Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wishes and Wisdom

So, this is my first challenge layout for this great blog I found called the Good Grief Blog. I was surfing around some new to me scrapbooking blogs and found this a couple of weeks after Dad's death. It was serendipitous in a way. I'd been thinking about some pages I might want to do about Dad and that I might find it healing and here was a whole site about it!

Anyway, the challenge is to use handwriting in a layout. Dad wasn't much of a writer. Most of what we have are little notes about something he was working on, a phone call he'd made, etc. When we were getting ready for his memorial, the funeral director asked for a quote or saying that we could include on the program and I remembered this gem that we had from Alex's baby shower.

Dad's passing has solidified my belief that we need to use our handwriting more! It doesn't matter that it's messy or if we don't like it. It is a precious piece of who we are. I only wish we had more of Dad's.

(Journaling reads: We don't have many handwritten notes from Grandpa Don. He wasn't really a writer. But, during our baby showers, we had everyone write down a piece of wisdom or a wish for Alex. I'm so happy that we have this piece of wisdom from my dad. It's something he believed in and totally lived by. He loved the work he did. Building up Specialty Forest Products was one of his proudest achievements. I sincerely hope that Alex is lucky enough to find work that he loves as much as Grandpa loved his.)


Sherry said...

What a wonderful layout about your dad. I am so sorry about his passing. It has not been long since my dad passed away. Today is the 4 month anniversary. And his name was Don, too.

Jennifer said...

This is an incredible layout- what wonderful advice! Isn't it amazing the emotion that comes from seeing handwriting? Thanks for participating in the challenge; I hope it was comforting.

Amanda said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, Julie! This is so fabulous and I'm thrilled for you that you have such a great piece of your dad (both the handwriting and the advice). Hugs!