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Thursday, April 22, 2010

LOC For Phoebe

Today my family lost a very special person - Aunty Phoebe, who is infact my great aunt.  I come from a family that is steeped in heritage and grew up as a close and loving family, we are many and have been blessed to know what it means to be loved deeply by those we call 'family!'  Today, we are all feeling a deep sadness, that is only softened by the knowledge that Aunty has indeed gone home!


Creating this card has been like therapy for me, a balm for my sad heart as I thought about Aunty Phoebe,  my beautiful Nana's sister and along with the other Great Aunties and Uncles filled our childhood with love and laughter.  Being the oldest grandchildren, my Mother's siblings were only slightly older than us and it was more like growing up with lots of brothers and sisters, the great aunties and uncles were just aunties and uncles to us, people were amazed at how young they all were....and the love that freely flowed, not just to family but to all that dared enter the open doors of the family home!


Today as the news slowly registered, I started to make a card  for a special family member, I reflect back on the childhood I have been blessed with, and am so grateful to these beautiful ladies who  have been such treasures in our lives!  I am also so grateful that these dear ones have been 'pillars' of the faith and always there with an encouraging word to help guide us on the right path - so it is only fitting that I include this fabulous scripture from Isaiah 61:3 - "Give unto them Beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!'


A great sadness sweeps over my heart when I think of the loss that our family is feeling today, but part of me is rejoicing knowing that Aunty is now 'home', with her God and reunited with some of her loved ones - what rejoicing there is in Heaven today....yes, my heart is sad, but not grieved, for I know it is not goodbye, but 'see you when I am looking at you!'


This is my card, it is only simple, but it is all my heart could muster today, where else would I go to create, for much needed therpy, but to my Layers of Color images, I don't have to try with these images, it all just comes together so easily the images just seem to create for themselves - I am grateful for that today - I wanted to create a card that was feminine yet showed strength, one that did not just show mourning but gave hope!

Thank you for stopping my today and for the love and support you give me - I appreciate each and every comment and each and every one of you!!  Thank you too, to those who have emailed and sent your love and prayers - you make my heart smile and I am so glad that we have ;linked arms - I {{{heart}}} you!!
{{{hugs}}}

14 comments:

  1. This is beautiful great details and great verse.

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  2. Linda, God bless you my friend! This certainly is made out of the heart that you have, to be able to get comfort from one of the things you do best and sharing it with those who care, we thank you for that. May you and your family find peace together and enjoy the fond memories your family shared with your Aunty. The Lord will see you through this and help you gain strength in your heart again.
    Thank you for sharing this piece of beautiful art and for opening up your heart to us!
    Extra hugs,
    Charlotte
    XXX

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  3. Oh, Linda, I am so sorry for your loss!! Your card is breathtaking and I love the images you chose and the scripture...it could not be any better!!! You are in my prayers my friend!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

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  4. It is beautiful Linda, and I am sure that your aunt would have been proud of you using your sadness to create something beautiful in her memorie.

    I am sending you lots of thoughts today (or night since you are probably sleeping right now, I hope you are anyway).

    Take care!

    Hugs
    Gunn

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  5. Dear Linda - what a wonderful family you have experienced!! And what a temper to your sorrow to know you will see your Aunt again. May you know God's peace in the coming days.
    Beautiful card, as ever, and wonderful scripture.
    Blessings
    M

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  6. Hello Linda,

    After reading you post I reminded of the saying "You can't experience great loss without first having experience great happiness".
    You have been truely blessed to have grown up in such a loving family experiencing such happiness. My best wishes to you and your family.

    Your card is beautiful not just because of how it looks but because of the love you put into making it.

    Take care,
    Sharon x

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  7. oh hun so sorry for your loss,am thinking of you hun at this time,but your strength will get you through,and this card is one beautiful creation hugs cheryl xxx

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  8. Absolutely stunning card. I am so sorry about your loss. You are in my thoughts.
    Denise

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  9. Feel hugged by me, this is easier than finding words for this in a foreign language. Your card is beautiful and I am sure your aunt would be very proud and honoured by your way of dealing with this loss.

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  10. Oh Linda, I am so glad you find peace in creating and I am sure it does your heart and mind good when you do make something so beautiful like this. I am sure it helps heal the pain. It would be hard for me as I would be viewing my work through puddles and would be wiping the tears from the project ever few mins. Well done Linda and may god bless your family in this difficult time.
    Priscilla

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  11. Aw, Honey, bless your heart! I wish I could reach right through this computer and give you lots of hugs, good home cooked sweets and listen to all the lovely stories you have of Aunt Phoebe!

    Art has always been a huge aspect of healing therapy. I'm so glad you have that too. Every aspect of this touching work of art is so filled with your love. It's deeply beautiful, like Phoebe, like you.

    Warm cookie hugs!

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  12. Oh, Linda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your post and card are a tribute to your Auntie. It is such a hard time to be sad for ourselves, really, mourning our loss. But we want to be happy and celebrate our loved one returning home. It is a comfort knowing we will one day meet in heaven!!! {{{lots of hugs}}}

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  13. Im so sorry for the loss of your special auntie but as you say we can rejoice when our loved ones go home! It is healing to be able to create when we have all those emotions stirring within us. Your beautiful creation is a lovely tribute and a perfect scripture!!

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  14. What a comfort it is to know your loved one is in her eternal HOME, where you will meet up with her again!! Your pocket card is so fitting and so beautiful! Lovely post Linda. Thank you for sharing your heart with us (as you always do). Some of us have a hard time opening up to the world. You help us feel a sense of connection. Blessings & Hugs,
    Kristine

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