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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hooray! Won a Little Contest!!

at Scrappers Anonymous! Won the May/June 06 Fathers/Sketch contest with 4 others and the prize is WUBE supplies!! How psyched am I!?! Can't wait to get them and feel them and create with them and - hold it!! I have to create a card!?!? Uh oh... (help!!)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Because He Lives - My Little Story

edit: I did a page on this story! It's my first "Faithbooking" page. TFL.

I have no idea what compelled me to drive home 2 1/2 hours Saturday night. No one wanted me to, I was planning on staying at one of my favorite friends' houses, and it was pretty late {not to mention I'm just not as young as I used to be!}
It was a clear but eerie night and on more than one occasion, I thought maybe the Lord was calling me home. Why else would I be making this crazy drive in the middle of the night with my daughter in the car after the 3 hour drive up and a meet?
Let's start there. I drove up, leaving my house at 3 pm to a State gymnastics competition in Cortland, NY. We had a pretty good outing and won by 6 points, and put up some amazing scores, including one perfect 10.000 on vault. Tangent coming: I have mixed feelings about this; one, she'll never see that score again after this level, but two, it couldn't have happened to a nicer kid or harder worker. We win the meet, so we're all pretty stoked, and I just get this calling, and I tell Karen, "I think I'm going to drive home." Most people just looked at me like I was crazy.
I get to the car, with lots of help from some parents and another coach, say goodbye and goodnight and settle in the car, turned on, to nurse McKenna. I sat in that car still wondering why I was going home. I called Heidi and told her and she, too, thought I was a bit off my rocker.
I strap McKenna in and sail out onto the road. The WICKED soundtrack had been playing in my car on the way up and I listened to "For Good" for the hundreth time that day. Needing a change, I fished though the cds I had on hand, the ones still in cases, and I stumbled on Kristin Chenoweth cd. She's Glinda in WICKED and I love her other cd I bought at the same time as this one, the one I've listened to: "Let Yourself Go" full of old show tunes, and the one I stumbled upon that night, "As I Am." I pop it in and immediately notice Christian songs. What wonderful music! First of all, a song called "Because He Lives" I'm about to share with everyone because its words are amazing.

Because He Lives

1. God sent His Son - they called Him Jesus,

He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Chorus: Because He lives I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

2. How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.

3. And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory - and I'll know He lives.

Now I'm really thinking that this might be my last night. I keep listening and find myself filled with hope - being directed as if His hand is laid upon my head. I mean, actually feeling Him touching me: heavier in body, lighter in spirit.

Another song strikes a chord: "Borrowed Angels", which I already have a list of people to share with.

Now, I don't know much Christian music, but I listened to that entire cd.

A third song makes me almost stop the car.

Upon This Rock

When others see with earthly eyes
Just what they want to see
You will see the things that never die
You will know and recognize
By simple child-like faith
The priceless truth that
Others will deny.

When others say I'm just a man
Who likes to dream His dreams
When others call a miracle a myth
You'll listen for eternity
In moments as they pass
And see with spirit eyes
What others miss.

Upon this rock I'll build My kingdom
And on this rock forever and ever it shall stand
And all the powers of Hell itself
Shall never more prevail against it
For Satan's thrones are built on sinking sand
Upon this rock I'll build My kingdom
And on this rock forever and ever it shall stand
Upon this rock of revelation
I'll build a strong and mighty nation
And it shall stand the storms of time
Upon this rock.

If in a simple carpenter
You see the Son of God
If you would chose to lose
When you could win
If you would give your life away
For nothing in return
Then you are where
My kingdom will begin.

Not sure what it was, but I had never felt closer to God than in this very car trip.
I'm not sure if it was that it was a special day: it was my husband's and my 6th anniversary.
I'm not sure if it was that it was a great day: we had just won our second State Championship in the same year.
I'm not sure if it was that it was a milestone night: my car that night turned over 100,000 miles.
I'm not sure if it was the ambience: it was the night before a full moon and was the clearest of clear nights.
I'm just not sure.

But it was this night that I realized that I had everything I needed. My Lord. My family. My husband. A full family of my own. The less important: a great job, a house, a car, not riches, but some "stuff" that makes me happy. Anything else that I want or obtain, is just "icing on the cake," as they say.
How fortunate I am.

We made it home that night at 1 am.
We made it home safe and sound.
We made it home happy.
We made it home blessed.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Friday, June 09, 2006

My Scrappy Little List of Threes

I lifted this from Tanya's blog and thought I'd take a scrappy turn at it:

Three Movies I Could Watch Over and Over {while scrapping}:

  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Coyote Ugly

Three Places I Have Been on Vacation {and will scrap one day}:

  • London (1/2 way thru the scrapbook)
  • Spain (don't even know where the pics are)
  • The Dominican Public (too big a projec to start right now!)

Three TV Shows I Like To Watch {whether or not I'm scrapping}:

  • American Idol
  • e.r.
  • House
  • ...and I'll add Friends, bc it's still my favorite!

Three-make that- Four Websites I Visit Daily {all scrap-related):at this point in time:

Three Books I Could Read Again:read? what's that? I'd rather be scrapping...

  • Still working on WICKED
  • anything by Shel Silverstein
  • ???????

Three Favorite {scraphappy} Foods:

  • I'm nuts: sunflower seeds, pistacios, pumpkin seeds, soy nuts; or even better yet: a combination of all of these!
  • extra-large wintergreen lifesavers
  • dry cereal:

Three Places I Would Rather Be:

  • shopping at my LSS
  • actually IN my scraproom scrapping
  • creating the memories that I love take pictures of! =)

Three favorite companies:

  • Junkitz
  • Kelly Pannacci
  • Junkitz

Three favorite things to scrap:

  • my son
  • my daughter
  • my dog

Saturday, June 03, 2006

My Funny Little Super Pooper

LOL - That's right. If you know me at all, you know my sense of humor; I've also always said the first reason I scrapbook is to preserve memories. Well, if pooping on the potty isn't a memory to preserve, I don't know what is! I'm definately not submitting this to any websites or anything; this layout is just for us [and for all of you reading about us =)]. Thanks to Dawn at Scrap101 Yahoo Group for her Friday Night Challenge - you really made me think over the top this time!!! ROFL...

*3 Bugs in a Rug Jovial pp & monograms & tag
*Basic Grey Urban Couture stickers alphas
*MM in bloom green brad
*Sharpie Ultra-fine tipped Brown

Friday, June 02, 2006

Got a Little Work Done

...on the blog. My sidebar is now satisfactory and I also added links to my scrapbook pages that I do have saved (still can't find most of them from last year.) I urge you to look with caution - and realize how much I've grown! LOL - Look for Lindsey's Layouts, and it should take you to Kodak Galleries.
My next goal is to design a header in PhotoShop and add it! I'm thinking of something like "My Favorite Things" theme...???

BTW, the new June ScrapStreet magazine came out today! My layout, 'Put Me In Coach' is on the sporty page!