Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This is kind of a hard time right now. Not just the constant correcting of papers, which I've been doing until I can no longer read, but a few other pressures too. For one, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery last Friday. (They seemed to have excised all the tumor, and they are doing more tests to be sure.)

My dog, an 11 year old American Staffordshire Terrier, is dying. Since last summer, she's been chewing her feet apart, and month after month of medication works for a while but then stops, making her sad and making us talk about when we will need to put her down.

These two issues are difficult enough, but it all compounded yesterday: my boys came home with three behavior reports from school yesterday. I have two boys. You can do the math. And to top it off, Derick is away on vacat--oops, working in Vegas with the software company he works for.

But I scrap, and so I used my hobby to persevere.

Write Click Scrapbook challenged us Monday to count our blessings, so I did that. I'll turn it in to a layout soon. And on Stacy Julian's color blog, she suggested a muted color palette with just one photo, one accent, and one word. I used an expression instead of a word, but otherwise followed the challenge to create this:

I felt a lot better after I made it.


GLOANN said...

Sorry for the issues you're dealing with right now. I agree that scrapping them is good for our mental/emotional health. Love your LOs (including the previous entries of your boys) and agree that using the same design is good. Now can I have my cookie? GLOANN

csewy said...


I am sorry to hear that you are having to deal with such painful issues. It is hard to lose those that mean so much to us, especially our beloved animals. I love the photo of your boys in your "work in progress" layout. I will keep your family in my prayers. Carolyn

desi said...

Praying for you and your family as you face these trials. May He bless you through it. I love that photo of the boys. Good job on the challenge.

Adele said...

Aw, Jenn, I'm sorry! Hugs for you and your family. Praying for you. I'm with you on the marking.... *sigh* It never ends, does it?

The Lonely Scrapbooker said...

Isn't scrapbooking just the best therapy? It always restores my spirit.
I also saw both those challenges! I was wondering how someone would use the colour combo from SJ. It's not very typical for scrapbooking, but you did a marvelous job of it.
I'm a bit put off doing anything for W.S.C. these days because I did a layout when Marnie Flores was hosting and she had promised a prize for those who contributed, and then it was like she forgot about it!