Thursday 23 September 2021

Give Thanks


Two weeks ago I was on a roll.  I was working on this card (my third Autumn spinner card) while my sister was keeping my mum company in Australia.  We knew mum didn't have long, they had refused her surgery the week before because they didn't think her heart could take it, and my sister was very anxious that night, so I was trying to keep her calm (she hadn't slept properly for days).  I showed her this card I was working on and she said it was very pretty (she loves purple and I had added that purple cornflower for her).   She said she was worried about the noises mum was making and I suggested she get a nurse to turn mum and then try and get a bit of sleep.

I kept working on the card - strange how doing something like this can bring you comfort, even if only temporarily.  I had added more flowers and foliage to this card so was looking for a sentiment that fitted and using which label since I could no longer stamp directly on the panel (forethought is not my middle name).  In the end, I went with this simple "Give Thanks" sentiment embossed with WOW! Mandarin powder on Kraft card stock.  I just finished it when my sister called me back with the news that mum had passed.

As I sat there looking at this card I had just finished, I realised that the sentiment perfectly summed up what I was feeling at that moment in time about my mother!  And so this card is going into the glass cabinet and whenever I look up at it, I will "Give Thanks" for her and "Give Thanks to her"!  I'd also like to give thanks to my sister who was with Mum till the end.  My brother had come up days before but had to isolate so couldn't give her a break.  She was exhausted!  

It's been a difficult summer.  I had hoped that, being vaccinated, I could travel to Australia during the summer months (their winter months) and spend some time with mum.  However the delta variant soon put paid to that idea!  Instead, the weekly cap of people allowed into Australia was halved and most of NSW went into lockdown.  Mum only had a handful of mourners present at her funeral but the service was streamed live for those that couldn't be there in person.  I'm very close to my brother and sister.  We talk or text most days, particularly this year as mum's health had declined!  We worked on the readings and discussed points for the eulogy and I wrote and prerecorded the eulogy and it was played as part of the service.  It was so painful not being able to be there with my family but I kept thinking of those poor souls who died alone in hospital and were buried quickly during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.  For me, it was particularly painful that I couldn't be there to sing for mum as I had for dad.  But in any case, due to current Covid restrictions, no singing was allowed.  

I wasn't going to blog about this card, but I was looking at challenges and trying to kick start my waning mojo, and happened upon some challenges that made me think someone was sending me a message.

Firstly The Day of the Month Club Challenge #31 is celebrating World Gratitude Day.

The Timeout Challenge #197 has this inspired by words prompt.   As I sit here surrounded by flowers which dear friends and family have sent me, I can definitely relate to this quote.  And the flowers I added to this card now hold a special meaning for me.

I'd also like to enter Inspired By Challenge IB188 has this lovely mix of leaves as inspiration;

Double D Challenges also has the prompt Leaves and this lovely inspiration board;

I'd also like to enter the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #412 - I was determined to use up all of a distressed sheet of Bristol card stock I created for some earlier autumn projects and these tiny leaf dies from Tim Holtz Fall Foliage were perfect for this.

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  1. So sorry to read your sad news, Kate. It must have been so hard not being with your Mum in her final days, but I’m glad she was able to have your sister with her. Your card is beautiful and will be a constant reminder of all the treasured memories you have of your Mum.
    Take care
    Liz xx

  2. So very very sorry about your Mom, I know how painful losing a mom is! Your card is very beautiful and I am glad it gave you some peace! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  3. Oh Kate my heart ache for you and the loss you just went through. I too know how painful losing a mom is ...I lost mine Dec. 2019 ... right before the pandemic hit and thankfully we were able to give her the funeral she had all planned and waiting for her. As soon as I opened your blog I gasp at the beauty of this card and now after ready the story behind it, it's even more beautiful!
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Leaves’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family will heal in time.

    It's a stunning card. The flowers and foliage stand out beautifully against the wood background. It's lovely that you will keep it and treasure it.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Just beautiful. And how beautiful the leaves shine. Glad you joined us at DotMCC. Gundi

  6. Oh Kate. I'm so sorry for your loss. I just know somehow that your mum, sister, and brother are grateful for all that you were able to due doing this trying time.
    I love your card, and think it will be a daily reminder of the conversations you did have with your sister.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us at Inspired By... bless you and your family!

  7. So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how hard it is not to be able to be there with her till the end and for the funerals. At least doing this beautiful card brought you some peace and and now it will remind you the wonderful relation you have with your loved ones. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at DotMCC.

  8. What a nice card! I like the fall colors and the beautiful wood grain. Thanks for playing with us at Time Out Challenges!
    - Shauna

  9. I am so sorry to read of your loss and the news of not being able to travel to be there. I can only imagine how hard that was for all of you! I think the idea of keeping your card as a "reminder" of the gratefulness in your heart is so beautiful and I pray it brings you continued comfort. It is the most lovely card with the most beautiful leaves and I am grateful you shared with and inspired us @ IB to allow this craft to comfort us in times of stress, beautiful! Blessings to all of you!

  10. It's a beautiful card Kate, and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful message of giving thanks in a difficult time. I'm so glad you linked up to the Double D challenge. Best of luck to you!

  11. Oh Kate, I'm so sad to read about your Mum especially during times like this when we're kept apart from our loved ones. Your card is really beautiful. I hope it will give you comfort and that time will heal your loss.


    Di xx


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