Happy One Year!

I can’t believe I have been writing my crazy ideas on a blog for a whole year! Not only that, but more than my mom and best friend are reading it! A year ago, I took a risk. I told myself to give it a year and to not give up. I’m sure the million dollar question everyone wants to know is WHY? Why start another blog when there are only about 8 bajillion ones already out there? Well, you see, God told me to.

20140207-094205.jpgI was in this bible study with some sweet, caring and encouraging women learning how to hear from God. Pricilla Shirer laid out six steps to discern his voice

A simple RELATIONSHIP-unfettered by sin or pride.
A single-minded WORSHIP-focused on God and His glory.
A set-apart HOLINESS-determined to live a life that honors Him.
A still ATTENTIVENESS-willing to be silent before Him.
A sold-out HUNGER-passionately pursuing God’s presence.
A servant SPIRIT-submitted to God’s call.

20140207-094258.jpgAt the same time, on my own, I was reading this book byHolly Gerth. According to Holley, a God-sized dream is not about what you think or want to do, but what God knows you can do. He made each of us with special gifts and talents, some which we don’t even realize we have. What if we lived our lives according to the purpose God designed for us to do? WOW!

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Hang in there with me…I think my story may encourage you to take a risk too.
I admit that I like Facebook. I know many who completely despise it, others who log on secretly through their husband’s account, and others who live on it. Depending on who wants to judge, I think I am in the middle….I post things that are of the upmost importance, like my love-hate relationship with my computer, ie: the printer deciding to print the photos a day later after I have already picked them up from Walgreens. I like sharing my family’s adventures and other humorous events in my life. I’ve found it to be priceless for keeping up with friends and family who live far away. Friends and totally random people would make comments on my FB posts, saying how the posts made them smile. For some friends, on the rare occasion that they would log on to FB, they said they would intentionally go to my page knowing they would get a laugh. Hmmmm…thought I. I’ve always loved telling a story. I’m a full body storyteller with my hands waving and sometimes, if the need arises, a little play acting. (Can you say spastic?) I love to tell stories through scrap booking. (This is a little bit calmer, just paper, glue and scissors.)

So as I quiet my mind to listen for God’s voice, I hear the ideas going through my head of what I would do if I had a blog…names, topics, layouts. When the doubter in me raises the facts that I knew nothing about computers, had not a clue where to even begin, and no one would ever read it, I would agreeably laugh and put the idea aside. Then I would read the next chapter of Holley’s book and she said that this will be where you have to trust. I had to have faith that God knows what I am capable of.
So I sheepishly told my secret to my bible study girls. They were overwhelmingly enthusiastic for me! I couldn’t turn back now! So, I bought some books on how to start a blog. I’m sure it took me longer than the normal human being to figure out how to do it, but I did it!

20140207-101659.jpgIn the beginning I would often question my reasoning for doing it. Then God would remind me that the world needs more happy. When you write a blog, anyone, and I mean anyone can read and follow your blog. My host server, WordPress.com, let’s me know when someone has “liked” a post. Having someone like your thoughts is kind neat, so I’d go check out their blog, if they had one. Oh My Stars! In the early days of doubting my reason for blogging, God would have the strangest people liking my post. One time I linked back to this guy’s blog to see a naked guy sitting on Santa’s lap and the blogger was lamenting how he wished he could be on that lap. REALLY?!? No offense, but that gave me the creeps. Another day of doubt brought me to another blogger, who liked my post, who’s mission was to share with the world the power of some mysterious force field, spells and little pink elephants that danced in her living room. Again, seriously?!? What does this all mean? I believe that God was trying to show me that I am needed. The Internet world is filled with all sorts of cynical, depressing, bad, degrading junk. It is very easy to just stubble upon this dark stuff. What if people, like naked-on-Santa’s-lap guy and crazy-pink-elephant girl, just so happened to stumble upon a crazy, Jesus loving, happy blog? What if?

I’m not an expert in anything, but I know that God has given me the gift of being an encourager. I have a happy spirit. I guess, you could call me a “Joy-Spreader“. If I could, I give you a cupcake.

20140207-112004.jpgI write about all sorts of things, faith, family, friends, crafts, adventures. But I pray I can keep on the course laid out for me…to continue to share the joy in this every day, ordinary life.

Seriously…Thank you so much! Thank you for encouraging me to continue by reading, “liking”, sharing and commenting.
Love,

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Somebody Please Shoot me!

Since starting this blogging adventure, I’ve had several people ask where they can “find” me. At bible study one morning, my sweet friend suggested I hand out calling cards with my blog address on it. Great idea, says me! I love having a reason to craft, because I have to make them myself.

The first place any self respecting crafter goes when faced with a project is to check out Pinterest and Etsy.

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Michelle Brusegaard’s sells these gems in her Etsy shop. I’m drawn to the red poppies.

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These funky flowers were found at Zazzle.

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My card needs to reflect who I am and what I like….and I LOVE cupcakes!

But I decided that I wanted to incorporate my cherry “logo” that is at the top of my header on this blog. This of course should be easy!

NOT! Oh my goodness. Remember, I’m going to create all the cards by hand, because I like to make things 1000% harder on myself. I print the pattern out thinking I could cut it into strips for the cards. Well, my printer ink isn’t as strong as I like. It comes out a bit faded.

I want the shape to be different. Let’s use my new Cricut machine, it will cut several of the shape at one time. Great idea! (not)

By the time I figure out how to size the shape I want to cut, find the right paper, (OH and have enough of that paper), the paper doesn’t stick to the mat, thus the cut is ruined….on and on it went.

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My table turned into a huge mess. I couldn’t find what I wanted. I was getting so frustrated.
Then I was saved by a sweet friend who wanted to go to lunch. YES! I needed that break.

After lunch, I went to an office supply store and looked around. There to my tired eyes I found this!

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It was exactly what I wanted…a different shape, not the same old rectangle; cherry printable; and I could jazz it up with some ribbon.

Of course with my persnickety computer, it took a little bit longer to get everything uploaded, but I persevered. Isn’t that like all things worthy in life? Marriage? College? Job? Parenting? It isn’t always easy, in fact it probably is going to be very hard and frustrating at times. But with faith and perseverance good things can happen.

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