What is it about this time of year that makes me want to be surrounded by lights? I know that it gets dark earlier and that the holidays just come wired with all kinds of lights. Twinkling lights, Christmas tree lights, candlelight etc.
But I think a big part for me is the comfort those lights represent. This time of year, for me, and I'm guessing for many is when I often think of and miss loved ones that aren't with us anymore or maybe live far away. I've been especially missing my Grandma lately who passed away almost 2 years ago now. She was an incredibly special and influential person in my life. She was so kind, smart, funny, caring, amazingly patient, crafty, a wonderful cook...I could go on and on. She lived with Parkinson's disease for over 2 decades and took it in stride. She was strong and not a complainer. She took up tai chi when she got the diagnosis to help with her movement and balance. She walked a couple miles almost everyday. That's the kind of Lady she was - she got things done. She meant so much to me that I named my daughter after her.
We spent so many holidays at her house growing up and it was always something she made special by using her holiday dishes and candle light at the meals.
So I think that's why I like to use lots of candle light (real and faux) to decorate around my house.
I also use my scrapbooking as a way to remember my loved ones. When my Grandma had to move to a facility in a different city we still went for regular visits certain times throughout the year. I feel so blessed my kiddos got such wonderful time with her too and really knew their great Grandma. I feel so blessed for that! I have loved scrapbooking different visits we had there so my kids will always remember their time with Gram a little more clearly. And when we look at those photos how the stories and memories just seem to come and comfort.
Here is one scrapbook layout I did for a visit to see my Gram for her 91st birthday. Her birthday was in the Spring and I love how the dimensional lilac stickers play off the dark blues and purples she's wearing in many of the photos. Another thing to note is how ingenuity came into play here for the title. I realized I didn't have enough lower case letter stickers so I used a mix of capitals and lower case and it just added more whimsy to the whole feel of the title ("Grandma Anne") on the bottom of the pages (titles don't always need to go on the top, right?)
Here is one of my favorite photos on the layout. I was sitting next to my Gram and just asked her to turn and look at me and captured her sweet little grin and her look of love at me. How do you find comfort at this time of year when loved ones are missed?