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This monthís Inspiration Challenge is truly a challenge because of the sad circumstances. A friend from our scrapbooking SCS Community has been freed from her battle with cancer and is resting peacefully in the arms of her Lord. HEREis her blog and HERE is her SCS gallery. Her faith was deep and all of us who knew her here on SCS can testify to her devotion and love of family and life: Kristin was truly a joyful person! She bought a smile to many of us and always had us LOL! with her comments. This month be Inspired in some way by Kristinís sharing; either by her gallery or her blog. As you create a page for this challenge, please say a prayer for her and her loved ones during this difficult time.
As always, your pages can be paper, digi, or hybrid. Please remember to add SIC147 and sbc14feb (or whatever month you do this challenge because there is no time limit). Be sure to post your gallery page link to this thread, so we know you participated in this Inspiration Challenge.
__________________ Mary Pat
2014 Goal: 18/48 (J:8/F:10/M:/A:/M:/J:/J:/A:/S:/O: /Nov:) Feb: 0/4
Sad news but there is a feeling of peace knowing she is as rest now. May her Husband, children and loving friends remember Kristin and their time together with joy and happiness. Peace of Christ be with her loved ones.
Joyce Ann My gallery
Scrapbook goals:Mar. 9/9. YTD 19/99. S2S2014= (-$58)
Indeed there is a lot of inspiration on her blog- Here are some of the things I found:
When wishes come true it's like
eating fruit from the tree of life.
Kristin Blog 12/22/13
But I am not dying today. Nope. Today I am going shopping. Christmas is coming! 12/5/13
life is waiting to be lived!!!! 11/2013
It's hard to read with dry eyes, well, mine aren't dry anymore-
It may take awhile to scrap a page with this inspiration, but I will...
Valerie in SC March 24/31 Feb47/40Jan102/31 2014-173/365
I seem to keep wandering back to Kristin's blog, and the more I read, the more I remember her...
This particular post spoke so loudly of the Kristin we knew here that I thought it would be ok, to copy and paste it here for those of you who didn't get to know her:
My craft room is me. My space. I am so blessed to have a husband who has always granted me space for my scrapbooking and, a more recent addition, quilting. I had already put a call in to Bonnie asking if she would sell my quilting fabrics for me (you quilters will understand the hurt and sorrow of that) and Erika to sell my scrapbooking supplies (for context know that one year I scrapbooked 766+ full 12"x12" scrapbook pages...that's a lot). More importantly, that room holds me, my spirit, my Kristin-ness. When you look at the fabrics and the paper and the stickers and the memorabilia you see me. My heart, my emotions, what colours and style and patters speak to me. I have hand-held every single thing in that room. Honestly, you feel me in that room. And we were packing it up and sorting it to be taken away. Out. Out of the house. Out of this family. Away. Gone.
It felt like dying.
It was as hard as cutting my hair.
It is me being removed.
I am being gone from the house.
I haven't been 'here' to do house work and to sort through and to challenge kids and husband to get things done. For a year now.
I see my flavour missing from the days.
And now my craft room.
Like if I were dead.
No more me.
It's just stuff. Yes. But that stuff is hours of wandering through craft stores with my bestie-friends, memories of going on retreats and spending an entire weekend laughing and sharing stories with other like-interested ladies. That stuff is holding preschoolers' hands and letting them choose one sheet of stickers (always the ugliest stickers) and laughing and buying them anyway because it was fun to do together. It is stories waiting to be archived, written out, shared. Sharing memories. Moments captured to be shown and shared and remembered and smiled over and those happy-tears rolling down your face as you remember the good and the hard and the candid and the way things were. Stories need to be shared. I have been blessed to get to share mine through scrapbooking and journalling and I have spent hours sharing my craft room with our kids, watching their interpretation of events or how they think a sticker should go on the paper or listening to them explain why they chose to scrapbook the photo they did. Moments. Stories-sharing. Memories caught with gentle hands and released with love onto the pages and into the albums that fill my dining room shelves.
I woke up in tears at 2:00am. I praised and I prayed and I listened to God's Words comforting me. And then my brain started whirling... if I get them to take the piano keyboard out I could ask the movers to bring the downstairs shelf in and then I will have a home for my paper trimmer and adhesives which I'm keeping here anyway... where else will they go?? They are coming at 9:00, I'll be just back from getting the boys to the bus... no time... I'm awake now... I had a 4+ hours nap I feel good right now I'm going downstairs...
And I did. I went back into my craft room and cut bright orange and bright pink signs and tagged the things I want kept here. The restoration company had already agreed that they would do all the legwork for me and schlepp boxes up the stairs. They know I have cancer. They saw me in 10/10 pain on Sunday as they walked back and forth in and out of the house. They were so quiet and so discreet and the look in their eyes was so kind. And now they will take care of the physical work when I cannot. God is good.
ARH just called... I need to go in for a cross-match this morning and then that gets the transfusion process started for either later today or tomorrow. PRAISE GOD! I am so glad I called my local oncologists' secretary, that girl is awesome at her job and has always been such a support! Thanking God for her.
God lined it up. I slept well. Was able to be up and deal with my room in a manner that gives me full peace about the work they will do in there today. Thank you, Lord.
I slept well. No coughing-to-puking last night. Praise God!!! That means a good solid sleep for Shawn, too. PRAISE GOD, that husband needs it!!!
Feeling love, feeling thanks, feeling that today is a good day. Yet again, God brings peace even in floods and infestations and low blood counts. I am a blessed woman.
Feel blessed in your day, I pray.
Hanging by a thread? ... God will pull you through!
Valerie in SC March 24/31 Feb47/40Jan102/31 2014-173/365
Thank you, Mary Pat, for this perfect, wonderful challenge to remember Kristin with a page.
And, thank you, Valerie, for sharing that excerpt from Kristen's blog. She was quite amazing, and a talented writer. The world was blessed to have her for as long as it did, as we were here on SCS. I'm going to go to her gallery now and choose some Kristin inspiration for a page. I know she is resting in peace with the Lord.
__________________ Wendy B in Sunny AZ '14 SB Goal: 52 pgs. Mar.: 1 of 6 / YTD: 7 of 52