Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Milestones

My baby turns 16 today. Where have those years gone?
I made her this little album-It is very sentimental-
and she'll no no doubt think I've got a screw loose,
but I hope she'll keep it and maybe one day it will mean something to her.


The journalling is based upon the words of Elizabeth Knapp, but I did change some to suit us.

Did I tell you?Now that you are grown,I look back and ask myself-Did I tell you all that I meant to tell you, all that I felt was important? Did I tell you or was it lost in the shuffle of our Everyday lives.The busy full days when we taught and didn’t know it.What did I teach? Was it strong? Was it good?Will it root you in something real that will allow you to grow with a firm and sound foundation?Did I tell you…
Did I tell you to love?Not with a fair-weather love, but with a love that accepts and cherishes unconditionally.Love not with a quick and passing love, but with a love that is a quiet peach within your heart.Did I tell you to be thoughtful?Not to be a martyr or a doormat to be trod upon, but to be aware of other people and their needs.To meet others with awareness and within your own framework,Be able to meet them halfway and on occasion, go the other half joyfully.

Did I tell you to be courteous?Not to display empty manners with no meaning but to live the courtesy born of caring.And to express this caring through the small formalities and customs born of the years.Did I tell you to be bold?To be not afraid of the unknown, but to live life to the fullest, and meet each new experience with joy and anticipation.And did I tell you to be cautious?To temper your daring and sense of adventure with good judgment and consideration.

Did I tell you to serve other people if only in a small way?There is growth and satisfaction in being part of something larger than yourself and your life will be richer for knowing this.Did I tell you to find a part of nature that speaks to you?Then know it intimately and well. For some it is a mountain peak, for some a windswept beach.Find your own and in it find your restoration.

Did I tell you to maintain a sense of the past?To recall and uphold all that is best and meaningful in our country and in our society.But never be afraid to speak out when you don’t believe or where there is room for improvement.Work for what you believe, but work in a positive way, with a structure of order and reason.Remember your ancestors; learn about them, so you can know of where you came.

Did I tell you to be creative?To explore the seed within you.Find your creative spirit and let it grow.

Did I tell you to laugh to dance to sing?There is a lot in life that is hard, but take it as is comes and find the good…And make time to dance.And did I tell you always to respect yourself?Don't compromise your morals- do what you know to be right and good, regardless of what others may do.

Did I tell you these things as we went along the way?If I did, I am humbly grateful.If I did not, then choose for yourself.If it has meaning to you, accept it and make it your own.If it does not, discard it.Your life is yours to build as you choose.

And did I tell you…I hope it will be a good life.Now that you are grown,I look back and ask myself-Your life is yours to build as you choose.And did I tell you…I hope it will be a good life.

Elizabeth Knapp








This little album is very romantic-and if you click on the images you will see that I have discovered the joys of embossing. It's a lovely way to add texture without bulk. The papers are all Dream Street. the ribbons are all from Angel Crafts ribbon kits.



Happy Birthday Emily!


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25 comments:

Kat said...

What a beautiful mini album, Pam! LOVE the colours (deffo not a "pink" girl then? ;) )!! And beautiful journalling. You have to ask Emily if you can show it off at the Crop on Saturday!!

Kat said...

A very beautiful Mini album, Pam! Love the colours (not a "pink" girl then?) and the journalling. You have to ask Emily if you can show it off at the crop on Saturday. :)

Lori said...

Wow Pam, the album is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours, the distressing, the embossing, all of i! I hope your daughter loves it!

Scrapbook Sisters Blog said...

This is a beautiful book Pam. A gift to treasure always.

annie2006 said...

aww its absolutely gorgeous! i think your daughter is a very lucky girl to receive such a fantastic gift :)

Claireliz said...

beautiful mini album Pam

deb said...

This is an awesome little book - I love it and hope your daughter will treasure it.

Kate Lamb said...

Pam, I do hope that your daughter likes the wonderful gift you have made for her - it is a beautiful work of art and one to be treasured. Please wish her a very happy birthday.
Kate

Anonymous said...

Pam, this is absolutely stunning, stunning, stunning!!! I'm sure Emily will treasure it, (Pauline)

Heather said...

Pam this is a wonderful book of memories for Emily and it is truly a work of art.

Dawn said...

WOW!!! that is a work of art, I adore the colours.
Stunning, so much detail.

Elsa said...

OMG Pam it's Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

I'm turning 13 this year......(hint hint!!)


Give a hug to Emily for me.

g said...

HI Pam! happy birthday to Emily!

Pam said...

so pleased you are finding fulfillment in your work-and YES use the book!

Lisa Dawn said...

what a lovely album you made for her. so pretty. and i like the soft colours you've used.

Hysteri-CAL said...

Stunning and I adore the words. Absolutely stunning xx

CoventryAnn said...

Beautiful album, and lovely heartfelt thoughts (without being too mushy!)

Janice xxxx said...

This is simply lovely Pam. Yes, your daughter clearly WILL think you have a screw loose - but all teenagers are mental anyway. She will treasure it dearly when she is as old as us!
xx

Pam M said...

This is just heavenly, everything is beautiful & I bet she loved it

secret scrapbooker said...

What a stunning book :0) Im sooo in love with it.Wish i could make something half as good.

manda said...

aaah that is so lovely.

happy Birthday Emily.

Julie said...

Beautful album Pam and very profound word...just lovely

jo said...

Stunning little book - and beautiful words.

Ali M said...

How gorgeous..
Im sure your DD will treasure it ..
xx

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