Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cavs Came Back

With Lebron James sitting out in the first quarter with 4 fouls, (really? What's that all about!) Kyrie Irving got the Cavs moving and scoring to win game 4 against the Boston Celtics 112 to 99. At one point the Cavs were down by 16 in the 2nd quarter. Both Tim and I turned off the game wondering what the heck the Cavs were doing.  To our surprise, the Cavs pulled it out for a win!  Sunday night Lebron played his worst playoff game ever! Tim and I joked about the Cavs throwing the game so the networks would make more money. The longer the series, the more money the networks make.  Tonight started out flat for the Cavs. It was good to see the Cavs back in action in the second half of the game. Thanks Kyrie!
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 23:  Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics late in the third quarter during Game Four of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 23, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There's not place more beautiful to me than the beach.  Love these sunset images. I can almost hear the sounds and feel the warmth.

This is the card from yesterday that included the Clean and Simple challenge as well as the Technique Lovers Challenge. The technique was the smack down. You stamp your image and continue to stamp until the ink runs out. Start with your lightest color and work to your darkest color.

This card was for today's color challenge. The colors were tangerine tango, cherry cobbler, and olive.
I sponged the background then used Copic Markers to color the flower.
 I know it is not easy, but if we walk closely with the Lord He will give us the wisdom, patience, understanding and love we need to make it through each day and love the unlovable as God would have us love them. It will take work, prayer and lots of grace. But, we must step back and let GOD step in.

Don't allow anyone to steal your joy and peace today! Be alert the devil is walking around like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour. But greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!

Praying for the people of Manchester, England.
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Verse of the Day:
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Check out this new song from Britt Nicole called, Be the Change.


Blessing of the Day: Tim and I got my plants outside to the screened-in porch.  We had a beautiful day today. Tim and I spent time outside. Tim had a phone interview today. Praying God gives us the patience to wait for Him.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Blessings,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Birds, Lions, Cavs

While Tim and I had dinner on the screen porch, this was the beautiful creature that visited our feeder for a while tonight. He was so beautiful!  We've never seen one of these around here before. I hope he comes back soon.
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This is the card that was my inspiration for my card today. This challenge is The Featured Stamper. A stamper is chosen, you look through their gallery and choose one to make. You have to change several things to make it your own.

Here's my card. As you can see I changed the orientation, colors, sentiment and added black candy dots and designer paper to the background.

Okay, I just had to share this to put a smile on your face. When I saw it I too sang this silly song for a while. Each time I did, I smiled. I hope you do too.

Just to add to your enjoyment, I've included a video to sing along to.

130 to 86-That was the score of the Cavs and Celtics Game 2. The Cavs dominated the whole game.  It's only a matter of time before we meet up with The Golden State Warriors.  Tonight is game 3 here in Cleveland. Can't wait to see how pumped up the crowd is tonight.
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Verse of the Day: We should all use this as a guide to our conversations. We don't know what others are going through. Everyone can use encouragement in their day. You might be the one who makes a difference in someone's life. You won't know it, but THEY will never forget it.  Bless those around you.
Encourage

Blessing of the Day: Tim and I slept in today. It was a nice feeling to wake up on my own.

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Blessings,

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Live Like You're Loved

When life is stressful here's where I turn after I talk to God. I listen to a video like this.  It is a wonderful way to let go of stress. I sit with my eyes closed and let the sounds comfort and relax me.
The beach has always been my calming place.
 Today I went to the doctor and talked a bit with her about what's going on in my life that is stressful.  I told her I realize that if I let the stress affect my health, Tim and I are the ones who suffer.  Not the ones who are bringing the stress to my life.  I have to let go of what is stressing me and let God deal with it. I need to take better care of myself so I can enjoy the good things God brings to me.  I'm in control of how I deal with stress. So I'm taking responsibility for myself and moving forward. Please pray that I continue to be selfish and think of myself and doing the best thing for me.
 Here's Sarah and Rachel painting the fence in the backyard of the house Ben and Rachel are renting from her sister and brother-in-law.  They've cleaned out the flower beds, mulched, made a brick patio and painted the fence.  I can't wait to see it in person.  They've all worked very hard to get this backyard into shape. So proud of them.
Yesterday Ben, Rachel and I went to a volunteer luncheon at PHCA. Ben put in lots of hours with basketball. The food is always amazing! They also give us so many coupons and prizes.  I got a Longaberger  basket with an insert, a huge mug, a pound of coffee and a coupon for soup at a place called Zoup.
We also got several more coupons inside a thank you card.  We got a small flower pot painted white with a bag of Hershey Kisses. We also got a card that looked like a seed packet, with a seed packet inside.  We also got a large plastic mug with the school logo and a bag with the school logo which we can use for groceries.  Here's a picture of only some of what we received.  I'm feeling so grateful.


Check out this stinkin' cute garbage can! It is a reward Stampin' Up demonstrators can order.  Two come in a set. They store flat and stay in place with an elastic band.

Life has been very stressful with some siblings of late. It's hard to believe that they would do what they did in secret. It's hard to believe we all grew up in the same house with the same parents. I have been hurt deeply and need to pray to forgive.  That doesn't mean I agree with what they have done. It means I have to forgive them, because God forgives me.  I need to do this to become a healthier me. If you are one who prays, please pray for healing for my family. Please pray for me as I walk forward through the days and weeks that follow.  I can't act on impulse and emotionally. I have to do things the way God calls me to do them, not what my earthly response tells me.

This song spoke to me today. Some days I know God has directed which song I choose to put here.

Verse of the Day:
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Blessing of the Day: I have no more obligations today so I can spend time with Tim and God.

Thanks for your prayers and for stopping by.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sometimes That's The Way It Is

This is just what I was feeling the other day. Some days are like that. It doesn't matter how long someone's been gone, you still feel the loss. I often wonder what things would have been like if my Dad had lived.  The talks we would have had. The hugs and kisses he'd have given his grandchildren. (He would have made an amazing grandfather.) The silliness he'd have shown grandchildren.  What a loss we've had.  Sometimes it's hard to believe God needed him more in heaven that here on earth.  He was only 57 when he died. I so wish I could hug you again and tell you what's going on in my life. Our Sunday breakfasts would have continued. That was our time, just you and me time. It was my favorite time of the week.  My Dad and I had traveled from father/daughter to friend/friend.  I treasured that time where he was so honest and easy to talk to.  I know I will see you again, Dad. One day we'll be reunited.
This made me laugh so hard. The older the kids got, the fewer cookies we actually baked.  Often times though we baked for bake sale so we needed more than 1 cookie! LOL
This is the card I made for the technique challenge yesterday. It was washi tape watercolor. You lay your washi tape and watercolor around it.  Here's what I came up with for my second card. I cut the chair out of white paper. I water colored it with navy ink. I sponged the background then added grass using High Tide.  This is going to Ben for my Mother's Day gift.
This is my card for today's challenge. Colors were artichoke,  Peek-a-boo Peach and Calypso Coral.

Defend the Land with the Cavs begins tomorrow night in Boston.  I've missed watching games with Tim.



Verse of the Day:James 1:22- Just Do It!
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Jesus you are my all in all.....A great line from Phil Wickham's song, My All In All.  What a love song to God.

Blessing of the Day:Ben with family help finished his brick patio. Tomorrow they will add sand in the cracks to keep it stable.  Great job guys!

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's The Day After Mother's Day

I had so much for yesterdays post, I had to break it into two days.  Sarah and I enjoyed lunch at Applebee's in Garfield Hts.  It is a very out of the way place and is never crowded. It was perfect for Mother's Day.  Sarah gave me my gifts in my car then we took a selfie before she left.  So much fun. I usually take pictures of her not with her.  So happy to see us both together.

I visited my Mom yesterday as well. I got a visitor to take our picture.  I think he did pretty well.  Mom isn't happy right now. She wants to go home. When I tell her she can't yet, she gets angry at me. So visiting yesterday and today was difficult.  I try not to take it personally but sometimes it's hard. I tell her I wish things were different. I wish I change how things are. I would if I could.  She wants to go home and that's that.
When I ask how she'll get up the steps and into the house, she can't answer that.
I saw this and thought of my three kids. They are very involved in each other's life. I am so thankful for that. Tim worked very hard for that with Brianna and Ben and Sarah.

No two ways about it, I love being in flip flops. The hardest thing for me is putting shoes on come Fall.

Loved this.....I'll take this kind of salt any day!

Here's a card I made for Featured Stamper yesterday. My inspiration is first, then my card. I wasn't sure what sentiment I want on this so I'll add it when I use the card.  I used Jar of Love stamps and dies.

This is for two challenges today. The technique challenge was to use the washi watercolor technique, found here.  It's also for the clean and simple challenge to use some type of technology. This is a digital image that I downloaded to my computer then printed.  I had fun making this card.

Verse of the Day: I can so relate to this verse. The beginning of our marriage it was a pride battle. So glad God has worked on both of us.
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I like the words in this song. We're bullet proof because of God. 

Blessing of the Day: I got to visit with Mom and stayed in spite of her mood.  
I got some time to relax on the back porch and I got to make some cards. God is good, all the time.

Thanks for stopping by.
Blessings,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017
Today gives me time to pause and think about motherhood.  It is the hardest job I've ever had. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.  I've been a mom for 22 years. Wow, it feels like it was just yesterday I was holding a baby boy, bringing him home. He changed it all.  When we left for the hospital, I told Tim, things would never be the same. We go in as a couple and come out a family.
22 months later God added Sarah to our family. So blessed God entrusted Tim and I with these two children.  We knew at any time they could be taken, but took the job of parents anyway.  There have been ups and downs but we all made through all of the stages kids go through. Our kids are adults and on their own now.  It's a wonderful stage of life.  I hear being a grandparent is another amazing step.  Life is amazing as Tim and I continue on our journey together.




 Do you remember those plastic cups with the paper that went inside? Well a few weeks ago I saw then and sent a 'remember when' note to Sarah.  Well Ben said, "We should make them for Mother's Day." So here are my Memory Lane gifts from Ben and Sarah.  These are so special that the kids have connected the making of these to my memories and happiness.  Love them.





 This is the gorgeous card I got from my twin, Anne.  I love it Annie. It made me cry, a good cry. I miss you so much.

This is the perfect card from Sarah. She's so into succulents. We had lunch at Applebees today. It was a wonderful mom/daughter time.

 This is my card from Tim.  As I was opening this I was thinking how neat the butterfly closure was.  You fold the wings together and the butterfly slips through a hole and you see the inside of the card.  Tim said, "You know when I got this I was thinking, "She's going to be trying to make cards like this!"  He knows me so well! LOL

While this is Mother's Day there are moms who have angels in heaven. I can't imagine that at all. Praying for all who wanted to be moms and couldn't. Praying for all who have lost a child; young or older. Praying for all of the moms who are on their own raising their children.  God you know what we all need as moms. Please be with us and help us the be the BEST moms we can be.  Amen


Verse of the Day:
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This is one of the songs we heard as Sarah and I had lunch. It really fit the day. I was so happy!  Enjoy.

Blessing of the Day: Lunch with Sarah, Time with Tim.

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Blessings,