Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Is The Day

Tim and I had a date today to see Draft Day starring Kevin Costner.  The funny thing was, I asked him if he would want to go see it.  I love football and baseball and had been looking forward to seeing this movie.  We both really liked the movie.  I felt the pressure of decisions that needed to be made during the movie.
I liked the twists and turns this movie took and the humor it brought to the screen.

I also liked seeing Cleveland in a movie!  Who doesn't like seeing the lighthouse in Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline in a major motion picture?  If you like football, you'll like this movie.  Ladies, there weren't many women in the crowd today, which seemed strange but a lot of women don't like football enough to watch 2 hours worth of it in a movie.

After our movie we went to get coffee at Panera, which turned out to be warm and lousy.  They had coffee there which was two hours old and containers that didn't even have coffee in them.  Very disappointing.

What wasn't disappointing was our trip to The Igloos in Berea.  We had frozen yogurt sundaes out in the square where we sit for lunch sometimes.  It was 70's again today and just lovely.  Made more wonderful with Tim beside me.

Today is Palm Sunday.  I remember as a kid getting palm branches on this day.  We'd pull it apart a bit at a time and weave it into different things.  Funny the things you remember isn't it?  When I was young, I was brought up Catholic.  We walked through the field behind our house to get to church if we went at a different time than our parents.  What teenager wouldn't want to do that?  We'd usually get up early and go to the first service then come home and have a big breakfast of toast.  We love toast as kids......Peanut butter and jelly toast, cinnamon toast, it didn't matter.  It was always a contest to see who could eat the most pieces of toast.  I'm sure my mom hated it cuz it meant we'd have to get more bread so she could pack lunches the next day.  
She'd send one of us to Lawsons or Fazio's grocery store to get milk or bread needed.  Lawsons used to have glass bottles and a plastic carrier to carry them in.  I remember one hot summer day walking home with this container filled with 4 half-gallon bottles.  I set it down to rest and several exploded due to the cold bottle against the very hot cement.  Not a good day to go home. What are you gonna do?  It's just one of those things that happens.

Here is a new picture taken in Brecksville Reservation of the eagle and her eaglet.  Not sure how many are there in the nest but the park ranger said the nest itself weighed on ton!  It's amazing that the tree can hold it, isn't it?
 Here are two cards I made for today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers.  The first card is the card I made looking at Sandy's card.
 This second card is what I came up with to use large and small hearts using this card of Sandy's as my inspiration.  I liked that it was quick, and easy to make.
When I heard this song I felt so humbled by it.  It was a reminder of how important my actions are to those around me.  It's also a reminder of how much I receive from God and how much I don't deserve all that HE gives to me.  I hope you enjoy listening to this song.

Blessing of the Day: Date with Tim, Time with Sarah
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sun, Seventies, and Sweetness

Today was a beautiful day here in Cleveland.  We had 70's and sun! woot, woot!  Let's hear it for fun in the sun!  Tim put up the bird feeders and birds have come back to eat at them.  We saw a beautiful cardinal who stayed and sang from us then went to a pine tree in our yard to continue his song.

We also saw robins busy building a nest in a pine tree.  I've taken the binoculars out and have been having a great time watching the activity in our yard today.

It is so pleasant to sit on the back porch and take in all that God has created for us.  All of the beauty that surrounds us that most of the time we take for granted.  I know I do, how about you?

In the last few days I've been busy making Easter cards.  This first card is a 'Z' fold card.  The card is folded in half then the front half is folded back in half again.  Then the left side of the oval is attached to the folded back piece.  I used Stazon ink then colored with ink from lids of SU colors.
 This is a card I made Thursday with my dear friend, Val.  I took out an old SU stamp set and stamped a variety of colors then cut them out with the oval dies.  I love the old fashioned lacy look to this card.
 This is a breath-taking card to me.  It is a brayered embossing folder with turquoise ink and paper.  After ink dries on the paper you layer it with white and turquoise.
 The pink tulips were made for today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS.  My inspiration is this poster.
I stamped in stazon black ink and colored with an aqua painter and ink from lids of ink pads.  I embossed the teal paper and used a dauber to sponge color around the edge of the image.  I added stretch ribbon around the text.
Everything Matters!
 Look what God has given me to make me smile.  I have two kitchen windows in the kitchen which face south and east.  The light is so good for my plants.  This is the second blooming of my Christmas Cactus.  Thank you God for this sunshine in my day.  Most days it's the little things in life that make me happy.
 Last week when we went to Austin, as we arrived, we saw first the window open and second, Phoebe in the window sill.  Hi Phoebe!

During our stay Phoebe ran, jumped and played like crazy.  Then she'd need a nap.  It's funny to see her fast asleep with her head held high like this.  We however look silly nodding our head as we sleep with our head up.  She's a sweet, sweet, kitten.
Take a listen to this song.  Read the words as it plays.  This is my prayer that people would see you in me.  Lord please help me to be a reflection of you in my life.  Help me to live more closely to you and be in your word, the Bible daily.  I need you in my life Lord and need to be a better servant.

Blessing of the Day:Tim got down safely from the garage roof.  Thank you God for protecting him.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

With Every Act of Love

I guess today is National Sibling Day so I posted a picture that my sibling posted on FB.  This is a photo of 5 of the 7 of us.  My sister and I are not in the photo.  Back row, Joe, Laura and Annie. Front row, John, Mom and Patty.
 This is a card I made for Friday's Free 4 All card challenge.  You had to cut off part of the front of your card.
The next two cards were made today for the How to Use It challenge.  You had to show wind in your card.  The little mouse has tissues for when he sneezes. (which is a bit of wind)
 This set of pinwheels and clouds also show wind.  I had fun with this card, and making the clouds and pinwheels.  I sponged the clouds and added the text to them.
I am always so happy to find Godly phrases on FB when I visit.  I don't know how people go through life without Jesus by their side.  Thank you God that you are always with me and you have overcome the world so I don't have to.  

Here's a song by Jason Gray that really touched my heart today.
I hope you enjoy it too.
Blessing of the Day: Time with Sarah in the car to and from her driving class.  3 down and 5 to go.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Full Time Volunteer This Week

This week has been very busy.  I am volunteering from 8-11 a.m. each day this week to help with state testing of first graders.  Sad but true, first grader have to take these tests too.  Grade K does also.  Anyway, it's been a bit difficult to do this and get other things done.

Yesterday was interesting.....I volunteered, went grocery shopping, stamped with a friend, dropped Sarah off at her driving class, went to eat with friends, picked Sarah up from driving class, then came home and did some more volunteer work from home.

Today I came home, had lunch then made banana bread, then chili, did laundry and made a card.  Whew, busy days for sure. I know it's very helpful to volunteer this week and it's very much appreciated.  Sarah helped me make banana bread and chili today.  I was so grateful for all of her help.

This is a card I made today for the sketch challenge.  When Val came over to stamp yesterday, she brought this stamp.  I practiced coloring it with alcohol ink markers she had and it came out pretty well.

 This was a card made for Monday's technique lovers challenge where you had to do an inlay.  I put my text into the cantaloupe colored paper.  I colored the dots on the image with different colored markers to mimic the designer paper.  This is the first card with this new set.   I will continue to play around with this set.
 Seems our family is again under duress.  Ben had a tough day Tuesday and called very upset.  I just wanted to get on a plane to Austin.  It's hard as a parent to see your child that upset and not want to help any way you can.  It's so hard to be a parent of a grown child......It never gets easier I'm told.  When I found this picture and verse, I found a bit of peace.  Thank you God for giving me what I need when I need it. :)
I saw this on FB and loved it.  It applies to any child.  I thought of it for my two kids who are very different.  I also liked it because it applied to each special needs and general ed. child I taught over my 35 years of teaching.
This is the front of the house we almost bought in Austin.  I loved this house but it just wasn't meant to be.  SIGH........It seemed perfect, but God said, "Not now."  So we pray and wait on the Lord.  Very good advice I'm told.

We had to say good-bye to Austin and Ben and Rachel and it's always so hard.  I found this song last night and really liked it.  I hope you do too.

How To Say Good Bye is a song written by Michael W. Smith when his daughter was going off to college.
It's a touching song.  Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Sarah Baking and Cooking today.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Already

We spent yesterday flying home.  We left for the airport at 2 and sped right through security.  That's how it is when you have plenty of time.  We got coffee and shopped a bit.  I wanted a necklace and an Austin T-shirt.
We left Austin on time and got to Atlanta in an hour or so.  Those tail winds really pushed us along.

We were on our way to the gate to come home and Tim said, "It would be nice to have a 2 hour delay so we could get dinner ya know?"  A minute after that he got an email from Delta saying our flight was delayed 2 hours!  Tim, said, "I'd better be careful what I wish for!"

We ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner which was great!  We had a full dinner and had plenty of time to get to our gate.  They explained to us that the flight crew who was supposed to take us to Cleveland was delayed in Canada, waiting for their plane!

At dinner Tim has said how pleased he was with the service we had from Delta, then the delay happened.  We also had a crummy ride to Cleveland from Atlanta.  It was 10:30 p.m. and people were sleeping and every time they made an announcement it was so loud you jumped in your seat.  No one thought to turn it was annoying.

Got home and chatted with Sarah until 2:30 or so then she went to bed.  I was wired so it was about 4 a.m. when I finally called it a day.  That second wind helped me get some things done.

I have a few cards to show today.  The first card was for the color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I masked the sun and used daubers and cut outs to sponge in the grass and clouds. I stamped in olive and stamped two times to get layered look for the cat tails. I colored the cat tails with suede marker. I cut out HB and added it with dimensionals. Twine was wrapped around the image panel and a dauber was used to color the sun with curry and peach inks.

 This is my inspiration from Lisa's gallery.  
I follow Lisa's blog and pulled this card as one I wanted to make a while ago. Today gave me that chance to make it! I used Copic markers to color the flowers and leaves. I cut them out and added all but the orange flower with glue dots. The orange flower was added with dimensionals. I wanted a black line behind the image panel then added the coastal cabana as my background layer. I loved her colors and use of pearls on her card. I don't remember to use pearls on my background unless it's an obvious place like the flower center. 

This card of Lisa's is just gorgeous and when I saw it on her blog I copied it to try to make it sometime.  Today was the day since she was the featured stamper.  Thanks Lisa!

We had a fun dinner with Sarah tonight.  Her small group Bible Study was cancelled so she got to eat dinner with us.  She actually seemed happy that we were home.

We Believe is a great song from the Newsboys.......take a listen to this version.

Blessing of the Day: Home Safely and had a great discussion with Sarah Annie.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Indian's Home Opener Is Today

We have a family tradition to have game day foods for dinner while watching the home opener from home.  This year we will miss that tradition due to being in Austin, TX
As usual the Cleveland Indians Fans have high hopes for a great season.  We'll see what happens.

Isn't it funny how difficult it is to watch someone do something that is taking forever when you could just take it out of their hands and have it done in 2 seconds?  I am that way sometimes with cooking.  Sarah takes longer to do things because she's not familiar with them, and sometimes I just want to get it done and take control of the cooking so we can MOVE ON! LOL!  I definitely can relate to this.
Today we went back to a house for a second look.  We will be talking to our Realtor and putting in an offer on a house that will become a rental for Shaping Destiny.  We've been praying about this for a long time.  We'll see what happens today.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fun Times At Menchies

Here is the cute Easter basket we made at my last cardmaking session.  The ladies loved it.  It was quick and easy to make.
 Here are some pictures of the kids at Menchies Sunday night in Strongsville.  The kids were having a fun time.

This is the story behind the Mercy Me video that I shared in my last post.

Blessing of the Day: Fun times with the kids and Tim.
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