My Mom died last month, today I was packing her room and I hit the Jackpot

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Posted 4/6/2013 by In The Shadow in General Scrappin'
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In The Shadow
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Posted: 4/6/2013 7:57:02 PM
Years ago, maybe 1998, my Mom introduced me to Creative Memories. She came to visit with a completed album for my oldest brother for me to see. She said she was going to make one for all five of us. She brought me a circle cutter, a corner rounder, an album, paper, adhesive and some cool scissors.

I had always scrapbooked with construction paper that bleed through my pictures.

In 2000, I made copies of the pictures and sorted them into four file folders so she could get started on the remaining four albums. As far as I had known she never got started on any of the albums. I found the four file folders but I didn't go threw them. I have been taking care of her for a year, Alhzeimers. She died in March, 2013.

I was spring cleaning her room and packing her things and my son found a CM box. My name was on the outside of the box. Inside was 22 completed pages with her handwriting. I cried for two hours. A pot of gold would not have been as precious.

Thanks for reading, I just wanted to share

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:00:00 PM
That is so poignant. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom a year ago, and I have her diaries still to go through but haven't made it past a couple. It is so hard. My thoughts are with you.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:00:30 PM
Sorry for your loss...enjoy the memories your Mom recorded.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:00:42 PM
That's awesome - what a gift! Thank you for sharing.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:00:43 PM
OMG...what a precious and most dear gift you did find! Your post has made my day......I would be feeling the same way, what a gift. ((((HUGS)))) on the passing of your dear Mom.....it's been 15 years since my daddy died....and it is almost like yesterday....

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:01:33 PM
That really is a treasure! What a wonderful find for you!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:08:16 PM
sorry about your mom but what a great thing to find.


The most important thing you leave behind is the stuff that turns into treasures when children find it. ~ Brian Andreas

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:19:30 PM
What an amazing gift... So happy that you found it and that it can be a bright spot to help you through your loss.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:32:02 PM
Thanks Peas.

I was dreading the thought of finishing the albums but this gave me encouragement to complete the remaining three, tho theirs will be missing her handwriting, a most treasured gift.

My head is churning, thinking that maybe I will copy any pages from mine and my oldest brother's album where my mom included them in the journaling.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:35:39 PM
Wow, what a wonderful treasure you have found!
My mom died in 2005 and miss her every day!
Cherish the wonderful memories you have.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:36:25 PM
Thanks so much for sharing that touching memory! I am so sorry for you loss.

I treasure the times my Mom and I spend scrapping together in the summer. She has asked me on many occasion who will want the albums and who will really care much about her travels, etc. I will share this post with her.
Thanks again for sharing your touching story!!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:37:13 PM
I'm sorry for your loss. What a wonderful treasure to find!!!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:40:26 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I'm glad she left you such a treasure.

I WOULD copy her journaling to put in the other albums. I made 35mm b/w negatives of a bunch of old family pictures and recently got a good photo/negative/slide scanner so that I could get copies made for family members. I just found the letter that my great-aunt sent me when I graduated, it made me feel so good that I still have it. I'm scanning it to send to my oldest cousin that is doing our genealogy. I think she'll love it.

Again, I'm so sorry about your mom.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 9:39:15 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.
What a Beautiful Gift.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 9:52:26 PM
That's two beautiful stories I've read on here today. It just makes my love for this hobby even stronger. OP I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father just shy of three weeks ago today. He died way too young from throat cancer. I've been trying to hold a lot in, but there's been a lot of sharing on these boards the past couple of days that have really opened the flood gates for me, and I think I needed that. I hate that anyone of us has to deal with these circumstances, but am appreciative of this place for not only being my safe place but my place to grieve in a sense. I'm probably not making any sense . Basically thank you to the people who've shared stories of recent losses. They had to do with scrapbooking, but the story was there of their loss, reminding me of my loss, and that I'm not alone. It allowed me to cry the tears I haven't been allowing myself to cry since the moment I found out. So thank you again for sharing.
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Posted: 4/6/2013 9:54:11 PM
Awwww...what a wonderful treasure!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 10:09:22 PM
What a wonderful blessing!
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Posted: 4/6/2013 10:22:00 PM
awe, that brought tears to my eyes. So happy for you!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 12:26:41 AM
Such a sweet gift from your mom. Blessings to your family.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:33:31 AM
What a wonderful gift from your mom.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 3:00:12 AM
What a beautiful gift she has left you!! So sorry for you loss.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 3:48:54 AM
Kim,

Blessings to you! Not only did this amazing woman give you life and cared for and raise 5 children, but she brought you this wonderful hobby that will keep her memories alive for you! You, did find a pot of gold, but it sounds like you've had it all along. Enjoy, your finds and I know you will put them to good use and my condolences to you and your family on the loss of this loving mom.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 3:55:20 AM
That's such a lovely story. I have just returned from caring for my mum who has dementia to give my sister a break. It has been the hardest week of my life. Alzheimer's and dementia are such cruel cruel illnesses. I am so glad you found this treasure ....what a bonus.

To you and desflo.....sorry for your losses, and may you continue to share your stories.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:35:16 AM
My thoughts are with you also desflo, so sorry, I am glad you had a good cry.

I mourned my Mom the whole year before she died because of the awful darkness of this disease, I started a PL album in Jan just for quickly journaling her days and I had no idea she would descend so quickly, I thought she had years left. So now, I am documenting going through her things for PL and finally started crying as I pack.

I know there have been many posts about some who hate their handwriting, please, please don't be ashamed. My Mom's wasn't what one would call pretty or readable, LOL, it is so precious when you are gone!!!!!!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:47:43 AM
I am sorry for your loss - that truly is a treasure to find. I am glad you are going to complete the other albums. They may not have your mom's writing in them but they will have yours and that is special too.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 7:10:29 AM
Oh, I am SO sorry for your tremendous loss but the treasure you gained in that find is truly wonderful! And I love how you said "Inside was 22 completed pages with her handwriting. That's why I don't print my journaling. I think our handwriting is something that can be "hung onto" after we are gone. Hugs and blessings to you!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 7:39:17 AM
What a beautiful story! So, so, sorry for your loss, but so glad you have those memories to cherish.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 9:14:41 AM

Great story - lucky you - sorry for your loss.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 9:23:57 AM
Ohh, that is so lovely. I'm so sorry for your loss but touched by what you found.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 9:31:52 AM
I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Mine has been gone for 6 years and I was just thinking about her this morning.
What a great treasure she left you - it will be like she's working on the books with you. Hugs to you, Maria

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Posted: 4/7/2013 10:22:28 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for sharing this story.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 10:31:21 AM
I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy the treasure you have found. I hope you find more wonderful treasures as you go through her things
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Posted: 4/7/2013 11:03:34 AM
That is AWESOME!!! What a wonderful find!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 11:05:42 AM
Wow! How blessed are you?!!! I am so happy for you in that regard.

However, so very sorry about the loss of your mom.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 11:09:51 AM
I'm so sorry about your mom, but what a wonderful treasure to have found.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 12:20:38 PM
Oh how wonderful! That is an awesome discovery! I am so happy for you!
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Posted: 4/7/2013 12:47:03 PM
What an incredible blessing! Made me feel warm all over and praised God for this gift your found. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

I wanted to add that I am going to share this with all the scrappers I know who "hate my handwriting" and do not want to handwrite on their pages.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:16:08 PM
What a great story!! So sorry for your loss, and so happy you have found something to warm your heart!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:26:06 PM
God is good! What an amazing discovery, may her pages bring you much peace.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:29:37 PM
What a wonderful gift your Mom left you! So very sorry for your loss.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:34:11 PM
Tears flowing... Happy and sad. If that's not inspirational, nothing is. I'm sorry for your loss and so happy for your find. Hugs.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 3:21:40 PM
So very sorry for your loss. And so very happy for the treasure you found. I lost my mom a year and a half ago and wish more than anything that she had been a memory keeper.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 3:57:51 PM
Very sorry for your loss. However, I'm so happy to hear about your priceless find! What a gift she left you.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 4:26:44 PM
I'm so sorry about your Mom, but what a precious gift she left for you to find.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 5:11:06 PM
So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful surprise!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 5:18:25 PM
That is so excellent, what you found!
My mom died last month too. I have her diaries but I haven't had the chance to go thru much of her things yet. One day...
What a gift she left for you. I'm so happy for you for that.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:05:17 PM
I am sorry for your loss, but what a treasure! Thank you for sharing, I am sure those pages mean the world to you!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:07:58 PM
Sorry for your loss. What an amazing gift.

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Posted: 4/7/2013 6:25:38 PM
I am so sorry about your mom but what a wonderful treasure to find.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 7:48:59 PM
I am so sorry for your loss but oh my what a gift your Mother left you. That's exactly why I scrapbook. I hope my son feels the same as you about the albums I will leave for him. I will definitely include more of my handwriting. Thank you for sharing and again, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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