Thursday, December 22, 2011

Remembering this time last year....

Hello everyone,

As I did a little shopping earlier this week, I noticed a certain buzz in the air...yes its getting real close to Christmas and there is that excitement, but for most of the people in the town I live in, its more like this year they can relax and enjoy the holiday celebrations....because last year, they were either stranded, flooded in or lost everything in the devastating Christmas/New Year floods. Even tho Emerald floodwaters did not peak until New Years Eve, prior to that moment everyone was doing all that they could to prepare for when that moment arrived.

So it got me thinking about this time last year and I wanted to record OUR story, not that we were affected in anyway like others were, but I wanted to take a moment and remember all those that died, lost everything and those that day after day selflessly helped others in need.

Here is my layout dedicated to last Christmas, based on the latest Colour Room palette #89.

Remembering the 2010 Christmas Floods....



In the photo is the main river passage as well as one of our major shopping centres.... which does not even show you half of what the town looked like during those days. 



My journaling on the back....


Even tho 12 months have nearly passed, while most people are back on their feet, there are still many homes empty. I really hope that all those towns that were affected with floods during last years holiday season, enjoy themselves this year!!!!

On a brighter note...... this will be my last blog post before we head off for a few days over the Christmas long weekend.  Have a very safe and happy Christmas and I will see you all back here next week sometime!!



Thanks for visiting and happy holidays!! :))))
Hugs
Min xx

22 comments:

  1. Happy holidays and WOW this is incredible.

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  2. what a gorgeous page! Love all the journalling. We weren't directly affected either but it still had a huge impact on us.

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  3. Yeah, it was soooo devestating wasn't it:( But here's to an amazing, happy Christmas this year.....minus the bad weather!! Love your page Min and just love all of your Christmas pics of the boys:) Have a lovely break and Happy Holidays xo

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  4. Merry Christmas and your layout has so many special feelings for many people who went through a really terrible time. Have a lovely break :)

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  5. Happy Christmas Min and a beautitful 2012!! Thanks heaps for all your gorgeous inspiration with your beautiful layouts. You latest LO is exceptional and so heartfelt and apt - love it. Hugs Wendy x.

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  6. Gorgeous page Min and I love the way your framed the photo. Your subject is very touching and yes, I hope many people can enjoy Christmas 2011.
    Your photo of the boys is just fabulous. Fabulous.
    Have a Merry Christmas. x

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  7. What a lovely LO and such a thoughtful idea. They were devastating floods and although we weren't affected but I drove through alot of the towns and it was heartbreaking :( Enjoy your christmas!!!

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  8. Beautiful LO Min...and such a thoughtful way to remember the floods. gorgeous photo too!

    Merry Christmas to you & your family...I hope you all enjoy a nice relaxing weekend with family/friends. Take care xx

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  9. Hi Min! yes this time last year we were not aware of what was coming.. for the Lockyer Valley the evidence of the flood can still be seen around the place. i drove through Grantham today and it is still a mess.. half destroyed houses. debre in the trees, and along my road the slab of a house is still sitting there, the lady that lived there was washed away.. i still feel sad as i drive past.. i love this layout you have done.. the story does need to be told, and our personal story needs to be told too.. i love the use of the ripped cardboard, that vine is awesome, the flowers and the framed photo.. have a wonderful Holiday and a blessed Christmas...

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  10. Happy holidays Min - what a great page and I just love that gorgeous photo of your boys. take care xx

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  11. What a beautiful page Min! It's a time that we should never forget as there was so much sadness but then also SO much goodness. I was in Toowoomba when the flash flood hit... very, very scary stuff!!

    I hope you & your family have a wonderful & safe Christmas. I hope 2012 is very good to you... I know I'll look forward to seeing your amazing creations in the new year :)

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  12. Another amazing layout! I love the distressed background and the colors...what a memory to scrap about...wow...I wish you and your family all the best for this year's holidays!!!
    Hugss!

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  13. Wow, what a great page to remember that moment, we sometimes forget to stop and remember what we have! Loving the pic of your two boys on the beach, soooo jealous, but I bet they would also love the snow. Take care, have a fantastic Christmas holiday and wishing you all the best in 2012, Doreen x

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  14. Love the use of the cardboard! The colours are gorgeous and so is the pic :-). Hope this holiday time is better for you
    xx

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  15. What a heartfel subject Min, you have told your story so beautifully. Your page is truly touched by Min's magic wand, it's absolutely gorgeous! It is amazing how people overcome almost any kind of disaster and always look ahead to better times. Have a wonderful Christmas Min! love that fab photo of your boys! xoxoxo

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  16. Such a sad event but such a spectacular LO! Wow! That Christmas Photos is amazing! I love your staging and your photography not to mention the boys are so cute! Have a very Merry Christmas!:)

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  17. this is soooooooooooooooo amazing ... wishing you a magical xmas with your family xoxoxo

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  18. Stunning layout!!!!
    sending you wishes for a better Christmas this year!!!!
    hugz
    irini

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  19. What an amazing layout. I wish you a wonderful festive season this year!!! :)

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  20. Hi sweet !!!This is a STUNNING and MARVELOUS page!!
    Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you have written in my blog in 2011!!!
    I wish a wonderful 2012!!
    Big huges and kisses with much love.
    Cyndi
    I will like to make a invitation so please write to me.
    cynthia.renaud@gmail.com

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