Friday, January 20, 2012


There are two challenges that I have committed to doing on a monthly basis.  One is for 2012's "One Little Word" and the other is for the Thanks Living challenge over at Club CK.  For January's layout, I knew exactly which one I wanted to use but I needed some time to think about how I wanted it to come out.  It took me a while to make it all come together because I wanted to make sure that the design, colours and embellishments gave the right feel to the layout.  Here's what I came up with using Melissa Bennett's digi kit "What About Love":

I know the journalling isn't very clear so since it's such an important part of the LO, I'm including it:

Ever since we discovered the lump on K’s chest, we’ve been worrying.  Worrying about what the lump is from, about how she got it and most importantly, what it means.  We went for the blood tests and ultrasound on December 15th and Dr. S said that if we didn’t hear from him, that everything was OK and to see him in three weeks.  We didn’t hear from him but it wasn’t reassuring enough.  D and I constantly had a worry in the back of our minds about this bump and what it could mean.  We tried not to think about the negative possibilities but it’s tough not to, especially with L’s battle with leukemia right now.

So today, I took K to the ER to meet with Dr. S again.  Thankfully, his report was great - the lump is getting softer and it’s moving, which means that there’s nothing to worry about.  This was the first time I had felt relief in weeks.  It was like a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders.  However, I think this scare was exactly what I needed to gain a better 
perspective.  These last few months have been really tough with the move back home, buying a home and trying to get settled and me going back to work almost full time after being at home with K and A for five years.  I was not appreciating the beauty of being a mom; instead I was too caught up in the frenzy of life.  Now, though, I’ve changed.  I’m more patient, I’m more caring and I’m just more aware and thankful for those little moments and our beautiful little girl.  I think of these past five years and realize how very lucky I am to have K as my daughter.  God knew exactly what He was doing.                                                                                   January 5th, 2012