Where have I been? As you can imagine I have been wrapped up in getting used to not having a home I can call my own. Thank heavens for a husband who is supportive of me and I of him. We are finally starting to really realize that our home is gone. Less than a week ago, the lava – or Madame Pele as the lava is known in Hawai’i – came for our house in Leilani Estates, Hawai’i. Our house burned so thoroughly so that there is likely nothing left except some shards of the metal roof that all houses in our neighborhood had. And all the rest of those houses are gone, too.
This is the fire burning the garden in front of our house. It is beautiful in its own way, but devastating to us.
A few days ago I connected in person with a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Cheryl Hamilton, who lives on the island of Maui. She called me to see how I was and she really helped me to understand that, for me to truly get on the road to recovering from my loss, I needed to start doing things that I loved in my life before the lava. And I loved making cards and showing off how much I like my Stampin’ Up! products.
Cheryl’s idea was that, even if I didn’t have a place to really get some crafting done, she would send me a card and maybe I could use it in a blog post. The idea went from there and suddenly I understood that I did have something to ask of all the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who’ve wondered how they could help me in this rough time. Send me a card and I can blog about it! Yesterday and today that message went out on Facebook to two large groups of demonstrators (I’m sure there’s some overlap). Once again, beginning tomorrow, I will be able to share my love of Stampin’ Up! with you through their generosity.
I already have two cards. Stay tuned!