Blessings…

Hey!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

I try not to share non-stamping stuff here much.  But I just wanted to tell you about someone who received many of my cards over the years – my Grandma.  She passed away a year ago today… at 100 years old. Married 74 years before she lost Grandpa.  She missed him and wanted to be with him and Jesus.  And although we miss her, we know she is happier with them. 

She was the kindest lady I have ever known.  Proud of her family.  Devoted.  Generous.  Always had on rose-colored-glasses – only saw the good in people.  Faithful.  But above all, she was an amazing mom.  She raised my mom to be the wonderful mom that she is.  I can never thank her enough for that…

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And I also wanted to thank a sweet angel named Debbie.  She noticed that I asked for a goat from World Vision for Christmas.  And, thanks to her, I got one.  What an incredible and thoughtful gift.  And what a great way to help someone out in need so far away.  A big big big hug to you, Debbie.  You are an angel.  (If you are looking for any gift ideas, I highly recommend checking out World Vision – a great organization.  The kids exchanged gifts with their cousins via this site.)

Now, time for a card share. :)   Just one I made with scraps the last time I was at my stamping retreat.  I love THESE greetings from Papertrey Ink…

FLower and Butterfly
Supplies:
Papertrek ink Heartfelt Basics greeting stamp
Memory Box butterfly stamp
Martha Stewart dimensional flower
Hero Arts pearls and notecard
Basic Grey patterned paper
Vintage text paper and string
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles

I will be back tomorrow.  Have a wonderful weekend…

25 CommentsCards

  1. What a great tribute to your Grandma. I just lost my Grandma on Christmas Eve she had just turned 92 and she is dearly missed.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  2. naisula

    What a blessing to have known your grandmother, and for Colin to have met her, too! And what a blessing Debbie has been, not only to you and the recipients of the goat, but to me and others as well reading. Thanks for the idea of exchanging gifts through World Vision — we’ve been thinking of different ways to do something similar and this is a great idea. May you have peace, joy and comfort as you remember your grandmother.

  3. reising star

    Jennifer, my grandparents were married 77 years! They ran away and got married at ages 15 and 18. I didn’t marry until I was 40, so I’ll feel lucky just to live to be 77!!! I have a 4 and 6-year-old. Life is grand. Cherish every moment!

  4. KatherineB

    Hugs to you and your family Jennifer. Your Grandma has had a huge impact on everyone because without her we wouldn’t have your mother who had you who gives so much to all of us. God Bless.

  5. Jemima

    Hi Jennifer,

    A grandparent is a wonderful gift and blessing. Just in regards to the World Vision gift. I think they are a wonderful idea, great for that secret santa or someone you don’t know all that well and for every budget. However, I found Oxfam a wonderful organisation where 85% of the money donated through this program goes to those in need compared to World Vision which passes on 45%. But then any donation is a wonderful gift, especially at this time of year. As they say, every bit helps.

    Blessings.

  6. Jennifer

    You are so blessed to have had a wonderful grandmother. She sounds so sweet as your mother is too.

    World Vision is a great idea. I have it bookmarked. I am glad your goat was picked.

    Love the soft colors of your card. I really like the many saying on this set of stamps. I have a wish list in my head of many stamps I want to pick up. Great site!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sandi N.

  7. christine Uporsky

    Hi jennifer :)
    It sounds to me like you and your mom were surrounded by nothing but LOVE growing up and it totally shows!!
    I love the card that you made and I have a question for you. How do you send a card like this in the mail to someone?? I would love to make one of these but I am reluctant because of the lumpy embellishments. Any suggestions??
    Thanks,
    Christine :)

  8. Diana Borghuis

    Hi,

    Hope you had a wonderful christmas. Beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Seems like that her kindness rubbed of on you as well.

    Diana

  9. Paola Norman

    How wonderful to hear such beautiful words about your Grandma. What a blessing to have her in your life. I’m so glad you got the goat you wished for.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  10. DeniseLynn

    Thanks for sharing your heartfelt words about your grandma. Oh you must miss her so dearly! Your card is GORGEOUS; I love everything about it. Very Unique!! The little pearls are a perfect touch.

  11. Eva

    Ohhhh…what a precious picture is that. And how special was your grandparent’s marriage. They must have been amazing people, and so sweet to have memories of them. Mine died when I was so young unfortunately, so I know what a blessing it must have been for you to have yours. Your card is gorgeous! Thank you for always sharing your amazing talent and happy New Year to you and your family. And thank you for sharing that amazing site, it will be something to check into more as we totally believe in charities.

  12. Grandmothers are very special….She made your mom the person she is and your Mom made you the special mom you are too…
    what a great photo!
    Love the card….you have a way with those Butterflies…

  13. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman!!! I’m so sorry for your loss! You’re in my thoughts and prayers…

  14. What a bad time of year to lose someone! It sure sounds like her life was wonderful! That is a great photo!

  15. What a beautiful photo and what sweet words about your Grandmother, Jennifer. She sounds like a wonderful woman. I can tell that she raised a wonderful daughter because in turn that wonderful daughter raised another wonderful daughter – you. ;) I never really got to know my one Grandmother since we lived so far away. My other Grandmother passed away before I was born. I always wanted a Grandmother just like the one you had. I’ll be thinking of you today and I just know that your Grandparents are so happy to be together again. Hugs! Beautiful card too, by the way! Have a wonderful week ahead and I pray your 2009 is full of many blessings, sweet friend! Oh, and yay for the goat! How sweet of Debbie!!! :)

  16. I so love that mix of products and designs on your card!

  17. Sarah M

    What a wonderful tribute you just gave to your grandmother… but you and your mom are living tributes to the great example she obviously provided. :) Sending hugs your way as you think about her and miss her.
    Glad to hear you got your goat. :)
    What a BEAUTIFUL card… love all that vintage paper you’ve been using.

  18. gina (gg loves Matthew)

    I never got to meet my grandparents but if I did I would hope they would be like your grandma! Sounds like she was an amazing person and she had a wonderful life! 74 years of marriage…wow! Another blessing! I am sure she is always with you and watching over you!

    Great card too!

  19. Aren’t grandparents the best! I’ll be visitng my grandma at the en of January. My great grandmother has since passed too, she was 101! Gob bless her…I’m glad you had a great Christmas. Talk to you soon hon!

  20. cathy

    Hi Jennifer, what beautiful words about your grandmother. She must have been an amazing woman. I just celebrated my first Christmas without my Dad. It was really hard. But I know he’s celebrating with Jesus, his mom and dad, and his favorite race car driver, Dale Earnhardt. He LOVED Dale Earnhardt. And so many others that have gone to live in God’s glory. I’ve had a few dreams about my Dad since his passing and he’s always assured me that he is happy and healthy. He always smiles at me. Okay, I don’t know why I just I just told you all that, but one more thing, I LOVE that card! Just stunning! :)

  21. Anesha

    Your card is lovely as always. You must miss your grandmother, she sounded like a wonderful person.
    Blessing to you and your family.

  22. Kerry

    Blessings to you and your family Jennifer! Thank you for all of your inspirational posts over the Christmas Season – it is wonderful to put the Focus back where it Belongs. Hugs and thoughts to you as you remember your Grandmother!

  23. Sarah

    Jennifer,
    Your Grandmother was a very kind person who loved her family very much and often talked about them ecspecially your mother. It was a great joy knowing her. I remember the day I realized that her grandaughter was my scrapbooking idol lol. She was very proud of you. Hugs Sarah from TC Frankenmuth.

  24. Nancy C. from Wilmington, NC

    How blessed you were to have had your grandmother! I hope somewhere there is a picture of all of the generations together.(I’m sure there must be!) I’m now 58, and only one of my grandparents lived long enough to meet my son who is now 25. I do have a picture from my childhood that I cherish: My paternal great-grandmother, grandmother, and my Dad holding me on a beautiful pink pillow. I’ve digitized and saved it for the future.

  25. I luv the card. Butterflies, daisies, the color, old pages, I like everything about it. Thanks for sharing.
    Your grandmother was blessed to have you luv and appreciate her so much. My mother is in her seventies and she is a great grandmother to my granddaughter. But my daughter does not pay any attention to her grandmom. She lives in the same town and didn’t even bother to pay her a visit. It’s too bad. I pray that my daughter will realize the importance of family before it’s too late. I hardly ever got to see my grandmother but I loved her so much.

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