A winter box with cards gift set

Have you ever had that person who was difficult to buy gifts for? (Even if they tell you there not!) I think we all run into this from time to time....I have that challenge with my sister. She should be easy to buy for but alas, every time I have an opportunity to give her a gift, my mind goes blank on ideas! Except for this last time...... We're getting older....when that happens, many of us welcome gifts that are handmade especially for us in mind. The "extra special" thought that goes into a handmade gift just warms the heart. Even better than that feeling is a handmade gift, especially for us that also serves a purpose! Yay! I love those kinds of gifts! I've been in FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Living a Life of Prayer – The Prayer Box

The idea of prayer has been heavy on my mind lately.....for quite a few months actually. I've been examining my own level of commitment to prayer, why I pray, how I pray and if I really believe in prayer. "I'll pray for you".....if I could earn a dime for every time someone has said this, right? This common "comfort phrase" has grown in popularity it seems, becoming more visible through social media, so many posts on Facebook about real life tough situations and we respond "I'll pray for you" Do we mean it? Or, is it just something we can respond with to let the person in need know we aren't ignoring them and to show the world that we're present we type these 4 little words. But FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Layering with a purpose

Just a quick post today to show you a few cards & tags I made recently! I started off with the tag which was used to teach other ladies at a local Scrap booking crop which raises money for missions. I do this event twice a year and each time I try to raise the bar on my creations for the ladies to do as Make-it-take-its. I always chuckle because the ladies look at what I've made and always say they wish they could be so creative and by the end of their time with me they have been creative by making it! Read more

Living He Loved Me…..Dying He Saved Me

Living He loved me, dying He saved me And buried He carried my sins far away Rising He justified freely forever One day He's coming, oh, glorious day As we walk through Holy week, I feel compelled to spend time reading the story of Jesus' life, His crucifixion on Calvary and His rising from the dead. How can I even wrap my mind around what His last days on earth were like, how can I grasp that for me, He freely chose to be nailed to a cross and to suffer the worst kind of death? Dying He Saved Me..... Would you die in order to save someone else? I believe there are some who would be willing to sacrifice their life for others if the moment called for it, but to die for an entire FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

2014: Daily Public Prayer Challenge

I do enjoy a challenge.....it's not a resolution, rather, an opportunity to do something you're passionate about without the stress (this is my definition!) I began thinking a few weeks ago about doing something a little different in 2014 that I would enjoy doing and something that would enrich my faith. I have spent the past year learning more about prayer and I have come to cherish the time I spend each day in conversation Read more

Changing Lives and Hearts

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your Heart"  Psalm 37:4 I have no doubt that God places people in our lives and in our path at different times for a purpose. I've experienced this, heard the stories of others who have seen this happen time and time again and just know it's God at work. Today was another one of those opportunities for me..... I was at Moffitt Cancer Center, a followup appointment for MRI's and a trip down the hall to see the doctor. I've moved to "regular attender" in the neuro clinic, lots of "good to see you again", and "welcome back", along with several hugs. They've got the personal touch down to a science! While waiting for FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Elegant Birthday Wishes

Here we are again, I'm really trying to tighten up my timeframe for posting, hopefully in time I'll be back to semi-weekly posts but for now, here's a new one! I'm 2 1/2 months out from surgery and I'm making progress each and every day. There are limitations that I'll have to accept but those seem so insignificant when I count my blessings thus far! After spending a great deal of time in the hospital before and after surgery, I've had the opportunity to see many others, young and old, who are experiencing challenges far worse than mine. I often lift up those in the hospital in prayer, I may not know them or what they're going through but I can certainly pray on their behalf.....we all FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Remembering the Love of a Child

When our grandson Adam comes to visit, we are guaranteed a time of pure excitement, lots of laughs and plenty of hugs. Adam has such a sweet innocent spirit, he has no predetermined judgements, no hostility or angry feelings towards us (even though we have to say "no" on occasion) and no sense of entitlement - he unselfishly gives love to everyone with each smile, hug and kiss. He is a beautiful grandson whom we have grown to love beyond measure and cherish our time with him! In 1 Corinthians 13:11 Paul writes, “When I was a child, I talked as a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." This is my first post in several FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Strength Hope Faith – Finding A Cure

Good morning everyone and welcome back for another post supporting breast cancer and finding a cure! I was browsing the internet and came across a similar layout which I just fell in love with! Notice the image on these two creations? Yes! It's the same image that was used in my previous post which you can read about here. (The image, created by Krista Smith, Saturated Canary LLC is called “Boobie Love”) Since this is a digital image, I was able to resize it and make her bigger with focus on her upper body. I'll be honest in telling you that coloring her with Copics was much easier with the image larger because there are several areas with tight spaces (I was never one to be FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Friends are Friends Forever

C.S. Lewis said “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” Friendships are so wonderful to have and for some, they are life long relationships which become a precious part of our lives. I was commissioned to create a special gift for my friend Joy which she was giving to her friend as a keepsake. Joy and her family are moving and with that, I'm sure, comes mixed emotions. You are excited for what lies ahead but also go through a bit of grieving for relationships that change because of the miles that will be between you. Joy mentioned that her friend was a support and encouragement FULL STORY HERE....... Read more