Thursday, April 27, 2017

Home Sick Today

Home sick today. It's not often this happens. About 5 a.m. I got up and was sick a few times.  I'd rather deal with pain than sitting in the bathroom waiting for the next round.
I was able to go back to sleep later and I got a few more hours of sleep.
I was supposed to go to school today to volunteer. I love to volunteer.  Oh well, what's a person to do?
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Sarah Annie posted this picture of the dogwood tree in Brianna's yard.  This is so gorgeous! My grandmother had a pink one and it was so beautiful!  This is so breathtaking!

 Here is the card I made this afternoon for the ways to use it challenge on SCS. It was to use tea items on things that begin with T.  I paper-pieced the cut. I used distress ink on the tea bag, sprayed it with water and wrinkled it a bit to look more realistic.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 27:13
This is a tough verse to live by.  I don't know why it's so much easier to :complain about things and pass along the evil all around us.  Do you know people who are always complaining about everything?  They are so hard to be around. I am working hard to see the positive. I see how I am affected by complaining and negative people.  It's exhausting to be sure.

Check out this song by Need To Breathe called, Hard Love. It speaks to me.

Blessing of the Day: Seeing Sarah today. Long talk on back porch with Tim. Resting and relaxing on the back porch.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cards, Family, Hope

This is the card I made for the color challenge from Tuesday. The colors were smoky slate, pink pirouette and soft sky.  I used High Tide, from Stampin' Up. I drew a horizon line with ink, then sponged the sky and water. The sun was masked then colored with curry with a sponge dauber. The light from the lighthouse is yellow Wink of Stella.

This is my card for the sketch challenge today on SCS. I love this set called, Adorable Elephants. It comes with stamps and dies.  I popped up the images with dimensionals so they'd stand out from the pieces they were on.
This is a sweet, sweet picture of my twin Anne, her daughter Bekah, and her baby Adam.  They don't see each other as often as they'd like because Bekah lives in Kokomo, Indiana and Anne lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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This is one of the prettiest sympathy stamps I've ever seen. 
Verse of the Day: 1Peter 5:8-9
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This is a new song for me, from Tenth Avenue North. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: Mom showed true compassion to an aide in rehab. She called her over, looked in her eyes, and talked quietly and lovingly to the aide. She was very afraid of a bug she saw in a room.
Mom talked to her and stroked her arm to reassure her aide that she was ok.  It was such a beautiful thing to watch.
Yeah, Mama's still got it!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Cards and Cats

Today I got some time to do two challenges on SCS. This card is for the Clean and Simple challenge. You needed to use a penguin.  I was so happy since I just received this stamp from Whimsy Stamps. I found some darling animal stamps from Whimsy.  This is called Penguin Birthday.

Here is another card for the Try a New Technique challenge on SCS. It's called Cling Wrap Background. You put cling wrap on your table add ink then spray with water. Put your watercolor paper on top of the ink and water. Then stamp on it to make your card.  This is a sympathy card for my Aunt and Uncle. They lost their grandson last week. He was a 31 year old police officer who was hit by a car while he was driving his motorcycle.  I used my MISTI to repeat stamping on the watercolor paper. I accidentally used the rough side of the paper so it took more to get get the images to show.
This poor cat, Phoebe is exhausted. She's been running from Phoebe, the kitten.  Phoebe has been chasing Phoebe all over the house. I found Phoebe up here ever watchful and very aware of her surroundings.
 Annie was showing Phoebe her glass of chicken broth. Phoebe was very interested in it. So much, she stood right up to get a taste.

 Tim was making tuna salad and these two monkeys got a taste. Later we found Phoebe by the can opener on the counter checking out the smell of tuna.

Verse of the Day: John 1:12
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This is another new song for me from Danny Gokey's album, Rise. I couldn't find a video with the lyrics though so you'll have to listen carefully.

Blessing of the Day: I got a lot done. I felt energetic. I had time with Tim and I had time with Annie.
Tomorrow she will head back home at 6 a.m.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Busy, Busy Day

Today was a busy one for sure.  Tim and I visited Ben and Rachel's church today as they celebrated two years in ministry! Praise God! The church is called Reaping The Harvest.
This is a church which serves the Lorain/104th Ave. area. Many people of many backgrounds, those with homes, those that are homeless come to services here.  This is where Ben and Rachel are training and in their last year of ministry study. Once they finish their year, they will be full-fledged missionaries.  It's amazing how fast this time has gone.
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Next came the Cavs game against the Indiana Pacers. The Cavs swept the series! Now our guys have several days off to rest while they wait to see who they will play in the second round of the playoffs. It will be Milwaukee, Bucks or the Toronto, Raptors.  My twin Anne, lives in Milwaukee. It could be an interesting series if we play Milwaukee, huh Annie?

We continued to watch basketball but I worked on my afghan. I am almost finished with it. Right now I'm working on the final round of the border. I will photograph it when I'm done.

Sarah came over to watch the game with us. It was fun to see her. I like when she drops in.  She had to return Tim's tarp so Ben could use it.  So we all got together to watch a game together.

Annie made an amazing dinner for us.  She made Sunday Chicken which was fabulous! She also had corn and a cucumber salad!  Tim said she could cook for us anytime!  We did the clean up and let her rest.

Anne has one more day here then she'll head home.  I had the best time with her last night.  We went to Kohls to look at all sorts of things. I don't have anyone to shop with like that. We had fun looking at clothes, then jewelry that was on sale. We bought some jewelry that was marked down to $18 or less.  You know every once in a while a girl has to get some bling.  I also got some earrings that I typically wouldn't have bought. It was so much fun checking out all the jewelry together.  We have very similar taste so it's easy to shop for each other.

I saw this on FB the other day and really liked it so much I wanted to share it.  The best feeling is to do something for someone expecting nothing in return. That's the Christian way isn't it?  I've always taught my kids, If you see a need and your can fill it, do it.

I really liked this also. It's entitled, Who I am in Christ. Look at all of those things listed.
This is a thank you card I made for Annie. I just loved coloring these animals, especially the little bear.  This is a regular stamp set that I stamped and colored, then added red wink of stella to make a red shirt like Winnie the Pooh wears.  Cute huh?

Verse of the Day:James 1:12

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Here is a new song from Danny Gokey called, The Comeback. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

Blessing of the Day: Got to see the kids today which is always a blessing.  Annie made a scrumptious dinner, and I got to sped time again with Annie.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flowers, Dog, Loss

These are three pictures of some of my favorite flowers from my childhood. My mom had bleeding hearts in her garden and I was fascinated by them and how delicately they were formed.
She also had lily of the valley which smelled so wonderful.

Another favorite was her Oriental Poppies.  I've had all three of these plants in my yard until the herd of deer came through. Apparently these are a tasty treat for deer.
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This is Mom petting my sister Laura's foster dog, Scout. My mom had dogs growing up and a short, 10 minute visit works wonders for both the dog and Mom.

My sweet twin sister Anne is here visiting so she's going to see Mom daily. It's nice to have a bit of a break while she's here. I am getting some of my ministry things done. I got a lot done today. I had to stamp greetings in about 150 cards and attach the greetings to the insides of cards that were already made.  Tomorrow I will send two boxes to different charities and begin again to stamp.

I had a lot of cards donated by Splitcoaststampers ladies. However many of the cards didn't have a greeting inside. So I stamp a greeting and attach it to the inside of the card.

My aunt and uncle are filled with pain after the death of their grandson, Dustin.  Dustin is my cousin's son. He was a 31 year old cop who was off-duty riding his motorcycle and was hit by a car at an intersection. Dustin was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries.  He is survived by his wife, parents and grandparents. How sad to see a life cut short due to an accident.  An investigation is being made to see if charges will be filed against the other driver. So sorry for your loss James Family.

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 6:5-Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength.
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Blessing of the Day: Annie was home in time to eat chili with us. We put pasta in the bottom of our bowl then put chili on top of it.  Anyone else eat their chili this way?


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Kind of Therapy: Beach, Chocolate and Card Making Therapy

                   So what kind of therapy works for you? For me, the best therapy is beach therapy. A close second is chocolate therapy, then card therapy.
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This is a card I made for Sarah Annie. She gave me a beautiful pot of flowers for Easter.

These are the flowers Sarah brought for me Easter Sunday.

 These two yellow cards are what I made for the featured stamper challenge Sunday.
This is the card that was my inspiration for the two cards.

 This was for today's color challenge. The colors to use were: black, red, crumb cake and bermuda bay.
Loved this when I saw it. Just had to share.

Blessing of the Day: I spent time on the back porch with Tim. It was so peaceful with the birds chirping and feeding at the feeders.
I got to spend time with my twin Annie.
I worked on cards for my ministry.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

He's Alive!

                                In all the days we celebrate something, this is the MOST important. Jesus died for our sins then was raised on the third day.  He has risen in spite of Satan. God has overcome Satan. He is ours to claim victory over Satan as well.  In spite of how we hurt Jesus with our sinful ways, His love for us is never-ending and unwavering. There is no one on this earth that can do that for us. No one. So thankful to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

Growing up Catholic, we had to sit quietly 12-3 on Good Friday. We looked at Christian books, the Bible, and even a book of saints. I used to love reading the stories about the saints.
My patron saint was St. Bernadette. Here's some information about her.

Saint Bernadette Soubirous’s Story

Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when on February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. Bernadette, 14 years old, was known as a virtuous girl though a dull student who had not even made her first Holy Communion. In poor health, she had suffered from asthma from an early age.

There were 18 appearances in all, the final one occurring on the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, July 16. Although Bernadette’s initial reports provoked skepticism, her daily visions of “the Lady” brought great crowds of the curious. The Lady, Bernadette explained, had instructed her to have a chapel built on the spot of the visions. There, the people were to come to wash in and drink of the water of the spring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette had been instructed to dig.

According to Bernadette, the Lady of her visions was a girl of 16 or 17 who wore a white robe with a blue sash. Yellow roses covered her feet, a large rosary was on her right arm. In the vision on March 25 she told Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” It was only when the words were explained to her that Bernadette came to realize who the Lady was.

Few visions have ever undergone the scrutiny that these appearances of the Immaculate Virgin were subject to. Lourdes became one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world, attracting millions of visitors. Miracles were reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring. After thorough investigation, Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862.

During her life, Bernadette suffered much. She was hounded by the public as well as by civic officials until at last she was protected in a convent of nuns. Five years later, she petitioned to enter the Sisters of Notre Dame. After a period of illness she was able to make the journey from Lourdes and enter the novitiate. But within four months of her arrival she was given the last rites of the Church and allowed to profess her vows. She recovered enough to become infirmarian and then sacristan, but chronic health problems persisted. She died on April 16, 1879, at the age of 35.

Bernadette Soubirous was canonized in 1933.

He has risen.
He has risen indeed!

I saw this on FB and it spoke to me. Some days it's hard to be the woman God wants me to be.

This is a new song for me from Casting Crowns. It sure does speak for me at some times. It's so hard sometimes to step out in faith and do what God needs me to do. I'm learning that I need to just 'do it,' when I sense what God needs me to do.

Verse of the Day:
John 7:38

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Blessing of the Day: All siblings are in town today for Easter to visit Mom. What a glorious day it will be.