Saturday, July 4, 2009

Death is not dying - Rachel Barkey

This is a very hard post for me to do. After 5 years of battling cancer, the sweet 37 year old daughter of friends of mine has gone home to be with the Lord. I know she is dancing, because that is what I prayed for the other day. I wanted her incredible suffering to end, that she could be free from her body of death and be in the eternal presence of her King! He answered my (and many others) prayer. Her journey was an incredible one, her life and dying have reached millions of people via audio ( and video ( She struggled valiantly to leave her very young children a legacy. She faced death with the most incredible joy, peace, acceptance and great courage.

I started out just doing the Friday Sketcher'Challenge sketch for this week, but as it was coming together I learned of her passing and decided to use this card for a sympathy card. Much of my heart has gone into this, and many prayers for the family. Here is my card:

The image of the girl sitting is a free download from Ruth's blog. I colored it with Prisma Pencils because the green Copics I have were too bright. I don't know why it came out so grainy, I used SU Whisper White, which I use extensively.

The dsp is from Anna Griffin scrapbook package, I just fell in love with the roses. The green ribbon is also from that set. The charm is one that I bought in packages of 10 for only $1 on a recent shopping trip to Salado.

I decorated the inside also, as the Rose Red cardstock was too dark to write on.

Thank you for stopping by to view this post. If you have the time, please take 1 hour of your time to sit and listen to or watch the video of Rachel. Your life will be deeply impacted...

And hug your family frequently, we never know when it will be our last opportunity to do so...

With Love,


  1. oh Barb...what a beautiful post to remember your friend's daughter. 37 is way to young to die...but I hope that she and those who love her are at peace now. Stunning card as always. (((hugs)))

  2. Barb, you are so thoughtful. Beautiful card for a peaceful memory.

  3. Barb - this is just lovely! Beautiful....I love this grouping of Anna Griffin papers.
    Pam Going Postal

  4. A very moving post. She sounds like a remarkable lady - who is now thankfully at peace.
    Your card is beautiful and a fitting tribute to her.

  5. Oh my, I love, love that dp. Your card is extraordinary. Wonderful creation. Hugs, Christina C.

  6. My dear friend, I am so very sorry for your lost. It is such a comfort to know that someone we love is with our Lord. Lifting you up in prayer,
    Pam L.

    -regarding your card, it is just beautiful. I love the softness of it.


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