Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Will Never Forget

"My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us and... we will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us."

—Billy Graham at the National Cathedral, three days after 9/11

I will never forget the fear I felt 13 years ago after I'd heard and seen the news.  I wanted to do my job, but I wanted to be with my kids. I needed to be with them to know they were safe.  I know it was an emotional reaction, but I felt very helpless that day.

After talking with Tim, we decided the kids were okay seeing as how we were in Parma, Ohio.  We didn't think Parma, Ohio was in any danger compared to cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco to name a few.

I was never so happy to pick up my kids from school and day care.  Ben was in first grade at Parma Heights Christian Academy and Sarah was in Day Care at Normandy High School.

Watching the videos one after the other, I tried to absorb what was happening.  It was so hard to do.  I felt as though I was in a dream, or watching a movie.  As horrible as it wall was, that's all I wanted to do is watch the television to glean any information I could about what happened and why.  Were we safe?  Had they finished their destruction?

God became very popular 13 years ago and droves of people swarmed the churches.  That of course didn't last long.  As soon as people felt, 'safe', they had no need of God in their lives.

Last night I prayed that today would be an ordinary day, that no forces would attack us, that we would be safe in our own country.  I thank God for enabling that to happen today.  I continue to pray for safety and peace.
 These were three of my favorite pictures from this devastating time. This photo reminded me of Iwo Gimo and the courage, resolve and strength it took to hand this flag.  It was a sign of coming together to help our nation, as one.  A time where religion, race, nor color or creed interfered with our caring and helping complete strangers.
 Oh to have a reminder of God 'show up' on this horrible scene was just a wonderful miracle and a morale booster for all who saw it.  We'll never understand why God allowed this to happen, but he is in control.  Maybe someday in heaven we will know.
 This picture continues to warm my heart and spirit.  To see the President and Billy Graham hand in hand, talking to God must have been an amazing thing to hear.  You wouldn't see this now with our current president.  He's seems hellbent on destroying Christians.
The promise of remembrance is represented in the lights that shine and the memorial that is hard to see without shedding tears.  This was one of the worst and best of times.  The worst is obvious, and the best was how Americans worked together to help anyone in need.  Humanity is a far cry from this now.  That is sad. 

This is a beautiful picture Rachel took in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday.  We visited my sister and brother-in-law.  It reaffirms that God, our creator continues to amaze us with beauty all around.  There is no camera that could ever duplicate the beauty that God paints daily for us.
I pray that we will continue to be grateful for all we have and all we don't have.  I was reminded again today that I have nothing to complain about compared to others.  A friend's 18 month old, grandchild is having surgery and they are worried about the surgery because they don't know how well this little one will do with the anesthesia. 
 On a lighter note, here are two gift card or money holders that I made yesterday.  The directions for making the basic card holder is here.
I couldn't get this video to embed in my post today so I'm adding a link.

Blessing of the Day: Everyone is home safe and sound.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Stamps In The House!

I saw this on Pintrest and really liked it.  Sarah has a mini one in her room.  She hot glued crayons to a canvas then heated the crayons with a hair dryer.  I thought it look so pretty.  Might have to try this when I see canvas on sale again.

This is my card for today's color challenge. You were to use cajun craze, blushing bride, pool party and a green of your choice.  I stamped on glossy paper then used daubers to apply the ink.

 This is my card for Wednesday's sketch challenge.  Love how this came out.  Practicing the sponging technique on this card.
 This was Monday's challenge to wrap something around a block and stamp with it.  I used packing foam and stamped it both ways on the cardstock using orange and brown.
I'm pretty tired right now.  Need to go to sleep soon.
Blessing of the Day: Bible Study with Chuck and Maryanne.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ben and Rachel's 1st Anniversary

I can't believe that it's been a year today that Ben and Rachel got married.  Oh my, the months leading up to that day were so stressful and so uncertain.  God is faithful and stayed with us the whole way and has blessed Ben and Rachel this past year.  Thank you God!  You have blessed us with Rachel and their darling kitty, Phoebe.

There were so many who said they shouldn't get married but we and they knew God wanted them together to do missionary work.

Here is a set of cards I colored with Blendabilities.  I am trying to use up images I've stamped at other friend's houses.  You know how that goes, you see an image you love and have to stamp a few and take them home.  Before you know it you have boxes full of the images because you of course buy your own stamps and want to use those......a never-ending cycle.

So I'm doing challenges on SCS and also trying to make cards using these images and designer paper.  But designer paper has its own story! LOL
This is a card I made for the featured stamper challenge today.  The card on the left is my inspiration for my card.  This was quick and easy to do and the typewriter was an image I stamped and had 3 so I made three blue cards like this.

This card was for Saturday's Inspiration challenge.  Here was my inspiration.

RAINBOW STRIPES Paper Straws, Multipack, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Pink, 25 Straws, Birthdays, My LIttle Pony

Can you see the sweet kitty, Phoebe in the clothes?  Sarah took this picture of her room before doing laundry.  She keeps trying to tell me that she has to leave clothes on the floor so the cats have a soft area to sleep.  I'm not buying it at all.  As long as I can safely walk into her room, I'm good.  I choose my battles.  The closer to 18 the fewer battles I have.

Yesterday our family went to Columbus to visit my sister Patty and her husband Allen.  We had a nice time in Columbus and left about 8 to come home.  It's only 2 hours down and 2 hours back.  Loved our time together.  I know they enjoyed it as well since they are the ones who come up here for family events.

It was fun to listen to Patty and Sarah chatting.  They and Ben sat in the back seat while Rachel and I sat in the middle seat.  Rachel gets motion sick so she can't sit in the back seat.

Chris Tomlin has a new album coming out this week so the song I wanted to play wasn't out yet.  Here's a lively song that I love singing.  I hope it is something you enjoy as well.

Blessing of the Day: Time on the back porch listening to the waterfall and birds.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dreaming and Stamping

Check out this sweet picture of Phoebe sleeping in her favorite spot these days.  It is 5:30 a.m. and she doesn't even wake when Tim turns on the light and has his coffee.  She's a year old now and cute as a button.  Don't get me wrong, she can be a stinker too, but she's cute and sweet!
Here's the card I made for the sketch challenge yesterday.  I used my favorite, retired set, Serene Sunflowers.  This was a real challenge for me.  It seems so crowded, but that was the challenge.
 This card was today's ways to use it challenge.  You had to use leaves.  I made a wreath with my leaves.  I watercolored paper with different colors then used my leaves die to make the acorn in assorted colors.
Here are the rest of the leaves I made using watercolor paper, inks and leaf dies.
This really spoke to me tonight.  Some things going on here keep my on my knees and talking to God.  Many times I find it's my impatience.  I am learning to trust God in more things but it's so hard!
Thanks God for not giving up on me.

Check out this song from Britt Nicole called, The Sun is Rising.
Blessing of the Day:Patti, me and the principal worked together in first grade today since Emily was out.  Sure missed you Emily, but you need to get better and rest.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cards and More Cards To Be Sent Wherever Needed

Today I continued to make cards.  I have so many images I've stamped at other's homes and they've just been sitting in boxes waiting to be used.  I've set some goals for myself recently.  I want to use up these images and cut outs as well as my designer paper and accessories like brads.

I have a ton of eyelets too, but not sure what I will do with them.

Isn't this the sweetest image?  It is for a friend who is hurting right now.  So many sad events going on in her life.  A good friend is dying of cancer and it's so hard to watch.  I will continue to pray for Darlene and you as well Maryanne.
 Love this little mouse and how easily she went together with the paper, border and word bubble.
 This is my favorite card of the week so far.  Love this little boy peeking over the fence.  Inside it says, Happy Birthday.
 This sweet gal was made for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The colors were wasabi, mambo and basic gray. I have to think of a great text for the inside.
 This is the composite I made to show Jane and Jan.
 This is the second group of cards for Jane and Jan to see.
Yesterday was grocery shopping, and errand running.
Blessing of the Day:Ben and Sarah spent a few hours at lunch together.  Ben's been an amazing coach to Sarah for Tri-C.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Card Making Weekend!

Saturday Jane and Jan came over to stamp.  We had lots of fun.  When we get together like this we're supposed to bring a card for the other two women to make.
  This was my card.  Love how it turned out.  I'm trying to use my designer papers, brads and ribbon.

This is Jane's card.  We used dies and punches to make this.  It is so pretty in real life.  Tried to make the bench darker away from the light.  Not sure if I succeeded or not, but I like Jane's card.
Isn't this the sweetest bunny?  When I saw it on someone's card I just had to have it.  I added my own text.  This is what I'm going through and it seems the perfect solution to this stage in life.  Too bad I can't carry a fan around with me. LOL
Love this stamp set.  She is just perfect for so many sayings.  This is one of the ones she comes with.  I watercolored the background and love how this turned out.
This is an image from Patti, and I added the word bubbles from SU.
Isn't this the sweetest scarecrow?  Jane got her in Dayton, at Marco's Paper.  We all stamped a few and made cards with her.  I made a patch-work quilt behind her to go with her hat.  I paper pieced the hat and embossed lines behind her.  I tried to do lines both ways like the plaid of her hat, but it didn't work.
This is another stamp that Jane brought.  I colored it and added the border stamps Jane brought.
Isn't she sweet?  Looks like my marker was running out of ink.
I was so happy with this scarecrow.  I paper pieced only the band in her hat, then colored her hat with Copic markers.  I even found some old, retired plaid ribbon!
This is one of my new House Mouse Stamps.  I think she goes perfectly with this SU stamp, seize the cake.
This is a fun geranium petal stamp that Jan had.  It is very old and no longer available anywhere.  We had fun with it.  I love the Sweet, stamp set from Amuse Stamps.  Love how it stands out on this card.
This pair of cuties was made for the Monday technique challenge. Joan challenged us to curve our stamps around our image.  I've got to find some more saying that I like with these two.
I've been blessed to be able to make cards for different organizations.  Thank you God for all the blessings you pour down on me.
Blessings:I got to swim in the pool for over an hour yesterday and loved the serenity of it.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be The Change

Today was the last day of summer vacation for me.  Tomorrow I begin my volunteering at a Christian Elementary School.  I will be working with two wonderful friends; my dear friend the first grade teacher, and my former assistant, Patti!  Woo-Hoo, having Patti there is a true God Story.  He worked so quickly we barely had time to breathe.  Patti heard about the job one day, was on the phone with the principal setting up an interview for the next day.  They were impressed with her 3 reference letters and her State Assistant Certificate!  They were blown away with her answers and her 17 years experience.  After her interview they told me that the next candidate was really going to have to bring it, in order to  beat Patti.

Needless to say, Patti got the job and started two days later! LOL  What a whirlwind she was in.  God is so good!  Way back when I was offered the position Tim said, "I think you should leave this for someone who needs it."  Patti wanted to keep working just not where she was last year.

I've been busy making cards, what else?

This card was yesterday's color challenge using coral, olive, and lagoon.  I watercolored the background with a wash of lagoon and water.  Then colored the flower and butterfly.  The hardest part was waiting for it to dry in between layers of color.  I get impatient and use my heat tool.
 This sweet card was made for today's sketch challenge.  I turned it sideways and did my Chubby Chums.  I love these little guys.  It will make a cute kid or teen card.
 This is a card I made for tomorrow's ways to use it challenge.  You were challenged to go old school and make a card using a chalkboard.

I was reading the news today and there was actually a guy who killed someone and asked Siri-the iPhone voice on the phone, where a good place would be to bury the body.  Siri asked if he wanted swamps, rock quarries, water, etc.
They are using his iPhone to prove he committed the murder.  It was still on his phone.....Sounds like dumb and dumber to me....................

Listen to this new song by an artist named, Shuree.  She's a Christian singer who wants us, especially kids be the change they want to see.  What a great message for our teens and tweens.  It's a great message for all of us. Let your light shine!

Blessing of the Day: Sarah did well at school, had lunch with a friend, and sat down by me to eat her dinner.  We all were on different schedules so we ate at different times.
I had a date lunch with Tim today.
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