Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Why I do what I do.....

A simple card and a simple post. 

I was reminded yesterday why I make cards.

It was a crazy weekend. My mom's best friend's husband was killed by a drunk driver Sunday morning. (Read the comments in this article to see a glimpse in the incredible life that he lived.) My mom quickly left to be with her friends in Dallas. I knew I needed to get a card in the mail Monday...."I'll just pick one up at the store. It will be quick and I have a {crazy} day tomorrow anyway."

As I drove the 2 hour drive home from my parents house on Sunday night, I knew that I needed to take the time to make a card. As I sat and got out all of my supplies, my thoughts were with our friends with every cut that I made and every bow that I tied. It was therapeutic. Thinking of my blessings...and making sure that I tell everyone how much I love them. 



My boys drew a picture for Gary's only grandson....we stuffed our envelopes and put it in the mailbox.

At a time when you feel like there is nothing to do but pray for comfort for loved ones, I was reminded why love this hobby so much. Making something with your hands...putting {time} and {love} into every little detail. It is {something} to show love. 

28 comments:

  1. Oh I had shivers as I read your post today, my prayers are with your mom and your family. I was hit by a drunk driver, but I am alive (retired on disability) but still here. I agree with you that making cards and scrappin is a good way to get through times of grief as well as times of joy.

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  2. I was brought to tears, reading the tributes to your mom's friend's husband. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Keeping all of you in my prayers. The card and all the thoughtfulness of the package you sent will be greatly appreciated, I am sure. Take care.

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  3. what a horrible tragedy. Your card is beautiful and i am sure it will be treasured.

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  4. So sorry to hear about the tragedy. I'm sure that the family will appreciate your thoughtful handmade card.

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  5. This is a beautiful card. My husband worked with him at Parkland and admired this hard working physician. Very sad.

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  6. Wow, Erin what a small world! His wife Laurel had been in Utah visiting our family last week. She got home Thur pm and the accident was Sunday. My dad worked at Parkland as head of dermatology for 25 years and is now at the Univ. of Utah hospital. We miss Dallas! I was born at Parkland :)

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  7. What a beautiful card! I'm so sorry to hear about the loss, he sounded like an amazing man!!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and his family during this time!

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  8. What a pretty card! I am sure sorry for your Mom's friend. He must have been a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I'll be praying for all that loved him.

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  9. Im so sorry. Im sure your Mom is heart broken, and you are or her...Ill be praying for you all! And Yes, this is why we do what we do.

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  10. What a horrible thing to deal with... god bless her! Your card is beautiful & yes this is why we do what we do... a card from the store is just a card, when it is made by hand it is a treasure.

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  11. I pray that Heavenly Father will comfort this inspiring family. What a most amazing individual he was. I am so sorry for you family's lost in such a incredible example of mankind. I am sure they will treasure your card and the gifts from the boys for years to come.

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  12. My prayers are with the family and friends of the passed. HUGS to you too!

    BTW Where do you get the thing that is holding your cards?

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  13. Your card is so pretty and thoughtful. I am so sorry for the loss of that wonderful man. I will pray that the Lord comfort the family!!!

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  14. So sorry to hear of this tragedy I will keep the family in my prayers!

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  15. I can only imagine how much your thoughtfulness means to your friend's family. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Erin.

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  16. Agreed! I'm so sorry to hear of this...I feel their pain, as my Mother-in-law was taken from us by a drunk driver as well.
    Hugs and prayers to you all.

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  17. So True! People realize that you didn't just go in a store and buy one and that you put your whole heart and soul into making the card! It is so sad to lose a loved one by a DRUNK DRIVER!
    MSTGANE
    ANN

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  18. This is such a great reminder of why we do what we do. I craft and sew to spread my love, but sometimes forget that's why I do it.
    I made some pajama pants actually on Saturday for my cousin and aunt. My cousin is battling a brain tumor, now given only 6 months to live. Making something was the only way I really knew how to cope. But now they have a piece of me when I can't be there.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/58074242/ruffle-pajama-pant

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  19. So very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to you & your family. I have no doubt that your lovely card will only bring them comfort and love for which it was made. He obviously was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. God Bless.
    Marcie

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  20. My family's prayers are with them at this hard time, I read the article about him and what a fantastic person. What a senseless loss when are they going to treat these drunk drivers that end up taking a life with a murder charge not manslaughter. My nephew 29 yrs old was murdered in March by a drunk with a gun, small arguement and he shot him in the head. My prayers are with your family and the Dr's family.
    Karen

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  21. Such a sad story your card is beautiful and I'm sure it will help to bring some comfort to his wife and family knowing you cared enough to make it for them.

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  22. My heart aches for your mom's BFF. I lost my bestest friend in a car accident 5 years ago. It was the hardest thing I've ever dealt with.
    I'm glad you made the card, it is theraputic for us indeed. it's a lovely card too. Prayers for your mom, her friend and their family/friends.

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  23. Oh my goodness what a deep tragedy of someone who gave so much, my heart goes out to you all. Your card is beautiful and I am sure will come as a comfort to the family.
    Kim xXx

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  24. Sorry to hear that, we will pray for them!

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  25. HUGS!!! We will be praying for everyone!

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  26. What a terrible tragedy Erin - thinking of your Mum, her best friend & family.
    You made such a lovely card though and I am sure it will be much appreciated.

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  27. I am so sorry to hear about that tragedy! Please pass on my condolences. What a gorgeous card. I am sure that all the thought put into it was much appreciated.

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  28. Amen!! Couldn't have said it better. You are very blessed.

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