Now I have seen the new balcony int he light of day and it is clean and looking lovely I am a much happier girl. The shock was considerable. It is so much lighter and just feels very exposed, but ti is beautiful and we will get used to it. It has modernised the house considerably.
I have new scrapping today from both Dawn and Pickleberrypop
Dawn has a new collection out in time for Mother's Day called a Mother's Love
I always find mother's day quite hard - I don't have my beloved Mom any more (and I cannot believe I am almost the same age as she was when she died ... far far too soon and too young) and so whilst I miss her every single day, mother's day is doubly hard.
So this page is a tribute to my Angel Mom. Sadly Mom died in 1990, long before I became a scrapbooker, and pictures of us in later years are few and far between. I so wish I had more photos of her and had recorded more of her stories. Hug those you love, hold them tight, take pictures of them, record their stories and cherish every moment. You never know when it will be the last.
Missing my mom is coupled with the fact that we were never blessed with children - other than our wonderful fur coated ones of course. I have however been exceptionally blessed with wonderful god-children. I was only 14 when Sam was form and I became a god-mother. Her mom is my surrogate mom in every sense and I am blessed that she calls me daughter and treats me as such too. Sam is like the daughter we never had and we are so very close. She is, in every sense, family ... family is about more than blood. She is a terrific person and a truly wonderful Mom too.
One of the greatest gifts of my life was my God-don James. His Mom is one of my best and oldest friends - we have been friends since we were 11. She asked me to be her birth partner and I was so thrilled to be there and to help deliver James into this world. Nigel and I are both god-parents to this incredible boy ... well man now. He is very very special and the bond he has with Nigel is incredible. He has never known his own father and Nigel is, in every sense, the father figure in his life. He is getting married this year and it is such a tribute to their special relationship that he has asked Nigel to be his best man. What an honour. This page records the day he was born. He was about an hour old.
I also have some new things from Pickleberrypop - this time Time Traveller by Heartrings Scrap Art
It was fun to play with and I made two pages
This first has pictures of us in Death Valley. I could do with a little of that warmth right now.
It was 124 degrees in the shade - but great fun to explore ... largely from an air conditioned car. I remember that when we stayed at Furnace Creek Ranch even the cold water was warm as the pipes underground became heated.
The second was using a photo we had taken at Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park - it was such fun to dress up as if we were in the Wild West
Today I am thankful for
- the special people who have touched my life and made it so much richer
- my new balcony