Monday, May 23, 2011

We Will Miss You Florence...

 


Can't believe I actually got this month's SFYTT done with a week to spare - phew, feels good LOL!  I combined it with a Color Q challenge from a few weeks ago which I just loved, but as usual, didn't get to in time.   

Believe it or not, this is actually a sympathy card.  About a month ago, I posted a card I made for our Music Pastor's family as his wife was very ill with cancer.  Last week she lost her battle with cancer and is now in the glorious presence of her Lord. .

My heart aches for the family as she was only in her late forties.  Her husband is an amazing man and her children are just 16 and 17 .  In addition, her mom who has been out caring for her for the past year year, is an orphan of sorts as she has no immediate family left alive.  Her husband and two kids have both predeceased her.  Life just isn't fair sometimes....

You are probably thinking "this doesn't look like a sympathy card" or "what was she thinking", but she was such an amazing woman that the sentiment just fits.  She had an amazing attitude throughout her treatments and continued to home schooled her kids.  It breaks my heart that she died two short weeks before they were both due to graduate.

I will remember her most for her introduction of the God Rods to the pre-teen Youth Group, of which my son is a part.  As you know from prior posts, the God Rods have been an integral part of their group this year as they were able to perform an amazing routine to O Holy Night at Christmas and Arise My Love at Easter.  In addition, through conversations and viewing the CD performances with friends, I know of two other youth groups who will be introducing them and using them for performances in their churches.  Her spirit lives on :)  






What's In It?
Stamps: (Verve) Proverbs 31:28 Plain Jane , (PTI) Polka Dot Basics II, (SU) French Script
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Ink: Black
Accessories: Scalloped Circle and Circle Nesties, PTI Flower Die, (SU) Sizzex Leaf Die, Button, Baker's Twine, Glue Dot, Half Pearls, Dimensionals

14 comments:

Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful Marisa..Her family will appreciate your thoughtfulness. I will keep them in my prayers at this time. We have been studying a series on Death and Dying at church this month. It has really made me stop and think about the ultimate kingdom. Hugs to you.

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a beautiful card for a sad occasion. I can see why you liked the color combo -- they look great together

Wanda Cullen said...

What a special and gorgeous memorial card for what sounds like a really awesome person! So sorry for your loss, but she's in the presence of the Lord and what could be better?! These colors are a great combo...will have to try them sometime!

Quilting with Jannette said...

What a wonderfully appropriate sympathy card - it sounds like Florence was full of life and very giving, and that card is very vibrant - looks like a perfect match to me! Besides, it expresses your belief that she's experiencing all the wonders and brightness of heaven.

Patrice said...

love that pleated ribbon!

Maureen said...

just gorgeous, Marisa!! The yellow gives it an uplifting feeling. I just love how you've been using the phrases from this set for different cards...not just Mother's Day...it really shows how versatile they are :) It is dreary and rainy out...I'm gearing up to watch the last few days of Oprah! Hope your weekend wasn't too rainy...how was the Costco run?

Christina said...

What a perfect sentiment for a woman who obviously touched so many lives. I'm sure her family will be touched by your thoughtfulness. You've done a wonderful job with these colors, and I'm so happy to see you getting to use those PTI flower dies! Big hugs to you!

Debbie Carriere said...

Oh, Marisa, what a wonderful card. Your post brought tears to my eyes - a wonderful tribute to someone who sounds so very special to so many. ((hugs))

TannyP said...

I absolutely love this card, Marisa! The colors are perfect and completely suitable for celebrating a life that's been well lived despite it's short time. The stamps you've used are perfect and that flower is lovely. Awesome ribbon work =)

Andrea Ewen said...

This is beautiful, Marisa...I think it is a glorious sympathy card in the fact that the verse says it all. The colors are wonderful and you've done a marvelous job with the sketch. And the fact that you have eulogized her here is the most special thing that you could do for her memory.

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a sad story, Marisa. Thank you for sharing it with us. The card you made is absolutely beautiful, and celebrates Florence's life.

Benzi said...

What a wonderful card to honor this woman's life. It is sure to be appreciated by her family as they grieve their loss...her gain.

Nance said...

What a beautiful card Marisa. I'm sure her family will treasure it and the heartfelt sentiment it conveys. I'm so saddened at the those of your friend. Hugs to you my friend.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very thoughtful and pretty. I am sure he will appreciate it. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, but knowing they are in a much better place is some comfort. Big hugs..