Today is gonna be a good day.
How can I tell? Well, for starters, the SUN came out for a while this morning and as the clouds are finally moving out, I can see patches of blue sky as I type this.
I know we need the rain, but I'm really not a rainy day type of girl. I'm beginning to wonder if I need to get one of those light boxes - you know, the ones they use up in the great north when the sun doesn't come out for days? Gray, rainy days make me sleepy and slow and really suck all the energy out of my space. My best friend Missy on the other hand, used to LOVE rainy days! She would always be so happy for the chance to curl up with a book and a cup of tea and just listen to the rain. It made her feel cozy she'd say. Made her slow down a bit. Missy's cancer took her home to be with the Lord 5 years ago and I wonder if she's putting a bug in God's ear that we need to slow down a bit here. Take time to appreciate His gifts to us. Hmmm....That's a good thought and I think I'll ponder that a bit more.
But for now, how about another Christmas card idea? This is one that we made at my Christmas in September class last month.
Another super quick and easy card - the hardest thing is the bow - really!
I used Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock; Letters to Santa Designer Paper and Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon.
The stamp set is Merry and Type - it's seeing lots of use in the studio this season as it's my FAVORITE new Christmas set. Well, ok, not my only favorite, but ONE of them!
The stamping is done with Blushing Bride and Riding Hood Red Classic Inks and I used Crumb Cake for the sponging and spritzing on the background. The focal point is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals, but it's really a pretty flat card so it'll be easy to mail.
So, I have to give you an update on my crazy life stuff. Many, many of you sent me e-mails and Facebook messages last week when I shared my hurting heart with you and I love and appreciate all of you so, so much. I have to just say that I'm praising God today for the miracle He's working in this difficult situation. And I don't use that word lightly. When you take a sucker punch and find yourself reeling from the weight and pain of it, it's hard to see your way to resolution and restoration. But I believe, because of His grace alone, He's allowed me to extend forgiveness and love in this situation in a completely supernatural way. And I am grateful every minute for it. I'm finding that it's a minute by minute choice sometimes - to forgive, to love; but I know full well the dangers of unforgiveness and that's not a road I'd want anyone to go down.
Today, I'm seeing blue sky in more ways than one and it's a joyful day for me. Thank you so much for your caring hearts and open arms. You are all a blessing to me!
Have an awesome day!