Friday, February 09, 2007
OK, I have today's free template freebie and have posted the "In the Dirt" #3 download link, but have to tell you what happened to me yesterday. My three year old was throwing a tantrum and then I heard the screaming stop. So, I sent my older daughter upstairs to check on her and she came back and said she couldn't find her. So, I stopped what I was doing and went up to see what was going on. We couldn't find her! Then, I found that my son had left the garage door up when he went to his friend's house. I panicked. We jokingly call her "The escapist" because she is so sneaky and is known for escaping. I was immediatly worried that she had escaped outside. I kept asking myself how she could have gotten out so quickly, but the door was open so it was a possibility.

I keep locks at the top of the door that she can't reach so she can't get out, especially in the middle of the night, which she has done. She is very creative and has learned how to open them with the broom. Sometimes my older kids forget to lock the door back up too. Anyway, when I found the door unlocked, I called my neighbor to help me start looking up and down the street, then I called the police. I told them she had been missing less than 5 minutes but that she was known to escape and we had thoroughly searched the house and yard! I was told to wait at my house until they arrived. My neighbor said she and her kids would check the neighborhood and I waited frantically!

The police station is just down the street and it took them 20 minutes to get here! Just before they arrived, I had the thought to check upstairs one more time, which I KNOW was an answer to prayer, and she was there! Where had she been hiding? I don't know! Anyway, the police arrived and I told them we found her. I just sat on the porch and held her tight for about 30 minutes. There is no feeling in the world like not being able to find your child. My husband says I can blame it on him because he had the same reputation for wandering and escaping as a child. So, this template is for her, my active, escaping girl!

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As always, I love to hear comments!


Scrapcat4914 said...

I'm so glad that you found your daughter!
I'm a retired Firefighter and a couple of time's we were called to help search for missing children all with happy endings, they alway's were close to home! LOL

Thank you so very much for today's template!

~Carola~ said...

What a horrible day you had. Im so happy everything ended fine.
Thank you so much for the template. I found your blog today and had to dl ALL. I really hope I will have a chance to get your older dl too cause Im a template "gatherer". And as a newbie to scrapping I find it much more easy to make a LO with a template. I will be back....LOL

Love and hugs

cush464 said...

Thank you for another wonderful template. The kit is also fantastic! Little kids always have a way of making life exciting. Sometimes too exciting.

Ice Maiden said...

scary times....
love you.

Anonymous said...

Awesome template. Thank you.

Lourdes Manners said...

Oh what a scary ordeal. I can imagine how you felt. My oldest son disappered on 2 times at different stores but he wasn't far but boy was it scary. My little one is 4 yrs old likes to hide and not answer to his name either. I gotta talk to him more offen about that. I am glad it was a happy ending.

Thanks so much for the beautiful templates and the dirty kit.

Addicted2Scrappin said...


Thank you for the fab templates and the dirt kit. So wonderful that you found your daughter.

jburkhart said... horrible that must have been for you! I can relate to that experience with my older daughter when I was pregnant with my younger daughter! So glad that she was safe and at home!
Love the great new template!
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
P.S. I have a new freebie paper pack up on my blog if you would like to come on over and pick it up!

Anonymous said...

My kids pulled a few of those stints growing up - had some of the same problems with doorlocks and hiders. Glad it all turned out well. : D
Thank you for the templates, they are fabulous! Wish I'd gotten here early enough to have gotten some of the older ones. The dirt kit looks fabulous - thinking of ways to use it right now.

dodo said...

i want to thank you so much for all the fabulous freebies. This is my 1st. time i have been here and i am hoping to find the templates are PNG as well so i can use them . They are just wonderful even the ones i missed out on he kits are wonderful as well. again thank you

ccjanet said...

Nice template, but I mostly had to comment on your scare. I have 3 year old granddaughter and my heart would be in my throat if she disappeared. I worry since she figured out how to get the front door open. They are Houdinis.

paintingsiggi said...

OMG!! How terrifying! Our son disappeared one day while we were still living out in the country - we got a call from our neighbors, who lived 1/4 mile away, saying that they had found him in their farm's equipment shed!!! Arrrggghhh! Needless to say, we also installed slide bolts high up on our outside doors!! lol

Beth said...

Glad you found your little one. I just found your site today. I love your template from Sunday. Any chance of refreshing the dl link.

MaisieD said...

Sorry about your traumatic day!
But thanks for the great template!!!

Anonymous said...

omgosh! how scary!
thank goodness you found her!

Sweet Pea said...

Thanks so much for the cute "sunshine" template.

mamamaytag said...

Thank you for your wonderful templates. Just found you blog so I missed the first ones. But will keep checking back to see if you might repost some of them later. hint hint lol
Thank you again.

matsugril said...

Nothing as scray than losing your child. We lost our son in a WalMart. He was in one of those Little Tikes playhouses. Happy ending but scary!

Thank you for the fabulous templates. Found your blog via IKEA. Any chance you will reupload your expired templates? I am bookmarking your blog so I don't miss anything else! :)

andria said...

Aww SO PLEASED you found the lil one..Can really relate to that son we used to call the same dont matter how hard you lock the fortress he could figure a way out..well he did one night at 2am..what a terrible feeling and was only that i had a dream about him that I went to check and he was gone..we did find him two hours later after waking the whole neighbourhood and he was only a few metres away from a BUSY highway when I called to him all he did was plant down on ground giggle then started crying...I COULD not let him out of my sight for ages after that..Thanks for the third part of in the dirt awsome kits you have hon and thanks for sharing the templates in PNG with us now..HUGZ from OZ:-)

Sharon-shutterbug said...

Thank you so much for your templates - they are absolutely stunning! For some reason I'm not seeing your blog properly - much of the text is missing - so I can't see anything about your missing daughter (but I'm very glad to hear she's found now!!!) and for a lot of the freebies I can't find anywhere to click to download it - unless maybe those are gone now?
I may have to get a different browser going and check it out in that.

IkeaGoddess said...

Lovely template.
What a scary experience you had with your little one, glad every thing turned out well. I think I'll start double-checking the locks from now on.

Joy said...

I so know what you were feeling... that happened to me once.. but the police were searching all over for my daughter.. and my husband had gone to the store and taken her.. he said he yelled into the house that he was taking her.. I never heard him. this was 34 years ago... and I remember like it was yesterday.

thank you so much for the template.. I am so excited about it.. I use to sing you are my sunshine to my daughter when she was little.


Anonymous said...

ghee - kids can do scary things sometime - but you had to handle the tantrum part. Maybe she is a little bit of a dreamer. Thanks for the nice templates and dirt kid - much appreciated - still learning photoshop.
Big Hug

Anonymous said...

Beaultiful templates, thank you.

iahawkeye said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful templates. I love the little details that you have added to them. They will be fun to work with.

AmyW. said...

Oh, big hugs! Same thing happened to my neighbor one time, but her little boy was under the bed behind a large ball. They are so sneeky at that age, mine'll be there soon- Eeekkk! It's a wonderful template! I really like it thanks so much for sharing!
-Amy W.
P.S. I linked you on my blog too;)

penny said...

I'm am so glad you had a happy ending to a horrible day. I just found your site (thanks to Amy)and wanted to tell you how much I love your templates. They are so different. Love your kit as well. I think you will see my name as a regular for I have added you to my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work.

Joyce said...

Love your templates, thanks for sharing them with us!

violetteiris said...

very beautifull ! sorry for my bad english, I like especially your templates but as I have just discovered your
blog I arrive too late for it what prefers, but I will become assiduous!!what prefers, but I will become assiduous!!

Becky said...

This is a great template! Thank you so much.

wulan^_^ said...

glad that your dd's ok. glad to see that your kids are 'creative' and 'quick learner'!:)

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