Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

It's been raining the past few days which is great for stamping, but not for time outside.  It's so dark and depressing.  They are the kind of days that make you want to go back to bed or curl up with a good book by the fireplace.

I've been making cards for Cards for a Cause on Splitcoast, and also the October Hope You Can Cling To, for women with breast cancer.
I love all of the different challenges which stretch my skills as a stamper.

You know we all take for granted our health.  I know I do.  When I can make cards to encourage people, I am so happy.  One of my gifts from God is encourager.  I've loved making and sending cards to people I know and don't know.  I know the gift of card making is from God.  It's not at all a job, it's something I love to do.  

I love to learn new things each day and use them to encourage someone else.  Today for instance, I learned how to make embossing paste.  I used a knife and spread the home made paste over a stencil.  Then I had raised hearts all over the background of my card.  Pretty cool, huh?

Blessing of the Day: Tim helped me with frustration I was feeling today.  He also helped me make a turkey breast and mashed potatoes for dinner.  Thank you God for giving Tim to me.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What a Week!

It's been a heck of a week!  My mom went into the hospital Wednesday evening disoriented.  I spent Thursday and Friday at the hospital with her.  It's so hard to watch your mom not be able to remember short term memory things.

My brother kept asking her if she knew where she was and she said, "2 west, which was the place she worked in the nursing home.  My brother would tell her where she was then a few minutes later ask her where she was.  She couldn't remember and he'd be frustrated and she'd get anxious wanting to please him with the right answer.

After he left, there was a more relaxed atmosphere.  She and I talked quietly and I could see her relax.  If she asked me something, I played along.  She asked when I started working here so I played along.  She was so dehydrated that she was confused about a lot of things.  I knew it would be a day or so until she got better, why frustrate her by continuing to correct her.  That wouldn't serve anybody.
Being in the hospital itself was very confusing.  Nothing around her was familiar.

I got to take her home Friday after dinner.  What a blessing!  She was great when we got her home.  Short term memory wasn't there, but she was able to function safely in her own home.  My brother came home a while after that, and all was good with Mom.  He lives with her and so does his son, so Mom isn't alone.

Needless to say, that took a huge amount of time, energy and emotion.
I'm back to stamping, but before I show you my creations, here's a cute picture of the kitten on Tim's lap at 5:30 a.m.
While he has his coffee, the kitten jumps into his lap.  Such sweetness.....he's says some mornings it's hard to go to work.......because of the kitten, not me! LOL
 Here are cards I've made for Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling To, card challenges for women with cancer.  The cards made for the challenge are sent to MD Anderson hospital in Texas.  Love helping with this cause.

Well, that's it for now.  I'll be back to posting more regularly God willing!
Blessing of the Day:Time with Tim
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Parkside and A Beautiful Afternoon Plus A BIG WIN!

Today began early for Tim and I as we started off to church at 7:40 a.m.  The church is 35 minutes away but there's nothing that compares to it.  We went to this church years ago when Ben was little, but moved to Grace for the kids since they had a fantastic youth group.  We loved going to Parkside because of the type of preaching Allistair Begg does.  He preaches through a book of the Bible instead of doing topical sermons.  He always leaves you with something from his sermons.  Today's nugget, was, keep on.
  This doesn't make sense unless you heard the sermon, however, it's obvious and yet a good reminder.  Sometimes we just don't want to go on.  We want to stop it all and just fade into the woodwork.  Just like a wallflower, we want to allow life to pass us by.  However, as a Christian we are called to take our light into the world and let people hear about Jesus.  It's hard to do.  It gets discouraging.  So glad to be reminded of my job here on earth.

Today was a gorgeous day outside once it warmed up.  While driving to church we drove through fog for a while.  It warmed up enough so we could eat outside on the screened in porch for lunch.

Today a young deer lay in the grass, in the shade, eating grass just as content as could be.  A bit later that little deer walked by the porch and Phoebe took off towards the deer.  It was funny to watch this little kitten run toward the deer then skid to a stop.  You know she didn't realize what she was doing.

I don't mind the deer when they eat the grass.  It's when they eat our bushes and flowers that I get annoyed and upset.

Some reading this may be Steeler fans-Hi Hope.  I was wondering if you knew the final score of the game today.  No?  You didn't hear?  Well, I'll let you know, it was

Final: Browns 31, Steelers 10

Cleveland Browns' defense dismantles Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers

I have been stamping to make cards for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS as well as daily challenges.  Here are a couple of cards to share.

I'm still working on the cards for Cleveland Clinic Hospice.  Hope to deliver them soon.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Beautiful Fall Day In Ohio

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY, Saturday, October 11, 2014

Outside My Window...I can see birds at the bird feeder and a kitten on the screened in porch watching them.

I am thinking...that soon I will have my first box full of cards to take to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.

I am thankful for...a husband who likes to cook and who is handy fixing things in the house.

From the kitchen...kids are cleaning up from dinner so there is laughing and talking.

I am wearing...flip-flops, jeans and a t-shirt.

I am creating...lots of fall cards to give away.

I am going...back to Parkside Church tomorrow.

I am reading...nothing right now.

I am hoping...that my headache will go away.

I am hearing...birds chirping at the bird feeder.

Around the house...all is quiet; kids went to their rooms.

One of my favorite things...mashed potatoes with butter!  Tim made a pork roast with mashed potatoes.  He added sauerkraut to his dinner. 

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Work on cards for Cleveland Clinic Hospice, get some errands done, sleep in one morning.  Getting up early isn't any fun!

Here are some pictures thought I'd share...
 Here is a thank you note from Cleveland Ronald McDonald House. It was nice to get this. This lady didn't realize I had already gotten the 'form letter' thank you and was a bit put out by it.  Nice to know there is is a personal touch in their thank yous.
Here are some cards I made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.

Blessing of the Day:I was able to get many cards finished for those with cancer.  I am thankful to be able to do this.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cards For Causes

It's been a busy time here getting cards ready to send to Cleveland Clinic Hospice.  I have also been making cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge on Splitcoast.  Those cards will go toThe Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Breast Cancer patients will get the use of these cards made especially for them.  Here are a few of my cards.

Here's the song I liked from the movie, God's Not Dead called, Make a Way For, by the Newsboys.
Take a listen and take in the words.

Blessing of the Day: I got lots of cards ready to go to Cleveland Clinic Hospice!
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Blessing To Be Asked

I received an email two weeks ago asking if I'd be willing to donate handmade cards to the Hospice of Cleveland Clinic.  I immediately said, "Yes".  They will take any size card with envelopes which will be for those in hospice and their families can use the cards.  If you'd like to be a part of this here is the information from Splitcoaststampers.  I love that it is a local group who truly need beauty and kindness in their life.  I thank God for the opportunity to do this for others.

Also on Splitcoaststampers is our 5th annual Hope You Can Cling To card making month.
Here is the address you can send cards to.

The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

 Here's a song I heard last night and wanted to share.  I know there are many hurting people out there who need some encouragement.
A friend, just lost her dad, who was her rock.  Jesus knows her pain and will bring her through this.  It isn't easy, but Jesus will never let her be alone.  Take a listen to Jeremy Camp singing, He Knows.

No stamping today.  I was so tired after volunteering that I vegged-out in front of the computer after having coffee with Tim.
Tim has vacation next week.  I wonder how that will go.  Usually he does some projects and rests too.

 Blessing of the Day: Having Ben and Rachel make dinner.  Spaghetti with meat sauce and salad.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Whirlwind Weekend

Seriously, it's October 1st already!  I can't believe how fast this school year is going.  It will be Christmas before we know it!  The leaves are changing here in Northern Ohio and falling and begging to be raked.  I love the different colors on the leaves; red, yellow, orange.  I love the fall weather, but don't like what comes after Fall.

I can't believe all the stamping I've done since I last posted.  Friday I stamped with ladies at PHCA.  Saturday Jane and Jan and I stamped and did a shoe box exchange.  We each brought two cards to make and went home with 4 cards each.  I didn't photograph those, so here is what I've made since Friday.

This card was for Tuesday's Color Challenge of using eggplant, garden green and curry.  I love this retired SU set called Serene Sunflowers.  I colored the bees with Wink of Stella yellow.  I added the pretty borders from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Love these three different borders.

 This is the card we will make next month at PHCA.  I love using the baby wipe technique to get such different results with each time you stamp.
 These are two cards I made for The Inspiration Challenge.  I chose a tablecloth and made two cards similar to the tablecloth.  I think next time I do this, I'll color the glossy paper first then emboss with Gold.  The ink made the gold embossing powder look a bit green.

 This is a card I made for the Queen for the Day challenge.  The card I chose to CASE was this one.  These House Mouse images are just so cute!

 This card was made for Monday's Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast.  You were to use any type of punch to get this type of effect.  I needed this Sympathy card for a friend.
This is a picture of Cleveland at night on the lake.  Nice huh?

Here For a Reason is a new song by Ashes Remain.  Love the encouragement it brought me.  I hope it encourages you too.

Blessing of the Day: I got 26 encouragement cards completed for the staff at PHCA.
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