Friday, May 27, 2016

treasure every single day

The last few months have been, well, for lack of a better word, difficult.  I lost my dad to a painfully-short battle with cancer in March and have been in recovery mode ever since.

Recovery mode isn't the same as creative mode...but slowly, I'm coming around...doing my best to recognize and appreciate the beauty in every day.  Having two little boys with birthdays around the corner helps---they are such positive sources of energy in my life and I really don't know what I'd do with out their constant doses of enthusiasm.

Both Max and Miles love to search for treasure, so that is the theme for their 5th birthday.  Here's a little sampling of the pieces we've created for their party.

6 comments:

ann @ studiohyde said...

Not easy going through loss. They say time helps..I guess in a way it does, we learn to cope and accept. I'm sure the boys are looking forward to their Birthday celebrations and I love your plan to dig for treasure.

Susanne said...

<3, all that remains when a loved one passes is love.

Miú said...

I was wondering why this blog had fallen silent.

I am terribly sorry to hear the sad, sad news. It does take time... I lost both my parents a long while back, and there isn't a single day I don't miss them. But the best way to heal (or to pretend to) is to surround ourselves with the ones we love.
Congratulations on your little ones' 5th birthday! And be strong.

Christine said...

I came across your blog when I was looking for a special quote (Edmund Lee)- sometimes things happen for a reason... my father passed away in February and I´m still struggling...thinking that the time passing would make it easier...but instead I`m about to realize that it is much more the people around (sometimes even strangers who just look at you with a smile or somebody saying "hello" instead off walking by without a word) can comfort your soul....in all that chaos in the world we have to focus on the good things- sometimes I succeed and sometimes not...but I`ll keep trying ;-)...Thank you for sharing your beautiful art and your thoughts ... I wish you the ability to find the little good things in your everyday life & to feel the power of all the good memories that you certainly have of your father (like I do)...my heart goes out to your heart...kindest regards (and sorry for my English- hopefully it is at least understandable) chris

anopensketchbook said...

Christine---Thank you for your comment...it's encouraging to know that I'm not alone. I really appreciate you reaching out.
Miú, Susanne, Ann---A little late saying so, but thank you all for your words of encouragement.


Priscilla said...

I didn't know until now. I'm sorry. I lost my dad in the same way. He was diagnosed, given three months to live, and was gone in just three weeks.

I am truly sorry for your pain. I hope you are doing better. Sorry this is months late.