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 him...like 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!