One of the things I enjoy most about cardmaking is that you can be creative and share a card with loved ones. Most of the cards are for happy occasions like a birthday or an anniversary or even a graduation. But there are also sympathy cards that mark the passing of a loved one. Those cards are hard...you try to make them beautiful because you want to honor the memory of someone who was beautiful to a family...but they're still difficult to make.
About a week or so ago, a news story was reported about a young mom who had traveled to Turkey alone on her "dream trip". Her name was Sarai Sierra. She was a photographer from NY--the state where I was raised--and she was a mother of two young boys. Her boys are aged 11 and 9. Mine are 11 and 8. I saw the picture of her all over facebook and on the news and felt bad that, at the time, she was missing. Little did I know that my brother went to school with her uncle. In fact, I have a lot of friends who know this girl's uncle. Her uncle studied theology with my brother. Like I said, I felt sad that she was missing...but when the news came out that she'd been found murdered, my heart broke for her family--and especially for her little boys. I truly can't imagine how hard it must be to tell your children that their parent is gone.
So, tonight I'm sharing the card I'm sending to the kids. I have an address for the uncle who has promised to pass on the card. If you are interested in making a card also, just let me know and I can provide the address.
Let's all hug our kids a bit tighter tonight,