Now how cute is this.
A bunny baby.

And I had the perfect use for it.  My dad had a stroke 2 years ago and has been hospitalized ever since.  It has been an excruciating decision for my mom to sell a 5,500 square foot house and move into an apartment, knowing she could not take care of this house without my youthful dad to use his mighty machines to do all the maintenance etc. that was his passion once they retired.

She hummed and hawed if it was the right thing to move, or if it was a betrayal to my dad to sell the house.  Well, she got the courage and made the decision a few months ago and got herself a beautiful 2 bedroom modest apartment in an 8 apartment building (really looks like a huge limestone house) and the best part -  a number of her friends occupy a few of the apartments already.

I went to see her this part weekend and it is gorgeous, she is so relaxed - like a teenager, we stayed in the same room (there is not much space to disperse as there was in the house) and we had a ball!

She was light, funny, adventurous, and about as happy as I have seen her in the two years since she lost my dad.  He doesn't recognize any of us - but his care facility is only 5 minutes away from her apartment - Perfect!

I went to her Stoke support group with her - it is fantastic!  She is making a real life for herself, while dealing with enormous grief losing my dad after 65 years all of a sudden Xmas Eve.  But this apartment has given her a New Baby Fresh Lease On Life!  And Stitchy's Image was Perfectomundo for my mommy!  So I did it up for her and she LOVED it!  You will understand why, I am sure.  She has begun again - is free of a huge burden, looking after a house all on her own - and even packed up the house all alone.  My mom is a trailblazer!

So here it is - DROPPIN IN - STITCHY'S NEW SEPTEMBER RELEASE.  I hope you like it.  I think the story is actually better than the card.  And moral of this story is really beautiful.  My dad was quite an awful man before the stroke and is now a loving, gentle, beautiful man.  Two years of agony for my mom and I that he didn't pass with the stroke that left him not knowing who we are from one moment to the next but there is a silver lining - and that silver lining is HUGE - more huge than I can possible every describe here or portray how I feel about it here.  I have watched my mom "fall in love" with her husband again, how I imagine she did when she met him, before he got so awful.  I have fallen in love with my Daddy. I go see him and he holds out his arms and kisses my face and tears roll down his cheeks.  He speaks total gobbligook and while I am telling him how much I love him over and over and stroking his face and kissing his face and hands he falls asleep into the most peaceful sleep.  He opens his eyes and speaks again - total gobbligook and I say "I love you dad."  "I don't know what you are saying to me but I know it is kind and loving and full of good things only and I love you for that.  You are my dad and I've loved you forever."  And he falls back asleep and I usually leave.  If he is awake, when I leave tears roll down his face again and he kisses my face and neck.  My dad would NEVER let me within 10 feet of him my entire life!

So if there is destiny - this is why my dad didn't die with his stroke, when in all odds, he should have. He is a beautiful soul now and let's us in and we are able to let him in and feel safe.  G-d Speaks.

Thank you, if you have read this far.  I rarely share my personal life in my blog - but that is what this card is all about and I would be remiss if I didn't honor a LOVE STORY while posting it.

Please pop over to Stitchy's store and see if there is something new that speaks to you.  As you can see, you never know where it will take you in YOUR process!!!!

Much Love

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    1. Not only is this a beautiful & creative card, your story made me tear me. We do have to be strong, and find the small joys. Thank you again for being supportive through my recent tough time; sending you & yours lots of good wishes! Best, CG

    2. Morning gorgeous lady. WOW - I take my hat off to you hunny and the golden lining on this story is fabulous. To know when the end for you dad does come that he leaves behind a love and peace within you and your Mum is a precious gift. Thank you for sharing sweetheart. Hugs Meems xxx

    3. So glad your MuM is finding her way again and such a sad story about your Dad !!
      This is a great card and I just ADORE that Bunny - I gotta go get me one of those.... he's just FAB :-D


      IKE xxxx

    4. So Cute. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Divas by Design.
      Cathy DT Member

    5. Aw too cute! Thanks for joining us over at DoubleClick Skittles Challenge~

    6. Very cute card. Thanks for joining us at Divas. Jayne

    7. Cute! Thank you for playing in our challenge at

    8. Fun card! Thanks so much for joining us at the Hambo Hoedown.

      Jeannie T.
      Hambo Stamps DT

    9. So sweet and funny bunny! Thank you for joining Crafting From the Heart, good luck.

    10. Your card is fantastic. But for the challenge at Anonymous Stamps you have to use one of our images. There for free maybe you have time to make another great card.
      xxx Michelle (DT)

    11. this is super cute come over and join the anything goes challenges over at

    12. Thank you for playing along with us girls over at Craftin' Desert Divas, Great card

    13. Such an endearing story about your Dad, thank you for sharing. Love your bright card. This is so perfect for our DETERMINATION theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
      {Path of Positivity DT Member}
      {Doing Life – my personal blog}

    14. Determination sometimes means finding the silver lining when clouds cover the sunshine in your life. Looks like love determined your dad's partial physical but miraculous emotional recovery, and for that I am so happy for you.
      I love your card with its happy bunny ornament, and your post is perfect for the Path of Positivity challenge this month. Thanks for letting us in and sharing with us, Samara!

    15. Your story and project are a wonderful reflection of the power of determination! Thank you for sharing it with us on the Path of Positivity blog this month! Lynda - DT member

    16. wow it is true that life sometimes is strange. It's fabulous that through such a terrible event something that wonderful as you finding your dad and your mom getting a new life and renewing with her husband is just really marvellous! Big hugs to you both!!!!

    17. I was so moved by your words Samara and I'm so glad you are getting a new experience of love from your Dad. May your Mum's new lease on life continue!
      Love the card too!


    My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x