Thursday, 30 May 2013

Let's get shabby-#46

hello again, 

another great challenge at Let's get shabby this month. 
it was a colour board so here it is

this photo was a little hard to scrap because of the emotion behind it. 
it still brings tears to my eyes and i remember it like it was yesterday. 
my husband is in the army and he had gone out bush for 2 weeks. we were half way through and i couldnt sleep one night so i had stayed up watching tv. he always watches the news and i dont but for some reason when the late news came on i kept it on. there was a breaking story about the riots in east timor and that townsville troops were being deployed. i tried to ring him instantly but of course there was no service. i tried to calm down and went to bed to get some sleep. i got woken up about 3 oclock in the morning to what i thought was someone breaking in. it was my husband. he came down and told me he was leaving. they had been bought back from bush and put in lockdown. phones had been taken off them and no one was to go home to see their families because of operational security. he was a private, the lowest rank, as we were only 21 so it didnt bother many of them as most of them didnt even have girlfriends let alone children. he had made up an excuse that some of his equipment he needed for this deployment was at home and they let him go home and get it. we had less than an hour to say goodbye and have one last cuddle before he was deployed for 6 months.
our daughter was 5 months old, we had to wake her to get a photo. i look at this photo and see how tired she is and how she had no idea why she had to be woken up. i see his blood shot eyes from all the tears. this wasnt his first deployment since joining the army it was his third, but it was our first since having children. 
so here is my page

and a close up of the stiching

thanks for looking and any comments you may leave. 
cant wait to see what next months challenge will bring. 


  1. Oh how special will this page be to put in your little girl's album! I love what you have done with the little squares and the stitching looks fabulous. Great journaling. Thanks for joining in with us at Let's Get Shabby.

  2. This is such a sweet and yes, very emotional page. I love how you have used the squares and also the stitching, but mostly I love that you have 'preserved' this very special, meaningful and difficult time in your family's life. Thanks for playing along with us again at Lets Get Shabby.

  3. Thanks for sharing the story behind your photo and playing with us at shabby. Love how you have scrapped it.

  4. Oh my Bel, this bought tears to my eyes, that such young people should have to go through hard trials. Thank goodness he stayed safe. It is a wonderful memory that you have captured for your family. You've worked the colours well in the squares.. and fabby stitching too! Thanks for playing along with Shabby!

  5. I wish I could have been there to support you Bel; I don't think those of us that have our men safe at home can ever understand how hard it is for you who have serving members. It is a beautiful photo and a special memory and story that needed to be told. I love the sketch you used for this page too; very special.


    1. Thank for sharing your story, it was such a very, very hard moment for you !!!

      love how soft and how beautiful you've scrapped it !!

      Thanks for playing along with us at shabby!

  6. This is a very sweet and thoughtful layout. What a great way to work in the challenge colors. I love the picture too! Thanks for playing along with us at Let's Get Shabby. Huggs...Ginny from Polly's Paper Studio

  7. OMG what a beautiful Lo..with such a emotional story behind it...Love what you did with the challenge colours Bel...Thanks for playing along with us at Lets Get shabby :)