Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

The SUO Challenge this week is for a SWEET TREAT….so here is the favor from Rebekah and Aaron's wedding, slightly altered….(keep reading)  It's almost been a YEAR since my daughter Rebekah and Aaron tied the knot!! Where does the time GO?? Last year at this time we were pulling our decoration theme together - I sorta changed the colors on this little favor that Bekah and I made so that I could use ALL SU products…..as her colors were Crisp Cantalope and Wisteria Wonder, (in SU language that is)  but these favors actually had little wisteria rosebuds on them….but they weren't SU, (shhhhh….) Actually if SU had anything even remotely like them I would have used them…..but to buy 75 Artisan embellishment sets to get the two little rosebuds out of each one would have killed our budget. HAHA, but aren't these cute?  And let me tell you, those two - Rebekah and Aaron,,, WERE MINT TO BE.  I have never seen my daughter so happy, and there is no greater joy for a mama than to see her children HAPPY!!  And many know that Bekah's JOY came after a long period of sadness….which make the JOY even more JOYFUL.  Sometimes when things happen that cut us to the core, and leave us almost broken in two, God turns those things around and makes something beautiful come out of the ashes - and that is what we see in Bekah's life and marriage now!  Thank you Jesus!!  Anyway, it was nice to have the blog challenge be a wedding favor, - or a sweet treat, because it gave me a chance to reflect back over this last year, and the JOY I have seen restored to my daughter Rebekah and my grand daughter Olivia, and it's been a fun walk down memory lane.  She was a stunning bride and Olivia was an adorable flower girl, along with her new sister Kara!!  Sorrow may endure for a night, but JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  UNTIL NEXT TIME,  Karen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BROWN SUGAR SLUSH….

So the SUO challenge this week was FUN FLOWERS…..and that is out of my comfort zone, I like to stamp SERIOUS  FLOWERS…..not FUN FLOWERS…..so I had the dig out this set that makes my lips freeze, but in the end, I'm not gonna lie to ya, I really love my streeettttccchhh card…..it's not me, but I think it's really cool! Seems like I have had lots of stretching to do lately, and lots of livin' outside the comfort zone.  As many of you know, we put our house on the market about a year ago so that if we were reading God right, we could move into a house all on one floor and have my mother move in with us.  We kind of put it out there really not knowing and since it's been many months, we kinda thought maybe it was NOT going to happen.  A couple of weeks ago I looked around our gorgeous yard with it's huge Japanese Lilac bush and all the beautiful tulips and daffodils and iris's and other gorgeous flowers I don't know the names of, and I looked at our perfect lollipop tree in the front yard, and I said to Keith, if no one buys our house in the spring, then no one buys our house.  Spring is when we fell in love with the house, with it's beautiful rock garden in the front yard, back in 2006.    No sooner did I say that, and then maybe two days later a young couple looked at it, fell in love, and made an offer.  Can you say broken hearted??? That's how we felt at first.  There was one night where I cried all the way home from work.  Keith and I would just look at each other and feel like crying.  Then we went to look at two houses, and came back to the one we have had our eye on ever since the beginning of this venture.  We went to see it again, and we could begin to feel some excitement welling up from somewhere.  Man, this is a nice house!! We gradually came to the realization of what we knew all along, we can make this house our home!! And the night they accepted our offer, we felt JOY!! And there will still be moments of sadness saying goodbye to this house we have lived in for 9 years.  But there will be JOY in the new house too, and all will be well.  God is in HIS heaven and all is right with the world.  OUT of my comfort zone….again….and it's gonna be ALRIGHT.  Until next time…..Karen