Design Team: Scrapping Your Heart Out
Theme: Enchanted Forest
Date: August 20th, 2018
This month I am 67 years old. And, it is never too late, even after 50 years, to say “Thank You” for a kindness. And sometimes, I think that God plans it all out that way. Let me explain.
Brenda and I were in High School together. We lived in the same area outside of a small town, so we rode the same school bus every day. We just clicked – two geeky wallflowers. We were both very tall for our age, and skinny. She had the bluest eyes, and hair that had never been cut. My family situation was pretty rough, so Brenda’s home was a welcome refuge for me. I loved walking through her family’s apple orchard together as we shared hopes and dreams for the future. The scent of a thousand apple blossoms, the buzz of busy bees, the promise of a fruitful harvest in the fall…. I can still hear her laughter ringing across the canyon of the Columbia River……She was full of light, for no other reason than her open, loving heart.
Brenda died from a brain tumor a few years after high school. Always ever brave and positive, she touched so many lives in such awesome ways and in a short amount of time – but that seems to be the way of it, with God’s special people. His angels move in and out of our lives, leaving such indelible, precious memories. For me, life happened. I moved away from the town and never stayed in touch with her family.
Two years ago, my adult Sunday school teacher asked us if we had ever thanked the person that had encouraged us to make the commitment to be a Christian. I thought about all those years ago with Brenda, and how her family always welcomed me to attend church with them on Sundays. In fact, they bought me my first bible. So I wondered, after all these years, would Brenda’s parents still be living? After a bit of Internet web search, I found Brenda’s mother, still the active and loving person at 93 that she was in my youth. I sent her a letter, thanking her for her guidance and affection all those years ago. And to my delight and many blessings, we now have a regular snail-mail correspondence. In fact, if she doesn’t hear from me on a regular basis, she calls my husband to check up on me. She still provides love and guidance through her letters. She is a widow now, so I do try to mail her every few weeks. It is a great privilege. I feel that God prepared both of us for this loving connection, all those 50 years ago.
So, I encourage you to reach out to those adults that had a positive impact on your youth. A teacher, a neighbor, a friend – Make their day. Show them that their investment of time and energy many years ago, was appreciated and made a difference – and that you will do/have done likewise to pass it on to the next generation.
This month’s Blog Train for the Scrapping Your Heart Out Team of designers is “Enchanted Forest.” The other designer’s work is really awesome for this theme, but I really couldn’t find my groove. I’ve thrown in a few of my brooch extractions, but as usual, the images could be much sharper than they are – but they are just scans from various jewelry catalogs. I hope that you can find something in my pack that you can use.
Please visit the designers in the blog train role – they have worked hard to bring you some very creative work. Please remember that some are in different time zones, so their downloads may not be available today, so come back and check it out tomorrow! The list is below.