Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Time

Yikes, it's been almost 2 months since I've posted anything here on my blog! I've just been so busy!

Most all of my free time of late has been donated working for my local chapter of the national group known as The Compassionate Friends. This is a non-profit organization who's mission "is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive."

I discovered this group in 2003, shortly after the death of my 13-year-old son, Evan. Being bereaved parents themselves, they were an amazing source of comfort, support, understanding and compassion during the early stages of my grief and because of them, and in honor of my son's memory, I try to give back when I can. So, each year, during November and early December I create over 200 photo gifts and produce a memorial slide-show, featuring an even larger number of photos, for presentation at our chapter's annual observance of the event known as the Worldwide Candle Lighting. This is a project of which I am very compassionate and I gladly do it for the chance to be able to provide even a small bit of comfort to those struggling to find their way along life's oh-so-difficult path after losing one so precious.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting has passed for this year but if you would like to learn more about it and about The Compassionate Friends organization, please visit the web site of the national offices by using the links I have provided here.

Now, onto the business of digital scrapbooks and the winter holiday season...

I realize that Christmas is only 3 days away. AND I realize that I'm rather 'late to the game', as they say, with my latest kit, 'Christmas Time'. But, well, um, that is me, Ms. Procrastination... and well, as I mentioned above, I have been otherwise occupied.

Maybe there are some of you out there that are my opposite and create things early, well in advance of the next year's holidays and events, and instead of thinking that I'm 'late' with my new designs, maybe you can think of me as very 'early'??? LOL. Whatever anyone thinks, early or late, here's my latest kit, which you can find in my store by clicking here.

And here's a little gift for you; it coordinates with my Christmas Time Kit. Download by clicking here (download expired).

Moving forward into 2011, I hope to give my blog a make-over and not leave it so poorly neglected... here is wishing everyone a Happy New Year; may your year be filled with lots of photo memories to scrapbook!