Welcome to Paradise!

One of my dear high school friends is moving. This is a good thing (for me). Over the past …many years since high school we have managed to spend only about two of those years in the same state. She has three children — each of them born in different states. I love when we visit. I hate when we say goodbye. But…she’s moving. She’s moving to Paradise. Really — that’s the name of her new home town.

This move puts her and her family (that sounds so grammatically awkward) almost exactly halfway between the home of her parents and the home of her in-laws. Great news for her in-laws, but sad for her parents who have had her a short road trip away. Sad for her to put more miles between people she loves dearly.  Happy for her husband and a new opportunity.  Happy for me to now have her within a day’s drive.  Change.  Bittersweet.

Change is hard. Here’s what I think change would look like on a recipe card:


2 sprays wistful tears

1 Tbsp nostalgia

1 Tbsp reluctance and anxiety

3 Tbsp teary goodbyes

3 Tbsp excitement

1 large dose possibilities

1/2 tsp adventure, grace, humor

One by one add each ingredient to mixing bowl of emotions, being careful to stir slowly.  When mixture results in a wistful heavy heart, and a hopeful smile, preparations are complete.

To help welcome my friend and her family to their new home, and to brighten her day, I decided to send some “housewarming” love in the mail.  Based on the Get Sketchy Challenge #73, I used some cheery DP and these lovely little houses to create this card.

stamps: {ippity} by Unity “House a Home”

ink: ColorBox Dune, Palette Burnt Umber

accessories: Papertrey Ink CS, My Mind’s Eye DP, ribbon from Michaels, button, twine


One thought on “Welcome to Paradise!

  1. My dear Regina,
    This card did warm my heart and home so much! Thank you for your loving note about our recent move. Your words are always so heartfelt and wonderfully eloquent. My hubby happened to be perusing the internet and asked about your website. I’m so thankful he did, because then I got to see your sweet letter 🙂 Though my heart is still hurting from those I left behind, I am very thankful for this opportunity for my husband, as well as the chance to see his parents and dear friends/family in So Cal more often. I can’t wait to take advantage of being closer! Lots of love to you. Gina

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