Monday, July 25, 2016

I'm BACK!

I can't believe it's Monday! I've been busy making cards and running errands.  I found this video about CKM's which means, Crying Kindergarten Moms.  This principal has made quite a few videos. If you are a teacher your really understand him. His videos are quite funny to watch.  Take a peek.

The closer it gets to August, the more tense teachers get.  They know summer vacation is almost over. The feeling of the first day of school is overpowering. You know the way you feel each time Sunday evening rolls around?  Well it's a million times worse for teachers.

This is a true statement. Teaching procedures and routines the first two weeks gives you fewer behavior issues in the months to come.
Here's a little buddy that visited one morning.  I came out to do quiet time and he's was already hanging around! LOL
This is a gorgeous picture of the Cleveland sky line taken from the lake.
I got a new stamp set and played around with it.  I've always loved the word JOY for a Christmas card because I love playing around with adding things to the word, like the manger scene and the star.
A friend gave me a few fairy stamps so I made a card for Sarah.  She loves the fairy garden items at Maria's Garden Center. This fairy and her flowers are glittery which you can't see in the picture.
I made two of these and gave them to Emily tonight for her two granddaughters. Here is a link to the directions.
These are some of the cards I made today with Emily.  When we get together to stamp we often use what either of us has recently made or what we've pinned on Pinterest.
This verse reminds me that it's not enough to read your Bible but you must put it into action.  You must grow and develop into a mature Christian.
                               
As you mature as a Christian you should begin to show The Fruits of the Spirit. They are as follows.
 
This is one of my favorite Michael W. Smith songs.  When I was divorced, this helped me though some tough times. I had some very close friends who helped me through.  I cry sometimes thinking of some of the friends I had years ago that aren't friends now.  People grow, change and come in and out of your life as God plans it.  I thank God for all of the friends he's brought my way.  They made an impact on me in good ways or bad ways. I've learned from so many friends and loved so many friends.  Many friends are like family.  That's a true blessing.  Thank you God for bringing me different people in my life when I needed them most.


Blessing of the Day: Stamping with Emily and making 2 chicken pot pies together for dinner.
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Blessings,

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's HOT, HOT, HOT Here in Cleveland!

We've had temps in the 90's and heat indexes that say to stay inside.  The only way to get through it is with air conditioning and the pool.  I swam tonight after vacuuming the pool. The water was heated by the sun all day and was 86 degrees.  It actually was chilly when I got in, then felt warm. I'm so thankful for the air conditioning and the pool.

Well, we here in Cleveland are thanking God for protecting our city and all of the officers from around the nation who came to work at the RNC this week.  There were so many great comments about the police and the fun things that went on this week.  A group showed up to protest but ended up playing duck, duck, goose in Perk Park!  LOL
Imagine the police that went to check out that!
 This is a gorgeous picture of the Terminal Tower at Public Square.  I think this was taken from the Goodyear Blimp.
I laughed at this because it reminded me of my Grandma Francis.  She was a 4'10" lady who loved to cook.  When we'd ask to watch her cook, she'd use a little of this a pinch of that.  She didn't use measuring cups or spoons.  She was taught to cook this way as well I believe. 
We tried to get some of her recipes but it was too hard for her to stop and measure everything.
 
I'm so glad that I've done this, or rather God's helped to do this in my life. You don't need to live with drama!

I saw this on FB and had to include it here.  It would have been funny to hand out Snicker's bars to demonstrators and see what it would do for them. LOL
 This is a card I made today for the stamper of the week. The first card was my inspiration for my card.
I used some of my metallic paper for the background of the card.  It is gold, but looks black here.
 This is the card I made today for another challenge.  The card I made is called a 'Z' fold card. It's cool when it opens up.
Check out this cute video of my great nephew laughing at the coughing his mom does.
This is one of the verses I used to have on my wall.  Remember when those vinyl sayings for the wall were popular?  Well Stampin' Up sold one with this verse on it and it was in our foyer for all to see when they entered the front door.

This is a new song to me by Matthew West.  Give it a listen.


Blessing of the Day: Tim hung my plant hooks on the screened in porch. Now my indoor plants can hang and be exposed to the sun.

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Blessings,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas in July


We always hear Christmas in July at this time of year.  So I thought I'd use my newest stamp set, Joyful Nativity. Then I used a retired stamp set called, Summer by the Sea to add the July feel to the card. What do you think?  This might be fun to give to someone with a small gift huh?  I may just try that and see how it is received. LOL
Let me know what you think. Would you like to receive this card this month?
   If you’d like to share the holiday spirit with friends but don’t have time to fully design your own cards, there are online stores that sell Christmas cards if you’re looking for quick inspiration. Would you send one of these cards?


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Blessings,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Simple Woman’s Daybook



The Simple Woman’s Daybook 

FOR TODAY July 20, 2016

Outside My Window... It's dark and the fireflies are out as well as the crickets.

I am thinking...that the week without kids is almost over.

I am thankful for...time with Tim without kids here.

From the kitchen...it is quiet except for the sound of the dishwasher.

I am wearing...t-shirt, shorts and no shoes

I am creating...insides for lots of birthday cards.

I am going...to the eye dr. tomorrow.

I am reading...an Amish romance novel that's taking me forever.

I am hoping...to begin watching the movie, Out of Africa with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

I am hearing...someone snoring loudly from upstairs.

Around the house...all is quiet except for Phoebe who bounds in here walking all over my desk. I have to hurriedly put my ink away so she doesn't step in it and stamp all over my desk.

One of my favorite things...is sitting on the screened in porch late at night and hear the night life.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Having Sarah and Brianna over for dinner tomorrow, stamping with friends and getting this craft room more organized.


Here is picture thought I am sharing...This is those adorable elephants again. I like making cards with them. I used the selfies picture frame and showed one elephant giving flowers to his friend.  I love the pearls and earring she's wearing. I have been using the metallic paper and the laminator  to get the flashy colors on the card base.  
I have to say that it's been nice here with just Tim and I.  There isn't stress. There isn't a mess, there isn't a dishwasher that needs to be run or emptied. 

Blessing of the Day:Sitting outside on the screened in porch with Tim at dusk and enjoying the quiet.

Blessings,

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bible Study, Feeling Blue, Prayer

Bible study tonight was interesting. We were discussing that once you become a Christian you should begin to change and people should be able to see fruit of the spirit in you.  You begin to do things which show a difference in your old self and new.

We also talked about how hard it is to deal with some people at work. We each could identify someone who was difficult to work with.  We then began to discuss why these people might be the way they are. There is a story there. It's up to us to pray for them and look for God's guidance in dealing with them.  More often than not we complain about this person to others at work.  That's old self. New self prays for that person and seeks God's guidance.  It sure is easier to talk about them than praying for them or talking to them.
We are challenged as Christians, the more we learn, the more we're held responsible for.  We are hopefully growing and changing and maturing in Christ.

I saw this on FB and just had to share.
Love What Matters
July 17 at 7:00pm ·

"So, on the way to work this morning, I noticed a State Trooper on the side of the road with his trunk up. I felt compelled, even with everything going on in the media, to stop and make sure he was okay. I never saw him, just the car. So, I creeped past at a snail's pace and turned around. I pulled up to the car and cracked my window, hands clearly visible. I saw a white trooper come from the side of the car. I said good morning and asked if he was okay and needed help. He smiled a brilliant smile and replied no ma'am that he was cleaning his windows. He showed the bottle and towels to me and I told him he had the good stuff. He chuckled and asked if I minded if he cleaned mine too. I told him I was OK but he insisted. Highlight of my day...state trooper cleaning my windows with the good Rain X cleaner. Every passerby had a stunned expression on their faces. Then an elderly white couple stopped by and asked if they could have theirs done also. Lol, so he cleaned theirs too. The lady offered to pay him and he said no, just say a prayer for me...so we did. Right along 46 in the wee hours of the morning parked beside the road for EVERYONE to see, we all linked hands and had prayer. White hands, black hands, officer hands, young hands, and old hands...gave glory like never before. I was late for work lol but it was truly worth it. Couldn't ask for a better way to start my day."

I saw this and wanted to pass it on.  Maybe you are a parent and hope this same thing for your kids.

It seems like there is so much competition out there.  It's in your work place, your group of friends, even your family.  There comes a time in your life that you don't care what other people think about you.  That is the most freeing thing ever!    When that happens you begin to concentrate on yourself and making yourself someone who lives more for God than yourself.  I too want to be a little more like God each day.  I want to learn and continue to grow and mature in my knowledge of the Bible.
I'm not competing with anyone but me.

Feeling a little blue....with all of the news of violence around the country, the RNC here in Cleveland where reporters continue to make issues of non-issues I got overwhelmed today. I had to lay down in bed in a quiet, dark room to be refreshed.



Who cares that Trump's wife copied Mrs. Obama's speech from 7 years ago. Obama's wife copied it from someone too!

Delegates walking out of the convention, people who want to been seen on tv demonstrate to make their point.  It seems this convention environment needs to be changed.  Our system needs to change.  It's like little kids who try to bully each other and if they don't get their way, they leave or say something hurtful.  These are adults acting this way!  Nothing to  be proud of.

What can we be proud of? The people who are showing love and support to our officers out there. They have come from all around to ensure safety for this town with all the visitors and possible nut cases.  What's fun is seeing videos of people praying with police officers and the officers crying tears of thankfulness.
Seeing a street dancer challenge a police officer to a dance off.  The officer actually participated and got a huge applause!
These officers are people too  and it wonderful to see such respect for them downtown right now.

I continue to pray that nothing happens with so many people in one place.  With all of the violence all over the world, it easily could.  Please pray for Cleveland this week.

My friend, Jan and I stamped Saturday and left each other with a stamp set to create a few cards with.  These two cards were from a set Jan brought for me to use.  This set was so much fun coloring and putting it together. I did the first card with pinks. The sentiment and background are a light green metallic paper that look amazing in real life.
 This is the second card that was done today for the color challenge from Splitcoaststampers. The colors were calypso coral, cantaloupe and so saffron.  I added the dark brown color for the card base and the sentiment.  I used a spritzer that helped me spray ink onto the card so it made little dots of color.
So much suffering going on in the world. People being killed for their belief in Jesus. No one said it would be easy being a Christian. I love the fact that Jesus is with us each step of the way.  Even in our lowest times He's there. How do people live in this world without Jesus?
...And we think WE have it hard.  Imagine living life without Christ!  Food for thought huh?



This is an oldie but a goodie.  Seventh Day Slumber sings, Lead me to the Cross.


Blessing of the Day: Dinner with Tim...he made dinner for me.
                                  Bible Study with Chuck and Maryanne.

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Blessings,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Worry, Card, Ice Cream, Mercy and Prayer


This week the RNC is here in Cleveland, Ohio.  I have been worried about this a lot lately.  These words help me to remember that God is in control.  Nothing is a surprise to Him. Everything passes through Him to us.  Please Lord, help me to give this all to you.  There's nothing I can do in worry. I can do far more in prayer.
Today Ben and Rachel went to camp with 15 kids from their church and will be gone a week. I pray that all of them will grow and change as God wants them to.  I guess Ben and Rachel were given a couple of challenging kids.  I pray that Ben and Rach can impact these student's lives this week.  I also pray that God acts in both Rachel and Ben's lives.  Each time they've gone on a retreat they've seen changes in their own lives.

This is a card for today's technique challenge and clean and simple challenge.  This is a stamp set a friend let me borrow. I had lots of fun creating this card.  The technique today was to make a card look like an instant picture and use the sun.
Special time with Tim tonight. We went on a date to The Pinecone which is an ice cream shop attached to Maria Gardens here in North Royalton.  What was great was we went later and the kids were gone.  We could sit in the rocking chairs and eat our ice cream and talk.  No bugs were with us either.  It was a wonderful time together.  We were going to go to Dairy Queen but it was too busy so we went to The Pinecone. God knew where we should go for quality time together.  Thank you Jesus! I truly enjoyed myself, rocking next to my sweetie!
His mercies are new every morning.....what an incredible gift, isn't it?


MERCY-compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.

This is the perfect song to go with today's Bible verse.  I've also included the definition of mercy to help us understand what this verse is saying.
In spite of what we think, say and do, God's mercy is new every morning. That's some kind of love isn't it?
This is a new to me music artist, Audrey Assad. The song is peaceful and beautiful.  I hope you enjoy it.


Blessing of the Day: Date night with Tim getting ice cream.
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Blessings to you,

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Enough, Love, Cleveland, Goldens

Saw this on FB and had to share this.  I think we all need a reminder of how to tend a relationship.  We often take each other for granted whether in a  family, relationship or marriage.  Make me happy and I will make you happy.  It works for everyone.  One of the Christian comedians that I've heard says he lives by this, "Happy Wife, Happy Life!" LOL
 I feel just like this. I can actually hear myself screaming it at the top of my lungs!  We need to be on our knees praying that Satan's villains will become overcome with all the prayers going heavenward. I pray that we show God that we DO want Him here in America!  Why is it the minority is running things?  We need to call God to send us his mercy and grace.  We as a nation have fallen so far from God.  Help us God, please.

This was posted by our local police station to show that they support their brothers and sisters all around with the horrible events going on lately.  God bless our police. They are what stands between good and evil on the streets.
 
This is my sister-in-law and her husband at the Love rally in Cleveland today.  People stood on both sides of the Hope Memorial bridge silently and praying for our city as the RNC begins tomorrow.  I'm praying that Cleveland stays peaceful.  I am scared what this week will bring.  Please pray for Cleveland.
This is a fantastic picture. The people on the bridge shook hands with officers who were there and thanked them for their service.  They have a hard job. Now they will have an even more difficult job with the RNC in town.  Please protect them Lord.
 
Cleveland has been beautified and is ready physically for the Republican National Convention.

Lots of beautiful pictures of our city.

 The picture of Lebron  on the area WILL stay even if the RNC doesn't like it. YES!

Here is a card I made to honor the card maker of the week. Hers is in purple and mine is in pink.

 Look at these beautiful pair of Goldens! Lulu is on the left and Wally is on the right.  An online friend takes pictures of her 'kids' and chooses 12 for an annual photo calendar. I love the look they have staring at one of their owners while the wife takes the picture.
 You can see Wally's getting some white hair around his muzzle and eyes. He's the older of the two. They seem to have such sweet personalities. Every time this woman blogs, there's always some story about the events of the day with these two.  She is also a brilliant and very talented card maker as well.  I say she could make money photographing animals!
Blessing of the Day: I got to swim in the pool. I used my goggles and actually swam laps.  However that I didn't feel very well so I laid low the rest of the day.
Prayers Please:With the Republican National Convention on town all week, please pray for peace here in Cleveland.  We had 1.3 million people downtown to celebrate the Cavs win, praying we can have a peaceful week.

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Blessings,