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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Such sad news....

Hi all...just bringing myself to create a post.  On August 31st two of my daughter's friends and soccer teammates were killed in a car accident.  Bella & Elana were only 16 and 17.  They did not have their seat belts on and the other two girls in the car who did have theirs on survived.  There was also another car with 5 other teammates right behind them and saw it all happen.  They tried to help the girls but couldn't.  Bella was starting her Sr. year but instead her funeral was on the first day of school.  It's still so unbelievable.  So I coped one of the best ways I know how...crafting.  I made the 7 girls involved composition book journals.  I know how therapeutic journaling can be and they need every tool they can get to help them through this tragic time in their lives.  The entire team and community have really shown their strength and ability to come together and help each other grieve.  I had just recently bought the My Favorite Things "Love you with all my Heart" stamp set and it was just so fitting for the journals.  My daughter suggested using Bella + Elana's favorite colors...blue and yellow.  The girls really liked them and I hope they help. 
The color doesn't show well but it's a Periwinkle blue and it's very old from Making Memories yellow from Core`dinations.  The side was punched with a MS punch,  I used the Grand Nestabilities Grand Labels Eleven, MFT stamp.  I used chalks to color her in and put a little Jolee's crystal in her barrette.



So if ANYTHING good could possibly come from this tragedy it is that my daughter and I have become even closer.  I think she has helped me through this more than I've helped her.  How did she become so mature and strong?   I can't stop hugging her....  So please hug your children whether they are 3 or 30 and make sure they always wear their seat belts.    Hugs....Kathi


10 comments:

Linda said...

Oh my how terribly sad!!!!! Your journals are beautiful and I am sure the girls will appreciate this and treasure them!!!! What a thoughtful thing for you to do!!!! So sorry for yours and your dauther's loss.

Hugs
Linda

Cath said...

I'm so sorry to hear this sad, sad news, Kathi. Tragedies such as this are so difficult to deal with, and it's such a shock when they happen to young, vibrant people. What a thoughtful, and sweet gift you have shared in the creation of these journals!

Much love to you and your daughter as you grieve.

Auntie Em said...

A kind and caring way to help the girls deal with their grief. I am sure these little journals will be something they will all cherish and keep forever.
Thank you for sharing such a sweet and tender project and {hugs} to you and your daughter.

Auntie Em said...

A kind and caring way to help the girls deal with their grief. I am sure these little journals will be something they will all cherish and keep forever.
Thank you for sharing such a sweet and tender project and {hugs} to you and your daughter.

Dee in N.H. said...

My heart goes out to all of you. Such a terrible tragedy for everyone. Hopefully those pretty journals will be a place where they can write down all those thoughts and questions. Sending hugs....

Barb said...

Oh no...what a horrible loss...and all over a seatbelt? Makes me angry...
This is beautiful. What a generous way to help these young souls. Thank you for sharing, you'll inspire many to do the same.
God bless
xo

Karen said...

What a beautiful way to share your pain. Such a terrible tragedy.

scrappergrl said...

Such a sad thing for two families and countless friends!! Your journals are beautiful and thoughtful gifts! {{{hugs}}}

Helen F. said...

With tears in my eyes, I am praying for your daughter and the families and friends of these two girls. Your gift is a beautiful and kind gesture, Kathi ~God Bless~

Anonymous said...

Susan said: My sympathies go out to you, your daughter, her teammates and their families and especially to the families of those beloved girls. How kind of you to think of a way to help these young women heal. Lovely.

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