This weekend we celebrated Father's Day. As I opened up the card I made for my Dad, tears flowed as I thought about what I wanted to say to him. My Dad has dementia, so although he still reads, I am not sure of all he understands. He can't really communicate with us that much anymore. This is really hard because my Dad was the social one in our family. He was the one who was always reaching out to others, inviting strangers to lunch after church, helping those in need, sacrificing time to serve others, etc. He was also a story teller and loved to make everyone smile and laugh. He told us some of the same stories a thousand times, what I'd give to hear him tell them just one more time!
My Dad set such a great example for me to follow and I'm thankful that I'm still learning from him today.
Since my recent diagnosis with breast cancer, I understand what it means to have to find joy in the midst of your circumstances. To remain positive and strong. These are lessons I learned from my Dad and even lessons he continues to teach me now. He may not be able to communicate but he still smiles and laughs and he even has a funny motion he does with his arms where he imitates an umpire waving his arms to signal that the runner is safe at first base. I think this is his way of letting us all know, he is good, he is safe and there is no reason for worry or fear.
For Father's Day, I wanted to use new product to create his card. I love the new vintage looking designer paper called Birthday Memories. So I decided to fussy cut one of the images that reminded me of my Dad and make it the focal point of the card. This is what I came up with.
This paper is so adorable. I love every piece in this vintage style birthday pack. This card was simple because I just made a color block background with an embossed piece of Old Olive card stock and a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Birthday Memories pack. The letters on the Balloon that spell, "D-A-D" are from the stamp set Guy Greetings.
For my Dad's gift bag, I took one of my favorite pieces of the Birthday Memories pack and cut it into a large rectangle and did nothing more but to back it with a card stock and mount it to a pre made blank gift bag I already had. The paper is so adorable on its own there is nothing more I needed to do than just to mount it and add the sentiment, Happy Father's Day!
This card and gift was so simple to make! So, I was inspired to make another card for my husband. This one required more fussy cutting but it was worth it cause I just love how it turned out.
This card could be use to celebrate Father's Day, a husbands birthday or even to celebrate an engagement. "Hip Hip Hooray, a husband is on the way". All of these are very good reasons to celebrate, don't you think?
I used a part of a new Textured impressions embossing folder called, "Sweetheart", to make the grass that this fun parade is taking place on.
For the inside of the card I added another layer of card stock that I cut and made into a pop up card.
This allowed me space to add the Father's Day greeting and the words "let's celebrate your day".
I made a matching bag for my husbands gift as well.
My husband is such a great Dad. I watch how he speaks into the lives of our children with so much patience and wisdom. He is such a hard worker, he never complains and everyday he selflessly reminds us of how much he loves us by the way he cares for us.
He has especially shown that to me as he's been by my side for me these past few weeks encouraging me every step of the way. With my new much slower paced schedule I am so glad that I've had more quality time with him to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated.
On Sunday afternoon, we had a really enjoyable lunch together at the Disney Hotel near our home. Kalani was on a business trip so he couldn't be with us this time and we missed him. We realize that time is precious and it becomes increasingly difficult to find moments where we can all be together, which are my favorite times.
When I gave my Dad his card and gift he smiled as he read the words I wrote.
He may not remember what my name is anymore but I can see the love he has for me in the way his eyes light up when he see's me. It's the same way he is with everyone. He smiles, laughs and repeats what we say, always with joy.
I know my Dad has joy because of his relationship with Christ. I grew up watching the time he set aside every morning to read his bible and spend time with God.
One of the most precious moments during lunch was when our food arrived. Without hesitation my Dad grabbed our hands and bowed his head and began to pray. The words were soft and mumbled but the heart behind the prayer was felt. Even though my Dad couldn't express his prayer with words he didn't let that stop him from honoring God for His many blessings.
I am glad that although we are both facing health challenges we had the blessing of being together on Father's Day. Can you tell that we were both feeling great? It's because we've learned that God is in control, our lives are in his hands and we trust HIm.
I am really thankful for the opportunity we had to celebrate Father's Day together this year. I really enjoyed creating some fun projects to honor and bless the amazing mentors and leaders God has placed in my life. For all of them, I am eternally grateful!
However you celebrated, I hope you had a Happy Father's Day!