My addiction to card making is taking front stage this New Year. I love taking the time to figure out exactly where I want to place the various elements. I'm obsessed with any stamps having to do with cameras and typewriters, so I was thrilled last year to purchase this vintage camera stamp. The expression "1,2,3 ...say cheese!" are words deeply etched in my mind, as they were constantly uttered by my photography loving father, right before taking multitudes of pictures during my childhood.
Here my son holds one of his grandfather's well loved, old Polaroid cameras.
On a more personal note...I haven't shared this information here before, but my 83 year old dad suffers from Alzheimers. He was diagnosed several years ago, and has been slowly declining. Thank goodness, he is blessed with round the clock care, while living with my brother and his family in Connecticut. The hardest part for me is physically being so many miles away, here in Texas. We do thankfully speak daily, but those conversations are becoming more and more difficult for him. I must strain to fill in the words, that he can not push forward. I must interpret his phrases, such as "I just dropped it" to mean he forgot what he was saying midstream. My children make sure they say a few things to him each day. We passionately pray my father never gets to the point that he no longer can speak, as that would be devastating to us. However, it would be a lifeline severed only in one direction, as I shall then always insist that someone hold the phone upon his ear...to hear my far away words of love and encouragement. Just like the gifts of supportive words he endlessly bestowed upon me, growing up and in my adulthood. So, I struggle to "smile and look at the bright side," no matter how dim. I truly hope none of you have been, or will ever be touched by this most difficult of diseases.