all that I have to remember you

journal page, document your life
journal page, document your life

For whatever I have done to you, forgive me. 

That is long past and forgotten. 
Recognize your sweet nature.

All that I have to remember you, pictures with words, focal point and ephemera were the July journal prompts and theme for the document your life project.

let it go, journal page
let it go, journal page

Three years ago when I gessoed the pages in this book, I was still grieving the loss of my Mother. The words and sentences that I did not gesso over were messages to myself. Ways to show myself compassion and forgiveness. Reminders to let the pain go and permission to move forward.

journal page with vintage photograph and quotes
journal page with vintage photograph of my mother

See? You do remember.
I taught you dancing, too, and languages and all the music that I knew
and how to love what's beautiful.

It was a slow and deliberate process with the hope of keeping the golden memories that I shared with my Mom.

Working on journal pages in this book now, I realize that I have progressed. The grief has lessened and the golden memories shimmer brighter and stronger.

You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in a spirit of love.
As memory scans the past,
above and beyond all the transitory pleasures of life,
there leap forward those supreme hours
when you have been enabled to do unnoticed kindnesses
to those round about you,
things too trifling to speak about,
but which you feel have entered into your eternal life.


The quote by Drummond sums up well the kind of person my Mother was. All those unnoticed kindnesses, small at the time, have become eternal and large for me now.

joining sunday sketches and document your life project


  1. I can share in your loss as my mother passed away 4 years ago and I still miss her terribly. What a great way to keep her alive, to journal your thoughts about her. Great job.... there is healing in art, I firmly believe... have a great new week, Jane

  2. Beautiful post and beautiful artwork. This was a great tribute to your mother. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a Blessed week.

  3. Lots of distant healing reiki energy ~ hard to lose one's Mom ~ Lovely tribute to her and so colorful and creative and filled with love ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  4. This is a beautiful dedication and such lovely journal pages!

  5. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments. I think loss of a loved one, four paws or two feet, is something everyone has experienced and can understand deeply.

  6. I am sorry for your loss. It is very sad to loss a loved one, especially one as dear as your mother. Your sentiments are inspiring. Please take heart, there would be a time when we could be reunited with the ones we love who have died. This is promised to us in the Bible. I don't know how much you appreciate a book such as the Bible but you might find encouragement from Psalms 37:10,11,29 and John 5: 28,29 {Do not be amazed at this, the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. Those who did good things to a resurrection of life...} I attended a memorial service last week's Saturday and I found it very encouraging. May I invite you to look at my post sometime?

    Take care and may you have a good week ahead of you...

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. It's so hard to lose a mom. Grieving is a process and the memories linger for all time! I lost my mom to cancer 1991. I miss her every day.

    Thank you for sharing your grieving really a beautiful thing. Blessings and hugs.

  8. Beautiful post... Our sketchbooks/journals are such wonderful ways to collect memories.

  9. Oh, what a heart-warmer this is, Juana... I'm close to tears, this has such emotional weight. Grief, forgiveness, happiness, love... the BIG ones we live every day... LOVE this celebration rendered in art. :o) Thank you for sharing... *sigh*... I'm so glad the pain of grief has eased for you with time, may those golden moments wash over the rough spots of you heart ((HUGS)) P.S. You'll never guess... I'm blogging again. ;o) A new place, photos mostly, Simple Gifts Picture:

  10. This is an incredibly heartfelt post... wow... it helped me breathe. Beautiful colours and worked backgrounds with the words. Truly beautiful!

  11. Thank you again. It's always a pleasure to hear everyone's perspectives and experiences.

  12. A beautiful post. I like your simple poignant style

  13. These are so beautiful. I LOVE love the bright yellow popping out and pulling things together. Your butterfly is beautiful as well. Hope you're having a peaceful week. xx


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