Friday, June 25, 2010

a bittersweet day and project

If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you may remember this page HERE. It was a page for the Who's That Girl challenge "Why I Don't..." I had made the page about my editor, Laura. And I was serious... I do not do anything without her.

Well, now I am going to have to. Laura and her adorable little family are moving to Kentucky, and today is her last day at NextStepU. I have worked with Laura for more than 8 years. We have gotten to the point where we can read each others' minds, we know what each others' weaknesses are, and then fill the empty spaces in each others' work.

I am trying to imagine NextStepU without her. It's really, really tough!

Yesterday we had a party for her. We played bocce, had some great food, drinks... and I gave Laura this not-so-mini album I made for her. I had the staff write messages on journal spots and sprinkled them in among pictures from the last 9 years.

Not all of the pages are shown here—there are 10 of them—but I wanted to show a few of my favorite pages.

I had to devote one page to Laura and me. I wrote a nice, long message and even teared up a bit as I wrote it. We have spent more of our waking hours together than we have with our spouses.

Her daughter and my son were born 4 months apart. We were at each others' weddings. We called each other when important moments happened in our lives. Through everything, I've been able to count on Laura. OK... gonna cry again. Moving on...

These two pages are of Laura and the NextStepU founder and CEO, Dave. Dave and Laura have been working together since Laura was 15. She came to NextStepU as an intern, and she has grown with the company pretty much since it was founded. Like I said... It's gonna be very difficult to imagine NextStepU without Laura.

Let's all wish Laura the best at her new job in Kentucky! She reads the blog, so leave her a warm going away message, best wishes, etc. She'll love it!

She has always been a huge supporter of my crafting. In fact... I wouldn't even have a card making business if it wasn't for her! I made her a big ol' pack of handmade cards for her birthday one year, and next thing I know the orders are flowing in!

Good luck, Laura! I wish you all the best in your new chapter. It will all work out, I know it will. I will miss so much about seeing you everyday, but I know that you will always be in my life. OK... tears again... gotta go!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Katie said...

what a fabulous gift for her going away!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are the bestest and sweetest friend anyone could ever ask for!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this mini that you made for Laura!! It is GORGEOUS and I am sorry that she is leaving your side! Some companies say that everyone is disposable....but we know better...there are those that are never able to be replaced!! Good luck to your friend!!! {{{big HUGS!}}} :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

A Sarasota said...

So very sweet! best wishes to Laura!

Anonymous said...

I'm reading this and blubbering... THANK YOU DIANA!!! —The Laura Who This Was For

Diana Waite said...

Oh, this book is SO wonderful--good luck Laura!

Shell said...

oh that is sad when you such a good friend is in a different place than you... I know I have moved so many times (to different countries!)

but on the bright side - now you can go visit her in KY! and have a blast!!

the book is lovely she will cherish it

Jingle said...

Diana, I am sorry that you are having to separate from such a wonderful friend! That is so hard! This album is really beautiful and I know she will treasure it!

Jessica Wilson said...

Oh, that is sooo sweet!! Wishing her the best of luck in her new place, and wishing you luck doing without her...I know that'll be hard when you are so close to her!! Love, Jess Oh, and that scrapbook is AMAZING!!!

Fabi Ormerod said...

Hey Diana...This is so kind...Im sure she loved it!!! By the way, need to share with you: Im going to move to US for 3 months! ;) XX

sarah said...

best wishes to laura!

cute mini, diana! :)


Antonia Krajicek {Green Horned Unicorn} said...

What an amazing gift! Something she can cherish forever.

Best wishes to Laura and good luck to you Diana, adapting to the workplace without her.

Happy Weekend :)

Keshet said...

I love that album and I'm sure she'll treasure it!

Wati Basri said...

diana...that is dftly the nicest gift ever!! u are sooo sweet :)
lauran - all the best!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Diane ~
What a fabulous friend you are ~ but of course I'd already suspected that! Your book is adorable and perfect!

Anonymous said...

Diana, your "bittersweet day and project" is PRICELESS ~ so beautifully done. Your heart so went into this! You never cease to amaze me.

Congratulations Laura on this great opportunity- may you find great joy all along the way. Life surely is an adventure:-)

C. Fisher