Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Life In Full Bloom April 2016 Blog Train!!

Whew, this month just flew by!! So many things going on! We had my oldest daughter's birthday, then my hubby surprised me with a trip to Florida, just the two of us!!! We spent a lot of time hanging out, laughing (Eric is such a ham), studying God's word, just meditating on God together, praying at the beach (it was sooooo nice and peaceful and quiet, and surprisingly COLD) and then we watched "Risen" at the theater!! We came home renewed, refreshed, and encouraged!! Its amazing what a couple of days away can do, ha ha:) Then we prepared for Easter! My kids knew it was in the air when we bought lots of eggs, Easter grass, the cutest bunnies, table decorations, etc....I really wanted a super cute table, on a super cheap budget, ha ha. I ended up using some old things I had, with just two new bunnies I found at Big Lots! My daughter loved them because she is a huge Beatrix Potter fan and they sort of had that look. Then I made a traditional white coconut cake for the center, and it was complete!

We had the best Easter! Easter Egg hunts, lots of friends (which we consider family), great food, great fellowship, just the best time!! Then, the next day all decorations came down, and my sweet hubby cleaned everything (he can not sit down for a second) while I finished the brunt of this sweet new Pixel Scrapper April 2016 Blog Train kit- Life In Full Bloom! I had already had a few items photo'd and extracted, ideas rolling around in my head, but still need to finish and polish it up!! I really had the best time with these BEAUTIFUL colors!! I didn't get as much done as I had originally planned, but I think it still turned out cute! I LOVE the theme as well! Life surely is in full bloom here, with all the flowers popping up, the trees growing their leaves out finally!! It is starting to look so beautiful and rich and green around here with splashes of color here and there!! AND starting to really warm up!! Yay, come on SPRING!! Well, here is my part of this beautiful blog train:

I hope you enjoy it and can use it!! AND don't forget to run back to Pixel Scrapper April 2016 Blog Train- Life In Full Bloom to grab all the rest of this train!! It is mindblowingly beautiful! Oh how I am amazed at all the beautiful artwork that sprung up all over this blog train! All those super talented designers! Don't forget to leave them some love!!

I really love the idea of "Life In Full Bloom"! As a christian, I can't help but think about how we bloom as we grow with Christ! It starts out as a seed, planted in our heart! Then, the more time we spend with our heavenly Father, reading His Word (truth), and praying and worshiping Him, we are nourished, and start growing spiritually! Our passions in life become His passions in life! Our hope lies only in Him and all His promises! We start loving Him more than our life here on Earth! It is a beautiful picture of a flower blooming to its full potential, for His purpose, to maturity in Christ! Our fragrance becomes our worship to Him and how we live our life for Him! We, as Christians, must bloom where God has planted us. Wherever we are in life, whatever we have to offer, we must do all for His glory, however small what we have to offer may seem to be!! After all, He is the one that gave us any good thing we have to offer, our talents, our desires, our abilities!! We must be humble enough to know that even the very calling to Him was because He loved us first, and called us to Him himself, even that we can not boast in!! Thank you Jesus for saving us from ourselves, given us a higher calling in life, May we bloom beautifully for you, giving you all the glory wherever you have planted us in life!!! And May God bless each and everyone of you and your precious families!! Lots of  love!!!!!!!

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  
                                                                   2 Corinthians2:14  NKJV
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
                                                                   1 Corinthians 7:24  NKJV
 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God              
                                                           Psalm 92:13  NKJV

Monday, February 29, 2016

Unwind March 2016 Blog Train Freebie!!

This month's theme for the Pixel Scrapper March 2016 Blog Train is "Unwind" and the colors are
just beautiful, once again! They make me think of spring, which is right around the corner, although, with today's weather, I felt like it was already here. And with the theme "Unwind" rolling around in 
my head, I really couldn't think of a better way to unwind, for me, than to sit outside with a cup of coffee, watching my son collect "treasures" from around the yard and my hubby sitting next to me talking about a little of everything while the sun wrapped its rays around us with its long awaited familiar warmth, and a cool breeze to remind us that we are almost there, but not quite yet:) So what do you do to unwind a bit after a long day, or season, or family drama, haha! Some people have a
glass of wine, some go to the spa ( my version of a spa day is the miracle of getting to shave my
legs) some people go on vacations, (yeah, that does not happen with me either, my vacation is when my boys sleep in their own bed and I can actually sleep with room to move my legs around). I guess, for me, its putting on my pj's (not the ones I wear all day, haha,just kidding, I do actually get dressed sometimes), climbing into my bed at the end of the day with Netflix at my full disposal (so many choices) with a big plate of chocolate cake and a glass of milk (THAT GOLD RIGHT THERE)!! I would say "I HAVE ARRIVED", but then  I get even more excited when my hubby says he will put the kids to bed and I don't have to worry about it)!!! OH YEAH!! Yep, I'm on top of the world!!!!!!
Yeah, I know I'm sad:) Haha!!  I also love to unwind with a cup of coffee (my IV) and
like I said before, hanging out with hubby talking about everything, politics, Jesus, quantum mechanics (this is where he talks and I think about that new lip gloss at Sephora that I WILL find the drugstore knockoff that looks IDENTICAL to it for cheaper), and all the family drama that we will be fighting for that last muscle relaxer over to deal with over the next week! So yeah, coffee, netflix, pj's, anything sweet, drugs, and LOTS of prayer,haha, I guess that's how I unwind these days, and of course, designing,haha:) 

Anyways, I had a lot of fun making this kit and I really hope you will enjoy it and can use it:)
Here is my part!!

This blog train is so much fun and I know that whatever ways you find to unwind, you'll be
sure to find something on this train that will relate, as it is so versatile and fun! So be sure to run back
over to the Pixel Scrapper March 2016 Blog Train- Unwind to get the rest of the contributions and be sure to also leave some love along the way:) May God bless you all and I pray you will rest in the Lord be blessed during this month and all year long!!! Hugs:) 

"In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)

114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:114 (NKJV)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For The Love Feb. 2016 Blog Train Freebie!!

I absolutely fell in love with the colors that were used in the Pixel Scrapper Blog Train for this month!! Every year in February, my eyes glaze over at the most beautiful combinations of
reds and pinks and hearts and cupcakes and more hearts and doilies, and on and on of anything
that just says " I love you"!! I literally go to stores just to walk down the ailes and soak
it all in!! I know, maybe I am a little "too" obsessed with color and texture and just the beauty
of it all. I just can't help it, it makes me happy:) So when I saw the colors and the theme "For The 
Love", I was happy, very happy:) I definitely wanted to participate if I could squeeze some time in:)
So every other day after physical therapy, I would come home, pop an 800 ml of Ibuprofen in, put 
super fluffy (and colorful I might add) socks on my feet, curl up in my computer chair and
immerse myself in the beautiful world of colors, doodles, and all other kinds of possibilities
as I have magazines all around me turned to pages oozing of sweet Valentine goodness, 
inspiration, colors, and ideas that make me, just happy!! I hope you enjoy it, along with all
the other great Valentine love that this blog train will bring!!!! I had so much fun with it that I
also made some Journal Cards to go with it:)
 Here is my part:)

This kit consists of 13 papers and 75 super sweet elements, and
16 adorable 3x3 journal cards to add some smoochable love
to any scrapbook page or designs:)  

Don't forget to also run back over to Pixel Scrapper Feb. 2016
Blog Train- For The Love to pick up all
the other super sweet contributions to this month, and leave them
some love in return!!

Hugs and smooches to you
all, and I pray that Jesus will bless us all this month of  LOVE as
we remember that we love Him, because he first LOVED us!!!
Happy Valentines Month!!

1 John 4:7-12World English Bible (WEB)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice[a] for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8World English Bible (WEB)

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud,doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.