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Scraps In Bloom – Page 41 – {just a girl with a blog}

sweet altered tins {mother’s day gifts}

well, i finally used my first tin that i purchased a month or two ago, from papertreyink, (which i love!  this company is the best!) anyways…..i’ve been waiting to create with them, and found mother’s day to be the perfect time.

their website and blog have many great ideas for these tins.

i used a beach theme for this particular one, (thinking of the person it would go to)…i covered the bottom of the tin with one type of paper, then covered the inside bottom, with another type, (still in the same theme line).

on the top, i put a coordinating rub-on.

each piece of candy, (hershey nuggets), are wrapped with a strip of paper in the same theme.

i wrapped a piece of matching ribbon around the oustide bottom of the tin and also tied it with a piece of the same ribbon.

i then, made a small gift tag using some of the same paper and rub-ons.the pictures aren’t the best because i took them with my phone….

hoping to make some more this weekend!

   

recent reminder

i was reminded recently of how God has been working in the lives of our family.  sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day battles and current needs & requests, that we forget where we have come from.  we forget the answered prayers.  we forget that God has been more than faithful in our lives.

our recent reminder came in the form of journals.

our son, Nick, (now almost 14), has asthma & allergies, (including a severe peanut allergy). 

Nick was diagnosed around 1 year of age, after a scary trip to the ER.  in the days, weeks, months, years that followed, we kept journals of his medicine doses.  (this may sound crazy, but when medicines/times/doses start to blend in to one another, it is a great way to keep track of what’s going on).

journal after journal, we kept track.  some days only contain one or two entries.  other days, the medicines seemed to never end.

some of the days, (and especially nights), seemed to go on forever.  the sound of your child restless, coughing, wheezing, struggling to take catch his breath.  those nights, we found ourselves crying out to God.  pleading with Him to heal our son, to give this struggle to us, his parents, not him. 

yet, that’s not what God chose to do.  God heard our cry.  He chose to answer our prayers simply by carrying us through them.

no.  he didn’t completely heal our son.  he still has asthma & allergies.  yes, he had to endure months of allergy shots, allergy tests, daily medicine, but our God traveled these roads with us…and He continues to walk with us today.  things are much better today.  nick’s body is strong.  there are many worse things that people deal with and through this God has never left us.

no one can fully understand why God chooses to do certain things in our lives, but we trust that God knows what is best.

these are some verses that i claimed during this time.  favorite verses that still bring me comfort.

  • James 1:2-5  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
  • I Peter 5:10  “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast.”
  • Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

a great read {sisters, ink}

if you are looking for a good book to read, try this one–sisters, ink.   i just finished it!  not only is it great Christian fiction, but the story also revolves around scrapbooking!  there is a second book to be released in June.  

 

so visit your local Christian bookstore, shop online at cbd.com, or check out your library!  grab this book, an iced coffee, a chair in the sun & enjoy!

wednesday dinner date

  my hubby & i started meeting for wednesday night dinner before church.  my son, (almost 14), goes out to eat with his cousins before youthgroup, so that allows the 2 of us to meet for a quick bite of supper.    

our current favorite is picking up starbucks and going to subway for a healthy supper.  

…great chance just to catch up with eachother and spend a little time alone, before rushing off to the next thing…

 

whisper a prayer

  • “Bless and keep ____________, so that she (he) will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”  (Psalm 1:1)
  • “Cause ____________ to obey us, for this is right.  Let him (her) honor us, his (her) father and his (her) mother, so that it may go well with him (her) and that he (she) may enjoy a long life on earth.”  (Ephesians 6:1-3)
  • “Let the light of your face shine upon ___________.  Fill his (her) heart with joy, and let him (her) lie down and sleep in peace.”  (Psalm 4:6-8)

 

just hello

just wanted to say hello.  i’ve been a bad blogger lately. 

just been busy with life and enjoying the wonderful taste of summer that we’ve been experiencing.  i love the sun. 

nothing too exciting to report.  it’s garage sale weekend in our neighborhood, so that’s kept me busy and that’s where i will be tomorrow.  not shopping.  selling.   

new found love at Starbucks;  Iced Skinny Mocha.  in a huge venti, there are only 110 calories.  it’s fabulous!

still eating under 1400 calories a day.  still using my-calorie-counter.com.  which i highly recommend to anyone trying to keep tabs on their weight.  thrilled that my clothes are too loose after losing weight—been shopping!!!  such a good feeling to have an EXCUSE to buy new clothes!  have gradually increased my work-out, up to 50 minutes on the treadmill, while lifting weights.

have actually spent time in God’s Word each morning.  that’s a good feeling. 

looking forward to school being out and opening our pool for the summer.  unfortunately, not for another month or so.

have NOT scrapped in the last few weeks.  hoping to grab some time next week.

well. that’s that. (oh ya.  i wanted to say a quick “hello Cady!”.   she is my #1 faithful blog-reader).  😉

pretty parfait

just an easy tasty treat i thought i would share with you. quite easy to make and just use whatever you have on hand. 

this particular one, i made, layering:

  • light & fit dannon vanilla yogurt
  • toasted wheat germ, (for a nutty taste, without the nuts)
  • fresh pineapple chunks
  • fresh strawberry
  • a sprinkle of mini-chocolate chips

that’s all!  very tasty for a warm spring afternoon.  enjoy!!