My Father's Eyes
I'm Janet. I was born and raised in Minnesota. My favorite title is mommy to two of the smartest, most beautiful, spunky, sweet girls out there. When I'm not taking care of the little peanuts, I run my photography and design businesses.
I stumbled across Pixel Scrapper early on when it was first started (before it became the site that it is today). Ironically, I ended up messaging Marisa to see if I could help contribute. I wanted to find a way to give back. Little did I realize that years later I would end up being fortunate enough to join this fab team! :)
As of late, my dad has been on my mind more and more. This past February, after dealing with months of illness, my dad's family doctor noticed a mass in his right lung. Initially, along with this cancerous golf ball sized mass, the doc also thought he saw several 'hot spots' throughout dad's body. We hoped and prayed for the best but prepared for the worst.
Thankfully, after a whole lot of testing, we found out that the cancer and those supposed hot spots were actually not related (in my eyes a miracle as the doc was even surprised to find this out).
On Monday, June 23rd, dad had surgery to removed the lower 1/3 of his right lung...including the mass (which ended up being larger than a golf ball but was completely contained). After the surgery, we were told that the cancer was contained and that he was classed as having stage 1B. We couldn't have asked for a better diagnosis nor a more successful surgery and even recovery!
He's currently in a nursing home, where he does physical therapy daily, to help regain some of his strength and stamina. Thankfully, he'll be heading home this coming Saturday, where he'll have some in home PT visits.
We know that this will be an ongoing journey, but at the moment I can't express how grateful I am that my girls will have more time to get to know the kind, patient, gentle giant that is my father! I can only hope to mirror this same kind, gentle, patience while raising my own girls. That's why I chose the song 'Father's Eyes' for this layout. Years and years ago, my sister and I sang that song in church for Father's Day. The lyrics still ring true.
"...When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say
She's got her Father's eyes, her Father's eyes
Eyes that find the good in things
When good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help
When help just can't be found
Eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain
Knowin' what you're going through, and feeling it the same
Just like my Father's eyes..."
The layout and and a few additional assets were created from scratch using Photoshop CS6. Though the bulk of the goodies are from Elif Sahin's gorgeous kit, "I Love You, Man". It's just perfect for layouts containing the important men in your life!
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