With Heartfelt Sympathy

Today's post is dedicated to the memory of my sweet friend and stampin' sister Sarina.  On Friday, April 6th she unexpectedly passed away after suffering complications from a stroke.

Sarina was a full time care giver for her mom, Rosita.  Both of these lovely ladies came into my life a couple of years ago and have been such a blessing not only to me but to the other guests at my classes and events.

Rosita and Sarina

Rosita and Sarina

Sarina had such a giving heart, she was always thinking of ways to bless others.  In this photo above she and her mom are passing out little post it note holders that they had made for everyone who came to class that day.

Sarina and Rosita

Sarina and Rosita

Here they are again during a Christmas event.  I remember them waiting outside and then making a surprise grand entrance as Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Everyone was so surprised and delighted.  

In this photo they are also holding a gift they had made for me.  It was small Christmas tree made with a coat hanger, tinsel and it even had working Christmas lights on it.   

After stamping with me for a little while, Sarina decided to become a demonstrator.  Sarina joined Stampin' Up! and my team Stamped With Aloha and our group was never the same!  Whether it be at classes, Inspiration Night or other stamping events Sarina had a way of making everyone laugh.  

Sarina and Terry

Sarina and Terry

Her smile was infectious and her positive attitude so strong.  Sarina was so encouraging to all of us.  Whether it be about life of stamping she knew just what to say to make us feel affirmed and inspired.  

One of my favorite photos of her is this one with a group of my downline whom she was especially close to.

Roxy, Sarina, Lori and Charlene at Inspiration Night

Roxy, Sarina, Lori and Charlene at Inspiration Night

I'm pretty certain its because of something funny she said that all of these lovely ladies have such bright smiles.

Charlene and Sarina

Charlene and Sarina

Although I only had the blessing of knowing her for a couple of years she made an impact on my life from day one.

Rosita and Sarina

Rosita and Sarina

Both she and her Mom Rosita have taught me about strength, perseverance, selflessness and love.  

Next month we will celebrate her life.  I worked on a card I will give to her Mom at the memorial service.  As I created this card I thought of Sarina.  

Heartfelt Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heartfelt Sympathy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The base of the card is Old Olive because green was her favorite color.  The roses on the card are yellow to represent the blessing of friendship we shared.  The words come from the set Heartfelt Sympathy.  The words beautifully express what I want to communicate to Rosita during this very difficult time.  Sarina truly was someone so special.

Sarina and Charlene

Sarina and Charlene

In this photo Sarina is wearing one of our Stamped With Aloha shirts.  The back says, "stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside".  Sarina represented that motto so well.

Sarina knew I loved pineapples so she was often suprising me with pineapple things she would make or find.  One of her last gifts to me was this pineapple air plant.  I remember how joyful she was when she gave it to me in February.  It was something she had seen on pinterest and took the time to create as a gift for me.

Pineapple Pine Cone from Sarina

Pineapple Pine Cone from Sarina

What a creative and thoughtful gift from my beautiful sister and friend.  

I am truly thankful for the honor and blessing of knowing someone so special.  

Sarina was taken from us very unexpectedly and it reminds me that we never know when that time will come for us or our loved ones.  

Is there someone in your life that you are thankful for, have you told them that recently?  How about someone you love.  Do they know how much you love them??  How I wish I had one more opportunity to tell Sarina how much she meant to me. 

 We can all learn from the life of Sarina to be strong, giving, caring, encouraging and inspiring with each day we are blessed to live on this earth.

Rest in Peace my sweet friend Sarina, you are loved and will be dearly missed.

Sending Love To Sarina

Last week I found out that one of my downline and friends named Sarina had a stroke and is in a coma.  My heart just broke upon hearing this news.  Sarina is such a sweet and kind hearted person and I can't imagine this happening to someone so young and full of life.  

Sarina is an excellent care giver to her Mom Rosita.  Both of these ladies are regulars at all my classes and events.  They always come and brighten the room with their smiles and laughter.  Rosita and Sarina are so much fun to be around.  Two years ago they showed up to my Christmas class dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus.  They hid outside to make their grand surprise entrance, which everyone loved.  This past year they came to my Christmas Bunco dressed in their Holiday Pajamas which made everyone smile!  

Sarina and Rosita at Bunco

Sarina and Rosita at Bunco

Everyone who meets them just loves them.  They are two of the most thoughtful people I know and have really blessed me with their kindness and love.  

As soon as we got the news of Sarina's stroke,  I asked the ladies coming to Bunco to make a card for her.  It was short notice, but within a few hours,  I had a large stack of cards ready to deliver to her.  The cards were filled with words of encouragement, love and prayers.

Cards for Sarina

Cards for Sarina

The card I made for Sarina was created from the set Lots of Love.  

Petal Garden Card

Petal Garden Card

I used the designer paper stack called Petal Garden as the background of this card.  I coordinated it with a piece of retired Blushing Bride glimmer paper that I die cut with a heart that is found in the Lots To Love Box framelits.   I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then fussy cut it and layered it on the top of the card.

I used these same supplies to decorate the tin box that I collected all the cards in.

Sending Love Box

Sending Love Box

In addition to the cards I also made Sarina a banner expressing our love for her.  I took this to hang up in her hospital room so that when she wakes up she will know that she is loved.

Banner for Sarina

Banner for Sarina

I die cut the letters out of Garden Green Card stock because Green is Sarina's favorite color.

I was really pleased with the outcome of these projects because I wanted them to be beautiful to bless our incredible stamping sister and friend.

Sending Love Card and Box

Sending Love Card and Box

Rosita texted me to share that tears were streaming down her cheeks as she read each card to her precious daughter.  We are believing that although she is in a coma, she can hear our words and feel our prayers.  I told Rosita that I would share these projects on my blog today so that more people would know about Sarina's condition and could join us in lifting her up in our prayers and she was extremely grateful.  Rosita told me what a blessing it was to see how loved Sarina was with all of the cards she received.

This weekend at my stamping class we will miss her not being here.  I will miss the smile and energetic spirit she always brings when she is here.  I know I will not be the only one feeling that way because we all love her to pieces.

Sarina, Pam and Linda

Sarina, Pam and Linda

So it is my hope that everyone who thinks of her and everyone who is reading this now will respond to those thoughts by lifting her up in their prayers along with her beautiful mother Rosita.  

Let's believe together for Sarina's miraculous healing and restoration.  There is power in prayer!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending love, thoughts and prayers for Sarina.  It is greatly appreciated.