Generations of Strong Women

My mother's family is well known for the strength of the women in her family.  This strength is attributed to the generation before them and before them.  This photo is of my great grandmother, my grandmother, my Aunt, her daughter, and lastly, her daughter.  Each one with their story of strength and survival. 

Great Grandma and Grandma raised many children on farms, carving out of this country their own richness of spirit, strength, and inspiring a faith, a work ethic and love of family to each of their children. My aunt lost her husband in Vietnam while pregnant with her youngest.  She raised all the children with dignity and pride.   She demonstrated strength that only this woman could have while dealing with her own health issues.  Martha lost her husband to cancer and little Diane lost her father early in life.  Strength is part of who we are, it's a part of me.

Let's Break It Down
Cloud9 paper collection
Prima flowers, butterfly
Blue Fern Studios chipboard flowers
Fancy Pants ribbon
Making Memories ribbon
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence
Connie Mercer doily she found on one of her junkin' adventures
Inspired by Graphic 45's May sketch/project

At the time I took the photos I didn't all the names for the card, so I've added them since.  The photo was taken in February 1969. 

12 Days of Home for the Holidays
Right now I think this tremendous blog event has become one of the biggest of the 12 Days of the Home for the Holidays online event.  It's a true celebration of 5 years of sharing and celebrating.  The guest list is astounding, a new feature of the event is one you do not want to miss, and the number of sponsors continue to grow.  Are you ready for December Holidays yet?  Me neither, but I'm getting there.  If you are looking for some outstanding ideas for the holidays check out the archives at the top of the blog. 

Have a Crafty Weekend!


  1. Your layouts are always so meaningful !

  2. love the story and the LO. The doilie looks right at home:):) beautiful!!

  3. Beautiful layout and story :)

  4. gorgeous papers and it!

  5. You do heritage layouts like no one else!!


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