If I had been allowed to have this many words for my senior quotation in my high school yearbook, this would have been it.

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revalations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.”

– Stephen King


So. I had knee surgery last Thursday. They put a stitch in my medial meniscus, which is a slower rehab than just garden-variety arthroscopic surgery. This means that I’ll be on crutches and limited activity for 4-6 weeks. I won’t be able to drive, walk without crutches, much of anything, really. I’m kind of bummed about it, but what can you do? In 20 years, I’ll be glad that they did this rather than trim out the tear, because my meniscus will be stronger — and still whole — than if they had cut it.

I’m spending my time getting better acquainted with Photoshop, since I can’t quilt.

Here is my favorite digital layout so far. I hope you like it, too…

Downloads from Scrapgirls.com and Designer Digitals: MRE Downtown Brushes, ASO Ultimate Grunge Brushes, VRA Avalon green paper, Katie Pertiet Out of a Box Overlays, CJones How’d They Do That tutorial Playing with Cardboard, Anna Aspnes 161207 Ad Challenge Green Dot (recolored)

Helen is 6.

Six years ago right now, I was pushing.

Six years ago right now, I had terrible heartburn.

Six years ago 40 minutes from now I met my firstborn, my Helen.

I love you, sweet girl. Happy Birthday, Princess.

Helen at her birthday party