Friday, July 27, 2012

Commitment

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am sharing another layout with older photos.  I learned a lot about commitment from my parents.  For starters, in a world where divorce is becoming second nature...I doubt my parents have ever even thought about it.  It could be because of their religious beliefs...but really, I think it's even more than that.  They make a commitment, and they keep it.  My dad was at the same job pretty much my whole life.  He is a very smart man, who does a job that not many people could do...he could have gotten a higher paying job at any time--but he made a commitment and was loyal to his company.

We don't see that much anymore.

I wanted to document this.

And I want to live a life much like my parents, where my kids can learn the value and importance of commitment.  The obvious place to start is in the family, and in my marriage.

I hope I get to the point in my life where I too can say I have been married 38 years.  :)   Or even 65 years, like my grandparents.

Please don't get me wrong--I am NOT judging people who divorce.  I actually understand that there are situations where it is necessary.  And it certainly can be easier.

But I think the actual concept of commitment is both romantic and noble.

Anyways...

Here's my layout that I wanted to share with you:


I used the beautiful Country Boutique collection from Fancy Pants Designs for my layout.  I love love love that girl in the dress.  I also love the clock and ticket die cuts.  The whole page came together really quickly.  I drew my hearts on the page, layered it all, and then came back and did my stitching wherever my hand drawn hearts were showing.  That way there is no wasted stitching hidden beneath the layers.

Here are some close up's of my layout:


Well thanks for stopping by the blog today!!!!

I hope you have a fantastic day and a wonderful weekend!  :)


30 comments:

Amy said...

I agree! My parents and my in-laws are still married and that just seems very rare these days. I love it. Great layout!

April Derrick said...

It's a great subject to cover really and I love the heart stitched around the journaling. My grandparents were married for over 55 years and it just doesn't happen much anymore...

Sandra said...

I think this was a lovely thing to document and you're correct in saying that it doesn't seem to happen much anymore. Unfortunately I'm what I call a 'second time rounder' after remaining in my first marriage for over 20 years and luckily I'm extremely happy now. Pamela I love the colours on your page they are so subtle for the appropriate photo.

NinaSt said...

I agree with your opinion! My grandparents are married 53 years now. This is my goal too! Love your layout! I really love the colors!

Miriam Prantner said...

I love this layout, the stitching is wonderful, and what a special thing to document. I think it's important to do, to put down on paper what you believe. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to what your parents marriage and what they've taught you. Beautiful page!

Lynn Murphy said...

Beautiful page and wonderful tribute. I love the stitching.

Lisa Echerd said...

What a beautiful tribute page! Love the neutral color scheme. I have an aunt and uncle that celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I love love love love this!! What a beautiful tribute to your parents ...... I loveeeeee the colors and loveeeeeeeee all the hearts!! GORGEOUS!!!

Tammy said...

Ah, that's very sweet. I come from the same kind of family. I love how you repeated the hearts in so many way. Love this!

Kelly Foster said...

So pretty...I love the story you have told! That FP collection is gorgeous and you have rocked it.. Love all the hearts!

Madeline said...

Beautiful page and a wonderful way to recognize your parents' commitment.

Andrea said...

this LO is awesome! i love the stitched hearts! This is such a cool collection!

GLOANN said...

Beautiful page, Pamela. Commitment is definitely the key to a long marriage. My DH and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last August. Sure there've been lots of rough places but we both knew we would never even consider a divorce. So we have daily made that choice to love each other in spite of any problems that surface.

Love the way you doodled and sewed the hearts on this. It just all came together to be perfection.

Danielle said...

Beautiful layout and the stitched hearts are adorable!

Shemaine Smith said...

Pamela this is an awesome layout with an incredible message. I really love your post today.

Rochelle Spears said...

absolutely beautiful and meaningful page! I LOVE it!

Linda Beeson said...

I love that page! I love the idea behind it and the entire layout of it, great simple colors.

cin2273 said...

Very beautiful lay out.

Tracey said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the stitched hearts!!

Trina said...

I adore your LO, but especially the sentiment behind it. It's beautiful and so special to you and your family.

Jenny Evans said...

This is gorgeous!!

Dorina D said...

Great tribute to your parents and a wonderful layout with the beautiful stitched hearts. Thanks for sharing.

Beth Hallgren said...

What a beautiful tribute to your parents! I too am a firm believer in " Until death do us part, my husband and I have been married 27 years. We've weathered some tough times but that is what marriage is about.

DanaMK said...

What a great topic for a layout! I love your stitched hearts - they add such a great feel to you layout!

Johanna said...

This LO is amazing! And I think you are right, people nowadays need to learn how to commit and stick to a decision they've made! Thank you!!!

Connie Mercer said...

wow ~ love your vision!!! really amazing!!:):)

soapHOUSEmama said...

This is seriously jaw dropping!!! LOVE IT!

sutty said...

Super page and it marks an amazing commitment ...I love all the detail and especially those stitched hearts :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a beautiful LO! I love the hearts and monochromatic color theme--I also agree that it's rare to see marriages last long these days. I pray for our marriage daily--that we would stay a cord of three (Ecc. 4:12b). Congrats to your parents!