Us ~ 1972

Jul 4, 2011

Above is the com­plete lay­out using the sil­hou­ette I cre­ated of me and my brother, Richard. I was around 7 or 8 and Richard was around 5 or 6. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2004 from alco­holism at the age of 38. The photo below has always been a favorite of mine and even though I can­not see or talk to him now, I know he’s always at my side.

July 4th has never been the same since he passed. His 5 niece’s and 1 nephew (poor boy) knew Richard would pur­chase a ton of fire­works for them to shoot off. He would either take all the older kids out of the city lim­its to shoot them off or take his chances and shoot them off down the street at mom and dad’s house. Watch­ing Richard round up all the kids, which were run­ning in every direc­tion but the right direc­tion, so as not to get caught by the police had mom and I laugh­ing until we cried.

They only got caught once and lit­tle Terri threw him under the bus mighty quick. When the cops asked Richard if he had any­more fire­works, Terri chimes in with, “only these” in her lit­tle “Roo” voice and show­ing them a hand­ful of bot­tle rock­ets. Need­less to say, noth­ing hap­pened and I’m sure the cops still laugh at her deer caught in the head­lights face. That moment was price­less. We all have super fun mem­o­ries of Richard and I miss him a lot but even more so every July 4th.

Kits Used: Main Kit “Urban Loft” and Add On Kit “South Loop”

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  • Patrice is going on a roadtrip

    oh, Lisa — what a beau­ti­ful cre­ation!
    the col­ors and pat­terns are quite lovely — per­fect mix!!

    your brother reminds me of mine — blonde hair and big brown eyes.
    broth­ers are spe­cial indeed — and i miss mine everyday.

    road trip in october …

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Can’t wait to see you in Octo­ber, Patrice. It is going to be a super fun weekend.

  • Deb­bie McIn­tyre on Facebook

    That is a won­der­ful page…nice job.

  • Robin

    Lisa, love that you are hon­or­ing our brother in this beau­ti­ful lay­out! I’m so sorry he’s passed away, sounds like he was a “cool” uncle.

  • Mom & Dad

    Thank you Lisa
    A great memory.

  • Jan­ice

    Greet­ings Lisa,

    I loved the sil­hou­ette ..but the whole lay­out is ter­rific. I am also so very touched by your story about your brother.. My brother has been strug­gling as with “stuff” and I do not see him very often …I can­celled a fam­ily BBQ this 4th week­end because of work.. and now I feel like YUK… my brother called excited about the get-together and was really bummed that I can­celled. Thanks to you… I am going to call him right now and plan it for next Sun­day… and I am going to do every­thing I can to help him get back on track.. again.…
    Regards & Love to you.…


    • Lisa M. Pace

      Jan­ice, I wish your brother all the best. It is a daily strug­gle but if he really wants to make the change he can. It will not be easy but he can do it. I hope you all have a won­der­ful fam­ily BBQ.


  • Erin Yam­abe

    oh my good­ness, what a truly sweet lay­out, Lisa. My heart goes out to you, in SO many ways. SO many ways. big hugs!

  • Bar­bara Teeter Bennett

    I love this lay­out of you and your beloved brother. I didn’t lose a brother but I did lose a son so it’s quite easy for me to feel your loss. My son, Jason, died 16 years ago at age 17 and I’ve always regret­ted not hav­ing many pho­tos of the two of us together…since I was usu­ally the one hold­ing the cam­era. Your sil­hou­ette lay­out is the per­fect way to cre­ate a keep­sake with Jase and I side-by-side, just as we often were. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lisa Pace

      I’m so sorry for your loss Bar­bara. I think of Richard every sin­gle day as I’m sure you think of Jason.

      Have fun cre­at­ing your sil­hou­ette lay­out. I would love to see it when you are finished.