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I Scrapped!!!

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After a long drought of not creating a single scrapbooking layout, I have finally scrapped again!! It's not like I haven't wanted to scrap or had lost the love for it, but rather inspiration just wasn't coming. I was having trouble justifying spending time on something "fun" when I should be doing something else around the house. Have you been there? 
However, as I thought about it, I remembered that scrapbooking isn't just for my fun and enjoyment (though it is that!), but in the process, I am preserving memories and family history for my children; I'm telling the story of our life and what we believe. That is important to me.
So, this past Saturday, I set aside at least an hour of my time for some scrappin'. I found a simple sketch, got out a single photo and went to scrappin'! I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt so good to be back at it again! I hope this "broke the ice" and started the creative juices flowing again!




Linking To... Strut Your…

On the Menu: Cheddar Chicken Pie

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I trust you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a productive week!


This week's menu...
Monday:Cheddar Chicken Pie Tuesday:  Meatloaf (my secret recipe!) Wednesday:  Dinner at Church Thursday:  Fish Sandwiches Friday:  Pizza Saturday:  Fettuccine Alfredo

Linking to: Menu Plan Monday

He Lives!

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He Lives by Alfred Henry Ackley

I serve a risen Savior   He's in the world today. I know that He is living,   Whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy;   I hear His voice of cheer; And just the time I need Him   He's always near.
In all the world around me   I see His loving care, And though my heart grows weary,   I never will despair; I know that He is leading,   Through all the stormy blast; The day of His appearing   Will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,   Lift up your voice and sing Eternal hallelujahs   To Jesus Christ the King! The Hope of all who seek Him,   The Help of all who find, None other is so loving,   So good and kind.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives?     He lives within my heart.

Happy Resurrection Day!!

On the Menu

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One of my goals for the year is to have a working and consistent menu. I'm still working on it, but thought I would share my menu for dinners this week...
Monday:  Hot Ham Sandwiches Tuesday:  Parmesan Chicken Wednesday:  Pizza Thursday:  Roast (in the crockpot) Friday:  Breakfast for dinner

Linking to:
Motivate Me Monday Menu Plan Monday Craft-O-Maniac

Safe In His Arms

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Safe in the Arms of Jesus by Fanny Crosby
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears! Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is over;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
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On April 17, 2007 we lost our unborn baby at 14 weeks pregnant.  What a comfort it is to know that not only is our little one safe in the arms of Jesus, but som…

Using SCAL on a Card

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The creative person in me frequently finds the need to express itself and when time runs short, making a card is a quick "fix"!


This card was a little more detailed and involved than most cards I make. All of the elements on this card were cut out on my Cricut using my SCAL program. (by the way, SCAL is on sale for a good price right now HERE!) The vine, butterfly, scalloped oval and scalloped rectangle frame were adjusted from original downloads to suit what I needed for the card. The dark brown squiggly border, however, I created myself - a new experience and quite fun! I actually just "welded" a bunch of "§" symbols together! I love how it came out!

As you can see, I also used my sewing machine on the card in a couple areas. (I did this before putting the card together) I used only plain cardstock, but dressed it up some by using the polka-dot stamp from Stampabilities on the light brown/yellow paper. Other stamps used were Studio G. Then, I hand-doodl…

Through a Child's Lens: 3

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Last month, I missed posting a photo from my 5-yr. old's camera primarily due to the fact that he has been taking more video than still pictures. He thinks he's making his own movies!
As I browsed through his photos today, I found this one that showed his creativity in capturing my husband while he was driving. Aside from lightening it some, the photo is original, I did not crop it. Notice the side of my husband's head on the left of the image and his reflection in both mirrors. Not bad for a 5-yr. old!

Please feel free to share a photo taken a child and post a link in your comment. 
Read more about Through a Child's Lens.

Afraid of What?

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This poem has been on my heart and mind for the last several days and I thought I would share it with you as well.


"Afraid? Of what?"
By E. H. Hamilton
Afraid? Of what? To feel the spirit's glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that? 
Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Saviour's face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace,
The glory gleam from wounds of grace.
Afraid? Of that? 
Afraid? Of what?
A flash - a crash - a pierced heart;
Brief darkness - Light - O Heaven's art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that? 
Afraid? Of what?
To enter into Heaven's rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that? 
Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not -
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid? Of that? 

Read the history behind this poem HERE.