Thursday

The fragility of life.



My family

Today's post is a poignant reminder of the fragility of life. Way back in January, I was sharing with you projects I made for my cousin's wedding. It was such a joyous occasion - a story of love between a couple and the merging of two families.

Proud parents

In late February, my cousin's mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She was responding well to treatment but deteriorated rapidly following an infection late last month. It was hard watching my fave uncle lose his wife of 26 years.

She is beautiful

It took me a while to get started on scrapping these happy photos. It seemed wrong to scrap celebratory photos when we were all in mourning. But it's important that my uncle and his two girls remember my aunt when she was truly happy and radiant - the wedding day of her first-born - rather than her last days being ravaged by this insidious disease.

Loss is hard. Savour each and every moment you have with your loved ones, my friends.

Supplies: Artful Delight May 2012 kit, buttons, mist.


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28 comments:

Lynnda said...

All 3 layouts are simply stunning... I love them all to bits... you nailed the kit!!!

I truly understand... what you have been thru... It's never been easy... but I supposed like you said...Loss is truly and indeed Hard... what we need is to be positive and appreciate ... the life we have now... the presence ..hugs...xoxo

TesaB said...

I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss. The layouts you made are wonderful and they will be cherished. Love the beautiful papers used, such happy colors and patterns and they go so well to the joy showing from the pics!

Laurel said...

So sorry for your loss Yvonne. Your layouts are gorgeous!

Cindy Lee said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Yvonne. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your layouts are wonderful and a good way to remember your aunt.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So sorry for your loss Yvonne -- your lo's that celebrate probably her happiest occasion with her daughter are very beautiful... I am sure your Uncle and cousins will love them!!!

lisa said...

Really sad : (
Makes you stop and appreciate things.
Sorry for your loss Yvonne. Your LO's are stunning as always xx

Ali said...

Hugs to you x

Beautiful layouts......a celebration of a happy life :0)

E.T. said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

onecraftymama said...

I can only imagine how hard it was to create cheerfully - but you're right, remembering your aunt as a happy mother of the bride is far too important right now. Loss is hard. I'm so sorry for yours, Yvonne. (big hugs)

Blossom inch said...

sorry to hear your loss, indeed you are so right, cherish every moments with your loved ones. All the LOs are gorgeous Yvonne as always you never failed to impress me and you are always fresh with loads of mojo.

Audrey Pettit said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss, Yvonne! Your layouts are beautiful. And scrapping these happy memories are priceless moments. ((hugs))

Dora said...

That is so hard, take care!
You made beautiful pages, and rembering on this way!

Shahrul Niza said...

Sorry for your loss, Yvonne. Sending you my prayers and angel's of love to help you healing. Hugs. Cherish every moment.

Annette said...

I am so sorry for your loss..it is hard to loose someone you love to cancer.. I know how you feel and will pray for you and your family...I think that these pages will give them just what they need to remember the amazing times and special moments they shared as a family...they are wonderful..

Debbie said...

You've done your Aunt justice with your beautiful layouts! I especially love the one "She Is Beautiful"... Sorry to hear of her passing but am thankful that she was able to be a part of the wedding.

Lalo said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It is especially hard, I think, when it comes right before or after a time of celebration. I think you're totally right that it's important for the family to remember your aunt as happy, radiant, and joyful. Your layouts are beautiful and are a great tribute.

Linda R said...

Your post today has me all choked up.. That is how she would want to be remember. Your layouts are gorgeous.

Hugs~

Sherry Eckblad said...

Yvonne, so sorry to hear about your Aunt and her battle with cancer. The photos are beautiful and it will be a great reminder of her for her family years to come.

~amy~ said...

savour indeed..awesome layouts.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I'm so sorry for your family's loss! I know that these pages will bring wonderful memories back for all! Beautiful pages--as always;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I'm so sorry for your family's loss! I know that these pages will bring wonderful memories back for all! Beautiful pages--as always;)

Angi said...

What a beautiful tribute! I'm so sorry for your loss. These pages will serve as such beautiful memories.

Julie E said...

Well written. Happy is the way to remember and your layouts are just that - beautiful.

Naddy said...

Beautiful LOs... Love the colours and layerings...


So sorry for you and family's loss..

Alice Wertz said...

so very sorry to hear about this, Yvonne. my dad's situation went bad pretty quickly, too. and this is tearing me up... but like you said, this is the best way to preserve the wonderful memories your cousin and uncle have for their most loved one. sending big hugs! =)

Helen Tilbury said...

Aaaw shame :( Indeed life is tough, sometimes too tough and we feel we have to wait a while before we can begin again. These layouts are just too lovely and thank Goodness she got to be involved and you have so many happy photos of her!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Sorry for your loss Yvonne...one can only imagine how hard it must be to move on....the pretty layouts made by you will definitely be cherished..

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