Tuesday, February 23, 2010

peaceful

(c) Creating Keepsakes Magazine May 2008

Having a peaceful day thinking of this great man. My dad.
14 years ago today he passed away...
Scrapbooking about him can be difficult because it brings up emotions and sadness but at the same time it is healing for me to record memories and share stories that I don't want to fade away. For the above page, I thought about what I would do if we had one more day together...
Sometimes I wish that it would get easier with time but I actually miss him more. Knowing with all my heart I'll see him again is the only thing that gets me through regret to feeling safe & comforted.

I really appreciate Amanda Probst blog Good Grief... a scrapbooking journey through loss and healing.

53 comments:

Jenny said...

I totally agree with you Liz, it just doesn't get easier. But I too am comforted by the fact that I'll see my dad again, and that he can see his family from heaven, loving the grandchildren he never met!

You're in my thoughts today.

Carola said...

We will see our loved ones again, I believe it will all my heart. Beautiful layout...:)

Starr said...

I can't imagine life without my dad & I miss my grandad more each day. Scrapbooking memories helps me too though. Thinking of you & take care :)

Michelle said...

Sending you {{HUGS}} today!

Nancy W said...

Hugs, Hugs and more Hugs! You did a wonderful job on this page! Can't wait to meet ya! Heard you are coming to one of my LSS to teach. Then I plan on going to Spark so I will get to see ya twice in one year! YAY for me! Hugs from Texas!

Wati Basri said...

hugs lizzy! i recently scrap about my dad too that had left me for 16 years :( as u said tough but it heal the heart!

Wati Basri said...

hugs lizzy! i recently scrap about my dad too that had left me for 16 years :( as u said tough but it heal the heart!

okanogangirl said...

{hugs}

Emma said...

Sending you hugs today x

Rhonna Farrer said...

i love you. you are amazing. I'm sure he is so proud of you!
xox
R

Mary and Ryan said...

love you my bff:)

BrookeK said...

I don't know my dad but I lost my mom nine years ago in April. Hope she can see her 12 grandkids from heaven. Sending you big hugs...

Kathy said...

Thanks for the post Liz. I'm sure your Dad is very proud of you. Your post has encouraged me to scrap about my Dad while I still get to enjoy spending time with him. Thank you for sharing.

Donna Tullis said...

bless your heart Liz, i am so glad you have your precious memories to ease your bruised heart.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

what an amazing page you created :)

Dawn said...

Sending you love and hugs today!!

Meg Sp said...

I cried when I read your post because I recently lost someone that I loved very, very much and your right, it does not get any easier as time passes. I agree that we will see them again someday, and I take comfort in that.

Sharon said...

mmm...in May it will be 31 years that I lost my dad. At first I remember how hard it was to dream about him-but now I LOVE it when I wake up and realize that I dreamt of him. Next time I do I will take the time to scrapbook it that very day...How about in honor of your dad Lizzy? Blessings on your day, may Jesus reign peace all over you!

Iska said...

Wow - your message today hit my to the core. I was working late at the office and decided to open your message to give myself a little minute of happy while doing projects. I have lost both my daddy and my granddady to cancer all in the last three months. And even though I am 34 I still cry like a kid someimes when I think about loosing them both. I did a page about my last day with my granddaddy and I know I need to do one about my daddy - it does help the pain and makes the memory sweeter. Thanks for the tears in my office. hugs back at you.

Rebekah Williams said...

I'm thinking he's looking at you today from heaven and smiling so big, saying to himself, "That's my Lizzy--she's famous, now. I always knew she would be. Isn't she the greatest?"

carrie said...

My dad passed away Jan 2007; I was 23...he was a juvenile diabetic also. I miss him so very much. My relief & comfort comes from knowing he is in Heaven & that we will be together one day...that, & he is no longer in pain. Last month, I shared a layout on my blog that I did in remembrance of him. I am sooo thankful for the memories!!! I do understand what it feels like. You're doing great though, Liz. Your dad would be so proud!!! Keep shining! :)

erika said...

I was really touched by your post today. I lost my mother 10 years ago this Thursday.

My thoughts are with you. I totally understand and feel that sadness.

Jendcnguyen said...

I totally appreciate your blog and layout today. Just last night I had a dream of my dad and woke up with tears on my pillow. You've inspired me to do a layout as well. Thank you.

And yes, knowing we'll see our loved ones again one day gives me hope. =)

*hugs*

Winter said...

I lost my Dad many, many years ago! I miss him alot and some days more than others! Your page is great and reminds me of the country group Diamind Rio's song, "One More Day". What a Beautiful song and so much meaning!

Mariangeles M said...

I've been reading your 2008 post and I've copied this: "The same feelings always surface on days like this. How I miss him more with everyday, how I wish it got easier, how I wish he were here to play with Avery, how I hope he is proud of me."

Of course he must be proud of you ♥

These things are always difficult, but that's life ♥

A big hug from Spain ♥

~Sasha Farina~ said...

*hugs* Liz.. he's watching over you.. so proud.

Bonnie said...

My brother died almost one year ago...I am dreading the "anniversary" day so much as I don't know how hard it is going to be...last year..just getting through the year was bad enough. I have seen how it does get easier with time (although at the time i never believed people when they said that) but there are still days, moments, thoughts and memories that come back....a big hug to you Lizzy...it's never easy.

Bonnie said...

What I meant is that it gets easier in that you may not cry every day or have that huge heavy sadness hanging over you like it is in the beginning, but the pain of loosing someone you love is always at the back of your heart. But thank goodness for memories and scrap booking-two things that have really helped me to heal. I did a whole album of my brother and gave it to everyone in my family. They love it and we always look it again and again!!
HUGSs (again)

spencer64 said...

Dear Lizzy,
I loved reading your blog post. I am so sorry about the loss of your father. You were to young to have that happen. My mom is in the process of dying from cancer. It has been a very difficult thing and I think we only have a couple very short weeks with her if that. "One More Day" has given me so much to think about. I am grateful I will get to see her this Sunday. It really might be just that "One More Day!" Thank you Liz and may the Lord Bless You!!! Love always, Lori C.

Jessica said...

I am so sorry it's such a sad day for you. Sounds like you had a very amazing dad & I'm sure he's very proud of you!

Mauri said...

First your post made me cry. It's been almost six years now since my Dad died and I miss him all the time. Thanks for the great idea. I would love to do a scrapbook page like this. What wouldn't I do with one more day? Hug your kids a lot, that always makes me feel better!

kismet art said...

Thank you for sharing this moving layout, a gentle reminder, your heart felt words and the blog site for Good Grief.

Marti said...

(((HUGS)))
It's been 25 years since I lost my dad and 4 since I lost my mom. I still miss my dad so much, even though it was a long time ago and I was only 12. My mom's passing is still very raw for me. This is a beautiful LO. I have yet to scrap ones for my parents. Need to check out Amanda's blog. I know your dad is watching you from above and beaming with pride!

Makell and David said...

Dear Kizzy
Your blog is amazing. I just found out about you from studio 5. I enjoyed the belts.
I am sorry about your dad and I'm sure he is very proud of you. I do love the scrapebook page what a neat way to remember him. I am just starting to get into scrapebooking and hope to get lots of ideas from you. Thanks

Carla G. said...

Dear Liz (I hope it's o.k. to call you Liz) - my Dad passed away suddenly in October of 2000. I agree it doesn't get easier. I think about him in some way or another each and every day. Just today I saw a man in the grocery store parking lot and I immediately pictured my Dad's face. Keep him alive in your memories and talk about him with your children. I haven't scrapbooked about him yet, but perhaps with your inspiration I will.

letter {A} studio said...

What a great tribute to your father. I think it's more of a process to scrapbook the not so happy moments in our lives. But most of the time it is those moments that define us the most & make our lives meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

taniawillis said...

hugs sweetie! HUGE hugs.

Heidi G said...

I can totally relate with you on this post. My dad died 22 years ago. One of the things I got from his stuff was his watch. Although it was broken, if I shook it hard enough I could eek 15 or 20 seconds out of it every now and then. I often wish I had those 15 or 20 seconds with him again. You can give and get a hug and say I love you one more time with just 15 seconds to spare. My mom died in December and what did I want to get--her watch of course--to put side by side in my jewelry box to shake together every once in a while. TIME IS PRECIOUS.

margie said...

Love you so much and know that your dad is so happy with you, your life and the amazing person you are!
So grateful to call you friend...
kiss kiss
m

pakosta said...

Dear Lizzy, I can't call you anything else now that your product came out with that name. LOVE IT> I am so sorry that you lost your Dad, he sounds like an amazing man! yes, one day you can be with him forever and until that day, you can share your stories of him with your girls! Lots of love,
tara pakosta

jeanbean said...

Love this page! What a handsome man!

Pencil Lines DT Co-Ordinator said...

i lost my dad 3 years ago, and i found scrapbooking my dad very healing, i am going to read that aticle with great interets as i havnt scrapped my dad in a few years now!
Hugs xx

bebang said...

Sweet..,

The Sandy Bottom Crew said...

What a great scrapbook page. I can't believe it has been 14 years. Just want you to know that you are super awesome and i bet he is so proud of you up there. Give ashley a big hug for me next time you see her:) Much love, becky.

Kelly said...

Thank you for the post. I love my dad three years ago the day after Christmas...it didnt get easier until one day I thought to myself that it is sad that my dad is gone but I have 21 great years with him and that is more than a lot of people can say. I have met so many people that do not have that great father-daughter relationship. I know feel lucky to have had more life with my dad in those 21 years than most girls will have in an entire lifetime with their dads:) Miss you De!

Kelly said...

Oops...I lost my dad.

Jane said...

I remember seeing your layout in the magazine. I thought it was a wonderful page dedicated to such a special relationship and such a deep loss.

Thinking of you.

Laurie said...

Hi Liz
Love the page about your dad, you have inspired me to make one of my parents, my mom passed away when I was nine and then my dad when I was 13, I have little memory of them, and not very many photos. I suppose I can make a page without the photos. Your page about your dad was so touching, I often think about what I would do with one more day. You have a blessed life and your dad would be SO proud of you, and everything you have accomplished. Keep inspiring us scrappers, your work is wonderful!

Jayne said...

Hi Liz,

Thanks so much for sharing that layout again. When it came out in CK it was a couple of weeks after my own Dad passed away suddenly and it was a while before I could bring myself to read the journalling but it echoed my sentiments exactly. I still haven't been able to do a similar page yet but am hopeful that one day I can summon the strength.

Thanks again for the inspiration!

Jayne

m3twin said...

Our mom passed away this last summer after a 2 1/2 month battle with stage 4 cancer. I truly miss her and it definitely hasn't gotten any easier. Thinking positively about the past and into the future when we will meet again are two of the most comforting thoughts. My thought are with you. Treasure today because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Michelle Vance said...

I COuln't stop the tears as I read your page. I am approaching my own heartbreaking milestone. My only son was born 10 years ago this month with heart defect. He fought for 5 long months but eventually returned back to the arms of our Father in Heaven.
I am been wondering how to embrace this day...now I know exactly what I will post on my blong on his birthday, March 28th.
Thanks for the inspirtation.
You are the best.
Michelle

Kelly Goree said...

That's a great challenge for me, Liz...to scrapbook my dad. It's been 10 years since he passed away and I just really haven't been able to do it. Even reading the words "what I'd do with one more day together" out a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I think about what a precious, precious gift that would be...having him meet his grandchildren would be #1.... :)

So thank you for that push to do this. And I'm so sorry for your loss as no matter how many years pass, the hurt can still be as fresh as if it were just yesterday.

xoxo

Alison said...

I lost my dad very suddenly and unexpectedly about 3.5 years ago (he was only 54) and not a day goes by that I don't think of him. I just had my first child and even though it makes me so, so sad that he's not here to see her, it makes me happy to know that a piece of him lives on in me and in her. Loved your layout - I made an entire album about my dad and it's probably one of my favorite things that I've ever scrapbooked, even though it was so hard to do. *hugs*