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      Go Well My Children




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      hollyinjapan




      Not all who wander are lost

      Registered: November 2008
      Location: West Tokyo
      Posts: 11,305
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      It feels strange to be writing you. As of this time, I don't know you and you don't know me. Who will see this letter? If you are my children's child then there's a good chance we will meet face to face someday by the grace of God. If we are several generations separated you may not know my name or that I even existed. But I do exist. I exist now in my current time, and I will continue to exist in the future in you. You are a part of me. Just as I am a part of the many generations of our family before me.

      My name is Holly, I am the mother of Sela and Reo. I am the daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth. My husband Tamotsu and our children are pictured here, as well as his and my parents, and my grandparents as well. These are but a few of your ancestors.

      We are a varied and mixed family. We come from Germany, Ireland, England, America, the Cherokee nation, China and Japan. There may well be others that I don't know of and that is only as of my generation. Who knows how many more bloodlines have joined our family by the time you read this. Regardless of where we come from we are connected through blood and love.

      I wonder what kind of place the world is during your lifetime. From the beginning of time humans have had a hard time living in peace with each other and nature. During my lifetime I have seen several wars. I am so thankful that none of them have been near to my home, but I can't assume that will always be the case. I am in the middle of my life now and I often live in fear of the changes taking place in the world today.

      But I also live in hope. I have hope that the human race will understand how racism and prejudice stem from lack of knowledge and understanding. Who are we to be racist when we all have mixed blood in our veins? I have hope that the human race will see that we are not above and beyond the other creatures of this world and our eco system. We all need each other to survive. Education and experience are keys to knowledge and understanding. I pray that you, children of my children, have open minds and hearts willing to know, respect and protect all life.

      Our days on this earth are short. True peace and happiness seem to be impossible to truly achieve. But I take comfort in knowing that we were not created for this world. Our eternal peace and happiness await us after this life has finished and God takes us to Heaven. But while we are here, I pray that you will strive to live in peace and harmony with the world around you.

      "Do what you have to do to be happy in this life. There is so much beauty. Go well my children."

      As seen in the January 2011 Artisan Notebook


      Credits: papers and elements from Illuminated Journal and Old Letters by ViVa Artistry
      stacked photo frame cluster by 4 Shades of Blue Design
      dried leaf branch from Touch of Spice by Studio Gypsy
      final quote is from Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
      font for journaling is CK Ali Handwriting
      fort for title is Aquarelle
      Date: 2-5-2011 · Views: 562
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  1.   2-5-2011 8:28pm
    1. Unica

      One Hot Chick!


      Registered: February 2008
      Location: Florida
      Posts: 2,076

      Holly. I'm speechless. Truly. You letter is amazing, touching, inspirational, heartfelt... it's one of the most beautiful journalings I have ever read. The page is perfectly designed. The extraction, the layering... everything. wow.
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  1.   2-5-2011 9:03pm
    1. jacinda

      People say "It's the thought that counts, not the gift", but couldn't people think a little bigger?


      Registered: March 2006
      Location: Auckland, New Zealand
      Posts: 2,827

      Oh my. Holly this is beyond amazing!! Just everything about it has me lost for words. The extracted hands, the layers.....seriously, I can't find the words to say how impressed I am. You should post this at Me So Scrappy too.
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  1.   2-5-2011 9:03pm
    1. juliesouthern

      Empress of Random


      Registered: October 2010
      Location: Colorado
      Posts: 5,877

      Holly, this is both stunning and thought-provoking. And very, very beautifully crafted.
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  1.   2-6-2011 1:12am
    1. sarahbhb

      Little Chickadee


      Registered: August 2009
      Posts: 91

      Amazing journaling, amazing layout. I'm all teary eyed after reading this. Totally awestruck by your talent.
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  1.   2-6-2011 5:41am
    1. sunnie2004

      Chickster


      Registered: September 2006
      Posts: 117

      Superbly awesum!! Love what you have done here!!
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  1.   2-6-2011 12:20pm
    1. lulutoo

      Chatty Chickster


      Registered: September 2009
      Location: Wisconsin
      Posts: 281

      I agree with everything Unica said, as well as the others! This is absolutely brilliant! Can I borrow your lovely hands for my layout lifting your layout? LOL I love that stack of photos and the blended title. You are such an inspiration, Holly!
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  1.   2-27-2011 8:33pm
    1. Dani Alencar

      One Hot Chick!


      Registered: June 2007
      Location: Brazil
      Posts: 1,706

      Amazing page, Love the extraction and the journaling. Speechless!
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  1.   3-5-2011 12:01am
    1. HeatherB

      Queen of Chat


      Registered: November 2007
      Location: Alberta, Canada
      Posts: 5,075

      Wow - Holly this is absolutely amazing. Love the extraction, realistic shadows, the desktop you've created with the journal and the scattered photos, and your journaling. Beautiful!
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  1.   3-5-2011 12:13am
    1. HeatherB

      Queen of Chat


      Registered: November 2007
      Location: Alberta, Canada
      Posts: 5,075

      Added to our Gallery Finds for March here!
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  1.   3-5-2011 7:41am
    1. Pamie

      I'm fluent in three languages: English, Sarcam, and Jersey.


      Registered: July 2009
      Location: New Jersey
      Posts: 6,349

      Wow! The page itself is so beautifully done, but then reading the journalling just makes it more so. What an amazing thing to give back to your family.
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  1.   4-6-2011 2:36pm
    1. MrsPeel

      One Hot Chick!


      Registered: November 2010
      Location: Brazilian in London, UK
      Posts: 1,556

      ohhh and wOw and more ohhhss and wows..... this is absoluytely wonderful (well, as everything you do, really) the jounaling is amazing...and I may wanna steal a bit the idea here (with due credit to you, of course) I m not sure what to say, really, when pages like this touch my heart so much...I feel like words are superflous....thanks for sharing your amazing art with us
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