My auntie celebrates her 87th birthday on Sunday. She's always been my favorite auntie and as a kid I spent a lot of time at her house. She doesn't have children so the nieces always got spoilt rotten :-) (I'm sure my own niece is nodding her head approvingly now!).
Auntie's been suffering from Alzheimers ... we noticed it first the last time she spent time with us in Switzerland, 3 years ago. I started to travel back and forth to Holland every 2 months to visit her and to deal with admin stuff.
Last year it became impossible for her to continue living in her own house and I found her a great place to stay. It's set up small scale, with 6 persons sharing a lovely living room and she also has a room to herself. The group do their own cooking, have outings, etc. She's utterly happy there and it's very reassuring for me she's safe. It's not always easy to be a caretaker when you live 530 miles down the road!
Anyways ... off to pack a case and fly to Holland tomorrow (birthday cake here I come!).
To celebrate her birthday and to share the happiness, here's a freebie for you! You'll get the above QuickPage (minus the photos of course) and, as separate .png files, the "Love" and the heart embellishments. Download it here. (Sorry, link expired).
Credits: the QuickPage is based on a sketch by Mary Anne Walters, as seen in the French edition of Scrapbook Inspirations, December 2007. The font I used for the "Love" elements is Pleasantly Plump by James Fordyce.