Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009 New Year's Letter To You...

My dear family member or friend,
I am thinking about you lots. I love to hear that you are enjoying life and I do hope that the trials have seemed to lessen in these days or months. And I am assuming that your health has also improved. I know this year, 2009, has been a full one for you, especially in those areas.

I am wondering how your spiritual life has been affected by the challenging events of this close-to-ending year? For, my greatest desire for you... more than good friends, more than a happy heart, more than peace and well-wishes, is that your heart would be rooted and founded and growing in Jesus. You KNOW the truth, but that is not enough.

Have you fully surrendered or are you still hanging on to...life? If Jesus came right now, where would you go? Not based on you being a sweet guy, a good person, or having good intentions. Good intentions will not save you. Nothing will, except living for Jesus and making Him FIRST in your life.

I do not want to nag. I do not want you to feel bad, but... I pray for you as I have prayed for any of my other family or friends... Lord, whatever it takes to capture his heart, do it. Dangerous words? Perhaps, but I know that the most important Person, Place or Thing in this world is Jesus. Do you KNOW? Do you live like He is?

I am not perfect. I am not saying that I am. I am always trying to maintain a relationship with Jesus, where I am the one who is not always faithful, growing, or focused. It takes alot of effort, a lot of failing, a lot of getting back up and moving on. It takes a lot of learning over and over again the lessons of trusting and surrendering. Not easy, but I NEED more of Jesus. Not easy, but... The Most important thing we can do in this world is... BE A FRIEND OF JESUS!!!

I love you. You know I do. I say these words with all the love in my heart. I hope you will allow them to touch you in some way.

celita

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22, 2009 Christmas Greetings: John 1:4...


John 1:4 (see below in bold and italicized print...)










"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4

"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Romans 3:23

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Praying that you "...may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18-19

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6: 24-26

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2009 Family Newsletter


Dear Family and Friends,

In a world where gratitude is quickly becoming a lost form of communication and attitude, I am struck by the fact that 2009 has had innumerable moments and challenges which have prompted us to thank God for His continuing faithfulness and help to us and to our family. Just as in preceding years, we have had to face this truth: While we may feel weak, lose control or never have had control to begin with, God is always in control, always trustworthy, always faithful, and never unjust. This understanding has been valuable in our journey in learning to wholly trust in and surrender to Jesus.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Trusting and surrendering, I am learning, must become a lifestyle, a daily habit. So must thankfulness. I am still learning and growing, but here are some of my “Thank You’s” concerning this year:

Thank You, Jesus, for providing a way to go and visit our families and friends in the States last winter; that we were able to celebrate the Holy-days together with them; and that the memories we made still linger sweetly in our hearts.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your peace, wisdom, direction, and help when Dario was hospitalized with pneumonia in February, and for being there for all of the other bouts of illness that have passed our way. For… eventually, they have passed.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us, me, peace and confirmation to make so many important decisions to change our lives for the better so Anthony and I could be more available to our family; that these decisions released us from things that were important but needed to take a back seat to our spouse, our kids and other things that needed to take precedence. And, thank You for holding my hand along the way.

Thank You, Jesus, for allowing the paperwork and permissions to finally be approved to add on the addition to our home, and for getting us to the point of having walls completed for what will, eventually, be our basement/kid’s play room.

Thank You, Jesus, for providing for all of our needs, in every way, and even giving us some of our heart’s desires.

Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word is true and “never returns void”. We have begun to see the sprouting of some seeds that were planted many, many years ago. It causes our faith to swell in hope and joy.

Thank You, Jesus, for our beautiful family, for my husband who loves me and helps me, and for such great children. Thank You for using them to make me laugh a little every day. “Laughter is like a medicine”, after all.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your inspiration and creativity, which I have asked for more of, and that You have given. Thank You for helping me to use it in encouraging my husband, raising our kids, organizing our home, and in my creative ventures.

Thank You, Jesus, for family who loves us and keeps in touch with us, for kindred spirits, dear friends, and surprise phone calls or letters in the mail.

Thank You, Jesus, for monkey hugs, repeat kisses, and each sweet childish moment that I know will only last for this short season. Thank you for helping me to RELAX and ENJOY my family…

Thank You, Jesus, for needed vacations to the beach, for the escape from every day routines, for the chance to be healthier, and for the chance to make memories with travelling buddies.

Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from my sins, accepting me as Your daughter, loving me no matter what, and for teaching me to appreciate myself for who You have created me to be. We are each “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He has a purpose for each of us in His “Grand Master Plan.” I want to be a part of it, don’t you? So I must, and do desire, to trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in my Lord.

Thank You, Jesus, for HOPE… that I can know that someday You are coming back for Your children; that I can know that you will take us to live in a beautiful, new home where nothing will ever deteriorate, rot, fall apart, or break again; where there will be fullness of joy, peace and love in Your presence; and where I can be together again with those whom have gone on before us.

On that note… Thank You, Jesus, for Nonna Nunziata (Anthony’s paternal grandmother). When I married into this family she willingly and wholeheartedly adopted me as her grandchild. With a strong will and an amazing perseverance in her faith, we were not surprised to be able to celebrate her 103rd birthday with her in October of this year.

We were saddened, and also full of ironic joy, too, when Jesus called her home on November 10th.

Life has been so full. There is so much more that I am thankful for. As I “count my blessings”, and as I really dwell on every area of my life, I see that the blessings truly are endless, especially when we consider the simple, everyday things that God has given us to enjoy and that so clearly express His love for us. Consider these things: rainbows, sunsets, flowers, waterfalls, etc…

Well, I hope you have enjoyed our family news. And, I hope I have not overwhelmed you with all the words I have inside to share.

We hope and pray that you will have a wonderful Holy-day season. May Jesus encourage and strengthen you to draw closer to Him and to seek after Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In the good times or in the bad time, I will praise You, Jesus!!! Happy Birthday!!!


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Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11, 2009 Known By Our Fruit...

“ Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; FOR A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. FOR BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE JUSTIFIED, AND BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.” Matthew 12:33-37

What kind of fruit are you showing by your actions and words? What kind of fruit do you have hidden in your heart and mind?

Galatians 5:19- 21 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things WILL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”

These things just listed are BAD fruit, and they can remind us of Romans 6:21, “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”

Further on in the chapter, though, we are told (in Galatians 5:22), “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.”

These are the good fruit that we need in our lives.

If we allow the seeds of bad fruit to grow in our lives, it will eventually become evident. If we allow the seeds of good fruit to grow, that will also become clear. Remember that “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7b)

Don’t give up in your efforts to have good fruit growing in your heart and life. When you see that bad fruit is starting to grow, go to God in prayer. Confess it to God and ask Him to help you to live a good life and to have good fruit in your heart. When you are open to God and speak from an honest heart, God sees that and He will help you.

Pray for a heart like David’s. For he prayed, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

Keep growing in Jesus and follow His example. Read the Bible and spend time with other believers. These are some of the ways you can cultivate good fruit in your heart. Be careful what you let your eyes see, what you let your ears hear, where you let your feet go, what you think and what you feel in your heart. Bad fruit can sneak in and sprout quickly. As soon as you see things that do not belong in the garden of your heart, get rid of them. Check how your “garden” is growing every day. We must examine our spiritual attitude at all times and make sure that we are doing what is right for Jesus.

Remember that you are not doing this alone. Jesus said he will never leave or forsake us. He is praying for us and cares for us very much. He desires that we take the first step in reaching out to Him. Think about it… “Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.” “Seek and you shall find.” Be open to Jesus, trust Him, surrender to Him, and dedicate your life to Him. When you do, He can make the garden of your heart bear much sweet fruit.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God (a reward for seeking God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength) is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”





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Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30, 2009 Trust Our God...

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own under standing. Acknowledge the Lord in all of your ways, and He will make your path straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)



I have this on my heart for the moment.

I know what it is like to depend on others. I know what it is like to feel that I cannot survive without someone’s attention, financial care, or help. I know what fear can be bound up in the heart when the unknown comes creeping up to our door with new and overwhelming challenges.

These last six years have had numerous challenges, and through them, even when I was too weak to think I could, I clung to the Lord with the little strength I had. I cried out to Him in my distress, and I waited. I did not know when He would provide. I did not know how He would provide, but I KNEW HE WOULD PROVIDE.

I have learned over these years that God’s timing is always best, His ways are perfect and He is always faithful and never unjust. I have learned that He is a Promise Maker, but, even more, He is a Promise Keeper.

Most importantly, I have learned that He is the One I must trust. I cannot rely on people to be all that God is to me. I cannot expect my husband to know my heart and understand every portion of it. I cannot presume to know everything about someone else or to have them know all about me. The ONLY ONE who knows me, and has known me since my conception, is God Himself. He desires relationship with me. He created me to worship Him. He knows my deepest longings, the thoughts that scramble in my mind, and He loves me no matter what.

I have had to lean on God, blindly. When I have lived in fogginess in my spirit, and have not had peace or joy or hope, I have prayed words from the Bible because I had no words of my own. I have been so depressed that laughter was a stranger to my lips, and still, over many months, as I spoke encouragement to myself, the Lord restored me to health. I have lost a child and known the longing of holding her in my arms, and having God fill my heart with hope even in that hard time.

Difference in financial status or geographical location does not mean that we do not suffer. I know that there are SO MANY suffering in many different ways at this time. Satan is battling for souls harder than ever. I have seen how fellow believers are being beat down, and my heart cries out for help to the Lord. Many are suffering depressions, many are sick in body, many have financial struggles, many have not only suffered physically but emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. But… I also see how the Lord has begun something amazing. Satan is ANGRY and He is trying His best to destroy us in discouragement, hardship and grief. But… we have the victory in Jesus’ name!!!

Just recently, I received news that made my heart very sad. A dear brother in the Lord is entering a very challenging time, and I felt such a burden on my heart for him. I desired to change his pain into joy, but knew of no way to do that. I prayed for him, but… I did so cautiously. I want to learn to pray for GOD’S WILL. If I pray in my own will, I am going against God’s desires for me or someone else. So, I pray cautiously, though still from my heart.

This is the message I sent him, since I could not tell him in person…

“1 Corinthians 10: 13 says, “No temptation has taken you accept what is common to man. But God is faithful, who will not allow us to be tempted above or beyond what we are able to bear, but… He will, with the temptation, PROVIDE A WAY OF ESCAPE.”

Our Lord is faithful to provide for His children.

M, this is your sister, Celita. I know that it does not make sense, how sometimes challenges come our way, and hurt so badly. I love you, my brother, and I desire God’s richest blessings for you. I know that you depend on R and S for financial needs. But now they are also in need. We must ALL trust GOD to provide. We must TRUST IN, CLING TO, RELY ON, and BELIEVE in Him. His is a faithful God. WE CAN trust Him. WE can. WE must surrender our whole selves to Him so He can do an amazing work in our hearts, souls and lives. When we surrender and trust, when we dedicate our everything to Him (our weaknesses, our strengths, our joys, our sorrows, our everything), He can use it all to bring Glory to Himself. And, because He loves us so much, He has promised us His joy unspeakable to overflowing, his peace that passes all understanding, and His hope to give us strength for every day.

WE MUST PUSH THROUGH TO VICTORY!! I know that this will be hard for you, but… You can do it!! I know that as you cling to Jesus with every thing that is in you… all of your heart, soul, mind and strength… God will give you “strength for today and hope for tomorrow.” He WILL.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has helped me, and so… He will help you. And in Philippians it says that “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to bring it to completion…” It is not in us, but through Christ that this is accomplished.

M and J, my greatest desires for you all are to draw closer to the Lord. That is the MOST important thing we can do in our lives… to choose to be His friend and persevere no matter the obstacles. May the Lord fill your hearts with encouragement.

Someday I hope to see you, if not here on the Earth, then in the Lord’s presence. Please, continue walking the narrow path that leads to heaven, for I long to spend eternity with all of you…”



Dear One,

This message was written to others, but… I would also share the same words WITH YOU. For you are also important in God’s sight. He has not lost sight of you nor forgotten you. But… You must surrender and trust God with all that is in you, even when you do not understand. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, live a right life before Him, and He will help you along your journey in this life.

That I know.

Be blessed, until next I write…

Celita


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

My First Published (Art) Work!!!












It is with great pleasure and much excitement that I announce the coming of a new book called "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts- Volume 2".

I am excited because... I have one of my creative projects which is being printed in it!!! Yes!!! I am not at liberty at this point to share my project directly with you, but if you check out the book, you will be able to see it. I am one of the "guest artists". :-)

Let me know what you think if you do get a chance to see it! :-)

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Have Said It Before, And I WILL Say It Again...

I know, I know... I have not been around much. Life has thrown me some curves that just had to take priority. Actually, I have been sputtering in the creative area just because I have been so preoccupied with other areas that need attention. Important things. When you see your kids struggling with things, you must stop and give attention. When you see your home being overrun by the Laundry Monster, you must stop and give attention. When you are so tired that you haven't the energy to focus on those important things, something has to give, and you must give attention. On and on and on...

Anyhow, as much as I have missed being in touch more, being creative, and all that, I am truly grateful for this chance away, too.

I have been learning a lot in this mini season of waiting and rest and re-prioritizing...

The verse from 1 Corinthians 10:13 especially comes to mind over these last few days. Those of you who know me best will be especially blessed by my news, and feel free to shed a tear or two of joy with me. I assure you that even as I write this a tear or two will be shed.

First, my Lord is faithful. There is no doubt about it.

Second, the verse... :-)

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation (I have also heard it could be used as TRIAL) has overtaken you except what is common to man. But God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will, with the temptation, provide a way of escape."

I have dwelt on this verse so many times over the last... 6 years. Really. It has been 6 years since we moved here to Italy, and our time here has been one of MANY challenges. Many is even not a strong enough word, but... it will suffice just to get the point across.

There is not enough time to share the struggles I have had, but... I can share this. I recently have felt an amazing peace in spite of even more challenges. I have wondered at it, and just praised God that He has finally helped me to be content even in the hard days. I am not perfect at it, but I HAVE gotten better.

A friend came over last week for supper. And I was blown away as we ended our time together. She had a WORD from the Lord for me, which confirmed, that after 6 YEARS of challenge and trial, I am entering a time of REST. I am overwhelmed by God's faithfulness.

You may think me strange to be grateful for the hard times I have suffered... I am because I have implored the Lord to use those times to bring "beauty from my ashes", to bring blessing in spite of some horrible moments.

As I have learned to surrender and trust My Lord, He has taken it all, healed my heart, and blessed me and my family with more Faith in Him, with Joy Unspeakable, and Peace that passes all understanding.

I have to trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in my Jesus because without Him I could never survive the challenges, at least not with joy, peace, hope and faith.

Only with His help have I had that. Only with His help have I been open to helping others in my own need. It is only in Him that I have flourished instead of dying because of the pressure, stress, and exhaustion of too many trials, and many times all at one time.

I am blessed because I KNOW that He cares for me, and if He cares for ME... for sure He cares for YOU.... YOU... YOU...

HE says the He is the "same yesterday, today, and forever"... Not me, Him. And what He has done for me, He can and will do for you... when YOU learn to trust and surrender. Trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in HIM with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and let Him make "beauty for your ashes."

Be blessed, dear one. Even as I write this, I am wondering who does not believe these words. I weep for you, and I ask that God fills your heart with faith to believe. As He does you will come to understand even more that "Faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things NOT YET seen." (Hebrews 11)

Blessings on YOU, your family, your marriages... Blessings in Jesus' name!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Cake As Poetical As A Rainbow... Gorgeous!

Whisk Kid: Say it with Cake...

I have found the cake I would consider using for every birthay from now until my last child is 18. It is gorgeous, and is SO fun. Come check it out!!! Click the link above.

And have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Mix Of Days...



Today is certainly a mix of days... So many things to rememeber, mourn, half-mourn, and celebrate, I almost do not know where to begin.

Today is my and my husband's 10th Wedding Anniversary. Yes, that is something to celebrate!!! :-) I am truly blessed to have found my match in every way. My brother-in-law gave a great toast for our wedding which I think of in spitter-spattering moments of my life. "God must have smiled on you when you were born because He knew that one day you would marry my brother." Believe me when I say that it was the sweetest of cheers.

If God smiled on me, He must have chuckled under His breath at Anthony because He knew that his life would never be bored living with me. We sure have a lot of the spice that comes from life. Someday I should do an allegorical story of the different spices that exist in our home. (giggle-giggle...)

What do you expect mixing together an Italian and an Hispanic person? Hah!

Anyway, I just want to say... Anthony, I love you and am so grateful for you. I am honored to have you for my husband and as the father of our children. I am blessed by your amazing work ethic, your sense of humor, your love for your family, your care for other friends and family members, and your desire to do your best at all times for your family and God. You are an amazing man, and I am in awe that I can call you "My Own". For, Song of Songs says, "I am my beloved's and He is mine."

Happy 10th Anniversary!! I look forward to the rest of our lives together. No matter the challenges, trials, sorrows, fears, joys... may we always stay focused on Jesus, who loves us both to distraction, helps us to love each other better than we ever could without His help, and is working in us both "to bring us to completion".

It may be a long road with lots of curves and potholes, but I am grateful that I have you with whom to travel along that road. I love you!!

May "God bless you, keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace..."

(Numbers 6:24-26)



And, moving on... Who new that my beautiful wedding anniversary would be so full of sorrow for so many? As we know, it is also the anniversary of 9-11, the day the Twin Towers fell. May God continue to comfort those who lost on that horrible day, and may He save America from itself. Help us, Lord, to remember what you say in 2 Chronicles 7:14...

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

And my other anniversary... It is 6 years today that we have lived in Italy. It sure has been an amazing experience. I would not ever lie to you and say I have enjoyed it all. It has NOT been an extended vacation. But, it has been full of growth, blessings (three of my five kids were born here, for example), sorrows, missings, longings, and so many difficult lessons trying to be learned.

Thank You, Lord, for being patient with me, for loving me, for Your mercy and grace, and for granting me "strength for today and hope for tomorrow" in all of my many seasons.

May my life be a blessing to you, and may the fragrance of my heart and soul bring Your heart pleasure. May it be to you a sweet smelling sacrifice of praise to You. Amen.

Sometimes trudging, sometimes gliding, sometimes crawling, Sometimes walking, sometimes trodding, Sometimes running, sometimes barely moving...

My best attempts at goodness, faithfulness, patience, long-suffering, love, etc... are nothing in comparison to Yours with me. In all of my attempts, hopes, desires, failures, growths, and trying-to-be-faithful moments... I am Yours. Thank You, Jesus!


Click HERE to see the papercut card I made him. :-)

OOH!! A Prompt Journal...

I love this idea... a prompt journal.

"20 library book pocket cards, bound together with sturdy chipboard covers,
and using a lovely patina-ed antique silver wire.
This handy little prompter measures approx. 3" x 5".
Of course, every page has a book title which suggests something to write about or
illustrate. It could also be used for a spontaneous game of charades!"

That is what my blogging friend, Nathalie, says as she describes a giveaway she is hosting to win one such prompt journal. I love it and would totally use it.

If you are interested in putting in your comment to win as well, click HERE!!!

Try to do something creative today, and have fun doing it!!

I will do just that! :-)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Papercut Giveaway!!!...

Come and check it out!! I am doing another papercut giveaway. Join, one and all!!!

Click HERE to find out more!!!

Ends September 17th... Results will be shared September 18th.

Weave Your Way In Me, Lord...

This is how I feel about my papercuttings... It is my own tangible way to understand God's own role in being Creator, Master, Artist of my life. I have an idea which I draw out in pencil. I correct, adjust, and organize, then I cut it out carefully, anticipating that, with each snip or slice, I am getting closer to the official surprise piece of art. I am never 100% sure how a piece will come out, but I love that rush of hope and joy that fills me as I see it all coming together.

I love that God KNOWS the perfect way to Create, Correct, Adjust, Organize me and my life. He does not guess, but KNOWS. I can trust that He really does see the whole picture, and He knows what is best. His seeing is for the past, the present, and the future, and my ways, in every sense, are known to Him.

Weave Your way in me, O Lord!!

Philippians 1:6 says, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..."

And...

Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Corrie ten Boom Quote: (which I remembered when looking at Mud And Coffee's blog... Thank you for the reminder!!)


MY LIFE IS BUT A WEAVING

My life is but a weaving
between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow
and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper
and I the underside.

Not 'til the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
will God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why

the dark threads are as needful
in the skillful Weaver's hand,
as the threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Less is more??...

I have had to do some soul-searching both spiritually and creatively in the last few minutes, and I realized... I am not a fan of "less is more"!! In my papercuts I have come to relish color, while still appreciating the works of fellow papercutters whose work is more muted in tone.

I am going through a phase, let us call it, of wanting color, color, and more color. And less color is not satisfying to me.

The last two cuts I made are an exception, though. There is a time for everything, it says in Ecclesiastes, and those two cuts needed to be more calm.

I have seen that my life, in general, often reflects little desire to live with "less". It is easy to fall into the "unsatisfied" mode and always want more, more, more, but... It is never quite satisfying, is it?

I think there is a good reason why Paul says in the book of Corinthians that he had learned "in whatever state I am in, to be content"... He learned the value of doing with what he had, the value of suffering and still being able to praise and give glory to God with thanksgiving in spite of it.

Ouch! Not such easy lessons to learn, I tell you, but I am learning that I need that.

CONTENTMENT...

"Less is more" may not always be comfortable, may not be what I always want, but... Who actually said, or why would we think, that "having it all" is better in the long run?

Hey, Feel Free To...

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have another blog. It is mostly having to do with papercuts that I make, but also has other creative things, too, that I like to do.

Please feel free to stop by anytime. Or choose to FOLLOW the site, and you can get easy updates on what is new.

My newest post is based on Isaiah 26:3-4. Come and see by clicking HERE!!!

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Have a blessed day!

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Soon...

The Beach Update: August 29, 2009...




















































Look what floated up to my leg with a few crashing waves!!! Of course WE LET IT GO!!! Poor thing was alive. We just wanted to take the educational opportunity to show it to the kids, thank God for His creativity and natural wonders, and then toss it back to its watery home. It was beautiful.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sept 7, 2009 We Are Back From The Beach...

We are back from our vacation. I have tons of pictures to share, but... I am a little cautious with being too excited. I tried to put my hubby's birthday pictures on here before we left, and after all the work, it did not publish. I have not abondoned posting, I am just sad it can be so frustrating at times. That is all.

No worries, though, I am so interested in showing off these fun pictures, when I have a spare moment, I will share. Promise... :-)

And, to start myself off, I will give you a teaser photo... or two... or three... or...













Saturday, August 22, 2009

August Info On Book And Other Things Giveaways!!!...



Here is such a treasure trove of Giveaways. I just had to share the wealth of information and fun!!!

Go on over to Book Giveaways at http://bookgiveaways.blogspot.com/ and join in the many giveaways that are going on.

Who knows, this just might be the month you DO actually get something for nothing. Nice!!! Plus, there is such value in reading... exercise your mind, People!!!

This particular giveaway caught my eye... Susan and Elaine, YOU WILL LOVE THIS ONE!!!
Check it out at http://bookgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/confetti-cakes-for-kids-book-giveaway.html

And so did this one... http://bookgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/almost-sisters.html

And then...

Want to win Disney's new Earth movie??? click at this link... http://www.trying2staycalm.com/2009/08/disney-nature-earth-dvd-giveaway.html

Or click this button to check out the whole site. it is an interesting one to be sure...
Trying To Stay Calm


Have a great day!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Belated July 2009 Random Pictures...






































Thank you, Nonno!!!





Tagging along...





There is all kinds of trouble that occurs when this baby is left to himself outside... For example... Exaust pipe soot becomes body paint and rocks become something to chew on when desiring a snack.









































Belated July 2009: Anthony Turned 38!!!...








The Birthday Man, who always ends up working at the grill... Oh well, he enjoys it...






































































































Rollin', rollin', rollin'... Good thing he has thicker clothes on, or he really would have a "Raw Hide"... Hah-hah-hah!!! (okay, I believe I have just dated myself.) sigh...















































NOw that IS a compliment... Back for more.





























































































So, I organized a birthday party for Anthony. It was mostly family and some scattered friends. Nice time. Lots of laughter and fun. The cake was a Zucchini Bread cake with chocolate frosting on one piece and vanilla on the other, as I also did a cake for my Mother-in-law whose birthday was the day before. Yummy food, and a nice "twist" on the evening. For those of you who don't know... the game Twister is really challenging if you are not a child. We know first hand! :-) Great memories!