Men have not been at the top of my favorite people in life.
I know that sounds awful. But it’s true. I had several men that were close to me disappoint me at a very young age. I won’t name names, cuz what’s the point.
But I watched things like infidelity, lying and verbal abuse and these things shaped how I would relate to men for many years.
As I spoke about in my Magnolia & Bad Boyfriend story video, I was a victim of abuse and sought therapy to learn how to love myself enough that I would not allow another person to treat me badly.
It took time and it took work.
Once I dealt with my “daddy” issues and all the other stuff I found a wonderful man. Or should I say he found me.
Girl, if you’re out there “LOOKIN” for a man. I tell you STOP.
Live your life, have fun, be full of joy and that man you’ve been lookin for will find you.
Thankfully there is one man that was a guidepost for me. He is not perfect and honestly I put him so high on a pedestal that it’s amazing he hasn’t splattered at the bottom of it.
My Papa is solid, strong, honest, faithful and unwavering in his love and dedication to family.
He grew up in a very horrendous time, the great depression. He fought in WW2 and when he got home he found my Grandma. (Which by the way, she had no interest in him until he started dating another young lady, HAHA)
Papa was not treated very kindly by his family. His Dad died when he was 5 and his mother was placed in an asylum. He was sent to live with his awful uncle that was so incredibly mean to him.
So when Papa married Gramma, that was it. He dedicated his life to her and to all his daughters that would come years later and to all his grandkids.
We lived with them off and on through the years, and every summer was spent at their house while my Mom worked to make ends meet.
I would not trade those summers for a million dollars. I learned how to fish, swim, catch tadpoles, get muddy, build forts, listen to ghost stories and eat hot apple pie while looking at the stars.
My summers with my grandparents are what they make movies from. It was the most beautiful time of my life as a young person.
I miss and crave those times so much. I wish that I could have captured that time in a bottle and just been able to go and visit it whenever I want to.
Papa is not a man of many words, and never has been. But you never questioned his authority. If he told me something I believed it. If he scolded me I deserved it.
He has loved me in a way no one else did. Unconditionally and without judgement. He never made me feel bad for being me. And remember I wasn’t always an easy child to love.
The only reason I believed in my heart of hearts that good men existed was because of Papa. I saw him and watched him and I know that there had to be more of them. I was right.
Today I am surrounded by great men. Papa of course, is still with us. My husband, my father in law, my brother in law Chris, my cousin Steve. They aren’t perfect but they are good and solid and they love their families so much.
Today was a little sappy, and I would apologize but y’all the sap has to happen every now and again.
Making cards is about so much more than making cards. It’s about crafting little pieces of luv that create happiness for others.
I’m definitely looking forward to giving this card to Papa.
The new stamp set A Good Man from Stampin’ UP! is awesome. You can purchase it on June 3rd.
TIPS & INSTRUCTIONS FOR TODAYS CARD:
+ Card base is cut at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and folded in half.
+ Best Route Designer Series Paper is cut at 4″ x 5-1/4″
+ Stamp and heat emboss the sentiments in white embossing powder and then cut them apart.
+ Use the Rectangle Stitched dies to create interest for your stamped image are.
+ Make sure to attach the Flax ribbon on the designer paper before adhering the designer paper to the card base.
+ Attach the designer paper with dimensionals.
Supplies will be listed below the video. Click on any of the images to purchase them in my online store.
The “A Good Man” stamp set is not available to purchase until June 3rd.