Paying Tribute in my own way to Mum

I decided to play along with the latest challenge over at Colour Combo's Galore this week and found myself not only creating a scrap page but writing a poem.  You see as well as the colour combination their inspiration part of the challenge was to Pay Tribute to a Very Special Female in your Life.

Stamps:  Unity Dec & Jan SMAK Kits, Papers:  Stampin' Up!
Ink:  SU Riding Hood Red, Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Other:  EK Success Heart Border Punch, SU Eyelet Border Punch, EK Success Photo Corner Punch,
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Die, Assorted Flowers from Stash, Rhinestones.

I didn't have exactly the same colours, but used the closest I had to them

The page is about my mum.  As some of you may know my mother is in the early - mid stages of dementia and nine months ago we had both my parents move from Brisbane to Casino to live with us.  Knowing that each day we are losing my mother little by little, this page/poem was a way for me to express my current thoughts and feelings when it comes to my mum battling Dementia.  Making everyday count with her is now more important than ever.

My poem reads:

The fog is slowly coming in, invading the walls of your mind.
Effecting all your memories, it's now just a matter of time.

I have seen the spark go from your eyes, acknowledging you can't comprehend
Yet still in life you participate, with routine your only friend.

For your loved ones it is hard to bear, as we watch you slip away
To lose more and more of the one we love, each and every day.

Dementia is hard to understand; how it randomly effects the brain
Stealing memories from moments before, whilst bringing others to life again.

I cherish the time hearing of days gone by as you sit and reminisce
Triggering my own wonderful memories of my mother who I already miss

And although there is probably many years ahead, to grieve and let you go
This journey until your eventual death, will for me be greatly painful and slow.


Lizzyc said...

Hi Danie, not only is this layout so very beautiful, it is so precious as well.. i can relate to your poem as my parents get older too... really lovely.. thankyou for sharing such a personal season in your life!!

Julie Short said...

Danielle this is very hearflet and poignant and it must have been difficult for you to writ. I hope you do have many more years with your lovely mum.

To me your layout epitomises what scrapbooking should be. Not the fancy embellishments or latest colours but a photo that speaks to you and enables you to share your thoughts with those you love.

Janet Perafan-Babar said...

Oh my God Danielle, this truly brought me to tears from the first line of your poem. This has touched me so deeply, truly heartbreaking as I can feel your pain through your beautiful words. I am so happy you made this page, for my purpose of celebrating Women's Heart Week was so that our readers will make pages like this tributing their mothers and sisters and daughters. Everyone has a story and I am so happy you shared yours. Truly, seeing and reading this makes all the work that I do at the CCG challenge site all worthwhile. Thank you, thank you. Thank you.

PS. the colors are spot on, BTW. You did a wonderful job with this challenge! ;)

sending hugs and wishing you, your Mom and your family all the best,
Janet - Color Combos Galore

Tammy said...

Such a loving tribute to your mother.

Becky said...

Beautiful tribute to your mother and beautiful layout.

Lynn McAuley said...

Gorgeous layout and embellishments with this beautiful picture of your mother. What a moving and heartfelt poem of your journey together through your mother's battle with dementia. God bless and keep you both.

Laurie LaRiviere said...

Dani, that page is simply stunning, the flower clustered is just beautiful, as is your mom's photo. I love the poem, you have a way with words, not me, I couldn't write a poem if you paid me! My grandmother had dementia, so I know what a painful thing it can be to watch someone you love go through that, hugs to you :)

Lilith Eeckels said...

Amazing page and a poem that touched my heart. Thank you for shaing!

Kelly said...

Your poem is so beautifully written! It goes so perfectly with your pretty page, and stunning photo of your mother. Thank you so much for playing with us at Color Combos Galore :)

Fluffy said...

Wow your poem is so wonderful, someone should publish it, brings tears to your eyes and a truth to your heart, you made a beatiful page to compliment the poem too! Tx

Tomomi Nomura(nom) said...

Perfect LO! Danielle!!

Kait said...

I don't even remember how I stumbled onto your blog, but that isn't important. I think I was meant to see this. Your page is beautiful, as it is poignant. I can't pretend to know what it must be like to go through this experience. But one thing i know is that I would rather deal with Dementia and still have my mum, than to find out that she had cancer and have her gone in 2 months' time like what happened to me. Enjoy the time that you have with her. Nobody will love her or care for her like you. She might not remember you, but she'll feel loved. Godspeed.