Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Okay, I S-T-R-E-S-S over simple cards... and I mean STRESS!!!!! I think it is way harder to come up with a WOW simple card then one that takes an hour and a half to make.....so am I thrilled with this card? Nope....but it's okay. The hardest part was getting a decent picture of it, for some unknown reason. I think it's the huge honkin' bow's position which is like so big it's like an umbrella big enough for a family of four to picnic under in a hurricane and nothing gets wet......but anyway, it was very hard to get a good picture of. I took at least 42. I'm done with this one. So done. But it's true, if you pick a card like this, you won't hate stamping after you make 100 of them! But some of my usual cards, you will hate stamping, and you will hate life after making 100 of them!! So choose something simple, but make sure if you choose THIS one, you make a wee bit smaller bow so you can get it into an envelope....and kids won't like play with your Christmas card and hurt a sibling with it or something......me and my ridiculous bows......Have fun making your 100's!!! Until next time.......

Monday, November 22, 2010

THE EVERLASTING ARMS....

So I have been thinking a lot lately about what is important in life. We moved here to Ohio from a mission where we worked for 23 years. Keith and I both had 4 weeks vacation every year, 20 sick days, 2 personal days, and hours that were sweet. When I came here as I have shared many times, I started working for a dentist and now I am Office Manager, and I get 2 weeks vacation, no sick time, but my hours are still pretty sweet, albeit many. Keith however, took up truck driving 3 years ago. We went from having desks side by side for 23 years to not seeing eachother for weeks at a time. The last job he had promised he would be home almost every night, but alas, many promises are broken. It reached a point where he was leaving us on Monday morning every week at about 4 AM and we would not see him again many times till half way thru the next Saturday. It just got to be more then we could handle. I watched his personality almost change. In 37 years of marriage I can only think of one time when he was that depressed and it was as a result of meds he was taking for pneumonia. One night my daughter Jen and I got talking after he went to bed on a Sunday night. We came to the conclusion that no money was worth his mental and physical health so we went upstairs, woke him up and told him we wanted him to give his 2 week notice, and that God would take care of us. At his job he was "encouraged" to drive more hours then were legal, and he was driving trucks that were not fit to be on the road. It felt pretty clear to us, that by having him quit, we would be honoring God because of those conditions. So Keith is now out of work, looking for a job, and in my heart of hearts, I feel peaceful and sure that God has a special job for him somewhere. One where he will be able to come home at night and live a normal life. Sometimes I feel myself getting a bit panicky, knowing that the savings will run out pretty quick and that I do not really make enough for us to make it. But I am so sure in my heart that we did the right thing that I usually quickly bounce back to realizing that God is in HIS heaven, watching out for us and loving us more then we can imagine. I am amazed at the level of peace I feel. I have spent so much of my life worrying about stuff that hasnt' happened. I am really trying to give this thing, which is bigger then me, over to God and just rest in HIM. He promises to meet our needs, and unlike Keith's old bosses, HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES. And meanwhile, Keith's personality has returned. He is enjoying life again....I get my clothes ironed in the morning, my car warmed up on cold mornings, a home cooked meal every night, errands run during the day....things cleaned and spruced up around the house.....and I am thinking I wish we COULD make it on my incomes....SU and the dental office!! I could get used to this real fast!! Sometimes you just gotta step out there and take a risk, trusting God to see you thru. Sometimes you gotta take that step of faith and believe that HE who does not slumber nor sleep will not let your foot slip. I love and serve a God who promises to meet my needs, according to his riches in Christ Jesus. You can find me leaning,,,,on the everlasting arms....because I truly believe and know in my heart that underneath and all around, are the everlasting arms!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we truly have so much to be thankful for!! God bless you, everyone!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Marmalade Glazed Turkey?? SERIOUSLY???

So the SUO DT challenge for this week was Thanksgiving tablesettings,,,,,almost made my lips freeze when I read it...until I decided I could make up a fake menu and decorate it with stamps...Okay, so who really makes Marmalade Glazed Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing? I have all I can do to get that sucker in the oven early enough to be cooked by the time everyone is half starved without glazing it with marmalade first!! And who on earth really starts the meal off with Butternut Squash and Apple Soup??? Martha Stewart? Paula Dean? Maybe Rachel Ray? But common folks like me??? I think I'm doing something because we actually use cloth napkins!! And it's like real turkey, not like a Smart One or a Lean Cuisine!! Pumpkin Cheesecake, RIGHT.....like back in NY when I lived near a COSTCO! But now? Help mom, can YOU make the pies???? Jennifer, can YOU MAKE THE PIES??? I do set the table real purdy, but china??? I don't own any...this pitcher below comes from my most fancy dish set and the one my table will be set with for Thanksgiving. And we will be in our cozy dining room with a reduced number of our family there....since it's the in laws turn for Thanksgiving this year.....BUT that means we are all together for Christmas this year, and for that, I could not be more thankful. I am thankful for a cozy house with pretty pottery dishes and cloth napkins, and we will even take the good glassware out. I am thankful for 4 children with lovable spouses and 7 grand daughters who are the light of my life. I am thankful for a husband who remains my best friend after all these years. I am thankful that my mom lives close enough to celebrate with us now. And you know what? If we have plain old mashed potatoes instead of smashed ones with roasted garlic, and plain old turkey instead of one all rubbed up with jelly.....it just does not matter. I may never be Susy Homemaker, but the food will be yummy, (my family usually tries to keep me OUT of the kitchen) and the company will be lovely......and I will give thanks to HIM, the one from whom all blessings flow. But every once in a while it's fun to dream and imagine I was the type who actually had the house all decorated for Thanksgiving and not the one who has sorry looking pumpkins still out on the front porch from Halloween.....but hey, this is who I am, and the truth is, though I sometimes dream of having a perfectly kept and decorated house, I'd rather be stamping!! Even phony menus are more fun then no stamping at all! So this year, don't sweat it if your table would not make Martha Stewart proud. Just relax, be with the ones you love, and be happy being you! That's what I intend to do!! God Bless you all!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Give me ONE MORE NIGHT......"

So why do turkeys look so happy, anyway? It's Thanksgiving eve and this guy looks happy to me....little does he know what awaits him.... so sad.....but anyway, isn't he cute? I kind of drew a big fat blank when the challenge was "punch art" - I have never been one to come up with all that cute stuff made out of punches....and if anything my comfort zone would take me to a wreath of some kind.....but I sent my small flower punch to NY for the next Backwards Workshop with my NY/NJ customers.....hmmm.......things that make ya go hmmmmm..........I already used the owl punch on this challenge blog so didn't want to do a repeat....and my sweet daughter in law Jenna happened to hear me lamenting over wanting a cool idea for punch art and she said she had been playing with the Scallop Circle punch with my grand daughter Layla, and she came up with a pretty cute turkey, all on her own. I adjusted it just a little, to make it my own, but here it is, a pretty cute little guy. This fence was also her idea....it's made from the Pinking Hearts Border punch.....and then the pumpkins from smallest Oval punch - I've just seen them around. I also used the Scallop Border punch for the grass, and a simple circle punch for the moon. The entire turkey is made from the Scallop Circle punch...so cool!! Most of the wings are made from pieces of it - you cut the scallop circle in half and then cut the scallops out individually and layer them. Isn't he cute? Jenna to the rescue!! Thanks Jenna!! But the poor turkey, his name is William. Don't you feel really sorry for him? Ignorance is bliss. If he knew what his future held he would not look so happy. He would be saying in a loud voice, "Give me ONE MORE NIGHT!!" Anyway, when we see him again he'll be keeping company with stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. So sad......... Such is life............. Until next time...........