I always enjoy doing card classes for the ladies (and a few gentlemen) at Elizabeth Residences, an assisted living facility about 45 minutes from my home. I was so excited to be invited to do another class with them, as it has been several months since I have been back….
Then the morning of the class (last Thursday) I got the dreaded news that my grandmother (from Arkansas) had passed away over night. I had just returned from flying out to see her and be with my mother after “Granny” had had a stroke the prior week. I so hoped she would recover, as I hadn’t spent nearly as much time with her over the years as I had wished I had. There was so much lost time that needed to be made up for from when my brother and I were children and custody cases led to our father taking us so far away from so much of our family. In recent years as all the true stories of those dark days come to the surface I’ve been trying and promising to spend more time with this whole HALF of my family. Its just so hard to accept that where I thought I still had several years its already too late. I will always regret waiting too long. I will always be sorry for not trying harder to visit like I said I would. On the rare occasions that I did get to spend time with them it was so special for me, and it was a beginning to filling in that hole in my gut from wondering “who am I.” Visiting down there always feels like its the place I am supposed to be. There are people who look like me, and like the same things I like. It feels like I place I could call home.
This year has been so tough…I lost both of my grandmothers in the past 5 months, and a long line of other misfortunes this year. So All I can say is that I have no doubt that next year will be a better year.
….Anyways….I still went and held the card class, as I already had everything all planned and packed up ready to go…and I knew it would take my mind off things for a little while, since I couldn’t go back to Arkansas any way….there was a huge winter storm on its way in….
Here are the three cards I had everyone make:
Projects 112-114 of 365: Christmas Cards for Elizabeth Residences
The Simple Santa card is cased from a card by J. Belanger on SplitCoast Stampers
The Ornamental Season card is cased from a card by Marie Shaughnessy from SplitCoast Stampers.
Stamp Sets Used:
- Many Merry Messages
- Snow Swirled
- Tags Til Christmas
- Lovely as a Tree
- Christmas Punch
- Serene Snowflakes
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