Thursday, November 28, 2013

I'll Fly Away . . .

I was so excited about this week's Tangled Thursday theme.  Heather chose "ornaments" as the idea to inspire us.  Being a Christmas Freak, I had all kinds of wonderful ideas.  I started two different large drawings, only to decide about 80% of the way through that I didn't care for them.  But it was still early in the week.  Plenty of time to try again. Then came the phone call.

In May of 2012, I wrote this post about my mother-in-law who had recently moved to a nursing home.  The last year-and-a-half has been a slow decline that had picked up serious speed in the last few weeks.  Our plan was to make the 90-mile trip on Saturday, but late Friday evening we received a call.  Perhaps we should come sooner.  We spent most of the next 36 hours sitting vigil as she slipped away, and the next few days making funeral plans, catching up at home and preparing to travel this weekend for the services.  Last night I finally took time to sit down and concentrate on the theme and see what I could come up with.  My thought process ran along the lines of "ornaments --- Christmas ---peace on Earth --- doves."   

And doves took me straight to one of the songs chosen for the memorial service:  "I'll Fly Away"
Some glad morning when this life is o'er, I'll fly away
To a home on God's celestial shore, I'll fly away.
I started looking for images of dove-shaped ornaments but eventually just settled on an outline of a dove that I copied freehand and embellished - my interpretation of "I'll Fly Away."  I know - the connection to the theme is pretty vague, but that's where my head is this week.    

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  1. I love the dove used as a Christmas ornament! Janice was well known for decorating her Christmas trees with white felt doves that she made. We each have one and I love adding it to the tree every year! So - in honor of our moms in law - the dove is gorgeous - Love what that song says also!

  2. I'm sorry to learn of the passing of your mother-in-law. She sounded like a woman I would hav enjoyed knowing. My daughter is a singer, so I do know the pleasure of having someones lofty voice fill the house.

    In light of your past week, your dove ornament is most fitting and very well done.

    Thanks for joining in with our Tangled Thursdays/

  3. My condolences, Tami. Losing someone so close to the holidays is especially hard.

    Your dove is lovely and very fitting. I have several dove ornaments that go on my tree every year. Christmas isn't about sparkly things anyway. It's nice to be reminded of that. Thank you.

  4. Awww Tami, I am so sorry about your mother-in-law. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. The design you came up with is lovely; just perfect! I always loved that song too :) {{hugs}}

  5. So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law, Tami. I think your dove is lovely and perfect for your life right now.