So my sister has made a big decision...she is closing her scrapbooking and paper crafts store, Treasury of Memories. (For fellow scrapbookers, check out the store's blog for information on the huge closing sale starting today.)
This announcement has been big news in our community. It was an extremely emotional decision for Elizabeth, but she really wants to spend more time with her husband Jim and young boys, Jackson and Thomas.
This store and hobby have provided such an important and creative outlet for me on my journey with Maxwell. Learning to scrapbook got me through many weeks and months of difficult days in the ICU. While Max was sedated and on life support, I would try and focus on making my project look just right in between numerous meetings with the gazillion medical professionals involved with his care. Sounds crazy, right? But honestly, it was a saving grace during this excruciating time. I remember often crafting all night long because I didn't want to leave his bedside.
Upon his discharge, it was the store's customers that held a huge WELCOME HOME celebration for Maxwell. And just about every week or so, at least one person stops me while we are out and about and ask me about "Mighty Max". Often, they learned about him through Treasury and have followed our progress through store projects and our blog. Crazy connections, really. The store introduced me and Maxwell to an extremely loving, supportive community. And in return I think Max was able to reach some people about courage, faith, disabilities, and unconditional love.
Thank you Elizabeth and to the customers and staff of Treasury of Memories for creating such a wonderful community for me and Mighty Max. And Eliz, we are so darn proud of you! :)