Grateful……but sad

Friends and family….as I type this entry (last night for many of you reading this), it has been an emotional weekend for my family and our small community where we live.  We have lost two parents who have students in our school system and who are friends with my teenage daughters.  One of them was battling cancer, and her death was expected, although never welcomed.  She was the mother of one of Lindsey’s best friends.  The other death was a father who died tragically as he was off spending a weekend hunting with his son (this was NOT a hunting accident).  For both of them, it was God’s time, but not our time.  I have spent the evening taking my daughter to the two homes to be with other grieving teens — something I never wanted to do.   It seems so unfair that my teenagers must experience these things at such a young age.  The hugs, the tears, the memories, and the reality.  Life is so fragile — something teens don’t really understand.  Until something so tragic happens — and then it starts to sink in.  It has been heartbreaking, to say the least.  We are such a small, close-knit community where everyone is connected.  It will be a rough week…….please pray for these families and the teachers who will need to minister to these students.    On a brighter note, we DID win our football game Friday night.  We are District 19-3A Champs and headed to the playoffs Saturday night!  It was a weekend that started so wonderfully, but ended so tragically.   It really puts things into perspective for you when things like this happen….

It is at times like these, that our minds turn to those things that we are truly grateful for.  And this season of Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the blessings of this past year.  I pray that you can reflect and remember…….and take time to tell your loved ones how special they are to you!   And speaking of being grateful……..here is a card with that theme.

falling leaves grateful card

I cased this card from another website — but I’m not sure which one!  Thanks for the inspiration!

Supplies:

Stamp Set:  Falling Leaves

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango

Punches:  Modern Label, 1 1/4″ Circle, 1 3/8″ Circle, Scalloped Circle and Scalloped Border

Accesssories:  DSP (Autumn Traditions), Earth Elements Brads, Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer/Mat, Sponge

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