This day has come again. The day you want to forget except that you want to remember the special people and all that they meant to so many. I feel compelled to write down something every year. (You can read them here: 9th Anniversary, 10th Anniversary, 11th Anniversary , 12th Anniversary and 13th Anniversary). As always, I find it hard to put into words how I feel about this anniversary. As a United pilot, it is astonishing to think about all the changes to my company, our country, the world since that awful day. Many of the changes make me sad but I also have to think about the good ones. My boys, for instance. On that day 14 years ago, I could hardly think, much less imagine where I would be now and how my life would be filled with laughs and smiles from these crazy, funny kids. And my stamping. I had never stamped or even considered anything crafty back then. It was my furlough and all the family changes because of it that led me to stamping. I needed a refuge, a happy refuge, and stamping filled a wonderful spot in my heart. And the friends that have come via this hobby are a blessing! So I’m going to break out a little and share a card with you but not a card that maybe fits the occasion. Because sometimes it just flies like that around here.
I created this card for a swap with some of these dear friends I have met over the course of my stamping and I thought that maybe today was an ok day to share. I love silver and blue together (maybe it is a legacy United pilot thing….I also have a soft spot for Rhapsody in Blue) and I used them to create this clean Christmas card using All Ye Faithful. This set made me so happy when I saw it and I could not wait to get it. I kept this one simple to bring focus to the Holy Family. Hopefully exactly what we want at Christmas (and all year). I used stars from the set Holly Jolly Greetings and stamped them randomly to create the sky. All the images were stamped in Versamark and embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I added some washi tape from the Watercolor Wishes kit and this beautiful Iced Rhinestone as the star.
I think this card kind of reflects how I feel about today’s anniversary. I wish for people of good hearts and faith to come together with a single voice. For love to win and for the quiet moments of reflection to help us find the light.
Thanks so much for letting me share with you. I hope for you a safe and love-filled Patriot’s Day.
In memory of:
United 93: Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer, Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deborah Welsh
United 175: Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus
American 11: John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Amy Sweeney
American 77: Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May