Monday, September 1, 2014

{20 Years} Ago Today!

Twenty years ago today, I had a regular OB appointment.

Twenty years ago today, I was excited to get my favorite chocolate milkshake from Burger King after my appointment. It was my treat for getting out and off of bedrest for the day.

Twenty years ago today, we were told that Baby A had died.

Twenty years ago today, the perinatologist said he would deliver the babies on September 2nd since Baby A was already gone.

Twenty years ago today, my OB spoke up and said "No, what are you doing for lunch? These babies are being born now."

Twenty years ago today, I was rushed in for an emergency c-section at 33 1/2 weeks.

Twenty years ago today, I did not get my chocolate milkshake but we got the three greatest blessings we could EVER hope to have in our livesour beautiful, amazing daughters! And Baby A was still with us!

At 4 Weeks Old (first group photo)

Age 5

Saturday (at almost 20)
They have very "sun sensitive" eyes so our photo shoot did not work. Baby C (on the right) was consoling Baby A (middle). 

Father, I thank you for intervening that day. Had the babies not been born that day, Baby A would not be here today. She would never had made it to September 2nd. You knew that. We didn't know You, Father, at the time but you created us. You created these beautiful girls, and you have huge plans for them. I am so thankful that you drew me unto Yourself so that I might not only know You but that the girls have learned about You and come to know You for themselves as their personal Lord and Savior. There is no greater gift in my life than the sacrifice of Your son for my sins and the beautiful gift of these three amazing, amazing women. Thank you, Father, for your immeasureable gifts to us! Amen!

How we love these girls tremendously! Happy 20th Birthday precious girls!!! We miss you and love you dearly!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Organizational {Friday} Enamel Dots

So, I was in a new antique store in town, and I found two wonderful sewing cabinet drawers. I knew one of them would be perfect for my enamel dot collection.


First, I divided all of my enamel dots by color. And yes, the packages that contained multiple colors, I cut them apart by color. I then made dividers for each color section. To make the dividers, I used heavy cardstock and measured the drawer. I cut the dividers to fit. For this particular drawer, the dividers measure 3 15/16" w x 4 3/8" high. I then used my punch Jenni's Label punch by Fiskars to make the tabs. Next, I labeled the tabs with an enamel dot for each colored section. 

I have plenty of enamel dots, and the colors just look so pretty! Now, it is very easy to see what I want to use. And since they are in this drawer, it makes them easy to grab, use, and then put away also. 

This was simple to do and certainly functional for me now. I hope you enjoy it! Blessings,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another {To Do} Book

Before one of our daughters left for college, she asked me to make her a 'to do' book like I made myself and for our pastor. If you missed those two other books, click here and here. Anyway, here is how my daughter's book turned out.

The card behind the bird is a scan of one of my art journaling pages. I printed it out on Neenah Bright White cardstock and trimmed it for this small book. My daughter actually picked the art journaling page that she wanted on this book along with the pretty blue paint. The book I use is the Moleskine Cahier Squared journal. Our daughter is in her second week of her sophomore year, and she says this book is working great for her. Now if I could just get daughter #2 to use one. LOL!

And here are close-ups of the other two books I have done. Be sure to click the links at the beginning of this post to see each of these books in their entirety.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Thursday! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Best White Pen

Over the years I bet most of us can say that we have tried many white pens. Most I know I have tried have skipped, dried out, and just not worked like I want them to. Well, I think I have finally found my favorite white pen. Let's look at what I have tried for you this week, and I will share some sample writing at the end of this post.

Sailor Mini Correction Pen 1.0 mm
This little beauty is amazing. As soon as I pulled it out of the package, I was amazed. It writes smoothly, no skipping, and truly a gem. The white ink just pours out. Some might say it comes out too fast but I love how it flows. It does write a little thick because it is a 1.0 mm tip. You can find this pen here at Jetpens.com.

Uni Whitia Correction Pen
This pen is a couple of dollars more; however, it can be refilled! And of course, I love the pink. I really didn't think this pen would measure up to the pen above but remarkably it does. The body of this pen comes in blue and pink at Jetpens.com. Click here to see what is available.

Bic Wite-Out Correction Pen
This is the pen I have been using for some time but it gives me fits each time. It is hard to get the fluid flowing from the pen, and even then I think it skips a lot. This is not my favorite pen but this is more readily available at local stores.
Uni-ball Signo
This is the pen that I think most crafters and artists are familiar with. However, it is also not my favorite. It does have a finer tip so I do like that but the ink doesn't flow quite as well. I still use it and will continue to do so.

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen
This marker is nice and gives a great chalk effect but I do not use it much because of that. Usually I am not looking for a chalk effect. It writes smooth and works very well, however, if that is what you are looking for. I purchased this at Hobby Lobby with a coupon.

Samples
Here are samples of each pen on black cardstock. Look how much trouble I had with the Bic Wite-Out Pen. Over all the Sailor Mini will probably be the one I use the most. Love that little gem!

I hope this has been helpful! Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Journaling {Bible} Acts 1:6-11

As I continue to go back through old sermon notes, I came across this teaching that I wanted to journal from Acts 1:6-11.

"We as God's children need something to do while we wait for Jesus' returnbe a witness."



I did some things differently on this page to help with the "bleed through." First, I stamped on deli paper and then used a glue stick to adhere it to the page. And because I used deli paper, I was able to add my favorite thing to the pagesewing. I also did not mist on this page. I used Dina Wakley's heavy body acrylic paint to splatter a few drops of paint and add the painted circles. Those did not bleed through at all, and I actually prefer it over the mist! Yeah! And if you missed my first page, click here to see that.

So, as I continue to journal in my Bible, I will continue to experiment. These pages really do go quickly, and I love the look. I hope you enjoy seeing these, and feel free to join in! See Shanna Noel's blog here. Have a blessed week ahead!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

{SCRLLC14} Scripture Lesson #15, Thrive

Today's song is called "Thrive" by Casting Crowns. You can listen and read the lyrics here. I have also put the lyrics below if you just want to read them.

"Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry
So living water flowing through
God, we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Into Your word, we're digging deep
To know our Father's heart
Into the world, we're reaching out
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable
Love unstoppable, anything is possible"

Jesus makes this invitation in John 7:38, and it is universal. It is open to anyone who is thirsty.

John 7:38 "Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

Are you thirsty? Or do feel you have everything you need? Are you looking for something but you don't know what it is? Do you feel like there is a void in your life? Jesus is the one who satisfies and provides. We won't wonder why we are never satisfied if we truly believe in Him. Do you know Jesus as the well-spring of life? Are you satisfied in Him? His word tells us how to live and how to know Him better; it's not just a story. As it says in the song "Into Your Word, we're digging deep to know our Father's heart." It is a manual for abundant lifea satisfied and purposeful life! As a believer, do you thirst more for Him?

My favorite part of this song is where it says "Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire,  Just to know You and to make You known. We lift Your name on high." That is our purposeto know Him, to glorify Him, and to make Him known. What is your one true heart's desire?

Psalm 63:4 "I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands."

And we were not just make to survive here on earth but thrive! With God, we can thrive! Are you thriving or just getting through each day? Will you ask God His desire for you and to help you thrive in Him?

For my 6x6 page, I used the new Heidi Swapp Favorite Things papers along with two different pieces of Blue Fern Studios chipboardCircle Group Panel and Chunky Words (for the title). I used gelatos and paints to color the Circle Group Panel and black gesso to paint the title. I thought the title "lifetime" was perfect as I want to know Him, to glorify Him, and to make Him known my entire lifetime. I also chose to use Psalm 63:4 from above. And notice the little heart embellishment. I made that using my washi scraps tutorial I shared back in May. If you missed that tutorial, click here.


Papers: Heidi Swapp Favorite Things 
Stamp ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Circle Group Panel (painted with gesso, Faber-Castell gelatos, and Dina Wakley acrylic paints), Chunky Words (painted with black gesso) 
Embellishments: Prima Solitare Meadow flower, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Making Memories tiny alpha stickers, handmade washi embellished heart, sewing machine

Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings, and I pray this week that you will thrive on Him!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Journaling {Bible} My First Entry

So, the other day I decided to sit down and play with my journaling Bible. If you missed my post about this new Bible and the 'Bible Band' that I made for it, click here.

In thinking about how I will use this Bible, I decided to go back and reflect on sermon notes that I love, that were meaningful to me, and that I want to remember. This will not be my study Bible as the font is just too small. However, I love that this Bible will be used to highlight things that I have learned about specific scriptures.

This particular week (8/3/14), our pastor taught on Acts 8:26-40. I encourage you to read it. The one point he made that I loved was:

"Moments we share our faith are ones God has already orchestrated."

So, that is the point I chose to put in the margin next to the passage. I also used my pens to underline Acts 8:29-31 because I felt that was the moment God had orchestrated for both Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. And notice, when the Spirit tells Philip to go, he runs. How often do I run and do as the Spirit leads me? I think most of the time I sit there and question whether or not I have really heard Him correctly. What do I need to do differently? I need to watch for those moments that God has orchestrated for me to share Him and do it. And don't wait or question it but run!


The pens I use to write in this Bible are the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. I found this set on amazon.com.
Some things I discovered during this journaling process are that:
  • The stamp ink does go through to the backside of the page but the pens (shown above) do not.
  • The mists also go through to the other side of the page.
  • I will date the pages with the date of the sermon not the date I create the page. That way I can find the rest of the sermon notes from this passage in my sermon journal very easily.
  • This will be a great way to use up the alpha sticker stash that I have accumulated over the years.
  • This is something that I can do very quickly but I truly end up dwelling on the scripture and main point all day.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to see Shanna's blog here for more information about the Journaling Bible. Blessings,

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