Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The journaling for the Present divider says: I try to make decisions based upon what I will wish I had done when I look back on this time 20 years from now. This helps me end up with a lot less regrets even though it isn't always easy to do. I want my life to please God and this helps.
The journaling for the General divider says: Someday, when I’ve gone ahead of them to Heaven and our children are looking at this scrapbook, I hope that the words of the following song will be true of my life. I want to live my life now so that it will be.
Find Us Faithful
by Steve Green
We're pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who've gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift though all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.
Journaling reads: My first house was in Jacksonville, FL. While I lived in a total of 3 different houses growing up, this one means the most to me. It’s the only house where my whole family, parents and siblings, lived together. This is the house where we all have common memories and family stories. Since I’m so much younger than the others, they started "leaving the nest" when I was 3 years old. By the time we left this house, four of them were already married, out on their own or in college. This house is across the street from our elementary school, Central Riverside Elementary. I loved going to school where my brothers and sisters had attended. I am the only one of the six of us that didn’t attend, at least for one year, the high school where Mom graduated. I always thought going to the same school Mom did would be pretty neat!
Mom kept geraniums (usually pink and/or red) growing in pots on the porch. There were azaleas growing in front of the porch. My love of houses with porches probably comes from loving the porch & balcony on this house. There was always plenty of room to play on the porch to keep out of the Florida sun or during rainy days. This house was HOME.
Journaling says: This picture was our Christmas card in 1965. I was just over a year old when it was taken. Because I am so much younger than my other brothers & sisters, all my life they’ve teased me about being "the baby." My sisters were 16, 14, & 12 and my brothers were 8 & 5 when I was born. I’ve loved being part of a big family. My older sisters used to argue over who got to take care of me, partially because whoever took care of me didn’t have to do the housework. My brothers definitely knew how to tease but they were also my protectors. If there was ever any trouble, I always knew they’d care for me. I treasure the special memories about each of my siblings from during those "growing up" years.
Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
It never struck me before in this way, but the Bible says there’s beauty in holiness.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2
The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:25-26
It’s so hard to wait quietly but it’s comforting to know that the Lord will provide strength to do so.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Over the weekend we were offered a pure-bred, Persian kitten. He's 6 months old, weighs 5 lbs., and has tabby markings. We got him on Sunday and he already thinks he owns the house. He's smaller than he looks.
The "big boys" Sam & Tigger pretty much just ignore him. We've been surprised that Tigger wasn't more angry about his arrival. Sasha is terrified of him. She's found a new perch high up on my scrapbook shelves and that's where she spends most of her time now. She's gradually getting better but it's slow going.
Since he thinks he's "king of the castle" and since he's a Persian, we decided to name him Darius after the biblical Persian king. So here's our new addition:
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
10 AM Challenge -- We were given a LO (layout) to scraplift (aka copy and make our own slight changes -- for instance, the original used a portait 5 x 7, I turned the LO and used a landscape 5 x 7). The colors are a little washed out -- they're pretty cream, green & pinks. This is my favorite LO of the day.
There's a hidden journaling tag on the left of the pic (where the "K" is) that says, Oh the difference 15 years makes. Small pic 4-20-92 Focal Pic 8-07 Our adorable toddler is now a lovely young lady.
Noon Challenge -- we were given a choice of two LO as examples and were told our focus was to be: Journaling Strips, Circles, and a 2-PAGE LAYOUT that has something that "flows from one page to the other. I did my own design rather than scraplift one of the examples.
The journaling strips on this one say: Kendra has been sick for much of 2007. Her birthday was no exception. Since she was feeling so lousy, we celebrated her birthday quietly with just the three of us. While she did "fix up" a little, she felt like she looked horrible, so that's why there are no pictures of her looking at the camera. She had gallbladder surgery about 2 weeks later. At her request, we had the family favorite, Oreo Ice Cream Dessert, in stead of a cake. Dad says, "It's not my birthday, why are you taking my picture?"
2PM Challenge -- We were to scraplift one of two given LOs. The one I chose required the use of an adjective as the title. Since I know I'll eventually do at least one more LO with other pics from this wedding, I didn't do any journaling on it. VERY unusual for me. :) In real life, the background paper is a deep rose-red.
4 PM Challenge -- We were to make our own embellishment "sticker" that had a word and definition. I actually did two and used a word & definition on each page of the following LO. It's also for a circle journal about music. I was to tell what part music plays in my life and what my favorite Praise & Worship music (if any) is.
The journaling says: Music has always been a big part of my life. I began taking piano lessons when I was four years old. My piano teacher moved a year later so I had a two year hiatus until I began taking lessons again when I was seven. Except for one year, I took piano lessons until I was seventeen. When I was in the 8th grade, I began taking voice lessons as well. I continued with them thru high school and my two years at college. I had the soprano leads in two high school musicals, sang for several area social clubs, in audition choirs at school, in the church choir and for special music at church. Since Tim & I have been married, I’ve continued my singing in the church music program. Three years ago I was diagnosed with asthma and could no longer sing in the choir. For almost a year, I could hardly sing at all. I still don’t sing in the choir but am able to sing solos, duets with Tim and in our trio with another lady in the church.
I prefer more traditional music and am not overly fond of music with a contemporary sound. However, there are several songs that I really like the words and would enjoy them a lot more without all the drums and such in the background! :) These songs are “In Christ Alone,” I Can Only Imagine,” and “I’ll Praise You in the Storm.” I enjoy songs that call my attention to worshiping Christ. My current favorite is one we sing each Sunday morning at the beginning of the church service. The words are: Jesus, be Jesus in me No longer me, but Thee Resurrection power Fill me this hour Jesus, be Jesus in me. Praise - the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship Worship - reverent honor and homage paid to God.
6 PM Challenge -- We were given a digital LO to scraplift. I chose to do one of Tim's cat Prissy. We had to have Prissy put to sleep this past April. This is one of our favorite pictures of her.
8PM Challenge -- For the final challenge of the day, we were given a LO with a lot of handstitching on it to scraplift. I did all my stitching with a pen instead of needle & thread. I've been wanting to scrap these pics for awhile. They're from 1994 and are when Ian, Kendra, Jeremy, Trevor, Dad & I went to the beach at Ocean City, NJ.