Here’s another of our cards this month. This uses the Ornamental Pine set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog with embossing powder and Blendabilities. It’s very simple. You stamp the image in Whisper White craft ink, then emboss with white powder. Color over the melted powder with blendabilities (I used Old Olive and Crumb Cake), leaving some white to look like snow. Easy! And how gorgeous is that Mossy Meadow ribbon? It’s one ribbon I didn’t hoard this year. In fact, I ran out and need to order more!
I was given a “Gratitude Challenge” on facebook a week or so ago. The idea was to post three things you’re grateful for three (or maybe five) days. So here’s the thing. I don’t spend that much time on facebook, and I totally forgot about this after the first day. So, just in case it was for five days, here are 15 things I’m grateful for.
- My faith in God. If I didn’t have this, and the hope that comes with it, I’d be lost. Literally! I know that God is with me all the time, and I can count on Him to be faithful to His word.
- My husband, Mike, who has put up with me for 32 years of marriage and one year of dating – so really 33 years. Our anniversary this year is on Thanksgiving. I can’t think of a more appropriate day.
- My parents. I can only hope to be as wise, loving, kind, and giving as they have been. The older I get, the more I appreciate them. (This includes my in-laws, too!)
- My children – Jon & Rachel, and Wes & Stephanie. It’s fun watching all of them grow into the people they were created to be.
- Being a grandma – and my beautiful granddaughter Amelia. I think I have finally found my purpose in life. I love being a grandma. And Miss Amelia is such a precious little girl. What a treasure she is!
- My brothers and sisters-in-law. My big brother has always been my hero. No matter what, I knew he would always be there to defend me. And my younger brother was my biggest fan. The saddest day in my life was when lung cancer took his life – although it was the best day in his life, because he’s now in heaven and trouble free. Their wives are truly my sisters in every way.
- My family – aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews. I love that my family is close. We may not always agree on things, but we love each other and will always be there for each other if it’s at all possible.
- Being able to use my musical talents by accompanying students, singing with the Front Royal Oratorio Society, and playing the piano in various churches in the area.
- The students I accompany (and have accompanied). These are amazing young men and women, and it’s such a joy to watch them grow as musicians.
- My stampers. They’re more than “customers.” They’re my friends.
- My fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Some of my closest and most valued friends are demos that I only see every few years at Stampin’ Up! events. But we have a connection that will last forever.
- My home. One of the talented young women I accompany, Claire, sang a song called, “My House.” One of the lines is, “It isn’t much, but it is enough for me.” And that’s how I feel. I love my home. It’s comfortable and it fits us.
- Pets. This may sound frivolous, but I love my dog. Hoss has been the most wonderful pet ever. And my little Walter – oh, how I miss him. He was the best little buddy. All of our dogs have been special – Buffy (the chihuahua mix that my college roommate and I got. And, no, I’m not narcissistic; she came with the name), Tessa & Kisses (the dogs that came along when I married Mike), Alex and Nikki (our German Shepherd litter mates) and Tony the Wonder Dog. I learned so much from them about God, life and love.
- Whoever discovered the process of grinding coffee beans and making coffee. That person should be sainted.
- Chocolate. Because when you have “one of those days,” chocolate always makes it better.
So there you go. There a lot more things I’m grateful for – living in a (relatively) free country. Granted, there are more regulations than I think are necessary, that remove the necessity of common sense and personal accountability. But overall, we’re a lot freer than most countries. I pray it stays that way! And all the men and women who defend our country. This should probably be right after God in my gratitude list. Because without them, we wouldn’t be free, and we all owe them our undying thanks. Food, clothing, shelter (although I named that one). Basically, I’m thankful for every breath I take, for my life and the joy I have in living it.
And any of you who made it this far – you’re definitely on my gratitude list! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!