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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

aaron!

well another day, another challenge, today i am showing my scrapbook (12 x 12 double layout)pages for scrummystash cafe , the theme this week is "hidden messages!"
have used papers and embellishments from colorbook "perfect pages", worked out well as i had two sets!! epoxy numbers by e-z stick-on(royal brush) buttons and stringy stuff from my stash.
used photos taken over the last few years! ~ please click on the pages to get more detail) ~ i wasn`t sure on the title ~ "our aaron" or "aarons smile???" when you have looked and read it ,maybe you have your own ideas!!


these pages are totaly self~indulgent, i so needed to make sense of the last few years ,when aaron moved from first school to middle school (here, the children move to three seperate schools, for first, middle and senior)~to make sense of all his 11 years, living with a child who has aspergers syndrome (although only diagnosed over a year ago) . i was inspired by reading many thoughtful words and looking at beautiful pages on this amazing blog ~http://alienadventurereports.blogspot.com/. (thanks T, for your help and support)


so over this weekend ,when time allowed , i was bent over creating my pages , it just kind of evolved, and became very personal, in some ways ,a therapy for me!! found the lovely poem ~"how do i love thee", which i printed onto vellum and added down the right hand page. the hidden message in the tag, was written ,while the football was on ~amazing what you can do when your husbands transfixed to the tv and your 4 year old is playing with dora on the computer!! (aaron was staying with my parents) ~i just wrote how i felt, and it has really helped me , after the pain and the total low spot we had reached, last week ,~ this week , i am strong and ready to "fight" for aaron, to be safe and hopefully come out of this school unscathed (both emotionally and phyisically) in another years time.



i wasn`t going to show the words in the tag , but so many of you are going through "difficult" times at the moment , or have had your difficult times and have come out the other side, ~so give it a go , find a photo or photos that mean alot to you , (even the most painful or your happiest) and do as i have done ~it really does help!!




so for me and aaron, this week is the start of getting help, being positive and ......smiling!!

hope you all have a great day, and do some thing to make you smile, byeeeeeeeee xx



25 comments:

Anita Knits said...

Hi Vanessa. Back from hols and sat down last night to make a card. Check back later today and I will have posted it. Great layouts, I need to do some scrapping but have no mojo at the moment. Anita

Kerttuli said...

Nessy, you have been hard working lady! Great layout with so many fab details.
Nice picture, so Aaron is as tall as you are :))
I am busy at work, dinner also in the evening, boring... and no time for crafting :(
Aija

Emma said...

Sat here sobbing. They are truly beautiful. Thank you Vanessa for sharing something so personal and the words you have chosen are amazing. I'm so glad that doing this has come some way to healing the pain. You are one amazing Mum!!! (And that last photo of the two of you has got complete Awwwwwww factor!) Massive huge hugs to you all. Emma.x

Andrea, said...

Fabulous LO Nessy and so special.

Vicki May said...

ooo you've got me crying, I'd ring you but I'm soooo touched it's lovely and both you and Aaron are so lucky to have such a strong and loving bond. What a wonderful thing to do and to look back on in years to come. Wonderful, brill, special, beautiful and all those great words. Your best pages ever big big hugs Vicki oxo's

Chrissy said...

That page is beautiful, I had a lump in my throat reading it too, I agree with Vicki, best pages ever! You are a brave lady, I am so pleased you are feeling more positive this week, I know how it feels when you want to make things right and they aren't for whatever reason. Big Hugs to you and yours - ChrissyX

fairymadjo said...

nessy , i know what your going throw hun,as you know aout anthony , amy is being very badly bullied hun. things kids have done and said are just wicked hun.
but you fight hun, i know its very hard on us mum's to see our babys go throw this but STAY STRONG,
dont let them win. if you ever need me you know were i am. jo xxxx

p.s i love your pages, i have just a scrap book after seeing yours , umm now were to start? lol

Vicki said...

Oh Vanessa words fail me, I'm soo overcome with emotion after reading your personal message tag. I can't begin to image what your family has gone through, but I do know how cruel some people/children can be. Keep strong and keeping fighting and you will get through. Your a wonderful mum with two amazing sons. A beautiful layout, very touching words with such personal feelings, thank you so much for sharing, loads of love and hugs to you and your family. Adorable piccie of you and Aaron, take care (((hugs))) xx vicki xx

Debi said...

My gosh, you sure do keep very busy with all the challenges you do. Fantastic layout!! Incredible details and beautifully done!

Ickle Pickle said...

Great layouts, they must have taken you ages. Utterly gorgeous photo :)

Linda Elbourne said...

So very special XXX

a message from gillyflower said...

oh nessy what wonderful words
i knew those words so well especially in the years before ian was diagnosed.
he was eventually diagnosed at 8 then we finally started to understand him and his needs that was when we turned the corner
they are wonder kids so deep and complex but so wonderful
my first scap book was for ians
18th and it opened so many wounds that were then healed by the giggles and laughter and love that came with them
we live a very complex life with out special children but they are so worth every minute as you i too have a wonderful bond with ian probably so much stronger than it would have been
you will get there he will be fine because he has you and the family and he is loved that's all they need
take care
gill x

Stamping Moments said...

Hi Vanessa, It was lovely to see you today, we really must meet for coffee next time. Your pages and words are just wonderful, you know my eldest is very hard at times but you have to stick up for them and do all you can. Children can be so mean at times, I wish I could go and cut down the bushes outside his school as he is always getting pushed into them and they have prickels, not nice when you are in your PE kit. He just doesn't fight back Bless him! Helping him on his paper round each morning has brought us much closer, You have to love every minute of them. Have a look at Dawns Stamping Thoughts Video of a Love of a Man for his Son I found that so very amazing, Luv Jen x

ella bella said...

wow vanessa what a beautiful page, the words you have wrote are so special your son has a fantastic mum, Tracy x

Jo said...

Oh Vanessa, what a lovely thing to do....it really tugged at my heartstrings when I read your journalling and I absolutely love that picture of you and Aaron. You know he doesn't do it on purpose and that he loves you.

Thanks so much for what you did today....it's always nice to have a bit of support with these things but next time, just time for us and no appointments!! Really lovin my voodoo doll!!

Frances said...

What a layout, so so special - glad it's helping you to cope. Keep strong. Hugs x

Jose said...

lovely pages... and hang onto those words 'being positive and .... smile' :-)

Angie C said...

Oh Nessy, what beautiful pages you have done and thank you so much for sharing your journalling too.

It is hard to understand what you and Aaron must have been through - but I know it is so difficult having a child with an illness. My son has ADHD and whilst it's very different from what Aaron has in some ways it's simular. Take care and chin up *hugs*

Jennifer (jennifer-g) said...

awww...what a great spread. love the pages!

Samm said...

Wow, great layouts, lots of detail!

Thanks for joining in with our challenge at the Scrummy Stash Cafe.

Samm
x

ink'n'rubba said...

hugs to you both ... and Aaron really does have a wonderful smile!

Kari said...

Great page! I love the layout!! So sweet!

CraftyC said...

Wow Vanessa, Aaron smiles just like my Daniel. They obviously both have alot in common. Daniel is the same age and diagnosed with Aspbergers just over a year ago, he's always got some sort of collection on the go. We are going to Disney World in a few weeks, just hope we can get him there with out too many trauma's.
Clairexx

Karen said...

Thought it was a fantastic layout on first sight, esp being a double, and having read what you have said about it and what is on the layout makes it even more special.

Maureen said...

What a wonderful layout with such heartfelt journaling - thanks for sharing!