Posts Tagged ‘card’

Celebrating | Father’s Day

Jun
15

I must get off the computer and start preparing for our weekend away. We are going to enjoy our yearly ritual of heading to the beach, BBQ, the girls painting my husband’s car with hand prints and hearts (it’s water soluble paint for those that just about had a heart attack). A weekend of celebrating dad.

But before I head off, I just had to put together a fill-in-the-blank Fathe’rs Day card for your kidlets to give their dad on Sunday. Let them fill-in-the-blanks and tell dad how much they love him, and think he’s super awesome.

So if you’re still looking for the perfect card for dad (er, your husband), head over to Scrib’d to download my new We Love Dad cards for Father’s Day.

Wishing all the dad’s a fabulous Father’s Day!

Celebrating | Mother’s Day

May
11

I have completely dropped the ball on Mother’s Day goodies and crafts this year. I’m not even sure how it came to be Friday already! Really? Friday? Mother’s Day is two days away? This was my realization today, why did I think it was Thursday? I must start preparing for Sunday.

Honestly, for me, preparing for Sunday isn’t going to take very long. Our Mother’s Day celebrations are very simple. No big brunch, just the yearly ritual of breakfast in bed with my girls and lots of snuggles and giggles. A ritual I look forward to every year! I don’t think we’ll ever host a Mothers Day brunch as long as my girls want to snuggle in bed with me over pancakes and coffee and handmade cards. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I like the magic of simple. Of course, I adore and love the quiet time, the clean house, and the trips to the spa, but even without those gifts of love and appreciation, I already feel like one lucky and blessed mama. Every day, every single day, my girls and I express our love for each other. We leave each other love notes, pick flowers, hug and snuggle. There is no doubt that I am very loved. My youngest must deplete the paper supply in her kindergarten classroom professing her love to me in notes and drawings. Those notes and drawings make everyday feel like Mother’s Day. They are free-form, honest and brimming with love with every letter and flower and every heart. Beautiful.

Every few years one of my girls hands me a card they made at school. I have always loved the fill-in-the-blank cards. And that’s what inspired this card, my new freebie for Mother’s Day. My eldest daughter brought home a card like this so many years ago. I kept that card. It was beautiful. Her preschool printing, the honest love, being able to read those things that were most important to my daughter at that time. The things she remembered and held dear. Magical.

And that dear reader, is what I wish for you. That moment when you sit quietly with tears rolling down your smiling face as you read what your child holds most dear, all the ways in which they think you’re amazing. Because tears will flow when you see how amazing you are in the eyes of your child. Please tell me I am not the only one who tears up at moments like this. Please?

I also think there is nothing in the world quite like a personalized card, for any occasion. So forward this to your partner, or just leave this page open on your computer for a little while, so they can head over to Scrib’d and download these fill-in-the blank Mother’s Day cards. And have a fabulously, beautiful Mother’s Day.

Mad Love | I Can’t Do This Without You

Feb
13

I think this says everything, everything I would need to express to my love. It’s perfect.

Still need the perfect card for your love? You can download this one at Elisa Mclaughlin Designs.

I will always remember – free printable!

Nov
10

Thank you

Remembrance Day is tomorrow and it always leads to memories of my grandfather and just how thankful I am to have had him in my life. My grandfather, John Sebastian, was in the Royal Canadian  Navy, a veteran of World War II. He was a proud Navy man. He wore an anchor around his neck for most of his life. When I was in highschool, he was gifted a new  gold anchor and gave his original anchor to me. He spoke of his ship and his shipmates. He told me stories about his best friend who was killed during the war and gave me a picture of the two of them together which was taken one day while on leave during the war.

I once painted his ship on the back of his RCN spring jacket for a ship reunion. Apparently it was very well recieved by him and his shipmates. It was the only thing I asked for when he passed away, the picture long faded, but the mutual pride and love forever remain.

The stories he shared were always happy, he would never share the sad stories. Whenever anyone asked, he always said “I do not want you to know about the things I have seen, I do not want you to live with them as I do.” I never asked again, his point was clear. It is a point I have heard many others in the military make as well, and I respect it and am grateful for how they protect my peace of mind. Because that is what they do, not only protect our freedom, but our peace of mind. 

Before my grandfather passed away, he participated in every reunion and gathering with his fellow shipmates and he participated in every Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph. I don’t know if he ever missed one.

I can only hope I thanked him enough for his sacrifice and his love while he was alive. But I do thank him and every man and woman in the service every year on November 11th by rocking the poppy and observing a minutes silence at 11am. So in honor of the veterans that have fought for our freedom, I have designed a thank you note for Remembrance Day so you can thank someone in your life; a friend, a grandparent, a veteran. You can DOWNLOAD IT HERE!

Download, print, and give thanks.  It is my thank you to you as well, for reading and coming back!

I remember. Love you grandpa.