Seriously...Julie at AFOMFT wants us to pick ONLY ONE layout??? I have a hundred of them!!!
I think, though...that I will pick this one....FORGIVENESS.
It is not my best work, or my favorite designs...but it IS the favorite message that I successfully conveyed through my hobby that I call scrapping. This layout brought many smiles and tears...and has a very deep meaning to the 2 ladies that are pictured.
Forgiveness is a hard thing to give...when a person has wronged you so very deeply. This is the case with these 2 ladies. The older one is my husband's paternal grandmother, and the younger of the 2 is his mother. When Joe was only 4, his mother and father got into a physical fight that was alcohol induced...and his father was shot and killed. In that one moment, the father of 3 young children, the son of 2 very loving parents, and the brother of one very young adoring sister was taken...in the blink of an eye.
I can't even imagine the pain that Joe's Grandmother endured. The hatred she must have felt and the anger that was inside of her. Instead of becoming bitter, she turned to God. I have asked her how did she manage...how can she be around the woman who did that to her son...she simply would answer that God gives us only what we can handle. It took her 30 years and then some...but with God's help, she was able to tell Joe's mother..."I forgive You"
I still cry when I think back on that day in April 2010. It was a very touching experience. If there was ever a person that inspires me...it is most definitely this woman. Joe's Grandmother.