December 1st, 2019

Merry Christmas!
Christmas is again upon us and people around the world are busy with their preparations. Christmas is a time for family reunions, for family bonding, renewing friendships, exchanging gifts and attending holiday activities. Christians around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways, following their beliefs and their traditions. Christmas is a time to celebrate. Foremost is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is meant to bring a message of peace and hope.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, please remember to do something kind and unexpected for someone this December.  The world continues to expand it’s need of such people, ones that are kind, thoughtful, loving and generous of spirit. Lets change that,  let’s be the example to the next generation. Plant those seeds of love in your community.  They will eventually grow into an orchard, reflecting God’s love.

Update on Joe
He is doing well.  Our dogs have adapted and adopted him.  He has a vet appointment on Dec 3rd for his last shots for the year.  Here is a photo of Joe-Joe sleeping with the pit bull, Abigail.  That’s Douglas at the other end of the sofa.  Joe-Joe sleeps with Douglas every night.  He shares his love.

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Update on my daughter’s move to Oregon
Things are going really well for the family.  My granddaughter is 6 years old, and has special needs. It appears that she has come to the right place!  She has been receiving better attention (medical, educational) than at her previous location.  It has been a great relief to my daughter to have the professionals in her corner when it comes to the “princess”.  We all want princess to thrive and have the best opportunity for a somewhat normal future.  Princess has so many medical issues.  When she was in utero, she only had one vein sustaining her – therefore, she not only had brain development issues, she had physical development issues too.  She is quite the medical marvel, and we love her so.  My daughter is so awesome with her!  God gave her to the right family!
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Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme:  Tropical Getaway
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Blog Train Designers
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
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Moore Blessings Digital Designs
Brandi White Designs
Lady DGscrap

AND there is more………..
Want more free mini kits?  No problem!  Just participate in the free challenges over at Scraptwist Free4All, and you will receive the kit linked to each challenge you complete.  I have three challenges there.  Here is a snapshot of the kits available (free) in December – the top four previews are mine:
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Scrappin’ Your Heart Out in November

I must apologize for being “quiet” on my blog for awhile………….No worries, all is well.  Just taking down time for myself, being in my quiet space and refreshing my spirit.  Be well, my friends.

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Design Team: Scrappin’ Your Heart Out
Design Theme:  Universal Children’s Day

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November Blog Train

I believe in being open and honest with one another.  I don’t try to pretend that I am above average in any way.  I’m just trying to do my best to do my best – and I fail at that every day.

We all have good days and bad days.  Some of us have bad months, or bad years.  But they are always designed to guide us into safe places, and to mature our faith and trust. Remember Job from the bible?  Although bad things happened to him, he was never alone.  The Lord always walked with him and rewarded him greatly for his strong and enduring faith.

I try to be like Job.  I try to trust that when things are falling apart, that they are really just falling together in a more powerful and pleasing manner.  Often I fail.  Sometimes I focus on what is happening around me, rather than focusing on Him above.  I let myself become overwhelmed, feeling vulnerable, feeling broken, feeling inadequate.  And then I remember who I belong to, and climb out of the silly hole that I dug for myself.  I can trust Him to carry me – and my loved ones – through all things.

So dear friends, I point you to a scripture that is important to me these last few months.  Ephesians 3:20.  I hope that it may fill you with hope when you too are walking through a valley.  You don’t walk that valley alone, either.

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Update on sweet Joe.  He is growing more healthy each day.  His favorite toy is one of my old fluffy socks.  I don’t have as much time to focus on my crafts, but its a lovely sweetness to have a tiny bundle of fur sleeping in my arms.  It makes me appreciate and understand the concept of emotional support animals so much more.  This photo may seem like he is a much bigger kitten than he really is – he still fits in my breast pocket.  I carry him around when I am doing chores or making his milk formula.  He has the tiniest squeak of a voice when he wants to be fed.

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Be well my friends, be safe.  And as best you can, try to be kind to others.

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Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme:  Autumn Splendor

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Songbird Scraps Designs
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Marniejo’s House of Scraps
The Brown Owl
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Moore Blessings Digital Designs
Lady DGScrap
LEA Art Designs
Lori Imel Designs
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And, if you head on over to the Scraptwist Forum and enter the free challenges, you will receive {AGAIN, FREE} the posting bonus mini kit linked to each challenge.  The challenges on the top of the board below are mine, so jump in!

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Scrap Designers – Oct 10th

Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
First snow of the season, here at the ranch. (Gaaahhhhhh!)  I could do without winter, thank you very much.  I love fall and “her” passion for color – hate to see that go by so quickly. But I’ll keep winter at bay with good books and good deeds.  Winter is also a time for a kitchen filled with the scent of baked goods and crockpots of steaming soup.  I will survive.

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Hey.  An update on Little Joe.  So precious.  He has been to the vet three times already, and he has only been with us for two weeks.  But he has gained a full pound in weight, and his eye infections have cleared without permanent harm.  But those sweet eyes – oh my goodness – have captured my heart.  And his little squeak at me, when he wants some milk……..sigh.  The first time he ever purred was the most beautiful sound – like the rhythm of heaven itself!  I knew that he was going to be ok then.  Here is a new photo – as you can see, he loves to be very helpful, as I crochet a new blanket.

My prayer for you today:
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Design Team:  Scrap Designers Blog Train
Design Theme:  Colors of My Life

Although this theme is called “Colors of My Life”, the colors were assigned to us.  I did enjoy working with them, especially the emeralds and grape colors.  I am a fall person, and I love fall colors!

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DOWNLOAD LINKS:
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Patterned Papers
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Blog Train Designers:
Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn
Savage Dezines
Joy’s Creations
Skinni Scraps
Miggins
Promethean Concepts
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Moore Blessings

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