Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Life....

Life has been a bit harry these days, to say the least. Sometimes I just want to curl up and leave the world behind for awhile. It gets the best of me......for awhile. Then I stand up tall and barrel through the crap that is thrown my way. I am strong. I am a fighter. My heart will mend and move on. Thank goodness for this hobby. It is incredibly therapeutic. It forces me to get out what I want to say.......and it frees up my heart just a bit. Like weights being lifted off my shoulders. So just a fair warning......this journaling is not all fairy tales, and happiness. It is me. My feelings and how my heart aches at times.......



Noel Mignon's challenge this week is to do something different. My "different" was creating the background with old vintage papers and paint. It was sort of artsy for me.....but I loved the soft pretty results. If you would like to play along this week, head HERE! Plus the DT gal's LO's are gorgeous as ever. (And probably not nearly as "heavy" as mine..... : )
I hope I didn't scare you away! I promise that tomorrow's post will be much more "light!" : )
Have a great day!


24 comments:

mary stuart said...

You are Beautiful Michele! Beautiful!

Lynda said...

Very honest Chele. Just know that YOU are the heart of your family and no one can do it better. For all you are and all you do ~ I love you.
A proud MIL

Mary said...

Beautiful page. Heartfelt blog. Stepping outside our comfort zone is very freeing....especially when such a beautiful creation comes from it. Thank you so much for sharing both your creation and you!

mom2maddy2000 said...

You have done it again! You have put onto paper some of my very own thoughts! I have not yet been able to get the words out as clearly and eloquently as you have.

I especially like your blog entry today...how you want to curl up some times and forget for awhile and then, eventually, you push past whatever your struggles and emerge on the other side a stronger person!

You are a warrior mom and you are a hero!

Paula

Cardmaking Galore said...

Seems like you've been doing this a long time. This layout came out really beautiful. Love the L in life

Cheryl said...

this is amazing so heart felt and know that you will become a stronger person for it,the love and your care really shows on the work hugs cheryl xxxxx

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Basement Stamper said...

Your journaling touched my heart. I could really tell the pain in your writing and being able to journal like that is amazing. You have an amazing family and your a strong woman!

Jocelyn said...

Love this Lo Michelle and I am so glad that you shared it with us....it is LIFE...the everyday things that alter us in so many ways....I admire that you did this page and you have inspired me to to create.....some of the pain that is tearing at my heart!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!

Jana Eubank said...

I love your honest journaling, Michele. That is real life sometimes and I think it's just as important to document. The entire feeling to this page is just beautiful! I admire your work and you in so many ways. :)

Jingle said...

This is absolutely beautiful!

Marcy said...

Your layout is just beautiful, but it's your heartfelt journaling that makes it a treasure! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Marcy said...

Your layout is just beautiful, but it's your heartfelt journaling that makes it a treasure! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Noel said...

Michele....this is really beautiful, both in it's "look" and in it's honesty. ONE of my fave pieces of work from you ever! Hugs girl...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

*sigh* that just tears at my heart.....i feel your pain with your DS as Adam has ADHD too and ugh it is quite a struggle.... this is gorgeous michele and so are u! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Pam Speidel said...

This is an exceptionally beautiful and heartfelt page Michele! God bless you, my friend! Hugs & Smiles, Pam :)

Deb Neerman said...

WoW! This is absolutely fabulous!! So beautiful and soooo meaningful .. this is a treasure, Chele!

Jenyfur said...

How meaningful and beautiful is this layout. Thank you for sharing it.

Amy Johnson said...

This is such a gorgeous page! I love the beauty of the page, the way you did your journeling, and the embellishments. But most of all, I love your honesty. So often in the papercrafting world of blogland, I hear how wonderful everything is, and how perfect everyone's families are, and, you know, my life isn't perfect. I'm struggling right now with my 18 year old son. I start to wonder sometimes why everyone else has these perfect families/lives, and I don't. Its so refreshing just to hear someone be honest and open for a change and share what they are really feeling. Thanks.

Diane said...

Wowzers Michelle!!! This layout is stunning and so meaningful!!
You are a exceptional person and don't you forget it!!!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Oh Michele, this is just so amazing ... every aspect of this layout!! From the day I met you, I have ALWAYS been impressed with your STRENGTHS!! And I'm so impressed at your writing skill ... I guess when you pour your heart out it just automatically falls into the right context! This LO is as beautiful as YOU!! God Love Ya!!

Elizabeth *^..^* said...

Gorgeous!! Love the little touches...the coffee stain, tiny butterflies, fancy frame for the "L", heartfelt journaling and so much more. This page is so much more than a layout. Blessed to have seen this and your work.

Sue Lelli said...

Wow! I feel like we are soul sisters. My blog is called Card Therapy and I scrap and make cards for the very same reasons. I LOVE this page and your honesty. I thank God every day for this craft that takes me away and gives me the strength to overcome life's challenges. Stay Strong and keep creating such beautiful things. Thanks for sharing.

misstreez said...

Ah... so many beautiful comments and all for good reason. Life, family and children seem to be more challenging than delightful at times. I've cried with despair at some of the decisions I've had to make, especially regarding my DD16, over this past year. And then I've sobbed huge sobs of relieve when some of my decision bore 'good fruit'. I still cry about it today. Maybe one day I'll able to journal how I felt. I'd love to do that. TFS.