Remembering my Lorie with love on her birthday . . .
She would have been 41 today. The wound of her absence still feels fresh to me, even though it's been three years now. Her son, whom she struggled so hard to have, is now a lively 6 year old first grader. Remembering this "factoid" for those of you that knew her: She long ago nicknamed herself L-(squared) by making her fancy cursive L and placing the little 2 up to the right of it. She was fun-loving and did this because both her first and last name began with "L" and was truely a tongue-twister for some. People really used to either laugh or stare unbelievingly when we would say our last name; then they would ask us to spell it to make sure they had heard right. She had a way of coining her own descriptive words such as "crusty" or "crusting" which meant getting comfy clothes on and getting ready to lounge about. She loved to watch movies. She loved the ocean. Countless minuscule facts and memories run through my mind about her each and every day. I'm thankful for that and the gift of having had her in my life for almost 38 years. Spiritually, Happy Birthday my Angel!
I've been scrapping almost daily along with Royanna's "40 Days of Purposeful Scrapping" prompts and inspiration over at Divine Digital in the forum. So have a ton of others by the looks of the gallery there!! It's just awesome!! The prompts and gifts are daily from Sept. 15th through Oct. 24th. I've gotten 6 pages completed so far, and I already showed you the first two in a previous post. Following are the other 4 to date . . .
Day 3_Prompt_"Seize The Moment & The Memory" (which I felt DH & I certainly did when we had a nontraditional wedding on the beach) . . .
Day 4_Prompt_"Overcome Adversity" (which I related to my family pulling together to help my Mom get through open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement at almost 82 yrs of age) . . .
Day 5_Prompt_"Bloom Where You Are Planted" (which happend to be the theme of my two 6 yr. old grandkids' kindergarden musical performance this May) . . .
Day 6_Prompt_"Inspired" (which brought back a phase of my life when I was truly inspired by somebody and learned how to paint with oils) . . .
So sorry these web images are so small I know you can't read the journaling on them here, but if you visit the 40 Day gallery at Divine, most all of us are typing out our journaling in the gallery photo description so others viewing can actually read it. We are having a ball doing these pages with a purpose with Royanna leading the way. She even tells us not to make it complicated, keep it simple.
Alrighty then, enough about me. Since this is my 150th post since beginning this blog, I decided I couldn't just pop in here without a goodie for you. So today I have a FREEBIE MASK. In thinking of my daughter today, I decided it would be a good day to give you my "ANGELIC" photo mat / clipping mask. Get creative with it, and show me how you used it. Link me up or email me. This is a png file, 300 dpi, easily resized larger or smaller. You can recolor it, clip photos to it, clip papers to it, then pop a photo on top, etc. Lots of options. Here's the preview . . .
DOWNLOAD HERE or HERE or HERE
Three different options on download sites so I don't run out of bandwidth on you. (Teehee!) I really like Open Drive and Box because I don't think you get any hassle when trying to download from them, no pop-ups, etc. Thanks to those of you who take a few seconds to leave comments, I'm reading them all.
Okay, I'm finished rambling. I'm promising myself to get up and have a productive upswing kind of day today even though it's extra tough today.
Catch you later. Have a great week! Visit often! Oh yeah, I have some new items in my Etsy shop, link at the top of this page if you want to visit there.