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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I don't often do this

I don't often share personal news on my blog, but I thought I would today.
Our(Bonnie's and mine) dear brother suffered a brain aneurysm on Monday, he lives on the other side of the world to us in New Zealand. He underwent an 8 hour brain surgery yesterday to clamp off the aneurysm which was successful, but he is still in ICU in a critical but stable state, under sedation. Bonnie and I will be going to New Zealand probably next week for about 10 days to be with the family and spend time with my brother, we do not even know yet if there will be any permanent damage. It is a huge shock for all of us as he is so healthy and such an outdoorsy type, and so clever (charted accountant)You never think something like this will happen to anyone close to you, it just came out of the blue. I am so happy we were able to spend time with him in December. All I want is to see his huge smile and those cute dimples! Here are some photos we took in December.

With his wife Laurie
With Bonnie and their kids (his little girl is only 6, she is in the middle)

With Bonnie and I
Did you hear that KimB's sister, Gaye is now a designer(GSC Creations) at DSO? I had the privilege of working with her very first kit it is so arty and unusual - Easter Garden
My LO(My DD 15 years ago, the word art is KimB's)
Check out Kim's blog for some awesome freebies today!

I have a new commercial use kit in my shop and it is 40% off for a few days, Into the Blue, a pack of 6 templates, most of them layered.
And here is my first commercial use freebie, a fishy template- layered!
Download here

And some sad and exciting news. My very first digi home Snap and Scrap is closing doors at the end of March, and this is where lots of my designer friends and my sister Bonnie sell . I am so happy to announce that some of these girls and Bonnie are coming over to ESS!! Bonnie's shop open on Monday so be sure to check it out!!!


belle said...

Sending many get-well wishes your brother's way.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry about your brother.

GSCreations said...

Hi Jenni, Im so sorry for you sad news, sending light and love your way.
take care

Bonnie said...

Hi Jen...thanks for the post. I did one too on my blog. your new header is so cute.

Kristine said...

Oh Jenni...

Sending huge hugs to you and Bonnie and lots of love and positive thoughts for your brother for a speedy recovery!

Gail said...

Will be sending my angels to look over your brother!

Jazzy said...

So very sorry to hear about your brother. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Thanks for the awesome freebie Hugs

Meisie said...

Thank you for the freebie...wishing you a safe trip to NZ and GOOD news to all of you!

charlie said...

Jenni I read the sad news on Bonnies blog and am sending lots of get well vibes..can't wait till Monday ;)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Cat(s)/Dog(s)/Bear/Bird/Butterfly/Other Animal Theme post on Mar. 11, 2009. Thanks again.

Crops said...

Ohh Jen, I am so sorry to hear this...Will be saying a special prayer for your brother tonight!
You'll all be in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry to read this about your brother. Many prayers for recovery and peace of mind for your family. I met a woman last Sept on a cruise who had one a year prior and although it was a long year, she had recovered much and was back at work as a ballet instructor. And Snap and Scrap was the first site I was uploading my LOs to just over a year ago. I'm glad to hear some and coming over to ESS as I was wondering.
Hugs, Nancy (kathleena)

MickeyB said...

I am so sorry about your brother! I hope your trip goes well and he has a good recovery.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 11 Mar [LA 08:00pm, NY 10:00pm] - 12 Mar [UK 03:00am, OZ 02:00pm] ).

Kim B said...

Jenni- I'm sending you lots of LOVE and prayers today my dear friend.
I'm sitting here with tears and it's difficult to explain how close I feel to you and yet know we have never met- KWIM?
I so want to do something - yet can't, and I feel so helpless!!
Just know that I am thinking of you and Bon today and if you need ANYTHING- please let me know!

Love you girls!
Condolences to you and the WHOLE family. I'm so sorry my friend


DigiLover said...

Jenni I'm so sorry to read your sad news!! My thoughts and prayers are with your brother, you and Bonnie and the rest of your family.



nancypinct said...

Jen - I will keep your Brother and his family in my prayers. Life is so unpredictable, and as I get older I am experiencing more and more. I wish you as safe and happy trip. Let us know how he is doing. Many hugs! Nancy P

Mélisandre said...

Thank you! :) Your freebie has been advertised on "Le jardin de Mélisandre : Le paradis des freebies en CU".

Hope your brother will be fine.

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Dearest Jenni,

I am so sorry to hear of the unexpected loss of your precious brother. It is never easy losing someone so close, however, much more difficult when so sudden. My heart, my thoughts and my prayers are with you, Bonnie and your families as you grieve the personal loss of this MOST special person in your lives.

BIG, BIG hugs for you darlin',
Linda *hearts*

Manu said...

I'm so endless sorry for your loss!! I wanted to leave Bonnie a comment on her blog and wasn't able to for any reason. Please let her know you're both im my thoughts, my heart goes out to you!! Take care of each other!


Lindsay said...

TY & T&P to your family.

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

Sorry to hear about your brother.

LadyQueen's scrap Creations said...

These fish are too cute! thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

So cute! Thank you!

Rachel said...

Dear Jenni,

I am so sad to read your and Bonnie's sad news. Please accept my sincere thought, prayers and condolences during this difficult healing time. I will be sending my thoughts to you and your family for peace and solace to embrace you.

Rachel (steel city scraps