Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas ..and words of hope!

Dear friends, 

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed Christmas Day. I hope from the bottom of my heart you all have happiness and love on this special day and I thank you from the deepest of my heart for all the love and support you have given me this past year, especially the last 2 months. I will never have enough words to express gratitude on behalf of my husband and I for the support you all showed me and my family, the words that you all spoke, the care and love you extended during my very difficult time. I wish all the happiness in the world for all of you and I want you to know I am doing OK. I really am. I have not died from the constant pain of what happened yet, so let's just look forward to the new year and hope that someone up there knew what they were doing. 

Being Christmas, and being the season for love, happiness and hope, I finally wanted to share with you this amazing gift I received from my friends at Once Upon A..Sketch. i.e. my Design Team. I remember the day I announced to them I lost my baby. It was so matter of fact! And then I never really talked about it much after that. It was business as usual. But behind my back, they lovingly put together this album for me . They named it a Golden Book or The Book Of Hope with the theme throughout being just that..."hope". The day I received it, about 5 weeks ago I slept with it in my bed. I just could not believe that all these people conspired and did this FOR ME! I touched all the pages and cried and cried and cried. Cried at its beauty and its words, cried that these people cared for me enough to do this. Something inside me healed a little that day and ever since then I have this gorgeous book on my fireplace mantle piece, not far from where I scrap and glance over it and again, each time something heals inside me. 

This is by far the most amazing and treasured gift i have ever received, together with stunning handmade cards, beautiful flowers accompanied with touching words, emails, messages, gifts. All in the days that followed the loss from so many of you. I do not know what I did to deserve this but i just know that all this scrapping, blogging etc entered my life just over a year ago so I can meet all of you and for you all to help me with this. In the words of a quote that Maiko Kosugi wrote on her page below: 

" When you are sad, friends of the world walk with you hand in hand. The heart of the world wants to surround you"

I leave you all with these wonderful pieces of work and hope that wherever you are and whatever you are going through, you just keep the hope alive and take some inspiration from the words my friends have written on their pages. 

Take care my friends! Merry Christmas!!

**all album inserts and covers by Heather Jacob who also collated this special album. 

Natalie May 

Georgia Heald

Lene Neby
 Vibeke Harila

Jasmine Shea

Pamela Young 

Helen Tilbury 

Heather Jacob 

Sandi Taloumis

Jeni O'Connor, who together with Heather initiated this project I am told :o)

Maiko Kosugi 

Irma Peredne 

Natalie Elphinstone 
 Vicky Varvadouka


  1. sweet Nadia, so pleased you love this book of hope ... we all loved creating it for you and it is our way of giving you hope and love ... always remember how special you are ..... a beautiful person and soul .. with a big open heart ... lots of love to you and Sam and your darling girls ...wishing you a magical Christmas and kisses from Heaven xoxxoxo
    love Heather x

  2. They look so beautiful all together!!!We all enjoyed doing this for you! I wish I could see your face when you opened it! You are a great person and you deserve all the love!!! Merry Christmas to all your family! Να περάσετε τέλεια και να είστε πάντα υγιείς πάνω απ'ολα και ευτυχισμένοι!!! Πολλά φιλιά και αγάπη!!!

  3. Νάντια μου είσαι τόσο τυχερή που έχεις ανθρώπους δίπλα σου (έστω και νοητά) που σε αγαπούν και σε στηρίζουν! Ελπίζω η νέα χρονιά να σου φέρει αυτό που τόσο λαχταράς! Η σκέψη μου είναι μαζί σου...Χρόνια πολλά με υγεία και αγάπη!

  4. So, this book fulfilled its purposed and it's the most beautiful book I've ever seen.Because its made with love and care.You are a very lucky woman, Nadia.I hope everything goes well for you.
    Καλά Χριστουγεννα σε σενα και την οικογενεια σου!

  5. What a truly special gift. I wish you and your family a happy Christmas Nadia and wish you much happiness for 2012.

  6. Thank you Nadia for your touching and kind words!
    I'm glad that you have a great support group.
    I appreciate your MAGNIFIQUEMENT creations.
    Thank you that you are!!!

  7. Τι όμορφο δώρο! Ναντια, η ελπιδα ειναι αυτη που μας κραταει ζωντανους, κι εμας κι ακομη και τις αναμνησεις μας... Σας ευχομαι να περασετε γλυκά γλυκά Χριστούγεννα!

  8. Oh Wow, what a beautiful gift! Looking at it and reading the quotes quite got me all teary eyed lol! You really do have a fantastic design team, not only are they all amazingly talented but they are obviously all wonderful people too. :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas :)

  9. We all love you Nadia ! Fabulous present !

  10. Such an amazing gift. Have a great christmas Nadia.

  11. WOW we are so lucky to be a part of such an awesome bunch of people, I love what I have got not just from producing layouts full of treasured memories but the friendships I have made from all over the world are amazing.....So glad you are doing ok :) Have a fantastic Christmas xxx

  12. I have tears in my eyes! What an amazing gift from an amazing group of friends. My hope for you is that you will continue to be surrounded by love and continue to be comforted and supported by those closest to you. May 2012 be a year of blessings for you!

  13. Oh my goodness... That is just amaaazing! Such artwork - and so much love!
    You know what, though? You deserve all that and more.

    I really hope X-mas Spirit will reach you still. Thinking of you.

  14. So glad you can feel the love from all of these pages. You are so very special to all of us. May you continue to find happiness in all the little things that God blesses you with in the upcoming New year. Have a Merry Christmas with your wonderful family.

    Hugs, Sandi :)

  15. Oh Nadia, this is so fantastically awesome, I can feel from here that it was done with so so much love..You are so fortunate to have such an amazingly wonderful friends. I am so glad and so happy for you Nadia.
    The gift of Love
    The gift of Peace
    The gift of Happiness
    May all these be yours at Christmas

    Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas Nadia

  16. Nadia, these are impressive my friend! What beautiful work you do, good luck on your dt app, my fingers are crossed for you! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  17. Beautiful gift for a special person! As all yoru followrs I beleive you are not only an amazing scrapper but a sweet and special woman! Blessings and have a wonderful Christhmas!

  18. Oh, what a beautiful and sweet gift! you deserve it so much: you're such a sweetheart, you're so kind, you always take the time to leave all of us some love, to support us, to feel with us. So if there's one very special who deserves a sweet gift when going through a difficult period, it's you! You've gone through a lot lately, but even during that period you didn't give up your positivity. Have a very merry Christmas, dear Nadia! I wish you and your loved ones very happy holidays:)

  19. Νάντια μου είσαι πολύ τυχερή και είσαι πραγματικά ξεχωριστός άνθρωπος! Απόλαυσε και μοιράσου την αγάπη του όλων αυτών που σε περιτριγυρίζουν και μη χάνεις ποτέ την ελπίδα σου!
    Σου εύχομαι Καλά και Ονειρεμένα Χριστούγεννα με την οικογένειά σου και ο Νέος Χρόνος να σου φέρει, πραγματικά, ότι επιθυμείς!

  20. Merry Christmas Nadia!!!
    Have a happy New Year!!!!

  21. πολυ τρυφερο και ομορφο!!!
    καλα Χριστουγεννα με υγεια και αγαπη!!

  22. Thats lovely Nadia!! I wish I had just one friend that cared about me like that :))

  23. This is so sweet! What a touching gift.

  24. Dear Nadia, I wish you and your family fantastic time!

  25. WOW! The girls did a fantastic job with this truly special gift. Merry XMas Nadia! I hope u have a beautiful day with ur family XX

  26. We were more than happy to create a gift for you. You are one special person and we are there for you, all the way.
    Have a great day tomorrow. xx

  27. πάρα πολύ όμορφα!!!!!χρόνια Πολλά!!!!χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα με υγεία και αγάπη!!!!!!φιλιά!!!!

  28. Χρόνια πολλά! Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

  29. What a beautiful and very touching gift. I think about you often, dear friend, especially this past month. It was 5 yrs. for us--Dec. 14th, and I couldn't help but think of you. I'll admit that it's STILL hard even 5 yrs. out. But He who holds our future, also holds us in the palm of His hand. I have to rest and take comfort in that. Hope you will too. And Merry Christmas!

  30. That is sooooooooooo wonderful they put this together for you!!! How beautiful and touching! Merry Christmas! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  31. Such a special gift for a very special person :-)

  32. Hi Nadia, thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us this may have been easier to hide away, but you have faced a very difficult time with us and you have shown me such courage.. you are an inspiration, and you have been the catalyst for this amazing book.. what absolute stunning creations that have come from these talented scrappers souls captured for ever in the pages of this book... messages for all of us, that hope is the start of each new moment... beautifully created i know you will find solace in the friendship of these wonderful women and you will shine so brightly in 2012, but always remembering the little star who touched your life so briefly and yet so strongly...i trust your Christmas was special, and i wish for you a most wonderful twenty twelve... with love.. lizzy

  33. You are so special to soooo many people. It shows....I love you for sharing you with me!

  34. This is just so amazing!! It shows that you are among so many lovely people!

  35. A wonderful, loving gesture and a very inspiring keepsake~ you absolutely deserve it!

  36. This truly brought tears to my eyes, both your beautiful words and the amazing pieces your amazing friends put together for you. You have such strength! And to have such support it just beyond priceless...there is nothing worse than losing a child...never knowing who they could have been. It's horrible, and the pain never truly goes away...but with the love of friends and family and with time, it gets more manageable, which you obviously know...thanks Nadia for sharing your heartbreaking story...and these beautiful pages with us. You are a beautiful person!

  37. Hi Nadia
    Your book look so great!! I am so prud to be a part of this wonderful book!!:)
    You are so lovely, Nadia:)

  38. Speechless!! Truly heart breakingly beautiful!

  39. Totally gobsmacked and so so touched! I have never seen the likes of all the beautiful hearts that have united to bring you hope and love in the shape of this book. You are truly blessed to have so many hands to hold!! I hope your Christmas was filled with all of that, love hope and happiness! Take care sweetie! xoxox

  40. Nadia this is so lovely! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your baby. I cannot even begin to imagine how hard that must be and I think that it is wonderful that these very special people wanted to let you know that they care about you in such a very special way! I lost my Father on Christmas morning 5 years ago and my Mother to breast cancer just this last July, this Holiday season has been a very difficult one for me... and then I come across a site such as yours and the love and compassion people share with each other and it does help to lessen the pain and help to heal, even second hand. My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope that each day brings you a little closer to peace.

  41. Nadia, your post left me with such a powerful emotion. I didn't know about your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. It does become easier to bear Nadia, but you'll never forget the wonderful feeling of that new life growing inside, nor the overwhelming pain of losing it. My loss was 30 yrs ago but is still strong. No other child will take the place of the one you lost but time will make the pain bearable. Your amazing strength and courage are helping you cope already. I was at a very bad place when I read this post yesterday, but you inspired me to find the courage to carry on and in gratitude I made a LO about my Christmas event for OUAS. Please be assured you are well loved and your inspiration and sincerity shine through. xxx


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