Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February 25, 2009 A Goodbye Note...


Having friends in the military is such a pleasure but can be a little sad, too... Mostly when it comes to moving on and having to say "Goodbyes". I have a couple "Goodbyes" going on this year that make my heart very sore, and the first is coming up tonight.

Julie and family, I am so honored to have gotten to know you. Your girls are lovely, and I was blessed to be able to be involved in your lives in some small way. Welcome to your new son, G, and we send big HUGS as we send you off on your new adventures.
May God "bless you, keep you, make His face shine upon you, give you peace" as it says in Numbers 6: 24-26, and may He protect you and draw you ever closer to His heart. Trust in, cling to, and rely on Jesus... Believe in Him, and He will help you and take care of you. He has for me and my family. We love you!!! Be in touch!!!

:-)

Friday, February 20, 2009

February 19, 2009: Two Congratulations!!!...


Elio's Tramonte (Elio's Sunset, in honor of my brother-in-law's 50th birthday-- He is one of the best brother's-in-law you could EVER ask for!!! Happy Birthday!!!)


Lots Of Love For Jadon (with the eight flowers on the bottom symbolizing the eight members of our family: 7 of us here, and 1 in heaven... with Jesus and Jadon's three siblings) Welcome, my newest nephew!!! We love you and cannot wait to someday meet you in person.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beautiful Blog Award!!!...


My blogging friend, Nathalie, recently, or not so recently now (EEK!), posted about me and gave me such a lovely award. I love how she called my papercuts paper cut "drawings", as they pretty much are that. :-)

I would like to extend this blog award to each of YOU, my blogging friends. You help to bring such joy to my days, and this is the simplest bit of joy I can give back to you. Blessings!!!

To read the entire post go to the link...
http://nathaliethompson.blogspot.com/2009/02/beautiful-blogs.html

Henri Matisse Quote...

"CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE."

It is true, you know. There is risk of critisism, risk of failure, risk of too much of this, risk of too little of that, risk of being liked, risk of not being liked... All in all, it took me a while to take the risk, but now that I have, WHAT JOY, WHAT PLEASURE, WHAT RELIEF!!! To be able to create is wonderful. Take time for it. Make time for it. Have fun crafting away!!!

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: The Death of Vintage Kids' Books

Well, you may all wonder what has been happening in the craft/hobby/handmade/vintage book worlds... Here is the sad scoop! Please check it out when you can. All of us will certainly be affected!

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves: The Death of Vintage Kids' Books

February 14, 2009 My Hubby's Valentine's Day Card...


The Love Tree (For my husband's Valentine's Day card... I originally thought I might try to make him a dozen papercut roses :-), but I ended up with this... 12 tree-ed hearts instead. Each main branch and each of the flowers on the ground is symbolic of the six kids that have been a part of our lives in one way or another, 5 here to bloom and grow, and one blooming and growing in the arms of Jesus. Our family tree is truly full of love, thank you, Jesus!)

February 14, 2009 Some "O" Cuts...


From The Same Vine (For Riet... Funny to think that, although we come from different backgrounds, different cultures, different things in general, we all came from the same family... Noah's... I hate when people throw around how different we peoples of the earth are. Like one is better than the other. Yes, there are differences, but... we are all from the same line somewhere down the road. Wow, huh?)

Miriam's Scattered Wildflowers (For My Friend, Kathy's, New Baby)

Dragonfly's Garden (used as note to my third son's teachers)

Simple Pleasures... Reading A Book (For Doeki-- and it is a privelege, too... Think about how many cannot read or have had a hard time learning to read... I am, we are, blessed!)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mozi Esmé: OLZ African Alphabet CD Giveaway

This looks like so much fun for Me and my kids. It is educational and a cultural experience all at once. Yay!

This is to help raise awareness of my blogging friend and her passion for Zimbabwe. There is great need. Please check out her blog to see and read more. And, while you are there, leave a comment to put your name in to win this or other neat prizes.

Mozi Esmé: OLZ African Alphabet CD Giveaway

Friday, February 6, 2009

February 6, 2009 Bible Cuts (For Tammy)...


Peter Sinks (Based on Mark 6: 45-52, and John 6: 15-21)

David And Goliath (Based on 1 Samuel 17: 40-50)

Jesus Calms The Storm (Based on Matthew 8: 23-27, Mark 4: 35-41, and Luke 8: 22-25)



I am way past due on making papercuts for some trades, and I finally finished these for Tammy. Thank you, Tammy, for your patience. I hope you like them.

I love doing Bible cuts. They are "encouragement" cuts as I focus on what I am drawing and cutting, and remembering, at the same time, the stories they represent. SIGH... I love these Bible stories!!!

From January 31, 2009 Martina's 1st Rose...


While we were visiting in the States, a friend of ours turned 1 year old. Her parents had invited us to her party, but we knew we would not be able to attend. So... when we came back, I had this card on my list of "To Do's".

Happy Birthday, Little Martina!!! We love you!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 4, 2009 Purple Mountain Majesties...















I love the imagery in the patriotic song "America The Beautiful"... I always have. Here is my wintery interpretation of the line "...for purple mountain majesties"... :-)

"America The Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned - stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!


O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!


O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!


O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America ! America !
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!


O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life !
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!


O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

February 3, 2009 :-) Running Races With Spring Fever...


Spring Petals

Run The Race, based on Hebrews 12: 1-2 (For a birthday card for my oldest son, 8 years old)


I am either ready for a GOOD snow or I am waiting impatiently for Spring to come upon us. I have not quite decided since we have had rain all winter.

I tend to be one who has a hard time letting go of things that I have had no closure to... Like winter's without snow, or baby days that fly by too quickly to even obtain an ounce of closure, or the sudden death of a dear and most-loved grandmother nine years ago, etc... It is not that I can't accept these events, it is that I tend to have an extended grieving time, that seeps into the soft parts of my heart, and, I suppose, readies my heart for more growth, like in Springtime. The land deals with the harshness of winter and buds forth wonderful fruit in spite of the pain, the beating wind, and any other elements. That is how I feel right now... Like I am facing certain elements that must be dealt with, must be a part of my life, but that are not easy, and that the result will be budding growth further along.

It is not easy, but... I am encouraged as I focus on these words,

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
(Hebrews 12: 1-2)

I must Run My Race, I must grow, and I must arrive at the finish line. I MUST Endure.

"Lord, Help me to continue on in this Journey You have blessed me with. I am not strong, but You have said that I can rely on Your strength when I am weak. I need Your Joy to overflow in my sometimes grieving heart, and I need your hope to remind me that I need to continue forward so I can see the fruit of my labor, or here or in heaven. Be blessed by my "sacrifice of praise". May it be pleasing to you.

Thank you, Jesus, that You said you would never leave me or forsake me on my way, and that you said you would never give me more than I could handle, in Your strength. I surrender each step- running, walking, crawling, or trudging- back to You!! I love you, Jesus!!"