Wednesday, April 23, 2008

To Galo, age 4, to be read on the day you decide to walk down that aisle

Candy says, KAYA!

This KAYA Challenge was quite difficult to execute. The LO itself was easy. It was writing the letter, anticipating what I would feel decades from now, plus anticipating that I may not even be here by then. It was difficult to write it because as soon as I'd start doing so, the tears start flowing. It took me 1 day to do the LO, but also 1 week to write this letter. I'm glad to have done it though as this letter will be a testament of my feelings for my boy when that time comes.

Hidden Letter:
Dearest Galo,

Today, you have decided to walk down that aisle. By the time you read this, I'll be at least 20, 30 or 40 years older. I may not even be there by this time. This is a consequence of marrying a bit older and having you even much later.

Don't get me wrong. Marrying late was our choice, specifically mine. I had to study and find myself in the world before I could commit to your dad for life. I was able to live and experience the life I wanted. I knew what I gave up so I didn't have any misgivings or doubts. I knew what I was ready for.

Having you late was something we didn't anticipate. We have given up hope when you made your presence felt. Because of the difficult pregnancy, I admit I was angry at God and even wished you away. Fortunately, God didn't listen to me at that time. The miracle of your birth changed all that. Again and again, we were reminded that you are our gift, our "regalo." And over the succeeding years, you have made our lives happy, and our family complete.

I am sure that the woman you chose is someone you truly love. My mom once said that a mother always feels that no one is good enough for her child. I often wondered about that if and when the time came. I would like to think that we would have taught you enough to be able to choose someone who deserves your love. Just promise me that you will cherish her like your dad cherished me.

If by this time, I do have the chance to meet her, I will welcome her with open arms and accept her like the daughter I never had.

I love you, my son, with all of my heart. It would be a privilege to see you walk down that aisle, should luck be on my side.


P.S. Should you decide to enter a religious community instead, you have our blessings as well. We know that God speaks in many ways. If you listen to His voice inside you, you will know what is right for you.

Materials Used:
Cosmo Cricket First Gift, DCWV Old World, Scrapworks Skinny Whisper Interval, WRMK Precious Metal Hardware pewter press, Creative Imaginations Narratives Transparent Library Pocket, Craftworld buttons with printed words, misc. black cotton thread and aqua cord, Queen & Co. felt border black, Prima Hydrangeas, mm 5th Ave. Blossom & Buttons Sophia, Carolina's bling, Barbara Trombley's Vintage Glass Glitter 61- Onyx, Inque Boutique Narratives Stamp, Stampin'Up En Francais stamp for border handwritten print, FP Bella Brush frame stamp, Quickutz Sophisticate alpha dies, QuickStrips Manhattan, Tsukineko Walnut Ink, Brilliance Moonlight white stamp, VersaCraft 182 Real Black, Sailor Warm Cream pen, Pigma Micron 03.

Techniques Used:
Stamping, stamping of the border of the paper, inking the border with walnut ink, sewing buttons.

About ME:
I love making LOs of my son and of my ancestors. I am very comfortable with the vintage look but love experimenting with bright colors, esp. earth and nature colors, whenever possible. Scrapbooking is a passion and an expression of my soul and of my life. You can check out my work at


Lee i. said...

Candy, I love this photo! And you tell me Arn doesn't capture great shots. And as usual I like the vintage style that is all your own. Naluha naman ako sa journaling me. True, we never know what the future holds and we might not be there as our children reach milestones, so we scrapbook about our life, so that they may know.

Roxannee said...

Haaaay! Na touch ako...grabe. Very nice LO and great photography!!!

Ching said...

Hi Candy, Gorgeous layout! When I read your letter...I had goose pimples! It was a glorious testimony from you to your son. I know he will cherish it for the rest of his and his wife's life.

Sandra Yu said...

hi ms candy,

its heartfelt and the picture matches with the title.. something that Galo can remember when he will be walking the aisle. how sweet. really love this=) the letter made me teary eyed..super special talaga si Galo

CraftFairy said...

Great LO, great picture, great journaling...marami pang iiyak pag nakita ito in the future.

GlitterEmm said...

Hi Candy, what a beautiful lay out, wonderful picture and a lovely letter, makes me think of what I would say to my sons, but I'm not going to think about that right now! I would like to offer you a space in our gallery on Barbara came across your blog and was delighted that you are using the Vintage Glass Glitter. If you are interested please contact me at:

Rachelle said...

Hu hu hu! nagdurugo ang puso ko sa mga sinabi mo.Galing lahat the pictures, the journaling it all matches. Goodluck!

Teys said...

wow, Candy! I love every detail about this. It is sooooo beautiful. Love the vintage-y feel and the rich textures. Amazing!

Issa Virtucio-Lucido said...

I love your layout candy!

Candy said...

Naku, maraming salamat, Issa, Teys, Gliterremm, Rachelle, Lee, Roxannee, Craftfairy, Sandra and Ching! Nakakataba naman ng puso ang mga pinagsasabi ninyo!

Benga said...

As always, you take my breath away, grabe, the photo, the journaling and of course your vintage look really warms the heart. I'm not surprised that your work is recognized internationally, totally deserve it! Congrats and more to come!

Me-anne's Nook said...

as always candy you never fails to create a stunning layout, you're Master in the making....hehehe galing pati journaling...everything!

Donna Espiritu said...

first, that photo is GORGEOUS! very heartwarming layout candy! ang galing-galing mo, you are on of those rare gems in this scrapbooking community of ours. very unique! LOVE THIS!!!!