Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sharing in your Sorrow

One of the best things about being military was moving to new bases and meeting all kinds of people. In 1998 I was so excited because we had spent the last 3 yrs stationed in the CA Mojave Desert and were about to transfer to Groton CT. I grew up an hour and a half away from Groton, in Springfield MA, so going to CT was like going home for me.

We did have some reservations though because as a surface Navy family we were headed to a submarine base and that was something we hadn't yet experienced, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Little did I know I was about to meet some of the best people that I'd ever meet throughout our various moves.

Sadly, last week one of those outstanding people passed away. Julie was such a wonderful person and we shared a love for the Boston Bruins. She has 3 beautiful grandsons and I lived vicariously through her as she posted pictures of them growing up on her FB page. Julie was only 53 yrs old and her passing was such a shock. She leaves behind her husband, 2 sons, their wives and the 3 grandsons, plus sisters, other relatives and so many friends.One of their grandson's has Down Syndrome so in lieu of flowers they're asking folks to donate to the Down Syndrome Association, which I will be doing this week.

I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to create a card to send to Julie's husband and boys. I realized after I finished the card that I forgot to put a shape in the corner of the card but hopefully that's ok. I tried to keep the card a bit on the feminine side but also a bit subdued.

Hug your loved ones, life is just too short and can change so quickly.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your dear friend. This card is beautiful and I'm sure the family will appreciate your handmade kindness. Thanks for playing along with my sketch at FMS this week!

  2. This is such a fabulous card! I love the mix of image and colours you've used! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!


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