FWF Friday - Remembering Jester

A month ago today we said goodbye to our beloved cat Jester.  He was our baby and had given my hubby Rod and I many years (13) of unconditional love and joy.  There is a void in our lives since his passing and there isn't a day that goes by where I don't think of him and expect to wake up to him running me to his food bowl, jumping up and curling up next to us on the bed or simply being  somewhere nearby, his playing with the Ornaments on the Christmas Tree at this time of year is sorely missed.  Thinking of him yesterday lead me to scrapping my favorite photo of him.   This photo captures his two most favorite pasttimes, sleeping and playing with ribbons.



In November I joined the Unity SMAK (Scrapbooking and Mixed Media Artist Kit) Kit Club, and was yet to use the stamps I had received so far, so given this was my first scrap layout in some months I immediately reached for them.  All the wording on this layout is from the November SMAK Kit and the cat themed images are from a set by Outlines Rubber Stamps that I hadn't used in quite some time.

Because I have used Unity Stamps and because its Friday I have linked up this layout to the Unity Friends with Flair Post so be sure to pop on over to the site and check out all the Unity Goodness from all the Unity Friends who play along this week.

Jester is now buried under the Grevilla and Climbing Red Rose at our new home a spot which is frequented by lots and lots of birds, particularly the rainbow lorikeets.  As he was a indoor cat he could only ever watch the birds from a distance, so it is fitting that he have them overhead and so close to his grave.

In the last months of his life Jester along with our dog Elwood, had brought a lot of enjoyment to my mother who suffers from dementia and who with my father now lives with us, so as a family we decided that we would get two new additions to our family for twice the love and joy.

I contacted the breeder we got Jester from, knowing we would have to wait for a new litter to be born etc and just last week we had some good news that with a bit of juggling around, she has a boy and girl born last month available for us.



Aren't they are just adorable?  I love the lighter shade of grey that they are, now we just have to think of names for them.  We hope to bring them home in February next year once they are old enough and have been desexed, it gives us all something to look forward to in the New Year.

26 comments:

Jennifer said...

CUTE layout and picture!!! (=

Kary said...

This is beautiful, Danie May!! Merry Christmas!!

Tammy said...

So sorry for your loss of Jester. Getting new kittens is a testament of love for Jester. Awesome picture and layout of Jester.

Anne T said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We recently lost our black lab, Abby, and I understand how difficult it is! Your LO is wonderful and your new kittens look adorable!

Ruby said...

Great layout.

Crystal said...

This is a beautiful tribute layout to Jester! So sorry for your loss. We just recently lost a beloved pet too and my heart goes out to you and your family during this time of healing. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of wonderful memories made with your new kitties! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful project.

Angie Blom said...

this is sweet to do a layout to remember Jester.. My friend just lost their cat of only 2 years and we did the same thing.. the kids have an album filled with memories of they loved cat. beautifully done.

Becky said...

I am so sorry about Jester, I must have missed that. But these new babies are soooo cute. Wonderful tribute page for Jester.

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear about Jester-- but love how you created a tribute to him. Love what you did with the SMAK kit!

Tenia Nelson said...

So sorry for your loss. I think your page is beautiful!! Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

Your kitties are adorable and so is that wonderful LO!
:O)
Jessica
Hopped over for FWF!

Gwen said...

Your post is very touching. DH's parents recently had their long time pet cat hit on the road. They had a kitten that had been getting into their hearts so that helps them.

Jen said...

Merry Christmas, danie. I'm so sorry for your loss, but what a lovely LO of jester. And those kittens are cute bundles of fluff!

Marlena M. said...

AWWWWWW. Those kittens are DARLING! Your layout is such a wonderful tribute to your beloved cat-I'm sorry for your sadness. ;(
I pray you have a blessed Christmas...how fun to anticipate those sweeties. ;)

Eva said...

That is such a pretty layout, and the kittens are adorable. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

joetterer said...

Cute layout & kittys!

Joni Kix said...

So sorry about Jester... I'm glad you have such happy memories to remember him by. Wonderful layout!... and the kitties are ADORABLE!

shuggy said...

so sweet!

Lynn McAuley said...

What a fabulous layout for your favorite photo of Jester!! I know he will always hold a special place in your heart! And congratulations on opening your lives and love to these two precious kittens!!

jennifer mitten said...

Thanks for sharing your story. We lost our cat "baby" in August and feel the same way you do. Your kittens look absolutely darling and I know they will bring you lots of joy!

Lone Pine Designs said...

They are so adorably cute! Have a very Happy Christmas!

Emily Keaton said...

I beautiful layout, and your new kitties look precious. Something to look forward to, indeed!

Julie said...

Your tribute to Jester is lovely Danielle and I know your kittens will bring you a lot of joy too. I hope you are enjoying your holiday.

Analise LaRiviere said...

what a sweet photo of your kitty and adorable layout, I love it :)

Lizzyc said...

HI.. i am sorry to hear about Jester...i too have had to say goodbye to many furry children... and they do leave a void in your life... i hope the new kittys bring mischief and fun into your hearts and home next year when they go and join your family!!

Holly Young said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your sweet kitty,,,,,but what a beautiful LO of him! and I just LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE the new little baby kitties! so precious!