Monday, May 26, 2014

new ScrapGals + a loss

Hey everyone!
There is a new ScrapGals episode up. Here's a link.... The Scrap Gals Podcast
This week's show is all about some fresh inspiration Tiff and I found online.

I will be back later this week with some scraplifts of the person who inspired me.

Last night, I went to what we call a "home going service" (aka funeral) for one of my best friends growing up, Tammy Batson.
She really was my best friend at school for about six years, from 6th grade to 12th.
At 44 years of age, she fell ill a week ago and within 3 days, her body had completely shut down and she was gone.
Although I hadn't seen her in a while except on social media, I felt like we kept in touch.
This unexpected loss of her life has rocked me to the core of my soul.

at our Jr./Sr. Banquet (like a prom with no dancing - that's me on the right, my friend Tammy is on the left)

There are just some people in your life who mean so much to you, even though you don't see them all the time.
She was one of those people. I considered her a life-long friend of my heart.
She was such a huge part of my growing up years and my childhood memories and now she is gone.
I have lots of photos of us together and I just can't fathom that the next time I see her face, it will be in heaven.
You always think you will have time to tell someone what they meant to you but in this case, I did not.
I did not expect someone so young to be gone so soon. They still don't really know exactly how it happened.

on our Senior Trip, 1988

At the service last night, around 1,000 people showed up to honor her and everyone spoke so highly of her and how she touched their life.
I sat there, numb, crying, surrounded by people I grew up with, thinking, "This moment has to mean something in my life."
I have resolved this weekend to never be the same again. I am going to live life to the fullest and be the person I have the potential to be.
I will kiss my baby more, tell my husband how thankful I am for him, kiss him more and take better care of myself and those around me.

I already live a very fulfilled, happy life but I'm taking it up a notch!!
We are not promised one more moment or one more day. I'm going to make every minute count.