My year started out with a huge (almost disabling) event for me. My older sister had been battling cancer for about 3 years, and the end of January she called me to tell me that her liver was shutting down. 2 short weeks later, she passed away and went to live with our Lord. Even though we did not talk often, we frequently emailed. She lives in NY and I am in WI, so we didn't see each other often (and now I realize not often enough). This has truly shaken me to my core. I have been trying to throw myself into my card making and Barb always told me how much she loved my cards. Every year for her birthday, I would make her a packet of 12 cards or so that she could use to give to friends. Barb always told me she had a hard time using them as she enjoyed just looking at them.
Here are some of the cards I have been making to help me deal with this huge hole in my heart:
You should know that Barb left us full of grace and dignity. She was not afraid of dying because she knew she was going to be with her Lord. She was a wonderful woman, sister, mother, and friend and I miss her more than I can express.
Hold your loved ones close and never...ever...take them for granted.