Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Shoe


This card is for my best friend.

Eight years ago, a movie on TV came out called "The Christmas Shoes," a very touching story about a mom dying from cancer and her little boy who wanted to buy her a pair of beautiful dancing shoes so she would look pretty when she went up to heaven. The mom lost her battle with cancer on Christmas Eve. Needless to say, it was quite a tearjerker.

Eight years ago, I had two best friends and the three of us did just about everything together. Our kids were like brothers and sisters and our husbands were great friends. When "The Christmas Shoes" came out, one of my best friends was already fighting liver cancer and was deteriorating rapidly. After watching the movie one night, I remember thinking, "I hope she doesn't die on Christmas Eve just like the girl in the movie... that would be so devastating!" Anyway, around 1:00 pm on December 24th, I went to her house to say my goodbye. At around 8:30 that evening, my friend took her last breath, leaving two little boys and a husband. So now, there are only two of us BFFs and whenever we see a pair of red shoes, we both can't help but think of our dear friend.

The challenge over at The Play Date Cafe was to use Red and White on a card or project and I immediately thought of this image! I wish I can remember where I got the digital image of this beautiful shoe. If anyone knows where it came from, please let me know so I can give credit to them.

This card is also for the Stamps R Us challenge, which was to create a holiday card.

ETA:
Myra just gave me the link to this gorgeous shoe image! It's a free download from Jak for a limited time here:
http://www.jakheath.com/2010/11/free-digital-stamp-wedding-shoe.html

Also, Patti J told me about the challenge over at Stampin' Sisters for Christ, which was to make a white card with a splash of red.  Thanks Patti!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday season is wonderful so far!



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18 comments:

Christyne (aka Apple Blossom) said...

What a touching story...and so heartbreaking too. Much love to you at this difficult time of year. (((HUGS)))

Erika said...

beutiful card!

Riet said...

Whatt a gorgeous card Adela.

Hugs Riet.x

Deebi27 said...

What a stiking card and the storyline couldn't have been more touching. Your cardi is a touching way of honoring your BFF.

Ruby said...

Ah such a heartbreaking story, but so wonderful that you have something special to remember her by. Your card is beautiful, I love how you've done the shoe. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Patti J said...

What a beautiful card, and touching story. That movie moves me every time I see it, and I love the song on the radio as well. Hugs and prayers to you and your friend.

Patti J said...

By the way..our challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week is to use white, with a splash of red - hurry over and enter this there! Hugs!

Lynn said...

Oh, my, your story brought tears to my eyes. This time of year must bring lots of memories of your friend flooding back. The card is certainly a gorgeous memorial to her and your friend.
Hugs to you both.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Your story brings tears to your eyes!! Love the card you created with the shoe...your friend will cherish it. Sorry about your loss.

Thanks for joining Stampin Sisters in Christ this week!

Becky said...

Your story made me cry. I remember the movie the Christmas shoes, that made me cry too :). This card is beautiful and love the shoe.Thank you for joining us at STamping Sisters in Christ.

Andrea Ewen said...

Such a sad story, I'm so sorry for your friend and her family!
Your card is lovely, perfect colors, coloring/shading and just a wonderful remembrance. Thanks for joining us at the Play Date Cafe.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a BEAUTIFUL image--looks so gorgeous! I love the gems! Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun over at the PDCC:}

Peggysuez said...

That song always makes me cry. Just reading the name of the song makes me cry and then reading about your friend . . . made me cry again. Very pretty shoe and nice job with the colors. Thank you for coming alongside Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week!

Susan said...

a beautiful post....so often this seems to have happened & sad, too, but out of our control; makes us look at things a bit differently, doesn't it??? thanks so much for a Christmas story!

Beate said...

Gorgeous card! Your coloring is beautiful!
Hugs and smiles

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Adela - this is a very beautiful and moving post - thank you for sharing something so heartfelt! Your card is a gorgeous tribute to your friend - I love that movie and will always think of you and your two friends now! Love this card - it is so elegant! Your sentiment is perfect! Love it! Thanks for joining us at the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge – we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Karen Howard said...

Beautiful holiday card, thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us! Hugs, Karen

Janice M said...

What a touching story! I too have tears in my eyes. I've watched that movie several times and have also seen the follow up movie of the boy all grown up. Your BFF will love this card. Congrats on being a "Shining Star" on the Stampin' Sisiters in Christ blog!