We Believe Blog Train – May 15th

I’m taking a break from designing, but will return with a renewed sense of energy and  purpose.  I wish you much health and happiness.  If you would like to check out my mini-kits from last year’s Scraptwist Forum Challenges, you can find them on the “Challenges” tab, above.

Design Team:   We Believe Blog Train
Design Theme:  Helpful

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May 1st Blog Train

Dear Friends –

I’ll be taking a break from designing for awhile, as I need to refresh myself.  I will be posting one more blog train on the 15th, and then begin my break.

“Taking a creative break from the work you love is how you sustain doing the work you love”

The above quote is from Meg.  Her blog is  “That Hummingbird Life“.  If you want to read more, follow the link – be forewarned – her conversations can be a little salty, shall we say.  But sometimes truth doesn’t have the luxury of pretty words to express itself.

It’s been a difficult month for my family, emotionally.  My husband lost his best friend one week, then my dear friend passed away a week later.  THEN,  a week later, we had to put our elderly lab down.  A one-two-three punch.  So I just need some quiet time.  Let my roots grow deep into the earth, and stabilize myself a bit.
Quiet Retreat 4It seems poor timing, taking a break – given that so many are at home due to COVID-19. But I must.  I’m not sure how long I will need – A month perhaps, maybe more.   Thank you for your gracious understanding and support.

 

 

Butters and PearlFluffy Update:  The kittens are growing and more active.  First up is Butters and Pearl.  Pearl is on the right.  Butters is a bit bigger, and more roughhouse that Pearl.  You can find Butters and Gemma wrestling about with each other quite a bit, and playing hide and seek.

 

Emma

Then there is the runt of the litter, sweet Emma.  The only one that has the full tortoise shell colors like her mother.  She was so timid at first, but is now becoming the first one that explores and climbs.  With those little claws, she has become an expert at climbing up their cat tower.  It has three levels, and she has made it to level one so far.  Won’t be long before she reaches the top.

 

Reggie

And then there is Gemma (ne: Reggie).  She is the biggest kitten of the bunch.  A very mellow one.  Her paws have the tortoise shell markings, so she has unusual coloring. She is my favorite, but I try to give all of the fluffs the same attention.  Look at that precious face!  

 

 

 

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Design Theme:  Kindness is Contagious

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April 1st – Scraptwist Blog Train

Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme:  Write It Down

Snow is falling here this morning, heavy, wet, powerful.  Almost as if trying to quiet the world for a bit, turning down the noise, the fear, the frantic worry of so many.  The snow calls to me, be still, be calm, this too shall pass.  Just put one foot in front of the other, move through it with the strength, dignity and compassion that reflects who you are.  Sometimes the world moves farther away from the light of Jesus – but remember who you are.  Remember who you belong to.  Continue to be the light to those around you.

Corona Virus –
If there was ever a time to be kind to one another – it’s now.  So much is happening around the world with the COVID-19 impact.  I live in Oregon.  We were given the order to stay at home on March 23rd.  Things are much different in these wide, open spaces of farmland and our tiny town of 500 residents.  Businesses are small, and note-to-self...march-29thpaychecks are smaller.  Every family has been impacted in one way or another.  Our local high school is preparing meals for seniors, to either be picked up curb-side, or delivered to the infirm.  The students earn their community service hours, which is a requirement to graduate in our school system.  We have had a few COVID-19 cases in neighboring towns, but they were placed under control very quickly.  We are optimistic and doing what we can to visit with friends and family long distance via cell phone, Facetime and ZOOM. Even our small church is live-streaming services on Facebook.  (Facebook.com/covecalvary/)  And as for “Social Distancing” – I’ve been practicing that for years – I’ve just called it being an introvert.  Be safe.  Be well.

Life goes on – Maddie our barn cat has had four beautiful, precious fur babies.  She is such a good mother, too.  So far she is very protective and doesn’t let us get too close to them.  We have three orange cats and one tortoise shell, like her mother.   As of today, April 1st, they are 13 days old.  Here is a photo of them at 8 days old.  The dark one we call Emma.
20200327_081439We don’t yet have names for the others until we can tell if they are male or female.  I can’t wait to start socializing them.  I feel sorry for my husband because I do not know how he is going to get these babies adopted and away from me.  I want to keep them all.  Emma is staying put, right in my arms and heart. 

gUEzx3Ft-35069077Jo-Jo, our last adopted cat, can’t seem to figure out why Maddie is multiplying from one cat to five.   He is totally freaked out about it.  He is almost 8 months old now – hard to believe.  He gives Maddie and kittens a wide birth, which is probably a good thing at the moment.  His own version of social distancing.

Here are my gifts to you, from my heart:

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We Believe Blog Train 3.15.20

Are you worried about the Coronavirus, COVID-9?  Let me know your thoughts on that.  I went into WalMart to buy some hand sanitizer for our church, and there was none to be had. We have an elderly congregation, so I thought that I might take some basic precautionary measures.  Guess we will just stick to hand washing and clorox wipes.
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Recently adopted barn cat, “Maddie”.  She is not so keen on having her photo taken.  She is expecting babies, maybe in a few weeks.  Trying to keep her inside and well fed.  Will keep you updated on the baby watch.  I told my DH that we are going to have to build a new extension to the house – All of these rescue animals in a small home takes a lot of love, and a lot of work.
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We Believe Blog train

Design Team:  We Believe
Design Theme:  So Loved – John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)

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February Blog Train

For my Friend:
If God could close the lion’s mouth for Daniel, part the red sea for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison door for Peter, put a baby in Sarah’s arms and raise Lazarus from the dead, then He can certainly take care of you.  Have faith in His promises – He will bring you through this.  He hears our prayers and will bend down to wipe every tear away, in victory.

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Design Theme:  Kaleidoscope

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If you use the computer background that I made, could you please let me know if the size is correct for you?  Thank you.

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Also, if you participate in any of the free challenges over on the Scraptwist Free4All Forum, you will receive the free kit linked to that challenge, as a posting bonus.  I host three of those challenges, by the way.  The theme for this month is “Sewing Bee”.  Here is a preview of all of the posting bonus mini-kits:
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Welcome January 2020

We all take our turn at one time, or another.  Walking through shadows or walking through darkness.  Some of us much earlier than expected.  Our true nature is revealed during these trying times.  Some people are awesome at it.

I’m very blessed with a dear friend that has shown me the true meaning of faith, grace under pressure, and being a godly woman.  Such courage.  Such strength. Such beautiful peace.   Simply, awesome.  My friend has late stage IV cancer.  Very aggressive. Diagnosed just last month and given just a few more months of time.  Precious time.  She has a family – a devoted husband, and three healthy and awesome sons.  She remains a bubbly, happy person.  She is one of those people that lights up a room.   She is beautiful in mind, body and spirit.  She makes you feel so special, so loved, so important.  Those blue eyes grab your heart, and doesn’t let go – she is FEARLESS.   God chose her for this journey – not me or you.  I am looking for the wisdom of it, somewhere between the pages of my emotions.  I ask myself:  How can this experience make me a better person?  How can this make me worthy?  I seek those answers and perhaps, I shall find them somewhere along the way.

My friend graduates soon into paradise, and one day we will all be together again, those of us that believe in eternal life.   I believe that if God doesn’t work His many gifts upon her, He will work them in the people surrounding her at this time.  The medical personnel, the friends, the families……Who knows how many will reach out to Him, because of her?

Is this a time to be sad?  God chooses the time – God chooses the way.  And his ways are perfect.  I must admit, it’s hard to reconcile our hearts and minds with our spiritual nature (belief in heaven and eternal life) and our human nature (heartbroken, lonely, and grieving their absence).  But I think that somehow, we can blend the two. Somehow, we must pour that grieving energy into something good. Let it transform our hearts and minds, let us become more like Jesus, to see others with His eyes and to love them with His heart.

After all, we are just walking each other home to heaven.  So let’s do it with love, patience, kindness and understanding.  May God always bless you with his unconditional love during this new year of 2020.

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Design Theme:  Word Play
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