Friday, December 9, 2011

Dilly Beans Twisted Christmas & Sassy Studio Christmas Challenge #9

So yesterday morning was awful.  Big fire in the city where I live, one firefighter died and one was injured.  The injured was a good friend of my husband's and the firefighter who died was his partner.  My brother-in-law is also a firefighter, as are several of our friends, and I was just a mess all morning, worried about them all.  So I wrote on Facebook to my sister about how I don't know her and the other firefighter wives do it, send their husbands to work every day knowing they are risking their lives.
Then I came home from work and my husband laughed at my comment - because he's an iron worker.  If you look up the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the US, iron worker is usually around number 5 or 6.  Firefighters aren't even on the list.  (What makes them unique, in my mind, is the fact that they are usually risking their lives for others.  Like our military.  That's pretty special.)  Anyway - uh - thanks, Jeremy, way to reassure me.  I told him that I live in my own little world of denial when it comes to this, because I just couldn't handle it if I thought about it like that every day.  I mean, I know that when it's your time to go, you're going to go.  That's just the way it is.  But I can't think about it ahead of time - it's just too much to fathom.  So I realized - that is how they do it, the firefighters wives. The fishermen's wives (number 1 most dangerous job).  The airplane pilot's wives and the logger's wives.  Anyone who has a loved one with a dangerous job.  Because what else are we going to do?  This is what our husbands do for a living, and most of them enjoy what they do.  If they die doing what they love and supporting their families, as far as I'm concerned that alone makes them heroes.  But I'll be saying a special prayer tonight for the kids that firefighter left behind (a single dad - heartbreaking), and for all of his "brothers" in the fire department.  And I said a little prayer for my husband as he left for work this morning, too.
Sooo - it's Friday, and time for a new challenge at Dilly Beans!  Our theme this week is:
Twisted Christmas!
Here's what I came up with:

I am also entering this into the:
Heart Song Inspirations - Christmas Challenge

This one is for my husband, my daughter and I call him the grinch, hee hee:

Now head on over to the Dilly Beans Challenge blog and check out the rest of the DT's creations and play along!

I've also got a card today for the:

I colored my Sassy Studio image with Prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits.  I covered the crystal ball in glitter.  DP is from My Mind's Eye.  Have a safe and happy weekend!  Peace.


  1. Jenn I love your ATCs and your card is fabulous! Thanks for all the inspiration today!

  2. Beautiful creations Jenn!! LOVE them!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  3. LOL - Merry Freaking Christmas - so perfect!!! LOVE IT!

  4. Ha! I love your twisted snowman :) Somebody get him some visine eyedrops!

  5. Just adorable Jenn! I see neither of us could pass up that snowman this time. Fabulous challenge, eh? I have the other printed too but didn't get around to it. Love, love, love your cards! My heart goes out to the families of those who risk their lives every day. Wishing all a blessed and safe holiday season. xxD

  6. Your Christmas ATCs are great, thanks for the smile on my face :)

  7. I love your cards, and the senti on your snowman cracks me up!
    thank you as well for more insight into the lives behind the uniforms.... hugs to you!

  8. Too funny, love all these cards and the images. The grinch is too funny!

  9. Jenn, your Sassy card is fabulous! Love the glitter on the disco ball & those wonderful papers too! Insightful, heart-felt post too... Thanks for sharing and my thoughts are with those families! Thanks for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs for our December Sassy Christmas Challenge! :)