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Life in Limbo

It's so good to be back!  Thank you everyone who wished me well and to those who sent me cards - each one brightened my day and there were some very low days in the beginning! Things are looking up now - I'm back at work and my health is improving. I've lost about 50 pounds - 100 if you count the fluid increase I had after the second surgery!

The challenge this time was to use periwinkle grid paper, page pattern #58, use string, CornerStones or doodles, and to create a page that expresses what I want myself and others to remember about me in this phase of my life.  I've called it "Life in Limbo" because so much is in a holding pattern right now with a short time frame.

Everything is behind schedule - when I went in for surgery, the plan was to only be in the hospital for 2-3 days and out of work for 2-3 weeks. I never imagined that I would be in the hospital and then a nursing home for 2 months! My original plan was to retire June 1. We were going to make our trip to Virginia to look for a home shortly after my surgery, as soon as I was able. Tony had to end up going on his own and we would look at pictures and make decisions at night over the phone. There is not enough time for us to get our house sold by June 1, so I am going to have to extend my retirement date.

We did decide on a home in Suffolk, Virginia. We're finalizing the loan papers, and we had the inspection last week. There are a few things that need to be corrected before we can close, so our close date is tentative. We can't hire the movers or make any final plans until we know when closing will be! We've decided to wait until after we move out to put our current home on the market, so we can't do that either. And I can't plan my retirement date until we know when our house is going on the market.  Everything is in limbo!!!

I used one of the 6x6 pads available from Snap n Crop for my patterned paper - the PB&J papers from Basic Grey. The buttons are from Paper Wishes and I tied little bows in some of the buttons with bakers twine from Doodlebug Design. My title was made with rub-on letters on cardstock placed in the round Shape Studio from Epiphany Crafts. 

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Shared by Nancy Sanders on May 5, 2013 | Memory Date: May 5, 2013
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Well, you have certainly been through and are going through a lot. First, things first-It's soooo good to see you up, back and hopefully taking it easy! I am soo happy to hear that your health is better-that's the most important thing-the rest will fall into place! I like the layout-especially the buttons with the twine tied in bows, how adorable! But, I really care more about the fact that you were up to the challenge of getting it done and that you had/have the strength to complete it! I hope that you stay healthy and eveything you are working on works out.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  May 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm   
Welcome back! You have had so much going on in your life I applaud you for not giving up. Your page is beautiful.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  May 14, 2013 at 1:06 am   
Nancy!!! I missed you! I was so worried when they told us you weren't doing well. It's like we're all a little piece of your family. I'm so glad your life is turning for the beter now, even if you are in limbo for a bit. It feels like a long bit, I'm sure. I hope all goes well with your plans for your home, your retirement and your health. I feel confident it will be ok :) I love your page. Your pensive face says it all.
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  May 13, 2013 at 2:24 am   
FIRST OF ALL....WELCOME BACK!!!! You have been missed. But so, so glad things are finally looking up for you. Thanks for sharing this important, though difficult, time in your life. It's very personal. But sometimes sharing brings a sense of relief...you're not in it alone. I love your patterned paper blue and yellow colors and your buttons are darling. The black and white thread really works well...and I really love your font and choice for title. The photos of you speak volumes as well...I like the one where you are "looking up". Very meaningful! :) Hugs!!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  May 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm   
Time passes quickly and you'll be on the other side of limbo. Thankfully, you're out and back on your feet. I'm looking forward to seeing what retirement will bring to you as your make your move and enjoy exceptionally good health.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  May 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm   
So glad to have you back! I am sorry that everything is in limbo right now, but I am thrilled that you are doing better and are continuing with your plans.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  May 7, 2013 at 2:38 am   
Nancy, so glad you're back!!! Impressed you were able to find the strength and time to get back in the saddle. The colors go so well with the periwinkle. Love the buttons. I'm a closet button collector. Great to see some pictures of you and that your sense of humor has not failed :) Hang in there, better days are ahead. You're looking good too!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  May 7, 2013 at 2:16 am   
Nancy, Welcome back to the Team! Glad you are well enough to participate in this challenge. I love how the colors in your papers look so vivid against the Periwinkle! The buttons and bows a nice way to add dimension. To take this time in your life that has you in a holding pattern and remember the uncertainty of it all once all is resolved will be wonderful!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  May 6, 2013 at 2:56 am   
Nancy, You had us worried for awhile. Glad you are mending and even feeling well enough scrap a great "forget-me-not" page. Hopefully soon you will be able to create that page for "the next phase in life" (retirement,move, new home.) In the mean time, a BIG WELCOME BACK and it's good to hear from you again!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  May 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm   
     

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