Thursday, May 13, 2010

So Hard To Say Goodbye

Hey to you all. It's been a little while since my last post. Things have been pretty hard around here. We recently found out that my mother has breast cancer. Many of you know that I am a cancer survivor. My heart is heavy not only with my moms diagnosis but with the knowledge of the road ahead for her. This is such a tough fight.

With that, I am going to lighten my stamping load. I cannot believe that I will have to scale back but I know that with the summer approaching and the need to spend as much time with her as possible something will have to give. Ugh. I've been part of Sharon Johnson's stamping team for such a long time. I have had so much fun working with Sharon and all of the rest of the Stamp Simply team. Sharon has such an amazing challenge each week and I have truly been blessed to be a part of it. A couple of months back Sharon asked for each team member to host the first challenge each month. It's somewhat kismet that my turn up is now. For my last official challenge I am contributing a sketch to keep your stamping simple. It's an EPLS {easy peasy lemon squeezy} to help you whip up a card in no time flat. Here's a shot of the actual sketch.....

My card for this one uses one of my favorite stamps from The Stamps of Life. Take a peek.....

The paper I used for this one is from Jillibean Soup. Head on over to Sharon's fabulous blog for the rest of the link list for the Stamp Simply team and to see Sharon's beautiful sample.


Thank you again, Sharon for asking me to join your team. It's truly been so much fun and such an honor to work with you! :) You are such a sweetie!


I will be back to post you all next week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I am happy to say that I am taking a little break from all that is my 'regular' life to head on over to one of my LSS to see some of my stamping friends! What a welcome trip this is. I will share some pictures once I get back. :)

Take care each of you!

39 comments:

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Jen, you know how sorry I am that you must leave right now, and for the circumstances requiring you to do so - take care -- both of you! And I LOVE your card -- that paper is GREAT, for sure, and that is ONE FAB sketch! Thank you so much!!! You WILL be missed!

Lori Craig said...

{{Jen}} Love you, girl. You are in my prayers.

Barb Schram said...

Oh Jennifer, my heart is heavy for you and your Mom! Please know you are on my prayer list and I will continue to hold you,your Mom and family in thought!

Your card and sketch is fabulous! Hugs to you, take good care!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, beautiful...luv the colors and patterns....I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

enjoy *~*

Chrisd said...

So sad to hear of your news. Wishing the best for both you and your Mom.

Lynn said...

Jennifer,
We're certainly be keeping your mom and your entire family in our prayers.

Enjoy your weekend getaway.

Lynn

Janine said...

Jennifer We will MISS you!! Stay in touch! Love your card and I will be thinking of you, your family and your Mom!!

StampinCathy said...

Jen your card is just stunning and love that sketch. I'm so sorry to hear about your MOM. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

BeckyH said...

Sad to hear your news. We're all praying for you and your mom. God bless you and your family.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

So sorry to hear about this--I didn't know you were a cancer survivor--we will def. be praying for you and your family!

**NOTE:: I hope you don't mind if I share this with you--I apologize if I'm pushing it--Today I read in my bible study that God cannot give out pain or sicknesses since He doesn't have it--in Heaven there is NO SICKNESS NO PAIN! The study said that God can only give out HEALING! Praise, Jesus:)

Dear Lord, I thank you so much for Jennifer and the blessing of creativity that you have given her. I also thank you that she is a survivor of cancer! Lord, I pray for her family--and esp. her mom. God, I lift them up because of this breast cancer that her mom now has. Lord--I pray for Your healing on them and Your comfort and peace. Lord, we know that there is no pain or sickness in Heaven, and we thank you that you can only give healing. Lord, I pray for a healing on Jennifer's mom--I ask that she would be healed from this cancer and that it would leave her body! Thank you, Lord, for healing and all good gifts ["Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17]. I also praise You, Lord, because you hear our cries and that You have a plan--much greater than we could ever wish for [Jer. 29:11-13]. Thank you, God, for our salvation and for Your son who died for us. We ask this in Jesus' precious name--AMEN!

James 5:14-15
Mark 16:15,17,18
Acts 10:38
Luke 13:16

Shawn said...

Jen, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's diagnosis! My prayers and positive thoughts will be with you all as you travel this long, hard road. Cancer has affected our family in many ways ....most significantly taking my Husband at the young age of 34 (6 years ago). Please know that we all understand that your priorities must change during this difficult time. Make sure to take care of yourself, too!! xoxo

Annabelle said...

I´m saddened to hear about your mom, but I will keep her and your family in my prayers. May God grant you the strength to help her out and that he puts the owrds of wisdom in you to give to your mom.

Barbara said...

Jenn, thanks for a very fun sketch--your card is gorgeous! You know your mom and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and let us hear from you when you can.

Deborah Saaranen said...

Jen, you and your entire family will be in my prayers...we will miss you on the Stamp Simply team! Thanks for being so kind and a cheerleader...you've uplifted me many a time!

marilyn said...

Jen, praying for your mom's recovery. Love your card!

Deb Neerman said...

Oh, Jennifer, this is such sad news. I'm so sorry for you, your family, and most especially, your Mom. Please know that all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I'll also request prayers on your Mom's behalf from my Prayer Circle. Stay strong!

Thanks for a great sketch this week, Jennifer, and stay in touch!

Sending hugs!

Linda H said...

Jennifer, My heart and prayers go out to You, Your Family and Your Mom! I lost My Mother to breast cancer 17 years ago and I was her care taker! It was hard but I wouldn't do it any different if I had to do it again! Take the time and just be there for her! You'll never regret it!

Hugs to You,
Linda Henry

Susan said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. Much love, many prayers, and lots of healing energy coming your way for your mom and you.

Susan

Mary Friederichsen said...

Beautiful Card Jennifer! Love those papers!

I will pray for your Mom that she will receive the Lords healing Grace and that you will all know His courage and Peace!

Enjoy your weekend, laugh a lot and lean on your friends when you need too!

lisa808 said...

My thoughts and well wishes are with you, your mom, and your entire family.

The Rubber Maid said...

Jennifer, you and your Mom will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for the sketch challenge I love it and your card is adorable. Love the color choice. Pat

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Thinking of you and your mom, Jennifer. I am so sorry your family has to go through this but so glad you can be there for your mom. Love your card by the way.

Lenoria said...

I will keep you and your family in my prayers! I can't express my feelings in words but I hope you know that you are cared for and being lifted up in prayer by so many friends, both in real life and blog time life!

Cassie said...

so sorry to hear about your mom! will keep you in my reader for when you do post. and will keep your mom in my prayers for healing!

Earline said...

Jennifer you have been a blessing in so many people lives and you are a blessing to your mother take care of her and your self. Keep us posted if you can concerning your mother. I will be praying for you and your family.

Julia Aston said...

Life takes many turns - but with the help of God, family and friends we are able to get through it - whatever comes. I will keep you and your mum in my prayers.

BonnieRose said...

Jennifer, all the best to you xo to you both .... enjoy that summer of yours!

Remigia Poulo said...

Praying for you and your Mom.

Beate said...

Oh Jenn, I am so sorry to read that your Mom got diagnosed with Breast cancer. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

I am sorry I didn't get to come to the class, but I am glad I didn't. I got another headache today. Darn that head of mine.

Your card looks amazing! Big cyber hugs!!!

Carolyn King said...

So sorry to hear about your mom....I am keeping you all in my prayers. I know she has a tough road ahead but she has the perfect person to get her through it:)
Hugs and xo...

Anthonette said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, Jennifer. I wish her a speedy recovery. She is lucky to have you help her navigate her cancer treatment.

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with your mom and your whole family as you all support her in her fight.

Beedubya said...

I'm so sorry that your mom is sick. I'm a follower of your blog but I rarely comment. I just wanted to let you know that you and your mom will be in my thoughts.

Hugs,
Brandi

Lisa H. said...

HUGE hugs to you and your family, Jennifer! you're a fighter and your mom is so lucky to have you with her. We understand and know that family is your priority! I'll keep you in my prayers. {{{{{hugs}}}}}!

Heather T said...

I will be praying for your family as you face this new battle. May God give you all the strength you need and healing for your mother.

Kelly Landers said...

Jen, family always comes first. As hard as it is for you to back off a little, it will be comforting to know you gave your mom this time that she will so appreciate. My prayers are with you and your family...especially your mom! Hugs to you!! Sorry you have to go through this!

Terrie B x said...

Hi sweet Jennifer,

so sorry to hear your sad news,
May you find comfort knowing others care,
Keeping you your Mam and all your family in my prayers,

Lotsa loves:)xxx

Lorie said...

Dear Jennifer,
You, your mom and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayer. I am also a cancer survivor. It is a rough trail, but God is with us.
Lorie Betz

Melinda aka Passionfruit said...

prayers are with you and your mother. I am a co-captain for our team in our community's 2010 Relay for Life and as a nurse, I know how troubling this diagnosis is. Please know there are many fighting to find a cure for this disease. God bless you and your family.