Amanda, remembering my Dad (Robert Smith, age 57) who died August 15, 2007 in a farming accident.

Jen, remembering & cherishing my aunt (Katherine Johanson, age 48), lost June 5, 2009 to breast cancer and my grandma (Marion Finnegan), lost June 21, 2006, also to cancer.
Kaitlin, remembering my grandma, who died June 19, 2005.
Lisa, remembering my loving and supportive mother, Nettie Hartman, who died on January 31, 2005 from cancer and my dear friend, Cheryl Holzman, who died on April 14, 2008, also from cancer. I miss them both, each and every day. My world just isn't the same without them.
Marti, remembering my beautiful Grandson Quincey who died 5 days after his birth in 2005; and my Grandmother, Genevieve, who lived for 97 wonderful years.
Sherry, remembering my dad, Bert Fukuda (died Aug 1998) and my mother-in-law, Billie Cartwright (passed Sept 2008).
Stacey, remembering my Daddy (Doug Douglass, age 64) who passed away on May 30, 2007, six weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Tania, remembering Sue Ann Werner (mom, age 50) who died July 19, 2007 suddenly and very unexpectedly from cardiac arrest.



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Two years ago I lost my dad. A tractor crushed him in a farming accident. He was 57 years old.

After he died, I honestly felt lost for a good while...just going through the motions. I'm sure some of you know exactly what I mean. Even scrapbooking, which has always been a creative outlet for me, fell by the wayside for the most part. I did what was necessary and not much else. When I finally came back to scrapbooking, particularly to scrapbooking about my dad, I felt such a weight lifted off my shoulders. I felt reconnected to at least this part of him had been given back to me.

So. I scrapbooked. And I started realizing what a therapeutic outlet scrapbooking about my dad can be. Through it, I am able to work through things I especially miss, things I wish could be different, things I want to remember. I am also able to document and celebrate my dad's life so that my sons won't completely miss out on knowing their Papa.

I started thinking about sharing this revelation with anyone who would listen. I wrote an article in the May 2008 Creating Keepsakes magazine about memorial layouts. I started talking with my local scrapbook store owner and was shocked to realize how many customers she gets in looking for help in this very department. I pitched a book idea but was unable to find a taker. And, as is to be expected, life got in the way. :)

Now, on the two year anniversary of my dad's death, I feel compelled to start this blog. I have two reasons for doing this. First, it helps me. I'm one of those people who really benefits from deadlines, so challenges are awesome motivation. Through the challenges here on this blog, I hope to continue to push myself to scrapbook about my dad and am stoked that I'll get to share that journey with you...and be inspired by you and the fabulous contributors here.

My second reason for starting this blog is that I truly believe that this is what my dad would want. He'd want me to live my life and remember him in this way, not dwell on what could have been. I feel like this is his message that he wants me to share, and I've always trusted my dad. 

NOTE: The above was written on August 15, 2009. Since August 15, 2010, this blog has been inactive. We keep it up for reference...feeling that if browsing through old posts helps even one person, it's worthwhile. Thank you for stopping by!