Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Beginning and the End

Hello everybody.

Yesterday, in the wee hours of the night, the phone rang. Doesn't everybody dread those calls in the middle of the night? It was one of our close friends, very upset. She proceeded to explain that her husband had died suddenly a few hours earlier. They believe it was a massive heart attack...Just like that.... he was gone. I'm sharing so that you will be reminded of just how unpredictable life can be. I know that God has a plan in all of this and that our dear friend is rejoicing in heaven right now. He was a strong man of God and I can't wait to see him again some day. It's really hard right now, though, for those of us who are left with a big hole in our hearts . Love your family and friends well!! We just don't know how long we'll have them here with us.

This layout seemed fitting to share today. We're planning a trip to MI to see our families for Mother's Day. We'll be meeting our new grand nephew too!!! While I'm so excited for all of this, I'm sad for our friends who are missing their husband, and loving Dad. Such a mix of emotions. The title of this layout stood out to me and the fact that it is loaded with pics of our family made it "the one" to share today.

These are some remaining random pictues from Mark's 50th in January. The left side is our immediate family during Mark's birthday meal, which is how we began his birthday celebration. That night we went home to a house full of friends for his surprise party!!! Most of the paper is Basic Grey Curio. We managed to get nice pictures of our kids, but not so for Mark and I...Um...Probably shouldn't even have scrapped them, but it was his birthday, so he had to be on the layout. Not sure why I included mine, but oh well.  

On the right side is Mark's Dad, sister, and brother-in-law who came for the party. These pics are from the dinner that we shared with them at the end of Mark's fun birthday weekend....Hence the title "the beginning and the end".

Here is the full layout. Thanks for looking today. Happy Mom's day to all of your special ladies!! Enjoy your families.


  1. Nice to have the whole family. The photos of you and he are fine! Very nice layout.

  2. I am continuing to keep your family and Mil'ts family in my prayers. A very nice layout for today's post in light of Milt's death and your words to encourage us to keep our families close. Very poignant!