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I'm sorry I have shared in such a long time. This summer has been quite cathartic for me. I was in a horrible funk last year; those of you who know me know why. The Day(s) Our Lives Changed Forever..., in case you're interested. But ya know what? We're recovering. We're strong. We're resilient. And we have loads to live for. Not the least of which are these three!
OMG! Our grandkids are so much fun! Kolten is 6-and-a-half and just started 1st grade. He's a pistol. Very smart, very good-looking, very fun to be with. Caddie is going to be FOUR in November!!! WHEN did that happen?!? She's the sweetest thing. Smile that won't quit, very mischievous, dimples that dig for miles and allow her to get away with way too much. Best part is she really loves to be with us. She's sad when she has to leave and gives us HUGE hugs when she bounds in the door to visit! Hunter. Oh our Hunter. He's a boy's boy! Into EVERYTHING! We had those two for a month this summer. I don't think I've said "no", "stop", "don't do that" as much in my life as I did in that month! But he's just a joy. What better way to wake up in the morning than to have a 1-year-old reaching up to have you pull him up for a hug?
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But one of the highlights of my summer came at the technical end of summer. The day after Labor Day, I received an email that I'd been praying for. I'd made the Pickleberrypop Layout Creative Team!!! Holy cow! The designers there are amazing and there's SO MANY of them. I've followed Created by Jill for years, along with Jennifer Labre, PrelestnayaP, Designs by Laura Burger, and too many others. Now, I work for them, creating layouts with their wonderful kits! HERE is the FIRST!
Well, I've done it again. Waited entirely too long to post anything new. I like templates. That's what I feel good at. So, that's what you're going to get. Here's a template I created from a layout I just completed for my 2016 Relay for Life of Lakeville.
***SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT***
There's still time to donate to my cause if you're interested. I've walked in memory of my dad, Craig, for 18 years now. I've raised over $1000 this year. Would love to add to it.
It amazes me how long I go in between posts and I'm sorry. I have discovered that I am really not nearly as good at kits as some of the amazing ladies I work with online. So, I'm going to regale you with templates and word art. I used a similar sketch recently for a challenge and liked it so much, I decided to create a template of my layout. I'll try to get you something at least once a month, but really hope to have a template for you at least every other week. If you have any ideas for templates you'd like to see, please let me know and I'll try to do something up for you!
How sad is that? I haven't posted a thing, here on my blog since December 15, 2015? Wow. I knew that the holidays were a mess and I sorta shut down, but I had no idea I hadn't been back here in all that time.
A lot of things happened last year. We joyously welcomed Hunter Reed Cooper into our lives on March 30th. We celebrated an absolutely wonderful day, when Shawn and Lacy finally got married on May 1st. Then the world came crashing down when we lost Shawn on May 28th. Everything kind of spiraled after that. The summer came and went. So did fall. Every month, every day brought new heartaches as we though of all the things we'd planned and weren't able to fulfill due to Shawn's death. I tried to keep my head, but often that didn't work.
Everyone dealt with Shawn's death differently. We tried to hold it together. We tried to be supportive. We tried to help when we could. Sometimes things just didn't work. I don't want to blame anyone here, publicly. It just is what it is.
Thanksgiving everything just BLEW UP! For the first time, in my life, 55 years, I left my mom's before dinner, didn't spend Thanksgiving with my family and didn't intend to spend Christmas there either. And we didn't.
Freddy and I chose to go to Florida for Christmas. One of the hardest choices we've ever made. Didn't want to be home. Didn't want to be at Mom's. Didn't want to be with either of the girls, for VERY different reasons. So we bailed. We went somewhere that reminded us of no one. Somewhere completely new and different and NOTHING like Minnesota at Christmastime. It was wonderful and terrible. We had a great time and forgot about all our troubles and strife... for a little while. Christmas was really hard, without the family and chaos. I'd never do it again, like that. But it was worthwhile to get away from everything and everyone this year.
But we came back to all of the same'ole'same. So, it was just a respite. And it took several months for things to begin to figure themselves out. We saw Kolten in January, for lunch and a movie. My therapist told me to write Lacy a letter, so we wouldn't get into a verbal argument and I could say all of the things I'd been needing to say. I did. And then I re-did and re-did and re-did. It began as a thrashing, getting it all out, blaming her for everything. Then I rewrote several times and even had my therapist look it over and change several things. It had to be about my feelings because that's what hadn't been taken into account. I couldn't blame her for how I felt, but she needed to know how her actions made me feel. I gave it to her and told her that we didn't have to discuss it until she was ready. Guessing that will be, never.
Anne and Tyler figured out that they'd gotten way in over their heads in ND and decided that they had to make a move. Their seller graciously allowed them to get out of the contract and move by March 31st. Lacy and Kolten were getting on with their new "normals" and doing a pretty, darned good job. Lacy reached out to Anne and attempted to mend fences for their sake and the sake of the cousins. We started to come back together, as a family. So far, so good.
Anne, Tyler, Caddie and Hunter (oh yes, and Gauge) came to live with us in between houses. They found a nice place in MacGregor, IA. A good hour closer than Valley City, ND, thank goodness. Still too far away for Grammy, but closer.
And we lost BettyJane two weeks ago. Wow. She went into the hospital on March 6th, with pneumonia and respiratory and heart failure. Three days later, we put her in hospice, thinking it was only a matter of days. Well, that spunky, spicy, little spitfire pulled out an additional three weeks. She wasn't happy, but she just didn't want to die............ and then she did. She was so weak. She was so unhappy. She wanted to be with her Jackie again. We had a beautiful service for her, right at the Fountains, where she last lived. The Atrium was FULL! It was so moving to see so many people who really loved her.
So, now you are where we are. It's April in Minnesota. One day gorgeous, windows open, in the 70s. The next day (or previous) you're back in your winter coat! Gotta love it here. I'll try to keep up more often. I'll try to show off some more scrap layouts and kits. I'm on five different CTs (creative teams) is several different capacities, so I don't do nearly as much designing anymore as there are SO many who do it better than I.
Love and Blessings.