Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Where do I start?

What a roller coaster the last few weeks has been for my family.  As most of you already know my BIL was readmitted to hospital and passed away from a chest infection two weeks ago... I can't believe it's already 2 weeks ago.  He had lymphoma but his doctor was still very confident that the cancer itself was treatable... sadly for us the chest infection that he developed as a result of the chemo was not.  
He was only 37.  It is just so wrong. 
My sister is distraught but coping as well as can be expected.  It's the girls (they are only 12 and 6) I am really heartbroken about... every time I think of them growing up without their Dad just sets me off again.  It's so unfair, he was such a great Dad to them.  I mean a REALLY great Dad... I know all fathers love their kids but he wasn't just interested he was involved.  They were his world and he theirs.   I know everyone says it but he REALLY was the most lovely person and so full of life... its seems inconceiveable that he is gone.   I just don't know if any of us will ever be the same without him.
It all still seems totally unreal to us... but we are just taking one day at a time.  I sincerely appreciate all the kind words of condolence and support I have received from all my wonderful friends.  (Maz the flowers were just perfect... you are naughty but I LOVED them.)  I am not calling you "scrapbooking" friends anymore because I think you guys are so much more than that and I am blessed to know you all.
Anyway, sorry for the downer... I have decided (and I am determined) to smile every time I think of Daryl... starting NOW!
My other news is the Scrap World shop is closing down... BUT on a happier note Mel is having a HUGE sale... now THAT is something to smile about... get a bargain chickies but be quick... I have bought out half the shop!!!  It's all 10-80% off... NEW and GOOD stuff too!!!!  The forum and blog will be staying put though so do pop in and have a  chat... and it's not too late to join in the Calendar Girls Competition.  
To be eligible for the monthly prizes you need to have your LO uploaded to the gallery by the 15th of the month...  the GRAND FINAL & RUNNER UP prizes will be awarded in January of 2009!  To be in the running you need to have ALL 12 layouts loaded into appropriate galleries at Scrapworld by the 15th of January 2009.  (i.e. even if you have missed the deadline for the past few months you can still play catch up and be in the running for the GRAND FINAL & RUNNER UP PRIZES... how cool is that?)
So who is going to sign up for Masters this year?  I am toying with the idea... but that whole OTP thing scares the bejeezers outta me! LOL  I was going to do the FK Awards for Excellence thing... but with the mag changing I have no idea if they are still running the comp or not... anybody?
Oh and I just found out about this new challenge blog.  Looks like it's going to be a blast... I'm in... you?