Monday, August 13, 2018

"Well Hello There" card

Hello friends! Well, about the time I think it's time to just give up the old blog...  I post again.  Old habits die hard I guess. I had to go back and look to see when I first started my blog, and it was 2006! Twelve years ago.  Blogging was a new thing then. Before all the other social media.
It's funny, it feels weird not to stay connected with all of you here, even tho I'm friends with many of you on Facebook and Instagram. SO.. for now, I'm going to continue to share here. As always, ... just my creative stuff .. family, friends, food... and life in general.   

I've been occasionally working on some cards, to replenish my card box.  Loving Tammy Tutterow's stamps so much these days, they seem to be the first things I reach for.  Beautiful, and easy to color.  once I'm finished coloring, I just crab my scrap paper bin and wha la... a card comes together. I love it! Easy Peasy! And it fills my need to create for the day.

Well, .. the other part the family, friends and life part.

For many years of my life this person was not only my sister in law but my best friend.  When this photo was taken she was already in the beginning stages of  Early Onset Dimension. I had seen   Dimension and Alzheimer over the years in elderly family members and it was hard to see..but I was never prepared to watch my young friend suffer with it.  Someone so full of life. Someone who I never imagined would be effected by this disease.  When you watch it to happen to someone who is your age, and has lived a life so similar to yours, you really can't  help but  put yourself in that situation. I would start to think, I was noticing memory loss in myself.  Watching her go thru this really had a impact on me.  Watching this vivacious person, slip away little by little was horrible.
I would visit her weekly once she was in the care facility.. often times having a good cry in my car in the parking lot afterwords.
I could go on and on about my memories of  Sal, but in a nutshell,... we raised our kids together, when we were young moms.  We did all that "young mom" stuff together.  We talked on the phone often when we weren't  actually out with the kids. They lived just up the street from my parents, and just across town from us, so we could hang out together almost daily.
Even after Dan's brother and her split... our friendship remained.
Life stuff and time change how often friends can get together, at times.  Kids grow and have different interest, go off to college, people move, or remarry.. all that stuff.. BUT real life long friends stay connected.  We always did. Not every day, week, or even month, at times..but the friendship never failed.
Sally passed away October of 2015. It's been almost three years and some days it's still hard to believe.

Here is the happier part of this post.  She has three amazing boys (our nephews) and they have lovely wives and the most adorable children. Yesterday we got to spend the day with them.  We had them here to the house for lunch and an fun afternoon of visiting.
Sure wish it could have been all three of her boy's family and our youngest, Jarad also, but hey, we will take what we can get. Her middle son works out of state, and Jarad also had to work yesterday, (but we were happy Kate come).
So, along with her youngest and oldest son's families and Wes, Amy and Kate, we enjoyed the day.

Look at these adorbles!

I thought of Sally so much yesterday. How proud she would be of her boys and the good daddy's they are.. and how much she would enjoy these grandbabies. I have to admit, I did feel a bit sentimental off and on as I watched the kids play, and my eyes even welled up with tears....
but my heart was full!

I have to share a few photos of the kids when they were little.

Weston holding Jarad (our boys)    and   Mark holding Tyler (their boys)

Wes and Mark where besties

Dan (my husband) with Matt (their oldest), under our tree at our old house.  Before we had kids.

Hold tight to those special friendships.. they are a treasure.

Yesterday was a great day filled with fun, food and family!   We enjoyed every minute!

I know Sal was watching over us with a huge smile.



Jane Harrah said...

Made me tear up just reading it Vicki. It is so hard to lose friends, through death or dementia of any sort, it is a journey and a process of letting go but keeping the good memories. You are a wonderful friend. I am so glad to have you in my sphere! (And I love the card and Tammy's word stamps totally rock.)

mimiandpresley said...

True friendship never dies as long as you have happy memories in your heart. I lost my best friend of over 50 years last year. She was 81 and when we were together we were both young girls. It is so wonderful to see the pictures that you shared and that you are close to her family. God bless.

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