12 Years Ago Today..

Twelve years ago today we lost a vital member of our family. 12 years ago I was thirteen years old, sitting next to my grandma in a hospital room, telling her all about my jr. high life and not wanting to leave her. I remember she couldn't talk due to the tracheotomy in her throat, but she would point to letters on a page to make out words and we talked for hours! When I went to leave I told her I loved her.. and that was the last thing I ever said to her. She passed away a few days later. She was a beautiful, strong woman and she left this world way too soon. Here is her graduation photo, wasn't she beautiful?

And this next photo was always a favorite of mine, she just seemed so amazing to me as a kid, almost untouchable. And now that its been 12 years, I've grown to see her as an actual person instead of the grandma figure I saw her as, as a child. I'm starting to learn about who she was as a person and often feel desperate for stories of her, wanting to know her better and wanting to know where I come from..

In honor of my grandma today I made a card out of her favorite flower, the lilac. This was a very old piece of paper from my stash of goodies that I was holding on to til I could do it justice. I cut the 12x12 page in half, one half will go towards a scrapbook page of her, the other half went to this card..

The paper is from K & Company and the lilacs are embossed on the page which gives the card a great sense of reality. The colours are beautiful so I just added 2 varying shades of lilac cardstock for the background as well as stamped my sentiment from Papertrey Ink's 'Birds of a Feather' stamp set.

I finished off the card with simple white ribbon and silver rhinestones..

Something tells me I might just keep this card for myself to serve as a reminder of this beautiful woman we lost way too soon..

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