Friday, May 22, 2009

Heroes - Hip Hop Hangover

Hip Hop Hangover

Yesterday the Unity DT talked a lot about heroes. Heroes come in many forms. My original intent was to make this post about my mother. She really is a hero to me for many reason, not the least of which being that she raised me on her own, often without hearing a word from my dad for years at a time - and she never said a bad word about him. I know now that she could have, but she didn't want to tarnish him in my eyes. I truly admire her for that, as I know just how difficult that was for her.

However, I've been going through a seriously rough patch lately and this is for my friends. You guys right now are my heroes. Some of you have known me for many years, but those of you whom I've met through Unity, have known me for only a few months - and yet you have held me up and are continuing to do so as I work through the struggles with two Asperger's teenagers, several deaths among friends and family, the potential deployment of my husband and the added stress of failing a class in the middle of it all. Ky (who has plenty to worry about but won't let any of us worry about her), Shannon (our stressed-out idol), Ashley (who is heavily pregnant and dealing with way too much stress), Kristen (who needs a job and a house of her own), Val (who is dealing with the deployment of her own husband), Jacquie (who's just been diagnosed with Grave's Disease), Tonya (I don't even know where to start), Sherry (who recently lost her mom), Jimmi, Jen B, Christi (another who's DH has deployed), Linsey (who always writes the sweetest, most supportive comments), Lee (whose smileys bring joy and laughter to everyone) and the rest from Unity - because I know I'm leaving out more than I can keep up with; my dear friend Jenny (who is always by my side even if she's physically in England), Donna (who is my sister in every way but blood and who has been through more deployments than I can count - not to mention cancer and a bunch of other stuff she'd shoot me for mentioning - but she'd darned well better know I love her to pieces!), Shel, Opal, all of the Sept96 Moms - I do not know what I would do without you guys.

And also to Angela, Eryn, Brooke, Christian, Gus, Bro-man, Tommy T and the Unity gang for bringing us all together and for everything you do.

This card is for all of you.
Deets:
Stamps: Unity Tree (Growing in Unity)
Friends for Life (August KOTM - Remember Happiness)
Cardstock: SU! Kraft & Baja Breeze
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Etc: Cropodile, eyelets


Thank you all for being the best friends a girl could have. Even with all that each of you struggle with, you are still there for me.
That's why you are my heroes.

28 comments:

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

I am seriously going to cry. Carole - what can I say? Love you to pieces girl! You've stood by me like a rock. It's funny how we find our non-blood family, and it all just falls into place. I'm not going anywhere - so yeah... Friends for LIFE! ~ky

Shannon said...

Wow....I seriously got a little teary....not a good ting when I'm still sitting here at my desk at work.

You are a dear and wonderful person and friend!!! Hugs and Kisses! Shannon

Sherry Campbell said...

That's so sweet! Your card is fabulous! Hang in there, Carole. It will get better. :)

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful card Carole!! And yes ALL those gals from Unity make the world go round and make us all better people and lift us all! they should be treasured forever!! Hugs sweetie, you are a great friend yourself, dont forget that too!

Martha said...

so cute, great work.

Jodi C. said...

WOW!! What a wonderful post and project. What a great group of people Unity attracts, that's why I love their name(so fitting) AND that new unity definition stamp that I finally used today. Hang in there..that's what I'm doing right now too!! TFS!

Lisa F said...

Beautiful card - what a great tribute to friends also!

Lisa H. said...

wow! what a great post. TFS!

ANAT S said...

great post!!

Kerry said...

Carole, your card is beautiful but your post is even more so! What a wonderful place Unity has created for all of us! {HUGS} to you as you deal with all of life's challenges.

spinjenny said...

Awwww ::sniffle::I hope we are side by side for a very very very long time.

Great card too!

Robynccgirl said...

Oh Carole you are so sweet! I know you have had a rough time lately and I hope sunny days are ahead for you! Hang in there girl!

BloomingPink said...

What a great sentiment to write for your friends while you're in the middle of some seriously rough times (I had REGULAR teens and that was tough enough...I can't imagine Asbergers...military deployment, and everything else on top!)

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

What a sweet post. I have not been blogging for long but it is amazing how this craft brings people together. Hugs my thoughts are with you through these hard times.

Jessy said...

Carole- what a beautiful card and such a genuine heartfelt message to your friends. We are truly blessed to have our lives touched by you. HUGS!!! :)

Dawn K. said...

what a beautiful card and beautiful post!!

scrappypug said...

abolutely gorgeous and so thoughful... sending all good wishes and peace your way

Donna said...

Wow, I am seriously going to cry. Thanks for being the sister I never had growing up. I love you and you are my hero too. You've had a tough time during life and you've come out of it, a stronger, independent and wonderful human being who is caring and compassionate. Those are two qualities which are sorely lacking in the world.

Talk to you soon and next time, the margarita is on me!

misstreez said...

I just popped over from Unity forum and I read this. It's good to have friends and you have lots...that must make you special too.

whoistracy said...

Love the clean and simple lines here. Great colors, too. And I couldn't agree more- the Unity gals really are the best!

Randi said...

Beautiful card and post!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh wow Carole.........with tears of pride for who you are and of thankfulness to be your friend....all I can do is send some huge cyber hugs your way and tell you how awesome you are!!!! We certainly ARE friends for life girl!!!! HUGS!!!

Ashley said...

My dear sweet Carole! You are kind beyond words and I treasure you so much! Thank you for mentioning me and thank you for being my friend!

Angela said...

I love that. It is heartfelt and so beautiful. Thanks so much for bringing it specifically to my attention. I loved reading it and I LOVE that you have all bonded so beautifully! Unity indeed. HOORAY

Rebekah Doak said...

Such a touching post. I will keep you in my thoughts. You are truly blessed to have such friends! The bonds between women are amazing!

TraceyT said...

What a wonderful post. Lovely card. :)

JenMarie said...

Gorgeous!!

Tenia Nelson said...

All of your cards are wonderful!!!!