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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday 13- Things I Love About My Hubby


13 Things I love about my husband (in no particular order)
Since our 12th wedding anniversary is coming up on Sunday I thought it would be nice to dedicate this week's Thursday 13 to my lovely hubby...I love you always and forever!!

1. He makes me laugh
2. He loves me unconditionally
3. He is an awesome father
4. He encourages me in my passions
5. He loves to homeschool our children
6. He's my little "McGyver"
7. He provides for me and our family
8. He wants to expand our family through adoption
9. He's the leader in our family
10. He loves God!
11. He loves spending time with me
12. He would sacrifice himself to keep us safe
13. He is the best husband ever!!

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Baby Wipes Stamping Technique

This last month I joined a once a month Stampin Up stamp class. Each month we learn something new regarding techniques and I would love to share some things I've learned here each month that would help those following my blog or those coming across it will glean from. I absolutely LOVE to make my own greeting cards and also love to find and learn new techniques.


September's technique is using baby wipes to give your stamp a multi color appearance. I decided to use this technique to make my fall cards this year. I've always loved the look of the multi colored leaves during this time of year as they are transforming. Below I will give you step by step instructions on how to make your own fall card using baby wipes..

Supplies needed:


  • 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock- Fall color (I used More Mustard from Stampin Up)
    Each cardstock will make two cards
  • Creme colored cardstock- 1 8 1/2 x 11" will give you about 9 leaves
  • Designer Paper- Fall patterns/Colors ( I used Autumn Meadows from Stampin Up)
  • Brown or Chocolate color cardstock (Depending on how many cards you make- you can get about 6 cards per sheet)
  • Leaf stamps ( I used Stampin Up "With Gratitude" set which I believe is now retired)
  • Fall Ribbon ( I used ribbon that says Autumn on it)
  • Stampin Up Liquid Re-inkers in: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, and Ruby Red
  • Baby Wipe
  • Large Glue Dots or Pop Up Dots


Place a baby wipe on a paper plate, styrofoam tray or your stamp box


Using a random triangle pattern, put about two drops of the liquid re-inker onto the baby wipe of each color in at least two-three places each color. This becomes your ink pad.


Taking your 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock. Cut it in half at the 5 1/2" mark giving you two cards.


Fold both to form two cards


Taking your patterned paper cut into strips about 2 1/2" wide


Do the same thing with the chocolate or brown card stock that will go behind the patterned paper. Cut this about 3" wide and then cut this the full length of the card


Cut your ribbon to fit around this strip and enough to allow you to tie in a knot



Glue this piece down on the left side of the card, farthest away from the opening, leaving a little space from the crease


Using a small leaf stamp, use your new baby wipe ink pad and place your stamp wherever on your pattern and ink the stamp


Place your stamp image on the bottom right corner of your card front




With a large leaf stamp, stamp as many leaves as you need for each of your cards on the beige/creme cardstock. You will only need one per card. I made a total of 18 cards so I stamped several on one sheet.


Here below you can see the image closer up and notice the different colors that come out on the leaf with your baby wipe stamp pad. I love this technique since it allows you to use several colors on one stamp without ruining your ink pads.


Cut out leaf as close to the image as possible


Using a glue dot or pop up dot, place it in the center of your cut out leaf


Place leaf onto card as shown below


Above is the completed card using the baby wipe technique. The card above is my original design. I just took the technique and put it towards my Autumn cards that I wanted to make this year..

I look forward to sharing the next technique with you in a couple weeks.. Until then....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chalkboard Menu Planner

I would like to share my chalkboard menu planner that I made this past week. I got the original idea from The Idea Room and motified it to fit our needs and materials available. 
Materials Needed:
Picture Frame any size you would like
( I picked mine up at Michaels for 50% off)
Sheet metal the same size as your frame
(I got mine at Home Depot)
7 Magnets
Acrylic Spray Sealer-Matte
(Craft store has this)
Chalkboard Paint
(The cheapest place I found this above was Home Depot)
Metal Primer
(Home Depot is the cheapest for the primer as well)
Alphabet Scrapbook Letters
Circular Scrapbook Circles
(Both above I found in the scrapbook aisle at Michael's)
Step 1:
Scuff up metal to prepare for primer
Step 2:
Spray the metal primer over surface. Give at least three coats allowing drying time between coating.. It was hot here that day so it took less than 5 minutes between coats.
Step 3:
After the primer dries start spraying the chalkboard paint evenly over of the metal. Two to three coats allowing drying time between coats..
Step 4:
With the side of a piece of chalk rub it all over the chalkboard until you cover the entire surface then erase.
Step 5:
To make the days of the week for your chalkboard, you will need the first letter of each day of the week plus a circle tab to put it on
Step 6:
Glue the letter to the circle punch allowing the metal to stick out as a border. Spray clear acrylic sealer over each letter to help with fingerprints and food.
Step 7:
Glue magnets to the back of each day
Step 8:
For the word MENU, repeat step 6
Step 9:
Center them on the top of the chalkboard after you have put it back into the frame and hot glue them in place.
Step 10:

Place the days of the week on and fill in your menu.. You are ready to use it!!
(This post was originally on my other blog)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

12 Steps to Forgiveness According to the Bible

I've struggles a lot in the past over forgiveness. Mainly the problem was forgiving people that continually hurt me. I have been learning the reasons behind why God wants us to forgive. It's not to heal the person you are forgiving but for you, to change who you are in God.

Well, today at church we discussed prayer and how to pray and what the Lord's Prayer is trying to tell us.. The one thing that stood out in today's sermon was the 12 Steps to Forgiveness.. It was so powerful that I would like to share it. I will also be printing it out and posting it somewhere in my house as a daily reminder.

12 Steps to Forgiveness:

  • Ask God for a list of people you need to forgive.
  • Acknowledge the hurt and the hate. How does their offense make you feel?
  • Understand the significance of the cross.
  • Decide you will bear the burden of each person's sin. Meaning, you've decided not to retaliate in the future.

Galations 6:1-2
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ"

Proverbs 17:9
"He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends"

  • Choose to forgive. It's about your will.
  • Pray the following for each person.. "I forgive (name) for (list of offenses and how they made you feel)"
  • Destroy your list. You are free.
  • Your forgiveness will not affect the people you've chosen to forgive. It only changes you.

Matthew 5:44
"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. "

2 Corinthians 2:7
"Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow."

  • Try to understand the person you have forgiven, but don't rationalize their behavior.
  • Expect positive results of forgiveness in you.
  • Thank God for the lessons you have learned and the maturity you have gained.
  • Be sure to accept your part of the blame for the offenses you suffered.

1 John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful, and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness"

Colossians 3:13
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you"

This really touched me today and has given me a better understanding why God wants us to forgive those who have sinned against us. Regardless how many times they've hurt or sinned against you. He wants us to forgive.. So this is my lesson that I will work on the weeks to come..

That was hard for me for so many years. I have people that were close to me for many years and still hold many grudges and has not learned forgiveness and it's hard to speak to them and also forgive them as well. The offense they did isn't what unforgiveable but the fact they can't let go and forgive you.. I know now that it's not about that anymore but getting right with God and forgiving those who have hurt you. It's not easy by any means but I know it will make me a better person, who will in return learn to love more, and live more walking beside Jesus.

There is no better motivation than that. To be right with God. Also it's very important to seek God's forgiveness of our sins.. Each and everyday we all sin in some way or another and to take all of that to the cross everyday is so freeing and allows us to grow closer to the almighty!! I can't survive the rest of my years here on earth without knowing I am right with God and my relationship with Him is pure and good..

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Your Spouse's Love Language


I read today over at Wifey Wednesday about our spouses Love Languages.. I have read this book before not only for my love language and my husband but also my children's. It really helps you to understand how your spouse and children love and learn. With this book I learned that my husband's love language was not the same as mine. Over the years I spent all my energy showing him how I loved, being loved. It didn't work and it was frustrating. I kept showing him how much I loved him by the way I loved to be loved and he just didn't get it.

I felt rejected for a long time because he kept telling me that I wasn't showing him I loved him. Was this man blind? I was.. It wasn't until I read The Five Love Languages did I realize that his love language was the opposite of mine.. so was my children's. I did not grow up in a touchy feely family. We rarely hugged one another, rarely saw my parents kiss or hold hands so this type of love was very foreign to me. Well, low and behold, God has a sense of humor. He gave me a husband who has the love language of touch..

So I had to really WORK at showing him love. For awhile it was literally a chore to do.. but I learned to love showing him love this way. He did too and our relationship blossomed. The article mentioned over at Wifey Wednesday about if he doesn't show me love, why should I? Well, that is what happened to me. I was showing love to him but for awhile he wasn't showing me my kind of love. Did that make me feel less important? No, not really.. Because I was giving my all to him and I was reaping the positive benefits of fulfilling his love tank with his love language we were all reaping the positive out of the situation.

He then found out what my love language was by a wonderful talk we had and he has been wonderful in fulfilling it. Like I mentioned my love language didn't come easy for my husband as well to show to me so he felt the same while he 'loved' on me.. but we all learned so much through this.. That self gratitification only goes so far. Showing someone else their love language and showing them how much you love them is much more satisfying than getting it in return.. God is good!

You can read the article over at Wifey Wednesday and join in..

Husband Tag.. Great For Valentine's Day

I saw this tag on someone else's blog and thought since Valentine's Day was coming up.. I would like to talk about my hubby.. The love of my life.. So here is a few questions that describe him..

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? Either a fishing show or hunting show.

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch dressing

3. What's one food he doesn't like? he will eat pretty much anything.. but I guess lately he is staying away from pasta. When I tell him we are cooking spaghetti or something like it, he cringes..

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Well we don't do the bar scene but to answer this question it would probably be a soda or bottled water.

5. Where did he go to high school? Baker County High in Florida

6. What size shoe does he wear? 9 1/2 or 10.. depends on the shoe

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? fly fishing stuff, knife making stuff

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? ham and cheese with everything on it

9. What would he eat every day if he could? my cooking :) no really, let me see.. my apple pie.. he loves my apple pie..

10. What is his favorite cereal? oatmeal.. I know that's not cereal but we don't eat cereal anymore so that is the closest to it

11. What would he never wear? my clothes

12. What is his favorite sports team? he doesn't do sports other than fishing and hunting on TV..

13. Who did he vote for? Constitutional Party

14. Who is his best friend? Me...

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do? put my cold feet on him at night.. talk about weight loss..

16. How many states has he lived in? 8

17. What is his heritage? Hungarian

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what would it be? Fishing themed!

19. Did he play sports in high school? No

20. What could he spend hours doing? making flies for fishing or designing a knife

21. What's something cool about him? that he is very creative. He's my little MacGyver.

Let me know if you end up doing this tag as well. I'd love to hear more about your hubs!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Husband Rocks~ Funny Times


This week's prompt question for the My Husband Rock's Meme:

Tell the story of a memory about your husband that brings you a smile and a giggle every time you think about it!

Here is a photo below of my husband before we got married. The reason why I chose this time and this photo is because this moment showed me who I was going to marry. It showed me how original and entertaining he was going to be for years to come. And he has been. This photo was taken in California as we took our trip from North Carolina to Washington State just a few short months before we were married. I was in my hometown visiting my sister at the local park. We were all having a great time. My daughter was there.. just 2 yrs old at the time. My hubby saw this in the park and crawled up on it and I snapped this photo of him..


Since the day I met my hubby he's made me laugh. This was the first time that I can recall though that I laughed for days after taking this photo. This was the start of a fun and never a dull moment relationship..

Friday, January 23, 2009

My Husband Rocks~Loving Sacrificially


This week's prompt:
Tell us about a time that your spouse went out of his way to serve you, and love you sacrificially.

This actually happened recently.. My hubby and I have really been working on our relationship these past couple years and it's done amazing things to us as a couple. A couple weeks ago, I hurt my back. In the middle of the night I woke up in so much pain I was crying and even that made it hurt. He helped me out of the bed and was with me throughout the entire night taking care of me and helping me with a heating pad, water, whatever I needed. Neither of us got any sleep that night but he was so helpful. The next day wasn't much better so he took the day off from work to help me in everything.

He helped me get out of the chair, he served me food, cleaned the kitchen and just pampered me. I hurt my back while shoveling snow when we had a lot of it and just before then he told me to take it easy because my back was sore from shoveling a few days before.. but I didn't listen and I pulled my back out. He could of easily said, I told you so.. but he didn't. He babied me all day and the entire night.. He is such a wonderful husband. I couldn't live without him..