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March 5

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March 5, 1977

I was only 8 years old when my father died. I know now things I didn’t know as a child, things that would have made me angry with him, things that would have changed my feelings about him. I credit my mother with keeping those things from me; for keeping my father’s memory intact no matter how hurt she must have been. My father was with another woman the night he died in a car accident. If he’d been home with his wife and children, maybe he’d be alive today. To make things worse, I not only lost a father that night, but a week later my mother miscarried my baby brother during his funeral reception.

March 5, 2010

My Grandma Helen, my father’s mother, was 98 and living in a nursing home. I’d seen her three years earlier when I’d gone home for my high school reunion. I knew it was likely the last time I’d see her. She was getting confused, but she recognized me and cried when she was brought into the day room. I helped feed her and said my good-byes. I wasn’t surprised when my aunt called to tell me she’d had a stroke. It was decided not to take extreme measures to keep her alive. She was unconscious. She wasn’t receiving food or water, just medication to keep her comfortable. Every day we thought it would be the day she passed, but every day she held on. A week later, without food or water, it occurred to us that the fifth was approaching. Earlier that day, I called to check on her, but she was still with us. Around 9:30 that night, my mother called to tell me grandma passed away about 15 minutes earlier. I asked my mom what time my dad died, but she didn’t remember. A bit later she called again. She’d gotten curious and pulled out my dad’s death certificate. My dad died at 9:10 p.m.


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theStudio Monet
Amazing coincidence of their deaths! Thank you for sharing your very personal feelings about your father and grandmother. You've done a beautiful job laying out this page!
#1 Wed June 22, 2011 22:33


theStudio Monet
I like the juxtapositioning of the two events and the beautiful scripture at the bottom. It's so perfect! Your layout is very beautiful and captured a poignant memory.
#2 Thu June 23, 2011 07:28


theStudio CT
Terrific journaling ... amazing coincidence. Wonderful job on your layout ... very creative way to tell the story!

#3 Thu June 23, 2011 07:48


theStudio Monet
gorgeous work. love the heritage feel of the layout. beautiful design.
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#4 Thu June 23, 2011 09:04


theStudio Designer
wow! that is an amazing detail that they passed on so closely in time yet 33 years apart! So sorry for your loss of both your Father, baby brother and your Grandmother. (hugS) Having experienced a miscarriage myself, I was recalling how difficult that was for me emotionally. I can't imagine compounding that with the loss of your husband (esp. on the heels of learning of his infidelity!) Your Mother must be an incredibly strong and loving woman with an amazing story. I applaud her for having the beautiful spirit to spare you from that knowledge early on until you were old enough and ready to hear it. What a wonderful Mother you must have :-)

#5 Thu June 23, 2011 10:12


theStudio Monet
Amazing, thanks for this wonderful history

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#6 Thu June 23, 2011 14:46


theStudio Picasso
Your Mom is indeed an amazing woman! I am so sorry for your loss, the loss of a father at such a young age, and then a loss of innocence later in life when you learned the truth. What a painful time you've been through. I also mourn the loss of my grandmother, they are just so important in our lives. How unbelievable that it would be the same day, and so very close to the exact time of death. That is astonishing.

I love the verse you selected, it is just perfect and the photo of your dad and grandmother together is priceless. I love your dual sides of your layout with clusters and creative framing.
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#7 Thu June 23, 2011 14:58


theStudio Owner
That is one of my favorite verses, it is a beautiful one to choose for this LO. The coincidence is remarkable and makes for a very unique page. Your mother and her strength amaze me. My heart broke when reading of her miscarriage on top of the complete loss of her husband. Thank you for sharing Lori.

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#8 Fri June 24, 2011 02:36


theStudio Picasso
Wow Lori, you've created a most wonderful layout here! I love it all, the side by side stories with the photo connecting them, the leafy clustering on the side and how it's tucked under the paper and the symmetry of it all. Just lovely!
Your journaling is amazing too - though the number of words you've used to tell the story are relatively few in number, they tell a very large story! There's so much more I'd like to say here but I'm having difficulty expressing what I'd like... I feel for you all, you, your mother and your father's mother... so many lives affected... thanks for sharing your personal story with us.
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#9 Fri June 24, 2011 08:57


theStudio Designer
What a coincidence... love the way you told this story and placed the journaling side by side dividing the page and then joining it all with the photo! Wonderful layout!
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#10 Fri June 24, 2011 10:56

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What a wonderful layout -- love the side-by-side stories with the connecting picture between. And fantastic job on the journaling you've recorded here. Really super job!
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#11 Fri June 24, 2011 12:42

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you did a great job of shaing your story and theirs thru your layout. Excel;lent choice of a picture to use too. Im sorry for your loss and I admire your mother for her strength. She surely gave some of that to you!
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#12 Fri June 24, 2011 13:15


theStudio Artist
I don't believe in coincidence...I think that timing happened for a reason. What a lovely layout comparing both lives and their endings. Very touching.
#13 Sun June 26, 2011 19:02

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