My friend is getting married today.
While that is always great news, this time it's more. You see, just over two years ago, her husband was killed in Afghanistan. He was the first chaplain to be killled in combat since the Vietnam War. She was left with three boys aged ten, seven, and one.
Chaplain Goetz was in my husband's same Brigade. They deployed at the same time. And they had only been gone about a month of their year-long tour when it happened. My husband flew to the other side of Afghanistan to "cover down" until another chaplain could be deployed to fill the gaping hole left by Chaplain Goetz's death.
I watched his widow cope with raw grace. She became my hero.
And she is getting remarried today.
This card combines two challenges:
Specifics: CTMH Avonlea WOTG, Slate Ribbon, Grey Wool ink and cardstock, Buttercup cardstock, rhinestone button, Versamark, White embossing powder. Non-CTMH: lace and silver ribbon, white embroidery floss, scallop edge scissors, Tombow adhesive tape runner.
I created my background paper by rolling only the edges of the Avonlea stamps in Versamark and embossing them in the white powder. My color coordination would have been better with the new Slate paper from CTMH, but I didn't have it so I warmed up the cooler tone of the Grey Wool with Buttercup.
Did I mention she is marrying a man with seven children of his own? For a woman who suffered eleven miscarriages, she feels it is God's way of restoring that which she lost.
Blessings upon blessing, to you, my friend.
Until next time,