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August 21, 2010


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Angela Weinzierl

Wow, Jen, thanks so much for sharing this. I've been avoiding doing any layouts like this because I just didn't know how to do it. Thank you for your courage to put it out there as an example.


Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us and showing that we can document the sad times and learn from them and know that some how something good happens later, even when we feel that it may never be happy again.


I lost my mom to cancer when I was 12. Because of the circumstances after that, I later met and married my husband. I too remind myself of that blessing at times when I wish things had happened differently. Thanks for sharing your process of organizing your thoughts and starting a project like this!

Haley D.

Thank you for sharing how you're preserving this life-altering event of your life. I am sorry for your loss but so proud of you for what you have chosen: to embrace life each and every day. Thank you for this beautiful, poignant piece of inspiration.

Donna Hooper

Hi Jen
What a wonderful way to tackle the journalling for such a sad event and time. Your words are inspiring... I am going to tackle my mothers suicide in a similar way.
Thank you for sharing with us.


I think this is so important. And painful. I have an album with all the photos from a car accident that killed my mom and 11-year-old sister. I wrote a lot about how that time period changed me (I was 15). I don't show very many people, but I want it to be known. Good for you.


Wow. This is just so incredibly powerful. It makes me think about doing a page about where we're at NOW, stalled out in the adoption process.


Thank you so much for sharing your story and the process. When I was in the second grade my dad was very seriously injured in a car accident and spent the next two years in the hospital. He survived, but it was very scary and took away my sense of security. Guess it's time to tell it so my children know. Thank you for the inspiration.

Robin W

I love how you are using your stories and heritage photos together. Thank you for sharing such a powerful story.


This is powerful....I've been doing family research for several years now and I discovered quite by accident a deep, dark family secret. I've written it up and have it tucked between two pages in my album. This was very healing.....
Your story is incredible and inspiring! Thanks

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