Friday, February 27, 2009

Memory verse

I just realized that I never posted my Feb. 15th memory verse. I have been working on it though. It's a good thing because Sunday is the day for #5. I haven't been able to memorize this many verses since I was a little girl in Sunday school. I still remember some of them, but the fact that I am actually doing this now is amazing to me. All I can say is that the Holy Spirit is helping or I wouldn't be!

I started learning this out of the NIV, then read it in the NKJV and decided I liked it better. So here goes (let's see if I can do it from memory):

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy Name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5
There! I had to peek at a couple of words, but all in all, not too bad.
On the LPM blog, they have asked if anyone wants to share what this has meant to them. I know that I have regularly "recited" my verses and am so happy that it is a way to direct my thoughts to God and away from negative thoughts. That in itself is a true blessing!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Did some creating

I had a chance to make a page over the weekend. I saw a layout with this same title in Scrapbooks Etc magazine. I've wanted to do a page about Aubrey ever since. It is so perfect for her!
Journaling says: Always in motion. Always in a hurry. Always learning. Journaling at the bottom of the page: Traveling at the speed of "toddler".
I used some Sassafras paper, Basic Grey and Maya Road chipboard, Distress Ink by Ranger, Heidi Swapp flower some misc. cardstock and buttons.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Some weeks are just a blur

Sometimes it seems that life just goes by in a blur and at some point we look back and wonder where the time went. This last week has been one of those times. On Monday we were busy preparing for Aubrey, age one, to come and stay a couple of days while Lily had her tonsilectomy. It's always fun to have them all to ourselves. Just being in charge of their care, able to play and sing and observe their sweet baby ways is a real joy to me. We bought the kind of milk she drinks and some things we know she likes to eat and got the house "ready" for a little one.

Aubrey came over on Monday evening so she wouldn't have to get up at the same ungodly hour as the rest of her family for their trip to LeBonheur. We got to play a bit and then tucked into bed. We were anxious about Lily's surgery, mainly because we knew at her age (3) it would be difficult for her to understand what was about to happen and, afterwards, to understand her limitations and the things necessary for her recovery.

Tuesday morning we got word that the surgery had begun. All went very well and other than being scared when she woke up in the recovery room, everything looked good. We received regular updates by text message which kept us from worrying so much. We knew what was happening at every stage. I'm so thankful for the technology to do thatl. Aubrey wasn't sure what was going on when she woke up in a strange place, out of her routine and away from her Mama. But after a bit of snuggling and reassuring, she seemed to enjoy being the center of attention and spent much of the day in someone's lap reading her favorite books.

Tuesday evening we received a picture via cellphone showing Lily sitting up in bed enjoying strawberry ice cream. Yeah! This is beyond our expectations and we are delighted.

Wednesday morning, however was a different story. Lily has decided that eating and drinking are not going to happen. She must be taking food and drink in order for them to take out her IV and dismiss her to go home. No way she's going for that. So for the next 2 days, we all wait for word that the Princess is ready to cooperate. Meanwhile, the new is wearing off for us here at home and I'm getting tired! Keeping up with Aubrey and keeping her away from the buttons on the TV, DVD playerm cable box and surround sound, not to mention all the plugs and power strips in the house that she can find, is proving to be a FULL time job!

Finally on THURSDAY they decide to remove her IV to see if she will drink when her body doesn't feel so hydrated and she feels she needs to drink. By this time, eating is not a problem. The child has eaten pizza, chicken strips, grapes, french get the picture. Sure enough she does take some juice, but not enough for the doctors to be satisfied. So they say that they will start the IV back up, wait to see if she eats supper and then make a decision about going home. She and her parents have about had enough of the hospital room by now and are beyond ready to get out of there! Finally, the orders to dismiss her come up to the nurse and they head for home around 9PM. We decide that Aubrey should stay here another night so that they won't have to get her out in the cold so late. That was a hard thing for them, I know they were ready to re-unite their little family.

But Friday morning, that reunion happened. Lily and Aubrey were very glad to see each other, and of course Amy was glad to have them all at home. Lily is pretty much back to her Princess self and hopefully will be able to get the restful sleep she has been missing due to those tonsils.

I've had a really good night's sleep and some rest so life is good. It's been a long time since I had the full responsibility of a toddler for that long. It's hard work! Not that I didn't already respect all that Amy does as a stay-at-home mom, but I had a renewed respect for her! Anybody who thinks that they are lazy because they don't have a job needs to come talk to me!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Catching up on projects

Here is a page I made using some stash stuff. It has been sitting around for about a year now just waiting for the right time. This is a page about Aubrey's first day home last January. Fancy Pants paper, Bazzill Bling cardstock (pink), Fancy Pants ribbon and a felt flower I cut using a Fancy Pants diecut as a pattern. The title was cut with Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook. The layout is based on a sketch from Becky Fleck's book Page Maps.

Teacher Gifts

I made Lily's teacher and helpers gifts for the Valentine Party at school. I used Cricut and cut out ladybugs which I embellished with wire antennae and glitter on their spots. The little heart on the wire says "Be my Love Bug". I found the cute little jars at Hobby Lobby. We filled them with M&M's.

The bag in the background was a plain white gift bag and I cut a heart and glued it on so that they would have something to carry them to school in. I used the Doodlecharms cartridge.

Happy Valentine's Day

Today is a great day to spend with someone you love. It doesn't have to be some big romantic thing, just spending time with someone who is special to you and being thankful to have them in your life...that's what I'm talking about.

Eugene and I do have a tradition now that started a few years ago. He ventures into my scrapbook room and makes me a card. The first year that he did it, I was so surprised and taken aback that he would actually venture into my craft space and attempt something like that. I still giggle to think of his description of the event. By the time he had found cardstock and folded it, snagged a red ink pad and opened it (no small feat if you are familiar with Stampin' Up ink pads), located a heart stamp and applied said stamp to ink then paper, he was a nervous wreck. I loved it so much that it has become an every year thing. This year he did not disappoint. I do so look forward to his once-a-year creation. I love him so much!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

February 1st memory verse

I am working on my next memory verse for the LPM blog. This is what I chose:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord?
or who has been his counselor?
Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen
Romans 11:33-36 (NIV)
It is a bit longer than my others, but so far it seems to not be too difficult.
My Thursday night Bible Study group starts again tonight. I cannot wait to get going! We are doing Beth Moore's A Heart Like His. I know it is going to be great, because they always are.