For heaven to be perfect....Eureka! Stamps Challenge ABC

This week over at
Now for me that is a challenge within itself.
I came across this sentiment and knew immediately
what I wanted to do.
I knew it was going to be the hardest project and 
to be honest wasn't so sure I would get through it. 
A layout was in order! 

Photo on left: 7 years old                             Photo on right: 14 years old 
This is Sandie Bear Mensing aka Ladybug, Boo berry, sweet girl, momma's baby, and the list goes on. I bought Sandie in May of 1999 when my husband, at the time boyfriend, was deployed to Kosovo. Little did I know how much she would comfort and protect me over the next 14+ years. I remember the day I brought her home, she laid on the AC vent and didn't even cover it. She saw me through 10 years of Army life, 8 deployments, my hubby being stationed in separate locations while we stayed behind, and countless field training. It became the two us and we were nearly inseparable. I couldn't stand to leave her and out 14+ years she was away from me only 3 weeks. The years flew by and before I knew it she was 13 years old. She had been very healthy most of her years with a little arthritis flair up now and then. In February 2013, at her yearly check up I was delivered the news ..... I would be lucky if I had for another year due to age! I knew this, in the last few months her hips were starting to bother her and she was old for a fur baby, nearly 15 years old. As the months progressed her health declined, she started having seizures and no longer making it down the stairs on her own. Literally, I picked her up and carried her. I always said I would not let her suffer to save my heart from ache. So I told my husband to call the vet, that was early December. I wanted one last Christmas with her, selfish I know. So on December 31st, 2013 I carried this precious baby to the vet for the last time. My heartaches everyday from missing her, she was my child. The house is so quiet now. I say it's funny how one fur baby could take up so much silence. 
 The sweetest words of condolence came from my niece:
 " Aunt Lisa, she is still with you! She could never really leave you."
Now it's your turn to show us your take on 


  1. Great scrapbook page. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Judy DT

  2. Fabulous layout and lovely papers. Thank you for sharing you work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  3. She was a beautiful girl, and they do become so much a part of our lives. Thank you for sharing your lovely layout with us at Crafty Boots challenges.

  4. What a lovely page and lasting reminder. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.


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