) did the entire service - yes, they each spoke and the oldest preached the service. GULP!
So many more unique moments went into the day we laid him in his final resting spot; but I'm so thankful for the memories, but most of all? I'm thankful for the man he gave to me...his son...my husband.
We love you JWG; you will ALWAYS live within our hearts!
WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Forever in our Hearts
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist and Smokey Shadow, DP by MME
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and LondonFog
Accessories: Verve Visual dies, misc. button, chocolate twine, Janome Sew Mini