September 10

Many years ago there lived a beautiful boy, greatly loved by his mother.  He never knew his father, but no matter – He grew into a talented boy who loved to paint with oils and acrylics.  He loved music, and as he grew, he would dream of a future filled with all the things that he loved. He had a kind heart for others, yet a mischievous side that drove his younger sisters a bit crazy.

His mother would come to marry a very difficult man full of anger and rage.  As the beautiful boy grew into his teens, he faced many hard days and nights of brutality and fear.  The mother became a shell of her former self, overwhelmed and lost, unable to protect the boy.   As time went by, the beautiful boy became the focal point for the difficult man’s alcoholic rages.  There were days the boy didn’t know if he would live to see the next sunrise. He didn’t know what hurt more, the abrasions of the skin, or those on his heart and mind………..

He lived in that constant fear daily, and eventually, it killed the very light within him – that beautiful, talented light.  As you know, first the heart breaks, and then the mind.  The boy’s hopes and dreams were blowing away like fragile dandelion seeds, caught in the wild wind, a maelstrom of destruction.
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He left home as soon as he could, a teenager on the streets.   And as the adult years grew closer to him, he grew further away from everything and everyone.  His family lost track of him.  The entire world lost track of him.  No one remembered his birthday or sent him a gift for Christmas.  No one invited him over for Sunday dinner or a Friday night movie.   It was as if he never even existed.  It was as if he had died.

And then, one day, he did.

On Christmas Day in 2010, he collapsed on a sidewalk in a seedy part of town, in a state far, far away.  Methamphetamines raged through his body until his heart exploded.  He didn’t use his heart anymore anyway, not for a long time.  His heart had felt no love, no hate, no joy for a very long time.  He made sure of that.  It was just easier to exist that way, finding comfort in the numbness of oblivion.

He was still young, just 50 years old.  The police found him there on the sidewalk.  He had carried no ID in his pockets.  No one knew him.  Police searched databases and neighborhoods for information until they identified him.  His body lay in the county morgue for over a month until the police were finally able to locate a family member thousands of miles away.

His parents had died years previously, but a sister had been found. The eldest one.  The one that had searched for him for several years, but could never locate him.  The sister made the arrangements with the out-of-state morgue and a distant funeral home.  The beautiful boy was cremated, and his ashes shipped back to his home state.

She had sat at a table of a local mortuary to accept delivery of the beautiful boy.  As she waited, she wondered how many times a heart could be broken – one hundred times?  One thousand times?  Why were some people able to recover and move forward, when others were not?  There were no answers.

Eventually, an employee passed her a box of ashes no bigger than a package of flour.  A plain white box full of all that was, all that remained of the beautiful boy. She gathered him up in her arms to take him home.

Alone, with just his sister present to say words of prayer, sorrow, and regret, his ashes were scatted.  She poured out all that he was into the clear, icy blue waters of the Cook Inlet –  well, all that he was here on earth.

Because the beauty of him will forever remain in heaven.

I am that sister. 

And I ask that you be kind to one another.  Our very lives depend upon it.

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Design Team:  Scrap Designers
Design Theme:  See You In September

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Joy’s Creations
Miggins
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Scrapbooking September

Design Team:  Pixelscrapper
Design Theme:  Renaissance Faire

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Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme: Cozy Mountain Lodge

I’ve made three additional mini kits that are only available in the forum challenges at ScraptwistFree4All.  You don’t need to buy anything, it’s all free.  No hidden agendas – just a sweet place to meet some new people and get some free stuff at the same time.  I administer three challenges:  the Bookmark Challenge, the Quote Challenge, and the Template Challenge.  There are other challenges as well, and the forum administrators work hard to create a free kit for each one.  Please join us, so that we can get to know you better.

Here is this month’s blog train kit:

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TP designs
KJDdesigns
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
Nellie Bell
Dancing Tiger designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
Songbird Scraps Designs
Honeysuckle Lane Designs
Lady DGScrap

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Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – Aug 20th

Design Team:  Scrappin’ Your Heart Out
Design Theme: Tropical Paradise

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Check out our Blog and if you are a designer and would like to contribute to the train with us come and join our FB Page (designers only and make sure to answer the questions please)

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Scrap Designers – Aug 10th

Hey.  Just between you and me, I think that a lot of change in the world is possible if we simply volunteer.  In small ways, in large ways, in any way that fits your life.  One way is to knit, crochet or sew a blanket for the kids with cancer.  The organization called “Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas” has a program where they give a blanket to every child that comes into their hospital.  They currently have 800 children in their program, with approximately 30 new intakes each month.   I can’t tell you how those numbers tear at my heart, but I image it does the same for you, too.  So, if you would like to help, here is the address:

Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
900 S. Pine Street
Suite F
Spartanburg, SC  29302
office phone: 864-582-0673
Facebook Page is:  Click Here
You also might want to check for local programs in your area to support.  Thank you for considering this kindness.

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Design Team:  Scrap Designers
Design Theme:  Forever in Bluejeans

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There are some fantastic kits by our blog train designers.  Check it out:
Miggins
Skinni Scraps
AnnieCDigitals
The Rush Ranch
Savage Dezines
Digiscrap Angelhaze
Joy’s Creations
KJDdesigns
Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn
Becky’s Creations
Promethean Concepts
DigiJen Scraps Word Art
LEA Art Designs
Living4Him2
Moore Blessings

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August 1st Downloads

Greetings, dear friends!

When I was a kid, books were my escape.  My childhood environment was very dysfunctional and we never lived in one place for very long.  I never remember going to the same school for more than one year at a time.  I never wanted to make a friend, because it was so hard to keep leaving them behind.  And it was hard always being the new kid on the block.  Books, though, they were my friends. I could go anywhere, be anything, be safe, be fed, inside of a book. The reason I mention this is because lately, instead of buying books for my Kindle, I have been buying hardcovers from Thriftbooks.com.  I can buy a nice hardback for less than $4, and any purchase over $10 ships for free.  No membership fees, etc.  Their philosophy seems to be really cool, too:    “We believe reading empowers people, offering them empathy to live for a moment in someone else’s shoes, offers them education, a critical asset to improving one’s life, and offers an occasional escape to fantastic worlds inhabited by interesting characters. Yes, we save millions of books every year from being destroyed, but our mission goes beyond the environment. We save these books and make them accessible to readers for the chance to shape another mind, share another story, and teach a bit of wisdom.”

I’m not getting anything for endorsing Thriftbooks –  just mentioning them if you would like another resource for your own bookshelf.

Hey, Look at my cool rose!  This rose bush has grown white roses all of its many years.  Always. Suddenly, this year it has not one, but TWO roses that are split with color, a rich pink.  I have no idea how it can do that, and I haven’t done anything differently.  Do you think that pollinators can impact a plant’s production like that?  20190724_171830
And one last thing, let’s all try to be just a bit kinder to one another.  The troubles of the world are ramping up, so it will take courage and determination to keep calm and love one another.  The Lord provides his grace and mercy upon us each and every hour – the least we can do is turn to one another and give every effort to listen and love.  I appreciate YOU, and love being here for you. I love giving you my humble designs.  I always hope that in some way, it will all make a difference.

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Design Team:  PixelScrapper
Design Theme:  Bohemian Rhapsody

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Design Team:  ScraptwistFree4All
Design Theme:  S’More Memories

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Nellie Bell
tp designs
Songbird Scraps Designs
The Brown Owl
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
Lori Imel Designs
Honeysuckle Lane Designs

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Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – July ’19

Design Team:  Scrappin’ Your Heart Out (SYHO)
Design Theme:  Love To Learn

Sometimes – well, a lot of the time – I fail to listen to my “inner voice”.  My intuition.  I suppose that most of us are like that.  Life is busy with noise and grit.  This morning I was at the grocery store with a rather large shopping list.  I made my way to the checkout lines, and there were very few open.  I pushed my cart over to the aisle to wait my turn.  I turned around and a woman had pushed her cart behind me.  She only had a few items.  I pushed my cart to the side and waved her in front of me.  A few minutes later, another woman pulled up behind me in the checkout line.  She only had a few things in her basket, as well.  I thought (selfishly) that if I keep stepping aside for small basket loads, I will be here all day……….But, I just couldn’t do it.  That inner voice told me I needed to step aside and let her go in front of me.  She was very grateful, and as her things rang up (among them a lovely plant with purple flowers….)  she said: “how did you know that I was late for an appointment?”  Well, I didn’t.  But I could sense the unease in her movements and face.  I guess I’m only recounting this tiny experience because it has reminded me to be more aware of others.  My agoraphobia sometimes forms a protective barrier around me when I need to be out and about.  I need to open myself up more, really “see” people.

My husband and I went to the coast this past week, and it was a lovely experience to spread his brother’s ashes in the sea.  The sunset was brilliant and beautiful, the sky filled with colors of fire as the ashes fell into the sea.  The ashes had been mixed with orchids from Hawaii. And the very next morning there was a lovely rainbow arc about the sea.

At Sunset – Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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“Love to Learn” is the theme for this month’s Blog Train.  I no longer have kids in school, but even if you don’t either, there should be some items that will work just fine for other layouts.  Please be sure to visit the other designers in the Blog Train to find more lovely items for your scrapping.

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