Design Team: Scrap Designers
Theme: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Designer: The Rush Ranch
When I wake up in the morning, it is usually still dark outside. I have one of those minds that wakes me up after just a few hours of sleep. I usually lay there under my blankets for a bit, gazing out at the shadow of trees beyond my window. The little chickadees gather there in the branches, waiting for sunrise. Then they flutter down to the bird feeders on the front porch, enjoying breakfast before their busy day. It’s our cat’s favorite part of the day, watching the birds eating breakfast. Mornings are a happy time at the Rush Ranch.
I’m doing great with the knee surgery recovery. I’ve had a few ups and downs, but that’s normal. During my first few days in the hospital, I had trouble with the strong painkillers that they were giving me. I couldn’t keep them down. I had a visit from our interim Pastor and his wife, and, you guessed it – I needed a barf bag while they were present. But, what a friends for, eh? I was very grateful for their prayers, and how they gracefully handled my predicament. Eventually the surgical team switched my meds to something less intense, but not as effective in controlling the pain – but I was ok with that. I currently hold the record for the number of barf bags used in a single day at that hospital.
This “downtime” has given me the time to slow down and appreciate the small things, especially my family and friends. Friends have brought snacks and dinners, sent silly cards, or texted messages of encouragement. You, the readers of this blog, have sent such wonderful words of inspiration and kindness! I feel like you and I are friends, too. Thank you for your thoughts, comments, and prayers. All of it is a soothing balm, a calming influence, and a precious reminder that we are all linked together by our desire to boldly make a positive impact to our story. OUR STORY. Our history. Our future. Humbly, I shout out a sincere “Thank you”.
My oldest grandson is 23 years old. We had a deep conversation yesterday. The same one you all have with your loved ones. Our future, and who we become, is defined by our personal choices in life – we are not defined by good or bad parents, wealth or poverty, or our “lot in life”. You start where you are, and work your way up, and/or out. You put in the time. You sharpen your skills. You apply solid attributes based upon truth and kindness to your decision-making. You apply yourself now with strength of character in whatever your current endeavor, with the knowledge that it will fill out your life skills so that you move forward with confidence. The short lesson? You don’t become a jerk or an alcoholic because your dad was. You don’t blame others for your lot in life. Any thoughts about this line of reasoning?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope…..” Jeremiah 29:11
Over at the Scrap Designer’s group, the theme for this month is “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. I hope that you will find something in my mini-kit that will work well for your own designs. I have been going a little crazy these last few times with the plaid papers. I can’t seem to stop designing them. I am using a ” Photoshop action” by designer Elif Sahin. I hope that you find the plaids go well with my watercolor papers, as I am trying to make “soft” plaids, rather than patterns with very distinct lines.
I also tried to design a little girl, but as with my animals, I have not yet developed a specific, consistent style. I imagine that the more I design them, the more I will eventually “land” on a style that suits me well. I want a style that is uniquely my own, so that when you see my bear, rabbit or child, you will immediately know that it was something that I designed. Please visit the other designers in the blog role below – I think that you will really enjoy the other contributions.
Download Solid Papers
Download Patterned Papers
Download Watercolor Papers
Songbird Scrap Designs
Made by Angelhaze
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff
Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn
Lady DG Scrap
Moore Blessings Digital Design