ALooking through some old photo albums I came across these chirstmas photos and felt I had to add them to my album. I had already scrapped one which included my dad, in 1961. But in these 1968 photo he is missing from the photos because he had passed away from leukemia earlier that year. The most incredible thing about the photos to me was how the photos reinforce what a great woman my mom is. She managed to mourn his death, while she figured out how to continue making a living, and did so without us 4 kids feeling she was not around for us. I simply don't know how she managed, but she did it with ease. In talking to her about it, she just says that things were different back then, and I guess I can see that would make somewhat of a different, but still, all in all she was a SUPER MOM. (I only had one, and she was the perfect kid, but even with one easy child, I found it HARD!)

Journaling reads: 1968... The first Christmas after my dad's death. In the transition of learning to live without him, my mom, after over 15 years of being a stay at home mom, got a job working the switchboard at Blakeslees Construction. Looking back at these photos it reminds me of just how incredible my mom was. Even with work, she still found the time to come home and take care of us 4 kids. The house was always clean, clothes always washed, plus she carted us to where we needed to go. She is dressed as Santa to make an appearance at a holiday event of Blakeslees. We got a kick out of the outfit, and made certain we had our photo taken with Santa.

Items used:
Days of December Layered Template Set No. 04 Katie Pertiet
Classic Cardstock: Christmas Katie Pertiet
Neutral Background Paper - Color Inspiration of 7-11-10 Katie Pertiet (recolored)
Spot Dots No. 17 Paper Pack Katie Pertiet
Holly Plume Overlays 12 X 12 Anna Aspnes
Stitched By Anna Borders White No. 01 Anna Aspnes
Basic Twills: Plain Katie Pertiet
2 Celebrate Paper Pack Katie Pertiet
Loosely Labeled No. 04 Katie Pertiet
Old Time Christmas No. 02 Kit Katie Pertiet
Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 03 Brushes and Stamps Katie Pertiet
Messy Stamped Alphabet No. 05 Brushes and Stamps Katie Pertiet
Stitched by Anna White No. 06 Anna Aspnes
Fonts: butterbrotpapier & FG Cheryl

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