September 15, 2014

Game Day DIYs for eHow!



"Girls like football too, yo."
Those were the last words my sister ever said to me. :o) I've never really cared much for football. I mean I think it's really cute and sweet that people get so excited about it, I just don't know anything about the sport. My husband has tried to explain it to me multiple times, but I usually stop listening after a few seconds. So when eHow asked me to come up with a couple of DIY's for football season I was pretty scared! I texted my sister and she said: "Uh...Seahawks!" :O)
After she died (I hate those words! I hate them! I hate them. I hate them. Oh, I hate them.) I was going to email eHow to let them know that I wouldn't be able to do the projects after all. I couldn't even brush my teeth, let alone create something. But when I realized that it was the last thing we'd talked about, somehow I had to finish it. And it had to be in Seahawks colors. :O)

The table runner is made of astro turf and faux leather fabric, painted with acrylic craft paint. The pom pom garland is super easy and made from plastic table covers and white duct tape. Each one can be made for less than $10, so that's pretty exciting! Get the DIY's on eHow.com here:
DIY Table Runner
DIY Pom Pom Garland

It felt good to make something and shoot photos again, I've missed that. Life has actually been really busy the last month, even busier than usual. Maybe that's a blessing from God, to keep me from thinking too much. Just a few days after the news about my sister we got the news that our little baby "B" would have to be moved to a new home soon, which has been really hard as well. We've always known that this would likely be the case, but I guess a part of me hoped he would magically be able to stay. After being with us for the past year, he has really become part of our family. There will be another big hole here when he leaves. We were told so many times not to get attached to him, but how could we not? How do you hold a baby every day and rock him to sleep and hunt for his binky ten times a night and make a fool of yourself just to hear his giggle and fuss over his health and teach him how to walk and teach him how to say "please" when he wants your last bite of cookie and learn what his noises mean and what causes his tummy to ache and kiss his fat little cheeks for 365 days and then just say goodbye? But there is nothing we can do. We've met the couple that will be welcoming him in their home and they are so, so kind, I know they will take great care of him. And he will have our prayers forever, which is the best thing we could ever do for him anyway. :O)

Life is a weird thing. I'm sorry it's not been terribly positive on the blog lately. I'm trying to stay above water here. But the world is the same as it's always been. One corner darkens, another lights up. And mine will be brighter again before too long.

Here's hoping that yours is bright right now. And if it's not, hang on. Just hang on, please. You are loved. By probably a lot more people than you know! Myself included. :O)
Love,
Disney

22 comments:

  1. I read the first part of your blog with a smile thinking that in a small way you have made a little tribute to your sis. And then my heart just hurt reading about the imminent loss of Baby B....It takes a very very special kind of person to foster a child and then say good-bye....I know I wouldn't be able to do that.
    Don't apologise for being honest about hurting.....we all have our burdens and sometimes speaking about them really does help.

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  2. Yes, life does go on, Disney. When my brother died I felt like I had a piece of me missing for quite a while. It was such a strange feeling and I am sure you will go through various stages as you adjust to life without your lovely sister. It will take time so be kind to yourself. You are such a sweetie.

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  3. Thanks for the fun DIY, Disney, but. ,more importantly, thank you for sharing the ups and downs of life. And thank you for keeping it real. Every post from you is a gift.

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  4. One step at a time Disney. One Breath at a time.

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  5. Oh Disney! I'm at a loss but Baby B is so lucky to have had you guys watch him, to have been in your family! I think at times I would like to foster but I get so upset at the system and the fact that the kids don't seem to be really thought of first....anyways sorry for rambling :0) You keep sharing your ups and downs I feel like I'm a friend when I can share your joy and pain!

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  6. Disney, I'm so sorry. You have given B a huge blessing in caring for him; I wish the magic could have kept him with you too. You know we'll all be praying for you, but I hope there are also people there on the ground with you who can do some caregiving for you. God bless you.

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  7. "One corner darkens, another lights up."--Wise words, Disney! Prayers to you and your family as you continue to put one foot in front of the other.

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  8. I love your sweet sporty decor crafts, and glad to hear it was therapeutic for you to make them. That little boy will have the best chance possible in life, after spending his most important formative year with you guys. No one else would have given him exactly the same incredible start - you have influenced a life forever.

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  9. I don't get football either! Well done for getting on and doing something, it's a great tribute and so good to keep your mind and hand occupied. Can't imagine what you are still going through. I am still thinking of you daily.

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  10. Oh Disney, my heart aches for you :( That will be so very hard. I am praying for you this very instant. You have always been such an encouragement and I knew that I had to comment on your post now, if ever! Much love to you and God's Peace to your whole family... including baby 'B'.

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  11. Just like other people, I thought you're back on track and then - the news about baby B :( We don't have this type of foster care in my country (come to think of it, we only have some kind of hosting grown up children) and I could never understand how on earth you can part with a baby you took care of for... whatever time? The good news that he's found a permanent home is not so comforting as it sounds. But let's hope the best for him :) And for you and your loved ones!!!

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  12. Much love to you Disney. And Peace. And a simple prayer to soothe your heart.

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  13. These things seem to come in waves, don't they? Hang in there and I hope your guardian angel brings you lightness soon. I love you!

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  14. You are great. Such a cute football décor. Glad you finished it for your sister. It is a blessing to be busy. Baby B was lucky to have you love him for so long, he may not remember but he will also never forget. It is so important for babies to be loved when they are young, it affects brain development and so much more; he will be forever impacted for the better because you loved him. It has been eight months since I lost my brother and I still deny it a lot. It has changed me in ways I didn't know possible. Compassion has grown beyond what I thought it could. Try to allow the pain to help you grow, and look for the good. Her spirit lives on. It is not with you (and that is so very hard) but she is alive and learning. You will see her again. I want to share a quote that helped me soon after I lost my brother, by Elder Jeffery R Holland "I testify of the holy Resurrection, that unspeakable cornerstone gift in the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ! With the Apostle Paul, I testify that that which was sown in corruption will one day be raised in incorruption and that which was sown in weakness will ultimately be raised in power. I bear witness of that day when loved ones whom we knew to have disabilities in mortality will stand before us glorified and grand, breathtakingly perfect in body and mind. What a thrilling moment that will be! I do not know whether we will be happier for ourselves that we have witnessed such a miracle or happier for them that they are fully perfect and finally “free at last.” Until that hour when Christ’s consummate gift is evident to us all, may we live by faith, hold fast to hope, and show “compassion one of another,” I pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." You are a strong, beautiful, loving, fun, giving, truly wonderful daughter of God. You are so very loved. Peace will come in little pieces. Hold on. Sending prayers.

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  15. Thanks for that last paragraph. My corner is a little dark too. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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  16. Don't feel the need to be super positive on your blog right now. Your beautiful thoughts, positive or not, have been a light in my life these last few posts. My prayers are with you and your extended family.

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  17. "You are loved. By probably a lot more people than you know!'

    Back at ya, girlfriend!

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  18. HUGS!
    I love the astro turf runner. Thank you for the fabulous idea!

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  19. I'm so so sorry that life has been so hard lately! The loss of your sister and the loss of Baby B has to be just unbearable.

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  20. I love you. Hang in there. I have been in the same situation with a death. Time will heal all things. God is good!

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  21. My prayers are with you Disney. You are such a special person and I am so sorry for your holes you have in your heart right now.

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  22. The gritty dark parts are real too, and by sharing a bit of those, your blog feels more relevant and real to others. Your positiveness still shines through.

    A.T.

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