Scroll to the footer and add your pretty faces to my map!!! I have lots of catching up to do in the scrapping world. I have been on and am still on a long break. I've had a black cloud hanging over my head....I feel like Lemony Snickets as I have had a series of unfortunate events lately. As most of you know I've nearly dropped of the face of the earth. My computer crashed in early April. Three weeks later when I finally got a new hard drive, I went to restore things off my EHD and to my disbelief.....yep you guessed it another unfortunate thing! My EHD had not fully backed up all my files. It was so strange b/c I would have papers from a kit but elements missing. Loads of full kits missing...ouch... I lost all the layouts I had completed in 2008, hundreds of pictures that I no longer had on my digital camera, TONS of scrapbooking things...this list continues. Tracking down all my purchases and asking for restoration of links was a booger and I felt terrible. I wish to thank all those who helped me out.. A warm virtual hug and thank you to Verena and Doreen, Andrea Gold, Lauraskathi, Melissa Bennett, The Digichick, Scrapbook-bytes, Retrodiva, Cinzia Loosemore, GDS and everyone else (if I missed you, please know I do truly appreciate you help and thank you). Finally after days of sifting through winkflash where I had most of my 2007 and 08 photos uploaded, I was able to recover several family photos...others lost altogether. I have had to put the rest of my recovery process on the back burner for other unfortunate events. We took part in a special program last June to purchase a vehicle. Now were gearing up for the fight of our life with hundreds of other residents from KS, MO, NE, and OK. We have learned that many of our documents were altered and forged by the dealership and they are also no longer honoring the program. We will most likely join the class action lawsuit. We have to do something b/c this has put us in the worse kind of mess ever. I want to throw up just thinking about it. In the midst of all of this, my Grandfather whose health had been fading for some time, passed away last Friday afternoon. I got the call from my youngest sister; bless her heart. I had not been back home since Christmas so I am regretful to not have seen him one last time. We traveled back home where I spent a good few days with my family. I realized that I had not seen some of my family in 10 years or more. WOW. Life really just happens and before you know it you've lost touch with people. I felt like we all needed name tags. Those were a few really sad days and even still so sad, although I know that my grandpa is resting peacefully now. He no longer has to suffer. I will miss him. Through it all, I do believe this may have been a wakeup call for all of us to not simply go through the motions of life and loose sight of the more important things. I have since started a family blog and hope to add as many family members as I can to contribute in hopes we'll keep up with one another better. We'll see. After a long 3 hour scenic drive home we arrived late Tuesday evening. Still completely exhausted but slowly catching up. I'm gathering that 2008 is not going to be the best year of my life but remain optimistic that 09 will be better...lol...it's only May. I pray to God that the rest of this year will not hold any more unfortunate events for me...at least not large scale ones. I honestly don't know how much more I can take. I am scared to do anything outside of my regular routine b/c I have a feeling something else major is going to hit me like a ton of bricks. We're supposed to go on vacation in July and now I'm even questioning that. I keep telling myself to just breathe. lol Anyway now you all know why I've been and may be MIA for periods of time in the near future. I am really just trying to put the majority of my focus onto other things but hoping to not completely lose touch with the digi world! One of these days I hope to get some layouts made! Ok, I've seriously rambled on for long enough. If you've read through all of this I commend you! LOL. I'll be in touch!