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Some Mums and a Little Bit About My Mum

The Pattie's Creations PCDC#80 Challenge is Giving Thanks or Thank-You. We can all use more Thank-you cards and this is a big Giving Thanks month in the U.S. I chose to use Pattie's Mums in Basket image as I knew it would be easy to color up with Fall and Thanksgiving colors.

I made a thank-you card to send a friend, but I am definitely very thankful this year. I have a zillion (seriously) things to be thankful for, but today the situation I am most thankful for is that my Mom is still around. Earlier this year, we found out her Breast Cancer had returned and it had already spread to all her bones in her upper body (stage 4). It came back 5 years after her mastectomy, and after rounds of radiation, pills, and frequent monitoring. It shocked us all and we really didn't know if she would still be here for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Needless to say, it has been a rough year. Happily, the chemo has kept the cancer at bay and she has been happy and enjoying life all year. When you visit her, she is smiling and laughing and making cards to send others - a true inspiration. People are amazed that at 78 with COPD and cancer, you can still find her in her yard pulling weeds, in her den making cards, playing games on the computer, cooking and baking (there is always a homemade dessert on their counter), and being her sweet self. We still don't know how long we have with her, but that is true of anyone - we aren't guaranteed time with anyone we love. I tell myself this all the time, but this year it is easier to remember.

We would love to see your thank-you or thankful cards in the Pattie's Creations Challenge, and I would love to read what you are the most thankful for right now.

Hugz to all!


  1. A wonderful card which reminds one of a country kitchen and its a great tribute to your Mom.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. What a touching post this was... So sorry to hear about your mum and what a great person she is. I am amazed at your wisdom too.
    Your card is lovely... the colours are so perfect for the season and I love the berries.

  3. Nancy, This is such a pretty card and that particular plaid paper gives it such a "Home Sweet Home' feel, which is the best feeling a card can have. I'm so sorry for all that your Mum has had to endure but very happy for you that your Mum is still with you for the Holidays. Bless her and your whole family. I truly believe that your mind set has a lot to do with recovery and it sounds like your Mum has the perfect way of thinking with all that she does and the ways in which she lives her life, always doing and caring about others. We are have a lot to be thankful for every year but, you DO have a tremendous amount to be thankful for this year. Enjoy this holiday season.

  4. so stunning nancy.gorgeous autumnal design and colours and i love your floral image.your mum sounds like a wonderful inspirational lady :D

    xx coops xx

  5. Your card is just beautiful..colored so pretty and I love your choice of paper. Nice addition with the berries. Your Mom sounds like an awesome lady with a lot of courage and with a zest for life. I wish the best for her.

  6. Sounds likes your mom is a wonderful inspiration to others. And I'm sure she is just as thankful that you're nearby as you are her. Love your fall thank you card. You've colored the mums beautifully and the plaid paper is the perfect choice to go with

  7. Gorgeous card Nancy, I like the floral image the berries and the leaves.
    Kevin xx

  8. ooh, Carol would love this one with the sunflowers on it! Great gingham in the BG and love the leaves you tucked in under the focal panel :) Your mom is a fabulous example of those who live life to the fullest and give thanks for what they have. Give her a big hug from me!!

  9. Your card is gorgeous, and I enjoyed reading about your Mom and her strength of character. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not feeling sorry for one's self, and I'm glad she's strong enough to get on with her daily life! What an example she sets for everyone who knows her! You are blessed!

  10. Nancy - I was moved by your Mom's attitude and enjoying life to the fullest! As always, your creation is gorgeous. Super coloring of the image too!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!

  11. God bless your mother, hope the treatments continue to have positive results! Your card is beautiful, love the fruit embellishments!

  12. Nancy,

    This is so pretty and I love how you colored my "Mums In Basket" image. The colors are so Fallish! I also loved your story about your Mom. I will keep her in my prayers.

    Pattie ♥

  13. WOW!! This is such a beautiful design!! Love the bit of sparkle you've added to the center of them! :) Such a lovely tribute to your mom as well!! HUGS :)

  14. This is a gorgeous card, such fabulous autumn colours.
    Your Mum sounds like an inspiration to us all, I hope you have lots more happy time to enjoy with her.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  15. God is shining down on your Mom. I am happy that she is living life to the fullest and living her life able to do the things she enjoys. It's a miracle and a blessing and an inspiration to all of us. Marisa is right....I do love this card and those beautiful Sunflowers. I love your stenciled background too. Reminds me to pull out my stencils and play with them too. Of course, I can't right now because I painted about 25 cheese boxes white, plus 6 dollar store village pieces white. I didn't know it but I went to bed last night with white paint all over my face. My family laughed at me this morning. Oh well, I was tired when I went to bed last night. The stenciling is a beautiful touch!
    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}

  16. Beautiful card, and such a sweet post about your mom. I'm glad she is doing better and will continue to keep her in my prayers.

  17. Beautiful card. The Fall colors are awesome, as well as all your lovely embellishments, so very pretty.
    So nice to read your Mum's story. She sounds like an amazingly strong woman, and loving the life she has, enjoying
    each day fully. Prayers for you and your Mum.


  18. Your card is just lovely! After you shared with me a while back... some news with me about your Mother...I'have been praying for her and will continue to pray. I so admire her courage...and feel the love that you have for her...

  19. Aww honey you are indeed blessed to still have your Mom with you. I lost mine in August and there is not a day that I don't miss her and the tears just flow. Please give her an extra hug from me and I will add her to my prayer list for sure. I love your Thank You card. The leaves make a great embellishment.

  20. Nancy, your card is beautiful - as always. And your post is lovely....what a tribute to your mom...she sounds like an AMAZING woman!!!! And of course she would have to be to have produced such a great daughter. :)


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