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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Daddys are Heroes

Coffee of the Day - Texas Turtle in honor of my MIL visiting from San Antonio (TX Turtle is a mix of chocolate, caramel, & pecans for those of you who have previously asked. quite yummy!)

If it's Wednesday, then you know it has to be time for a new challenge with Isabella's Sketchbook! and this week the theme is near and dear to my heart - honoring our fathers.


I have been blessed many times over in my life in the area of fathers. My Daddy was not only my father, but he was my hero, a man admired in our community wherever that happened to be, and someone who's legacy lives on long past the time he was granted in this world. My boys know him probably better than they do their other grandfather, even though only Tyler met him. David still talks about him routinely. I still dream about him at least several times a week, and he has been gone almost 18 years now. Even after I was married, we still spoke on the phone at least a few times a week. When I was growing up for a long time, it was just the 2 of us. We endured things most people could never fathom or comprehend. But we survived. and he was my hero - still is and always will be. He taught me to look at life with a sense of humor, even if it might be a little twisted sometimes! ;) So he might be gone, but this card was made for him. We spent many wonderful times at the beach, which is why I chose this sandcastle image. and heroes don't always ride on white horses, sometimes they drive an old Cutlass and wear a cowboy hat........

the sentiment is from TLC Creations. the bg piece is actually a small bit of fabric I came across & frayed the edges. buttons by the shell are vintage. I used the water distressing technique on all cs edges.

15 comments:

Randi said...

Your fabric looks like a beach blanket! With a shell on top of that and you have captured the beach scene so well. I have a little stash of shells from a trip to Florida with the grandkids. I love hearing about your father. What a great heritage. Have a great week.

Holly said...

aw Jenn, what a touching post in honor of your dad. My dad was pretty special too so I totally understand your feelings. Great card - love the sentiment!

Annika said...

I don't know what is more beautiful your card or your post about your Dad.
Big hugs to you
Annika

Viv said...

Aww Jennifer , you bring tears to my eyes! You're so lucky to have those wonderful memories.
Your card is gorgeous , love the frayed fabric and the sentiment is perfect! Viv xx

Barbara said...

jennifer i love your card and your dad would have loved it.Its so good that you two were so close thats nice.

Cec said...

Your card is so special especially after reading your post and understanding all the meaning behind your design. I had that same relationship (and shared struggles) with my mother and she has been gone for almost 18 years. I still forget and pick up the phone intending to call her. Your Dad is up there (with my Mom) smiling down on you because you are so special.
Hugs!
Cec

PeggyR said...

Oh my gosh what a beautiful card. I wish my dad were still here. At the moment I'm glad my husband is. He's in ICU at University as he had a bleeding stroke in his head Monday. He's doing well though, but keep him in your prayers.

Sue C said...

Fabulous card, the texture of the fabric is great. A really lovely post and precious memories of your father. Sue C x

Carla aka scrappypug said...

what a fabulous card and a wonderful tribue to your father.

The Wired Angel said...

And where can one get "Texas Turtle" coffee.. sounds so good! Inquiring minds want to know. Loved your post Jen. Great job on the card and perfect for the challenge. Hugs, Peggy x

JazzyH said...

Love the texture. Great card!

Sharon Keanly said...

A beautiful card and wonderful memories you have Jen. Just love this card. How very blessed some of us are to have such wonderful memories of our fathers, whilst others have none!

Deedee Anderson said...

A beautiful card, Jennifer, and what a loving tribute to your Dad! I'm sure you must miss him terribly. What a great gift you have given your boys, though, in keeping him alive in their hearts. I'm sure your Dad would be very proud of the wonderful woman you are!!! Hugs, Deedee

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

What a wonderful use of textiles, Jennifer! Love the burlap rick rack - very cool. And you've achieved such a beachy feel with your watercolored image. Lovely tribute to your dad also. How wonderful that your boys feel like they knew him!

wordbird said...

Jennifer...I love this post about your dad.
Your card is really wonderful and full of very creative elements. You always add so many wonderful textures and neat little surpizes in your cards!
P.S. My hero wore a cowboy hat too. Hugs! Diana Queen