A Vinyl Memorial

IMG_0787 The day my first KNK arrived I was sitting in the hospital with my youngest son. He was a little guy with lots of problems. I remember my husband brought me the KNK user manual so I could study it while at the hospital. It was like reading Greek. Once we got back home and I could actually try things with my machine it was much better. :O) I soon decided to upgrade to a bigger machine and so I sold mine online. Once again, it was time to ship my KNK to it’s new owner and we were back in the hospital. When we were home, my KNK and my son Josh shared a room. Josh had to spend several hours each day in bed to give his body a rest, so while he rested, I kept him company with the hum of my KNK. On November 18th, 2008, we entered the hospital for the last time. I remember having a friend call Sandy to get instructions on how to take the KNK down because Josh was coming home through hospice. We came home on the 21st and he passed away on the 22nd.  I had received some vinyl with my KNK Maxx that resembled etched glass and I used it to put all of Josh’s pet names on the glass of his picture. This year, while looking at Dr. Seuss sayings I came upon  this saying ” Remember me and Smile for it is better to forget than to remember me and cry.”  I knew that it was the perfect saying to add to the wall above Josh’s picture.

While I miss Josh more than words can say, I think back at his 24 years of life and know that for him death was a blessing, and time does, slowly but surely, heal all wounds. So when you think of Josh, Smile!

28 thoughts on “A Vinyl Memorial

  1. Nancy – that is a beautiful story and I think you are an incredible woman. When I met you in NC you were so upbeat and full of energy. Beautiful sentiment and your memories will always be there for you.

  2. How nice to know that when I use my KnK, I will now think of Josh, too. Thank you for this post.

  3. Nancy – it is difficult not to tear up when reading such a beautiful story. Losing a child must be one of the most difficult things a parent has to go through. Josh was lucky to have such a loving mom. I’m glad you found the saying to put above his picture. I take comfort from knowing that even though our loved ones have passed on, they still live with us through our memories of them. What a wonderful way to remember Josh.

  4. Hi Nancy,
    I remember well Josh’s passing, seems hard to believe his anniversarry is just around the corner. Thank you for once again sharing your heart. Yes our KNK’s have gotten us through a lot and we have celebrated the sadness and the joy with our machines. The week my mom died, I was working on table number flourishes for my nephew’s wedding. It forced me to concentrate on the positive. If you don’t mind I’d love to scrap lift your saying for memorials for BOTH my parents that passed on this year. You are an awesome and loving mom. I’m sending you a big cyber hug and hope one day we will meet in person! love hugs and prayers

  5. Oh Nancy, what a beautiful tribute to your son. I LOVE the idea of the vinyl on the picture frame, and putting it above it, is fantastic. I love your blog, and your work is great and very inspiring. I have a signature at the bottom of my emails that has been attributed to Dr. Suess, but not verified, Don’t cry because it is over, Smile because it happened. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nancy, it is so sad your story, but remember God always is with us. This is a beautiful tribute to Josh. I think you were a TERRIFIC mother for him. God bless you!!! GREAT Project.

  7. Dear Nancy, How blessed you are to have had Josh for 24 years. And how blessed he was that you are his mother. A beautiful tribute to him and to your love and courage. Thank you for sharing your pain and joy.

  8. That is soo touching! I’m glad the KNK was there as therapy thru it and what a wonderful tribute to your darling son.

  9. Thanks everyone! I have been very blessed by all of the great people who have been in my life…it is awesome who we “meet along the way”.

  10. Nancy, I’m very touched with the warmness of your relationship with Josh and your willingness to share it with us. I’m sure your KNK timing with Josh’s circumstances gives him a very special place not only in your memories as a mother, but also a crafter. Thanks for inspiring me with his framed photo and the special, personalized touches that you added with your KNK.

  11. Nancy, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and remembrance of your son Josh. Our children are so precious. Bless you for being such a caring Mother to Josh.

  12. Thank you Nancy for sharing this story to those of us that are new to KNK. What a wonderful way to keep his smiling face near you!! 🙂

  13. Beautifully written, Nancy! Josh is smiling from Heaven right now with us, ever thankful for being given the best mom in the world to love him and care for him with so much devotion.

  14. Wonderful memory reminder of your special son. I actually remember when you posted that this happened with his picture. I love the fact he still lives in your heart!

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