Thanks for your patience with our new website. I know I haven’t been posting as much personal stuff lately. We are making some changes and deciding the best route to take. But for now, here’s a very touching post that will bring tears to your eyes.
It’s about connections and making your own history.
One of my favorite songs is called “World” by Five for Fighting. It talks about what kind of world do you want and then …
“Be careful what you wish for; history starts now.”
Yes–every step you take, every decision you make is part of YOUR history.
So here’s my recent miraculous story:
In 1996, a voice so strong inside me said to START A SCRAPBOOKING MAGAZINE. Every “expert” in the magazine publishing field told me this was stupid idea. 1. It takes a million dollar to start a magazine. 2. It takes a year of marketing research. 3. It was the “stupidest” subject matter ever heard of for a magazine.
I decided to throw caution to the wind and thus Creating Keepsake Magazine was born. This was a big piece of my history and I will be forever grateful to my hubby, family, friends, coworkers and readers (500,000 around the world) who also believed in this crazy idea!
Four years ago, a reader of my magazine, Giulia Fontana, in Lugano, Switzerland (near the Italian border) had another crazy idea. She religiously read Creating Keepsakes magazine and had heard me speak at a convention years before and thought “I’d love my children to be foreign exchange students in Lisa’s home.” She asked, I honestly didn’t know how I would do it (you know how crazy life is) but that voice inside said “Yes!” So, her stepson, Roberto, stayed with us four years ago, her stepdaughter, Chiara, came three years ago, and her daughter, Michelle, came last summer. We fell in love with each child and have become amazing friends with the Fontana family (I’ve visited them in Switzerland three times).
The oldest of the children, Giulia, came to American on March 1 for a three month stay. She recently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Como, Italy and while she was here, assisted my neighbor, Robyn Harris, at Riverton High School in her art classes. Giulia’s history started the day she decided to come to the USA.
Over 12 years ago, I met a beautiful girl named Heidi Swapp. Heidi was living in Arizona with her husband, Eric, and two beautiful little boys, Colton and Cory. Heidi is one of the most creative gals I know, and she decided to enter the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame contest. Her entries wowed our staff and I got to call and tell her she won the contest (I remember huge screams coming from Heidi). Heidi’s history started at that moment. She took her talents and soon created a Heidi Swapp empire and became a beloved personality in the DIY arena.
So–check out how all these worlds collided last Tuesday.
Heidi’s son, Colton, is in two of Giulia’s classes at Riverton High School.
Giulia spent over 100 hours oil painting a beautiful tribute for Heidi’s son, Cory, who passed away last July. (He love wolves.)
Colton helped Giulia with Cory’s face to make sure it was a true representation of him and kept the painting a surprise from his parents.
Last Tuesday, Heidi and Eric came to Robyn’s class where the beautiful painting was presented to them with the students present.
These pictures are priceless:
There were many tears–both joyful and tender. Both Heidi and I were able to express feelings to the class about history and connections. Heidi talked about how we are all part of the “pack.”
I will be forever grateful that I took the chance on Creating Keepsakes Magazine, Swiss foreign exchange students, met Heidi Swapp, and that Giula was able to bring so much joy to the Swapp family. And, so thankful that Robyn Harris took a chance on Giulia Fontana by inviting her to her classes for the past three months. (By the way, Giulia’s stepmother is a HUGE Heidi Swapp fan so this was even more incredible.)
I will forever be changed for good by this incredible experience!