Monday, December 14, 2009

A last post before Christmas

We are going away tomorrow night and will only be back after Christmas, I might not get to blog, so here's wishing everyone a truly blessed Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus with your close and loved ones. Blessed Christmas!!
Jared likes to complain that his life is boring and nothing exciting ever happens. We always laugh and tell him that peaceful and routine days are sometimes the best days. Of course that is not in his character at all, unlike Ryan! But a week or so ago, I truly appreciated the truth of my own words.
The night before our 16th anniversary, Dh felt chest pains and we rushed to the emergency room. You can probably imagine all the thoughts and endless prayers that ran through me that night! I'm so thankful to report that it seems to be nothing serious and he was discharged the next day, although he has to go for more tests in the next few weeks. It was almost surreal as we managed to still make it to dinner and a screening of short films at The Substation, a contemporary arts centre where we had our first date, on our anniversary, as planned. How much life can (potentially) change in an instance! (added on15 Dec ): I want to add here words of wisdom I received from Barbara (in comments) that through it all, I am thankful that I know Him who controls all things for my good and His glory. Thanks Barbara, Lynette and everyone for your encouragement.

The preciousness and awareness of the days since that one has been heightened for me quite a bit, and I appreciate that. When I sat down to complete these next two 365 layouts, (yes including one of my dh on the emergency ward bed when he was declared ok) I was more emotinoal than usual, but also so, so thankful. Emergency, routine, peaceful, mundane or exciting, these are blessed days, and these are the moments I want to remember forever. :)
May these December days be blessed ones for you and your family too.
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Well I did complete some more Japan layouts the last two weeks, despite all the busyness of December. These next two are of the zen-like, beautiful 'floating temple' of Mijiyama. Even the boys became quieter when we got there! Dh and I were so caught up with capturing the light and colors of this place it was a photographers' (and a scrapbooker's) dream ....


This layout captures some of the moving exhibits in the Hiroshima Memorial Museum. You can click on the pic to see a larger image. Check out the watch that stopped and captured the exact moment the bomb dropped..
This template is now available as a set in the store HERE

And since I won't be posting till after Christmas, here's two more templates for all your wonderful Christmas photos, download here! Tell me what you think of this slightly different 'new style' I'm leaning towards lately! Wonderful holidays everyone!

40 comments:

  1. Dear Yin, I am SO happy God was gracious to you, I know how terrifying that was. And now this will be your best Christmas ever! He's been reminding me through current times in the fire that without the very bad times, the rest wouldn't be as bright and happy. We appreciate things so much more when compared to the dark times, so Merry Christmas to you and your as God bless you even more! Lynette's Photo Art *big hugs*

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  2. Thankful with you that noting was terribly wrong with your DH. I can imagine your fear, but I am thankful, too, that you know Him who controls all things for your good and His glory.
    Thank you for the templates; they are wonderful, as always. Your pages have a great balance of lots of things going on (ie many photos) yet a wonderful simplicity, too.
    Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas.

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  3. Glad nothing was serious with your husband, hope that his re-checks will give you some closure on this. Thanks so much for the templates!

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  4. I'm glad to hear your husband is fine. Have a blessed holiday! And thank you so much for the beautiful templates.

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  5. Glad your DH is okay. Thanks so much for the great templates. Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday!

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  6. Really glad to hear your husband was okay. Love the new look to your templates.
    Merry Christmas!

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  7. I am happy to hear that your DH is fine. Thank you so much for the great templates! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  8. Thank you so much! I look forward to your wonderful templates :) Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  9. I am truly glad that DH is OK. I know that this will be a very special and memorable Christmas for you. Soak up every moment and savor it!

    Have a Blessed Holiday season.

    Thanks for the templates! You inspire us all!

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  10. Yin,
    Glad to hear that your husband is fine. I love all of your layouts and your templates. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Christmas!

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  11. So glad your dh is doing much better! God is so good...all the time! Thank you so much for the freebies. I have used your templates to complete my 365 layouts all year. You are so gracious. Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!

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  12. I am glad to "hear" that your dh is doing well; it must have been terrifying to think he was having a heart attack. Prayers will be said for all of you to remain healthy this Christmas.
    Have a good trip and Merry Christmas.
    Thank you for the templates, too.

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  13. Thank goodness he is OK. Thank you, too, for these lovely templates. Have a blessed Christmas!

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  14. love the new style. love it

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  15. Lovely templates. thank you for sharing.

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  16. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 14 Dec [LA 05:10pm, NY 08:10pm] - 15 Dec [UK 01:10am, OZ 12:10pm] ).

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  17. YIN!! What a scary thing to go through! I am so glad to hear everything is ok. I hope everything with the tests goes well. Have a wonderful Christmas!!!
    Thank you do much for the new templates. I like the new style... have to say I prefer your traditional style with the white frames, I just love the look... but variety is wonderful!! I just hope you don't stop making the other kind :-D They are my favorite thing in all of digi land!

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  18. Wow its like coming to visit and friend and getting a great surprise gift. Three templates is a wonderful surprise. Love your layouts as well. Have a very Blessed Christmas.

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  19. I'm glad your dh is ok! Have a blessed Christmas. Thank you for the templates. I personally prefer them where you can tell where one photo ends and another starts...on the newer templates I would probably add at least a small stroke to them. Thank you for these multiple photo templates...I will use them a lot.

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  20. Hi Yin.. i am real fan of your templates.. have almost 95% of all :) ... i want to wish you a happy time ... and to say thanks for all you share!!!

    Merry Xmas for you and your family

    a hug from Colombia

    soffy

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  21. so glad he is feeling better.

    about the new templates, I haven't tried this ones out, but I am a sucker for your flip edges on the older ones.

    -- dalis

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  22. thanks Yin!! Merry Christmas and may you and your family find much laughter and joy during this beautiful season.

    God bless!
    Tawn

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  23. Glad your husband is OK.
    Thanks so much for the lovely templates.
    If you ask me, honestly I will say, I prefer your older templates than the new style one.

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  24. Well I acquiesce in but I dream the brief should acquire more info then it has.

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  25. I just discovered your site and downloaded a few templates. Thanks so much!

    Your pages are beautiful, and I love looking through your adventures!

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  26. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,
    thanx & hugz Mo

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  27. Yin, I praise the Lord with you that your beloved husband is okay. I also rejoice with you that God is in control. He loves our loved ones far more than we ever could. Life sometimes brings us tough times, but I can't imagine going through them without Him by my side all the way.

    Thank you for more of your terrific templates.

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  29. I'm so glad that your dh is well, what a scare! Thank you so much for sharing your art/photography/life and templates with us all! You are a treasure!! Happy New Year!!! LOVE these new templates, wowwww!!

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  30. I have to say you are my favorite talent on the web! Thank you so much for sharing. I also love seeing what your cute family is up to. Thanks again for being so generous!!

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  32. Thanks for the template. I think I realy like this one. bb

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  33. thanks for the templates. I particularly like the one that spreads across the two pages in the middle. Love the scrapping of the temple..it may be a 'scrappers' dream, but I can't imagine a better 'scrap' than the ones you have done!
    Julie

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  34. I love that you always have multi pics! I have so many pictures to scrap! Thanks!

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  35. So glad to know that your husband was okay!

    Thank you for the wonderful template!

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  36. Thank you I love all your templets. I have looked a lot of place to find temples that have lots of photo on them and I'm so glade I found you sight. I like the new style it's a nice change up frome the wight frames. I like them all anyway. Please dont stop making them. Have a safe trip.

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  37. wow your templates look so great, thank you so much for sharing them :) I´m sure going to put them to good use - hopefully VERY soon LOL

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