"A LABOR of LOVE"

by Brenda Nelson December. 15, 2013 5971 views

My brother John was a fireman and, every year, he sent hand-drawn, designed, and hand-painted Christmas cards to family and friends, until the past two years when he couldn't because of his ALS. I've saved all of them, but these are a few of my favorites. (Re-post from 2012 - John died this past July, so these are, indeed, treasures to me now!)

Have a peaceful and restful Sunday with your family and friends. You never know how long you will get to have them with you!

John has always ridden a motorcycle, and the year that we got ours, he drew this one which said “Be A Rebel!” inside!

I've always saved even his envelops with our names on them because they're also a work of art! And now they're a treasure, as well!

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Eric J H Joyce 5 years, 11 months ago

So very special.................

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Josy 5 years, 11 months ago

I remember...

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Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 11 months ago

What a tribute Brenda; you won't find many wishes more touching than these. Truly gifted, John was.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 6 years, 11 months ago

These are fantastic.....

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 6 years, 11 months ago

Always looked forward to seeing what the card from John would look like. Wonderfully creative!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 11 months ago

They're absolutely wonderful - such lovely keepsakes.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 11 months ago

He made real cute cards!!!

[i]Tonia made all her cards by her own hand too this year. [/i]

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 11 months ago

A moving set Brenda!
They are treasures and they are wonderful.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Leslie D 6 years, 11 months ago

I see talent runs in your family!
Your brother's cards are beautiful, as are your shots of them.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 11 months ago

Great talent, love these.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 6 years, 11 months ago

super cool set ........

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 11 months ago

These are beautiful love that first one .
Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year and your brother some relief from his illness.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Art Bee 6 years, 11 months ago

They are absolutely amazingly artistic and how wonderful you have kept them through the years. Your brother John must be so delighted to know you still have them.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 11 months ago

These are wonderful treasures! I tried unsuccessfully to choose a favorite, they all show a wonderful sense of humor!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful work.............................................

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