Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Here we are again! Wednesday! Life is flying by one week at  a time! Once more it's time to sneak a peek at folks' desks all around the world. Julia at Stamping Ground is the hostess of this fun blog hop, so drop in at her blog if you'd like to join in.

Some of you may have read my last post in which I talked about my little great-grandson, Gabriel. For those of you who didn't, little Gabriel passed away six days ago while in the process of being born. It was a sad day for all of us. He had been diagnosed with heart problems a while back and it was expected that he would need some surgeries, but his heart just stopped while his mom was in labor. As you can understand, we've been thinking a lot about him this week and in his memory I wanted to create a couple of pages in my scripture journal. I'm not sure I'm finished with these. I may add some more text, but this is what they look like so far.

My granddaughter, Esther, had a dream about her son the night he died. In her dream she saw Gabriel in heaven and he was being held and passed around  by many people who loved him, and who had gone to heaven before him: two of his great-uncles, a good friend of the family and a man Esther didn't know. She described him to her husband as a very large, muscular black man. Her husband, Logan, had been feeling very sad thinking of Gabriel being all alone and after Esther's description he checked with some of his military buddies. They found out that a friend of his matching her description had died in Iraq and he hadn't known about it. One of these friends sent a picture of the man who died. His name is Mario and Esther said that, yes, that was the man in her dream. I hope I'm explaining this clearly, but I thought it was such a blessing that God would give her a dream like this to put both of the parents' hearts at ease knowing their little boy was surrounded by people who love him. Of course, Jesus is there with him also, but God knew it would bless them to see these other people they knew. :)

Besides these journal pages I haven't been doing a lot art-wise. On my slant-top desk you'll see my sketchbook which appears to be blank, but in reality there is a string drawn there awaiting my attempt to draw a zentangle for The Diva's Weekly Challenge. Not tonight; it's late!

I hope you all have a great WOYWW and thanks for all of your prayers!



  1. Your loss is utterly devastating. So very sorry. That dream was quite scary your granddaughter had. It put chills down my back the hair raised on my arms.

    I was sorry to read that you have not received your ATC yet. I know it took less than a week to get mine to the UK. I am sure it is on its way, but if not, let me know and I will gladly make one for you. After all, I have a few I'm planning to make. After all, it looks like we live in the same time zone (grin).

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I'll let you know if I don't receive it, but I'm hoping! :D

  2. My heart aches for you and your family - at least he knew his mum while he was inside and knew he was loved more than anything....
    Thinking of you all,
    LLJ xxxx

  3. I think your tribute pages to Gabriel are quite beautiful and so original. I do so hope your family will reach a place of peace and some healing ( maybe the beginning of this began as you say in the Dream) but I know that in some ways an experience like this never just grows into you and with you over time.
    With very best wishes,
    Hazelnut/Alex xxx

  4. i'm so, so sorry for your family's loss... my heart goes out to your esther (my daughter is also called esther)... may you all know you are not alone in your grief... we lost our first daughter, connie, in childbirth almost 19 years ago... the pain does lessen, but she is carried always in our hearts...
    gentle blessings to you all xx

  5. what a wonderfully encouraging post....thank you for sharing such a private moment...I'm sure lots of people will be blessed by it...I know I was.


    p.s. Oops....LOL... almost the picture and scripture...

    origin: Hebrew
    meaning: Devoted to God
    Spiritual Connotation:
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
    Joshua 1:9

    1. Thanks for this wonderful scripture and the meanings behind Gabriel's name. Maybe I can incorporate them in my journal! :)

  6. Thanks for the peek!
    #153 on this week's WOYWW

  7. Dreams are very powerful vehicles of communication, if one pays attention to it, as your granddaughter did. In a way, the dream was very reassuring about the little baby being in a safe place with loved ones who are looking out for him.

  8. A sad time for your family but I hope your faith gives you comfort. Thanks so much for sharing, Cindy #39

  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. No words to express feeling right now.

  10. i'm so so sorry about the loss of your great grand child and my heart goes out to all of you. but what a wonderful dream your granddaughter had and what a difference it makes when we believe that we will see each other again in heaven. when my husband died many years ago, i also had a lovely dream about him and even his little 2 year old nephew said he saw his uncle very happy and climbing up a mountain in the clouds. it is such a consolation for a very difficult time. your plan to make some pages for him is a great plan.

  11. This is a sad time for you and your family but also a time to bond and be stronger together. I think the dream is wonderful. I often wonder where our subconscious goes and reaches out to for our dreams but I truly believe they are in touch with realms we cannot fathom when awake. Lovely journal pages.

  12. How heartbreaking to lose a baby like this - so glad that you found some inner strength to create the art pages - Hazel WOYWW #82 x

  13. A temendously difficult time for you all, am so glad that you are able to offer comfort to Esther and Logan in their loss. Your journal page will have been a small patch of theraputic calm, I imagine.


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