Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Gentleman

My Gentleman
Firstly thank you all for the wonderful comments and feedback and love you left me last week. You're so sweet! I'm so blessed.
I have yet another little story to tell. Can you tell I love capturing these little moments and conversations of my family? I plan to print out these parts of my blog and stick them into my journal as I go along!
Well a few days ago, Jared had a project to do as part of a team. Each team member was to find out facts regarding an aspect of a " Snipe Eel". (now before this day, I had never heard of such a creature... and he is only in primary three!) Anyway he looked up all the facts about the "habitat" of the eel and wrote them all out. Then his classmate, a girl called up, and he realised he got it wrong, she was supposed to look up "habitat" while he was to look up "reproduction". While he was trying to persuade her to switch since he had completed it and she had not yet started, we noticed long periods of silence while he hung on to the phone, took many silent "sighs", looked at the ceiling a few times, and said "okay, ...okay". Finally he put down the phone and went to work on "reproduction". This is not like our Jared at all, to give in to anything without a fight! I realised then it was because she was a girl! lol! How cute, right? What a surprise, my little gentleman! :)
This week I worked on a layout of our day spent at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was a most deeply moving visit for our family, and I'd like to share my journaling with you:

We couldn’t miss the Holocaust Museum. Although the guidebooks said that only mature ten year olds would be able to handle it, we talked them through and went. The Daniel’s Story renactment on the ground floor, meant for chidlren, was especially touching. The children touched all of Daniel’s stuff, read his diary, sat at his dining table, crawled under his bed, and sensed a little of what he might have gone through. Jared was especially moved. I’m so glad he understood. Upstairs in the main exhibits, we were each given an ID card of a real person who lived during the Holocaust, and both the children read theirs through. Here, Ryan followed every story and read all the details. I’m glad they blocked the most gruesome pictures and videos with a wall. The room of victims’ shoes, the wall of family portraits, the models of how the gas chambers were used, hit me the most. It was a haunting visit, and also probably the most valuable time we spent in Washington. May we never forget.


Credits: Background paper from TCS Scrapgirls, swirls by Zsaliza, corners by Jess Gordon, brown underlying paper and also the paper used on the frames is from Weeds & Wildflower's natural set, tag by Agnes Lahur.


Hope you like this more "serious" and orderly layout. This is now available as a set in the store here

57 comments:

  1. Beautiful layout. Thank you for the template.

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  2. You are so talented. Thanks! Have a great day.

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  3. Yin thank you for another wonderful template, and for sharing the story behind the layout. Your story about your son had me laughing, what a beautiful boy - you are so right to be proud.
    Best wishes,
    Erika

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  4. Thank you for the template and for sharing your visit to the museum. I haven't been yet, but hope to visit one day.

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  5. Hello Yin! Wanted to let you know that I love your templates...I downloaded almost every one!! Come check out my blog and see some of them in use!! You rawk!!

    www.kandykanekreations.blogspot.com

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  6. What a moving story..thanks for sharing...thx for the template!

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  7. You must be the coolest, most thoughtful mom. And how sweet that your son is showing his more gentlemanly side. :)

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  8. I'm so glad you posted that about the Holocaust museum. We are planning on going next spring and we were going to skip it thinking the kids wouldn't understand it but now it's back on our must-do list. And of course I love the templates! Most templates only focus on one or two photos but yours are great, I love that they are the focus of the layout and still leave lots of room for creativity. Thanks again!

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  9. You are such a blessing to share your wonderful templates with all of us.

    Vicki

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  10. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

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  11. I really like your scrapbooking style. Thank you for the layout!

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  12. I love your templates SO MUCH! You really have no idea how much I appreciate you giving them away. I have used them a lot!!! I just finished a vacation scrapbook using your templates, sometimes leaving them as is and somtimes changing them for what I need. I would love you so see your templates at work. Here's a link to my slideshow.
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    Thanks again!!
    -Paige

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  13. What a meaningful layout. Thank you for another great template.

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  14. Yay! Another fantastic template! And what a wonderfully touching story...

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  15. Beautiful! Thanks a bunch!

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  16. Great LO's. Thanks for sharing:)

    MiKiko

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  17. Beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing your templates. I love the 2-pagers.

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  18. Thank you for another beautiful 2-pager. cathy

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  19. Thank you so much for the great template and for telling the story behind it:)

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  20. Yin, thank you for sharing your template and the story of your visit to the Holocaust museum. I hope my family and I get the opportunity to go one day.

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  21. Your layout and the template are both wonderful. Thank you for sharing!!

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  22. Thanks so much!!

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  23. Such a touching layout!! It's good you and your son were able to visit there. Love your journaling! We have a holocaust museum here in Hungary and I take our visitors there a lot!

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  24. What a little gentleman he is. I could just see him lightly heaving his chest and sighing.

    Absolutely loved your layout and the journaling with it. And thank you for the lovely template you made from it.

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  25. Thank you so much for all your wonderful templates. Your layouts are beautiful! :)

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  26. Thanks Yin. Love the story about the Holocaust Museum.

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  27. I really like this template.
    Thank you for sharing and sharing your layout and story!
    I'v posted about it on my blog to share with others!
    5 (+1) Digital Scrapbooking Freebies

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  28. Beautiful story and beautiful pages too, you are one lucky mom! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I would be honored if you would use my layout as an example, thanks so much for your nice words. kay

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  29. You know, Yin (with regards to the layout subject)..my husband and I (and when little Ray was an infant) got the opportunity to visit this museum in March of '06 and I was truly disappointed that we only had time to walk through the "Daniel's story". Yet even that was a touching experience. It's one of those huge things that you step back and ask yourself, "why would God allow something like this to happen to a people He chose for Himself?"

    If only we saw the even bigger master plan, we'd probably realize it. For now, we can rejoice over those who've come to the saving knowledge of Christ somehow through all the tragedy.

    I'm glad you got to visit D.C. We hope to get back there again soon, after the younger children are a bit bigger and can handle the museums. Now that we are in NC, it's not too far for us to travel there for trips!

    Blessings to you :)

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  30. Yin, I used another of your wonderful templates. I would love it you take a look on my April 23 post. Thank you so much! kay

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  31. I love the double templates. This is wonderful. Thanks so much.
    mmikes

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  32. Thanks for the templates. I love love love them! Absolutely my new favorite thing.

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  33. Wonderful templates and layouts! Your story about the Halocaust Museum was very touching! Beautiful journaling and photos in all your layouts! Thank you so much for the template! :)

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  34. Boy I sure am glad that I found you! Your templates will be the basis for my los for some time, I'm sure! Thank you so much for sharing them with us all!

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  35. Thank you for these fabulous templates. I just downloaded 22-25. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  36. First thank you so much for the awesome template (all your great templates actually!) - I love to scrap lots of photos :) -- Also, I appreciated your story of your visit to the Holocaust Museum. I recall taking my 14 year old DD who was then 6 to the one in New York. Though her comprehension was pretty limited needless to say she was frightened by the images. Me, I just cried the whole time (we're Jewish). I am still haunted by the experience. Never forget.

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  37. This museum too was my most memorable part of visiting Washington D.C. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and thank you for the template!

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  38. WONDERFUL story - I have been to the museum twice and can not wait until my 3 year old is old enough to have the experience your son did. Thanks for another cool template!

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  39. Thanks so much for the fantastic template!!

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  40. Amazing story! I love this multi-photo template. It is kind of organized as a story line. Thank you.

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  41. THank you so much for this new template. I love your work and am always excited to see a new template.

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  42. Thank you for this template. It's great.

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  43. Thank you, this freebie will be posted today on Freebie Finder.

    Emily,

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  44. i just want you to know that i absolutely ADORE your templates! especially the 2 pagers!
    Thank you!

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  45. wonderful template - thank you!

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  46. Thank you - I love this "serious" template!

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  47. Thanks for this wonderful template!

    Gee, your scrapbook is turning out great! Love reading about your family's adventures...

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  48. Thanks so much. I too will never forget my Holocaust memorial visits...DC and Dachau in Germany. Very haunting but so glad I went too.

    Thanks for the template.

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  49. thanks for the free templates! love all of them!

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  50. rach3975May 12, 2008

    Great LO and very moving journaling! We live right outside DC, but my kids are way too young (2 and 4) so we haven't been there yet. Thanks for the template.

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  51. Although I removed two photos I loved this template for my son's van fire. thanks so much.
    click on my name to see my layout:

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  52. AnonymousMay 18, 2008

    Thank you!

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  53. Thank you for the wonderful template and layout share!

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  54. AnonymousJune 02, 2008

    Fabulous layout, and thank you for the template. We've visited the Holocaust Museum every time we've gone to Wash. D.C. I wouldn't miss it, and it is my boys favorite thing we've done there. My youngest was maybe 8 the first time I took him, and I was thankful for the wall as well. I had an opportunity to visit Dachau in Germany this year. That was also so extremely haunting.

    Debra

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  55. Thanks for the wonderful template!

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  56. Thank you for the template. I visited the holocaust museum more than 12 years ago and it's still vivid in my mind. Your LO was beautiful.

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