Yesterday was my husband Danny's 38th Birthday and as a tribute to him I am posting some of the LO's I created for him last year.
Here they are:
For this LO, I used 6 different patterned papaers from Provo Craft, DCWV and Around the Block, metal embellishments (photo corner, grommets and brads), Provo Craft Etcetera alphabet chipboards, 3bugsinarug chitchat stickers, tags, ricrac, ribbons, glitter glue and fibers.
Here is my journaling (handwritten using a black glitter pen, two pages):
Because of us...
...you endured almost 10 years of being away from us, your family just to give us a brighter future
...you put up with the extreme heat and cold of the Saudi Arabian desert
...you missed celebrating birthdays, Christmases, New Years, anniversaries, graduations and recognitions days with us
...you took pain in attending to your own personal needs especially when you were sick
...you allowed yourself to abstain from pork (which is your favorite) to eat beef, chicken and fish, beef, chicken and fish, prepared with not much variation)
...with bore up with not so pleasing personalities and sometimes discriminating ones
...you withstood a culture very different from ours
FOR ALL THESE AND MORE, JIGS, DANNAH AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.
The photos on the LO were taken around 1999 during Danny's stint in Saudi Arabia as an Overseas Contract Worker. The place according to him was were Noah's Ark passed through. It was a sea that dried up according to the people there. He worked there for almost ten years with only 1 1/2 to 2 months vacation each year. But now he's back for good and starting a drugstore business.
The journaling is in a form of a letter and here goes:
My dearest Danny,
My heart was broken when you left for Saudi Arabia. I thought I couldn't make it without you. Oh how I missed you so much! Good thing there was always the constant reminder that SOMEDAY "time will come when we'd all be together again, all four of us living a better life" encouraged me to just go on. This reminder was always reflected in our letters. After almost ten years, that SOMEDAY finally came. Now we are together - Jigs, Dannah, you and myself, never to be apart again. Thank God that particular SOMEDAY in our lives was realized. Thank you, too for keeping your promise.
This is the LO that gave me the title "Sister of the Week" at sisterhoodofscrap.
blogspot.com for Week 22. The challenge was to use flowers in a masculine LO. The title of the LO is SOMEBODY, a song in the 1980's by Depeche Mode. The lyrics of the song is written all over the circles.
For this LO, I used DCWV and K and Company patterned papers, DCVW and Bazzill cardstocks, ribbons, metal flower, brad, Prima flower and silk flowers, K and Co stickers, Paper Pizazz alphabets (for the title), emboidery floss.
Journaling reads (hidden beneath he title, printed on a tag):
Being away for almost 10 years, Danny hadn't got the chance to go up the stage during our kids' Recognition Day in school. There were times when I envy other parents since one of them goes up the stage with their kids while the other one is behind the camera. But this school year (2006-2007) was quite different from the rest because Danny was here (for good!) . He was the one who accompanied Jigs (Grade 5) and Dannah (Grade 3) on stage to receive their awards. And me? I was behind the scene capturing the moment with my camera. I'm sure Danny is as PROUD as I am knowing that our kids did well in school and his hard-earned money did not go to waste, with Jigs being in the Top 5 of his class and Dannah receiving 7 medals including the 2nd highest honors in her class. March 2007