Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Ring It In" kit

Can you believe the New Year is here? Seriously, where has 2009 gone?

As I thought about starting a new year, one thing came to mind: A New Beginning. Making resolutions is all about starting over. It's all about trying to be a better person. The concept of a new beginning is where I thought about the butterfly. A butterfly symbolizes new life...a new beginning.

This past week I had someone email me and ask me some questions about digital scrapbooking. I don't know this woman at all, but felt impressed to click on her blog that she had listed under her name. As I read on her blog, I was touched about her story about losing her baby boy Wyatt when he was only 6 months old. When she was in the hospital with her son, she recognized a butterfly displayed on the door. She later learned that the hospital puts butterflies on the doors of those who are on their way out of this world.

A couple months later she was swimming with her daughter when a large and beautiful butterfly came near them. She felt that it was Wyatt letting her know he was near. She said, "Since then I have noticed so many butterflies. Almost everyday there has been a butterfly fly by our car as we are driving, in our back yard or on our morning walks. I now call them my " Wyatt moments." So, the next time you see a butterfly take a second and have a 'Wyatt moment' to remember our sweet little boy."

Andrea, I am dedicating this kit to you. I hope that as we take part in this new year, that we notice all of those little simple things that are so beautiful for us to enjoy. Things like butterflies, and children, and laughter, and time. Our world is an amazing place and sometimes we just need to stop and recognize it. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!


63 comments:

Holly said...

Summer it's such a beautiful kit and a touching tribute.

Esther said...

How precious! Thank you for sharing the story and this beautiful kit. Happy New Year!

Brittany said...

Thank you for another fabulous kit, and for sharing Wyatt's story with us.

Happy New Year!

Scattered Brain said...

Beautiful Kit. Very touching story.

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 31 Dec [LA 04:00pm, NY 07:00pm] - 01 Jan [UK 12:00am, OZ 11:00am] ).

Andrea said...

Wow! Summer...thank you! I'm speachless and at awe that you would dedicate this amazing kit to me and my little Wyatt. What a neat surprise for me to come across. Thank you for giving me a Wyatt moment today. Words truly can't express how much that has touched my heart. I wish I had the right words to express how I feel but I guess thank you is all I can come up with right now. You are simply amazing! Can wait to use this kit to feel my little boy near.

TheresainMS said...

I'll never look at butterflies the same way again :-) I'll be having my own 'Wyatt moments' and be grateful for them. That is the sweetest story and just another example of God's wondrous Handiwork. Beautiful kit and lovely memoriam. Thank you for both.

The Obstinant Family said...

When you did your Christmas Card last year with the colors of black and yellow, light brown...I was hoping that you would make a kit with those colors. I loved the colors. This is just as good, thanks so much for your wonderful work. I love how you base your kits on other peoples stories in there life, it makes it that much more beautiful. Once again, thanks!

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the wonderful kit and that wonderful story. A few years ago I had a friend who passed away and as I was pulling into my driveway after her funeral the biggest butterfly I have ever seen flew right in front of my windshield. There is no denying that it was her. It was such a sweet moment.

Susan said...

Thank you so much! I love your work!

Sue said...

Thank you for the gorgeous kit and for telling us the story that goes with it.

Van said...

Thank you so much for another beautiful kit!

Melanie said...

Thanks for that story. It can make you stop and think about what's really important in life. Thanks for the beautiful kit!

♥ Paul & Jewels ♥ said...

This is fabulous!! Thank you for sharing your talent!! You truly are talented!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Here's to 2010! ♥

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Jan. 01, 2010. Thanks again.

Ashlee said...

Thank you! I really like your designs.

Jamie said...

Thank You! Happy New Year!

Eni said...

Thank you for sharing this fabulous kit and the story!
Love the yellow-grey combination

Claire said...

Wow, what a similar story we have. My husband lost his father to lung cancer about 7 years ago and we to afix memories to seeing butterflies. At every big occasion in our lives since his passing we have had butterflies visit. We always feel it is his way of saying he is with us always! Thank you for such a beautiful and happy kit!

Donna said...

Stunning kit Summer and such a beautiful thought behind the design, I'm sure Andrea will be delighted! A Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family :) Donna x

Krystyn said...

Love the fun, new, bright kit. And, what a beautiful tribute.

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely kit. Snagging!

Noor said...

Summer I love your kits, they are so classy and nice. Thank you for making them for us we all appreciate it. I love to read what you write bc your such a great writer..

Dawn Farias said...

What a sweet story. Thank you for this kit!

Sharon said...

what a wonderful story. I will never look at a butterfly the same way again. I am touched by this story. Thanks for sharing both the story and your beautiful kit.

Jenn said...

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing this kit & its inspiration. I love it!

gypsymonkeyscrap said...

HI. I'm a new fan and found you through a freebie website. Thank you for the lovely kit created in tribute...such a beautiful feeling.

Leppy said...

Thanks so much for explaining the thought behind the kit. It is a beautiful kit but means so much more when we know how it came about. I lost my brother 3 years ago suddenly and am much more aware of others pain as they process their loss.

Carissa said...

You are such a beautiful person! I love the heartfelt messages behind each of your kits. You do such a beautiful job designing and capturing that message. Thank you!

Anndee said...

Thank you! It's wonderful hearing about the inspiration behind your kits - even if it is sad sometimes!
TFS!

michiganhills said...

Thank you for such a fun kit! I'm so impressed with your tributes, your compassion for others, and your ability to act on it. You are an inspiration.

Nicole said...

what a touching story, and how sweet you are. I am sure you will be greatly blessed for how kind you are to so many people.
I wish you a wonderful new year!

**Nicole** said...

What a sweet, sad story, thanks for sharing the beautiful kit!!

TerriM said...

What a great looking kit and I just love the yellow. It's a great look and so different from so many of the "New Years" kits out there. Thanks for sharing this fab kit with us. Happy New Year - hugs! Terri, Hawaii

Shailynn Greenhalgh said...

Thanks so much for the kit Summer! I personally know this wonderful woman, and I am glad that I do! I love the kit and soon hope to be making some super cute stuff!! Thanks again!

Erin said...

Thanks for sharing about Wyatt and the butterflies. This is a beautiful kit! Thank you so much for your generosity. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup pour tous ces beaux freebies que vous nous offrez. Je vous souhaite une très belle année 2010. Bambie

Nici said...

I am new to your site but, the colors you use are just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for making them available. I have already made my new blog background using this kit! ;) Thanks again!

Lauren Hatwell said...

This is a beautiful kit. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and for telling us about Wyatt. It is, indeed, a beautiful tribute to such a brief time on this earth. lauren x

Amber said...

Beautiful kit and beautiful story!!! Thanks so much for sharing both with us.

Lori said...

Love it!

cla said...

What a beautiful story - thank you!

Emily said...

Love the kit!! i just made a page with it! You can see it at http://faithhopeandart.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-heart-runneth-over.html Thanks for doing this!

Nana said...

Oh thanks so much for making all the beautiful kits! I just started making backgrounds, and so far am not very good:/ Thanks again!

Nana

Ashley Welling said...

Thank you for the kit! It is so fun. I love the colors! That is such a touching story.

I made some blog backgrounds with this kit.

http://wellingdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/01/out-with-oldin-with-new.html

PS..I have started using only your kits. I just love them. I may add an accent from another person, but they are mainly yours!!

Miranda said...

Thank you for this kit. I'm not crazy about butterflies but absolutely love the touch they have with the papers and elements.

Beautiful tribute...

Kristi said...

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I am in love with your designs. You have such a talent. I've also gone over to check out your other blog, I will be ordering from you in the future for sure! Thanks a bunch for sharing your talent with us!!

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit and I can't believe you are so generous to let us download all these beautiful elements and papers for free, you truly are a very good spirit.

Thank you

Drew and Mariann said...

This story truly touched my spirit and brought tears to my eyes. I will never again look at another butterfly without thinking of this story. Thank-You so much for sharing!

I recently scrap-booked pages for a calendar and used several of your kits. Thank-You! so much for sharing your wonderful talent! I would love to share the pages with you but am a little confused on how to do that. Do I need to convert them to a PDF or something? Please let me know. My e-mail is mariann_frog@yahoo.com.
Thank-You!

Brooke said...

I search everywhere for kits, and always return to yours. you're so wonderful for sharing them. They're beautiful and fun to use. Thank you

Esme said...

Summer I only found your blog today via the Docraft's forum (in the UK) - your kits are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them, and the different stories that inspire you.

I have posted about you so that others can come and see your work.

Esme x

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Kyle, Courtney & Taylor said...
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Kyle, Courtney & Taylor said...

You always have great stuff! Have you considered becoming a designer for Divine Digitals? They are currently looking for a new designer to join the team.

http://www.divinedigital.com/forum/showthread.php?t=941

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Nishant said...

How precious! Thank you for sharing the story and this beautiful kit.

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Trimgym said...

Great and gorgeous kits, thank you for sharing. I also have something to share with you, which you can find here.

Jo.

Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

I just found your blog - forgive me if this gets asked frequently, but do you do any headings or buttons for hire? You are quite talented!

Lelia said...

Absolutely stunning, as always! Thanks for sharing and for the touching story.

Hugs,
Lelia

williamslegacy said...

Hi Summer,
How do I find your blog layout I love it. Is it available.

Bev said...

thanks soo pretty.

kanishk said...

Thank you for sharing the story and this beautiful kit.
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Anna said...

Thanks!

pearita said...

This is a wonderful story and beautiful kit.I really love all of your work and your wonderful story.so, I'm your thai fan,do you remember?

Thak you thousand times