Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time to Thank God

Do you remember to thank God for prayers answered?  How easy it is to pray when we want him in our lives, but too soon we forget to thank Him for prayers answered and unanswered.

Today, I am getting into answered prayer.  I love to share my love for creating.  I was blessed to be able to volunteer in a shop last year about this time.  I helped in a bookstore in exchange for a place to help others.  It gave me a place to have others in to get out of their homes, and as I say, see new walls.  Some needed 15 minutes, some would come in and spend the day, it didn't matter.  We would get together to craft, laugh and yes, cry.  But it was a healthy environment for all of us. Here in Alaska the winters are long and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is very common.  As life happens, and it surely and sorely does, in May I was no longer able to utilize that space.

I truly missed all the people that came in.  I spent most of the short spring and summer here looking for a new place.  Even decided on the name, Stamping Out SAD Creations.  I found one that I truly wanted, but didn't know how I was going to make the rent, much less the gas money to travel 50 miles daily to make this happen.  I prayed about it several times to no avail and finally gave up.  Set most of my creative tools up, in our home in hopes others would travel the 50 miles to come here.  Knowing most would not come, as some of them would stop by on daily outings to the Post Office or the grocery.

Our daughter has a job at a little shop in town.  Last week, she was telling me that two of the ladies were no longer there.  So, I let her know that I could fill in where needed.  She laughed and said that her boss had actually asked her to ask me.  Do you see God working?  I figured it up and if I am there 10 hours a week, that will make the rent.  But, is that the end?  Not at all.  I went in and talked to her boss and let her know how excited I am and my plans.  She asked if I was serious about the shop and when I wanted to open it.  I let her know, I would tomorrow, if possible.  She said, great and that she would pay my first months rent.  God is amazing!  I move in this weekend!

Remember, God answers on His time, not ours.  So, when He does answer, take time to thank Him.  He has not forgotten.  It just may not be the right time.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Can you handle new routines?  I know it is hard and can totally ruin your day. 

Our new routine is meal time.  Diet has started, yes that can ruin a day all by itself.

So how to handle this.  Of course, cry is always a consideration.  Let's face it, tears get nothing done.  They will make you tired, I guess that can qualify as getting something done.  But, then again, naps do not count.  Yes, we need them occasionally.  Sorry, of track, moving on.

We could complain.  But who to?  Would they really listen?  Will they ever want to talk to us again?  Does it make us look strong?  Better question:  Does it accomplish the new routine any faster?

The next time your routine changes, I would like for you to consider this:

What would be your choice if given?

Your new routine or:
Walk across the desert
Have a day or more without food
or even consider:
Die for a friend.

My point is, what feels like a true crisis, may only be a minor inconvenience, when we look at the bigger picture.  Take time to thank God for changes in routine, that they are not larger than you can handle. 

Rest assured, He will listen and still be there, next time.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Caring for God's Blessings

Do you take care of His blessings?

Are you able to identify His blessings?

Identifing your spouse, children, extended family and friends are easy to see as blessings.  But what about your home?  This is where I tend to fall.  I know my home is a blessing, but don't tend to take care of it as I should.  I know I should find laundry as a blessing, that means I have a family.  I should find dishes as a blessing, that means we have food.  But there are so many other fun things to do, crafting, sleeping, talking to friends and of course posting on my blog.

So am I on here just to degrade myself on my downfalls.  No.  I am here today to say that I have been in our home for 7 years and I finally have my kitchen in running order.  Everything has its place.  My husband now says he needs a map, so that he can help keep it this way.  Did I do this on my own.  Well, not completely.  A dear friends encouragment along with FLYlady.

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Oh, I finally have country music playing in my home.  What a blessing from God to be able to dance in my socks and sing along, as I bless what He has given me.  I am definately a "Who are you when I am not lookin'" country gal.

Where are you finding blessings today?
Lovin' myself!
Smiles 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

God's Plan?

Have you ever wondered, "Am I living God's plan for my life"?  Then pondered, "If I am did He really plan for me to have bad things happen in my life"?  You are definately not alone.  So many have had these same questions. 

I have always been careful what I pray for.  As they say, be careful, you just might get it.  Praying for patience, sure, but you will have to earn it.  God is our Father, and as a parent, allows us to live our lives, allows us to make mistakes, loves us all the time, gets disappointed in us, but is always there. 

Sometimes you have to fall, in order to walk.  We pray for days to pass, to get past a hurdle.  Rather than sharing our fears and concerns with God, allowing Him to comfort us with His grace.  Imagine yourself, crawling into His lap, letting Him cradle you, caress your hair, let you cry, tell you He loves you, and this is a time in your life that you need to grow, so that what comes next will not be as hard.  Sound familiar?  Yes, the same as we do for our own beloved children.  No matter how old they get, you still want to do these things for them and He wants to do them for us.  Don't expect it to be easy, but expect to grow.

Thanks for reading.  Remember, God's plan, to love us unconditionally.  And that means learning for our mistakes.  Tough love is hard, but it is worth it.

Love and Hugs

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hard Being A Parent

I think every parent has said this at one time or another.  And it is true.  Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  Of course, we all think we are going to be better parents than our own parents.  We go through the, I am never going to raise my voice, I am never going to spank my child, then we all grow our parents finger and wonder, where did it come from.  We realize that there is a difference between a spanking and a beating.  We wonder if anything we do is right or wrong.  We laugh, we cry, we hold them, we let them spread their wings, we allow them to fall, we allow them to pick themselves up.  All because we love them so much. 

Let's face it.  We are all human.  We will all do our best with what we know.  We will make mistakes and so will our children.  I read somewhere once, God couldn't control Adam and Eve, what makes you think you can control your children?  It is so true.  And when it comes down to it, we don't want full control any more than He does, otherwise, we would all be robots under someones control.

So remember, whether you think you are doing it right or wrong, your right.  No parent is perfect and neither are their children.  Adore them, cherish them.  Love them in good and bad times.  Always remember they were given to you as a gift, even the ones He takes back home all too soon.  Be thankful, God has trusted you to be a parent and knows you are not perfect.

Love and laughter

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer is officially over

Seriously, it is.  Termination dust on the mountains.  A really good frost last night.  Moose season has started as well as grouse season.  Gotta dig up the potatoes today, as well as bring in the last veggies from the greenhouse.  The tourists are heading back to the lower forty-eight.  First fire in the fireplace. 

So what to do in a small town, in the middle of no-where, during the winter months?  Bake, can, craft, write, read?  I guess the one thing I do miss is my country music.  Yes, I could buy CD's and I do have a few, but you memorize them and always know which song comes next.  I don't have radio reception at the house.  During the summer months we do alot more traveling and I can listen in the car.  But at home, no.  Well, enough camplaining.  I will get more cards made and plan to do some scrapbooking.  This summer I got the house more together, so that housecleaning will be faster and I can play more.  So where was I, oh yeah, what to do in a small town when winter is 8 - 9 months long.  In a house of seven people, we have a variety.

Let's start with the youngest age 6, in school, 1st grade.  Off to school at 7 home by 4:30.  Time for homework, play with trains, and video games, his new favorite is Portal 2, supper, shower, storytime, bedtime.  Such a long day for a little guy, but he is as cute as can be. 

Next child age 11, in school, 6th grade.  Off to school at 7 home by 4:30.  Full or preteen hormonal energy.  wanting to grown way too soon.  She is ready Harry Potter.  Fixing her hair, dressing up.  Won't be too long she will have out the crochet needles and sewing machine for what ever project she decides this year that she wants to complete. 

Next child age 16, in school, 11th grade.  Off to school at 7 home by 4:30.  Excited about doing well the next two years and move off to college.  Loves to read, her new favorite is Peter Pan.  Awesome to see her still interested in childs fantasy and still have the flare to plan for a future.

Next adult son age 21.  Very helpful.  Keeps me smiling.  Chops wood, stacks it.  Trying to figure out comes next in a young man's life.  Plans for hunting, camping, keep gear ready to go. 

Next adult son age 23.  My how the time has flown.  His winter activities, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling.  Enjoying life.  His job keeps him busy otherwise. 

All  five of the love to pick at one another.  Keeps the house full of energy.  Feels like the Cosby house at times, with screams of, "He's touching me", "He's looking at me", the oldest saying, "I'm not touching anyone", as he holds his hand in front of their faces, just instigating.  Gotta love the fun in a full house.  Makes me smile, laugh and yes, cry.  I know all too soon, they will be grown and gone.

And of course, there is us, Dad and Mom.  Struggling to keep everyone happy.  Allowing them to make their mistakes, pick them up when they fall.  Knowing we brought them up to know God, and pray they never loose sight of Him.  Cuddling by the fire, sleeping in when possible.  And always thinking, of course we can sneak a hot bath together.  But, knowing, the kids will be louder and banging on the door.  Life with a family.  I wouldn't trade my life for any other. 

Thank you God for the blessings of a long winter, where our family, with all the pent up energy of a herd of elephants, can still come through a long winter and still love one another.

Pray you see the special blessings in your life.

Hugs and Smiles

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paradise

What do you think of when you think of Paradise.  The blue waters, sandy beaches and nice breezes of Hawaii, the Bahamas or some other tropical place?  For me, It is where I live.  Not just Alaska, but my home, the property where my family lives.  So much so that when my husband asks where I would like to vacation, my answer is always, where would we go, you bought me paradise.

Why here, you may ask?  Oh, why not?  On Sunday, the mountains were gorgeous.  The sun was shining, the wind a little cooler than the day before.  Monday, I could not see the mountains, they had their heads in the clouds, it was pouring rain.  A new canvas, still just as awe inspiring as the day before.  Then today,  I wake up and look out it is still raining, the clouds have lifted and we have had the first snowfall of the season.  Today, my favorite!  God paints me a new canvas almost daily.  There is no way to put into words how spectacular it is.  It is an experience that must be felt, smelled, walked though, pick berries from, seen your children run around, watch the ATV's roll back in with the day's fresh kill, even the tourist that has run out of gas and stops for help, sunrise and sunset admired, the amazing auroras dancing overhead or as our daughter prefers spirits of the earth.  Yes, I have it all.  Paradise!

Thank you Lord for the most wonderful place to live my life. 

May you all find what your looking for and I pray you find it right in your backyard.

Smiles

Monday, August 27, 2012

Alaska story

I am often asked about the daylight and darkness in Alaska.  Does it really stay dark all year round?  Do you get depressed from the darkness?  And so many more.

So, to the first question, no it is not dark year round.  Darkness is happening now.  When it is dark it is pitch black, we have no street lights.  The kids will eventually go to school in the dark and come home in the dark.  The school takes advantage when they can to see to it that the kids go out to play.  One of the teachers even wrote a book Recess at 20 Below.  Yes, the kids really do go out at 20 below.  They love sledding, the static the dryness puts in their hair, and even eyelashes that freeze to crystals. 

Do I get depressed?  Not usually in the winter, but I did last year.  I always look forward to winter.  Alaska is beautiful year round, but winter has captured my heart.  Makes me feel like God has wrapped the earth in a beautiful blanket.  It makes you want to get cozy by the fire.  I am sure that is probably because I am a woman and my husband and adult boys do the shoveling, plowing and carry in the wood.  What can I say, I am spoiled and I know it.  But I do make cookies and homemade breads.  I love to bake.  Especially, homemade breads.

But, what brought me to this subject is one of the fun things to do in Alaska.  You remember the stories and tell them.  It brings smiles and laughter when you talk about it being tourist season.  And people asking if they can use American money here.  Yes, they really do ask.  The story I will tell today, is about our dog, Moses.

Moses is about 6 months old.  We had decided, no dogs.  We didn't want to be tied down to a dog when we went on vacation or to shop  in Fairbanks, which is an all day event.  I especially was saying no. I knew I would be the one to have to train him.  I have 5 kids, really train a dog in my spare time, when the kids are at school, a dog is for kids.  Little did I know.  I went to the local IGA grocery store and there he was, cute as can be.  I actually walked away.  I went in the store to shop, but he stayed on my mind.  I finally said, Okay God if he is still there when I leave, I will get him.  Of course, he was still there.  So I bring him home to the kids.  You know, like I said, kids dog.  No, Moses is ver partial to momma.  I love having him around. 

Anyway, back to the story.  Tonight I let Moses out.  It is pitch black.  I go out a few minutes later and yell for him, no Moses.  I come back in and sit for a while, then I hear barking.  I go out on the deck and holler for him again, several times really.  Silly dog, he ain't listnin' to me.  My son comes upstairs to help out.  He yells too.  No Moses, just barks.  My son then gets a flashlight, and this silly ol' dog is barking at a moose.  Granted, when he jumps up to give me a hug, his head is at my chin.  But, a moose is as big or bigger than a horse.  And this dog is not just barking but taunting this moose.  He would go up to about 10 feet away and lay down, then jump up and bark then run, and come back and do it again.  The moose is looking at him like really?  So my son get on the Ranger (6 wheeler) to chase off the moose.  He is out there for a while, dog still barking, son hollerin'.  Finally, I get in the car and drive over and honk the horn and the moose leaves.  My son gets Moses and brings him in.  Just another adventure in Alaska.

But as Mater would have said, "Dogs is so dumb.".

Have a blessed day!
Love and Smiles
Shelly

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It fell right on the cardstock!



I made this card from Stampin' Up's Happy Hour Stamp Set.  It was so much fun.  It fell right out of my head onto the cardstock.

Creating cards is a wonderfully relaxing experience for me.  I love getting my creative energies flowing and see what comes out.  Hope you enjoyed this card.  As Rush Limbaugh would say, "Talent on loan from God".

My Aunt and I talk for hours on the phone, so I made this card for her bithday.

Take time to love what you do.  Smiles from Alaska!

Cards?????

You may be asking yourself, "Does this lady really make cards, I never see any on here?"  Yes, I do and love what I do.  I finished 50 birth announcements today.  But why am I so behind on posting, when this is a Stamping Out SAD blog? 

I have been in the process of making a craft room that is efficient.  I am finally getting close to achievement.  I am truly getting excited about making cards again and being able to find what I need to make what is overflowing in my head.  People ask, "How long does it take you to make a card?".  I always laugh at this question, because I really don't know.  Some cards are in my head for weeks before they end up on card stock. 

I do apologize if you have come by to see a card and can't find a new one.  I promise there will be new ones coming soon.  I am always open for new ideas, so if there is something you would like to see, please let me know. 

I will rattle my brain tomorrow and see what falls out.  Come back to see what fell out. 

Love and Smiles from Alaska

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thank You God for Cymbalta

Is it really August?  And it is half over?  Sounds strange for all of you, I'm sure.  But for me, what a hurdle.  I made it through July.  Seasonal Affective Disorder really hits home for me and July is usually my worst month, and I just realized I made it through.  I had many hurdles during the month of July this year and I made it through.  I am so excited!  A couple of years ago I had told my doctor my life would be so much easier if we could just wipe July off my calendar.  Come to find out I have reversed Seasonal Affective Disorder.  The summers too much day light affects me. 

Last year I started going down in July and by November found myself so depressed, yes, I wanted to leave this beautful place, didn't know how, just wanted to leave.  My doctor then prescribed me Cymbalta.  I feel refreshed and new.  How amazing is that?   I am able to live my life without wanting to stay in bed.  I am not crying everytime life gives me a little jolt.  I can stand on my own two feet and tell others that today, I need to take time for myself and my family.  And the housework I have accomplished.  AMAZING!  You probably couldn't tell if you walked in today, but I have been decluttering, totally rearranged my kitchen cabinets.  There were things in there I forgot I had.  Most of which had to go, because evidentally I didn't need them. 

Am I a rambling Idiot?  Okay, maybe.  But in high school I took a psychology course and the motto was, "Get high on Life".  And I truly am.  God has given me my life back with an awesome med call Cymbalta.  It may not help everyone, but I know my family and myself are very happy it has helped me.  Now let me see if I can catch up that pile of laundry.

God's Blessings to all of you
Love, Hugs and Smiles

P.S.  Did it really take getting off of Facebook to realize this?  I guess so.  I pray you can get your life back too.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Regaining My Life

Have you ever thought, "There is not enough time in the day?".  I know, I have many times.  Today, I decided that I am making more time in my life. 

I deleted my FACEBOOK!!!!!!!

I am very excited about my new life.  I went out on the Ranger (6 wheeler) for 2 hours with friends and my kids, then went berry picking with them and we picked over a gallon of raspberries. 

I believe my life will be happier, more fulfilling and full of life with my loved ones.  I will keep you updated on how it is going. 

Love to all

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Life Happens...

...Love Follows

Bad things happen to us all.  Whether is comes in the shape of a death, a financial crisis, personal or family health, bad decisions, car accidents, what ever the case maybe, we have all been there. 

No one can truly tell us why.  But we can say, that after a bad time happens, it brings us closer to the ones we love. 

So, the next time, life happens, focus on the love that is coming, rather than the saddness you feel.  I know it is hard.  I know it all too well.  And no I haven't always focused on the love surrounding the crisis, but in hindsight, I totally see it. 

If you have someone in your life that you wonder, do they really care?  Think about the last crisis, where were they in your life at that time?  Whether they were by your side or praying from a distance (and you may not have even known it) the love was there. 

Give them a chance now in your life...Show them the love you want to feel...Don't wait for life to happen.  God has put them in your life for a reason, don't miss His gift.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dirty Laundry

Let's face it, we all have it.  It is part of life.  We don't like others to see it.  If you hang it out, you don't like others to see your families personal items, especially when they are well worn.  If you have someone come help you clean, you wash your families personal items yourself.  We are uncomfortable folding others clean personal items.

So what is my point?  We are more protective of our families dirty clothes than we are of our families lives.
As with our laundry, there are things in our families lives that are considered dirty laundry.  It makes others uncomfortable.  It hurts the people involved when it is shown.  But yet, we get on Facebook, our phones, face to face, and let the world see.

I ask you today to make a change.  Care as much for your families wounds as you do their personal laundry items.  Be supportive.  Pray for them and for yourselves to contain yourself when you feel the need to air things others have done.  Remember, we have all done wrong in our lives and have things we don't want aired in public. 

I hear you, I hear you, oh, but it is just constructive criticism.  I do believe there is a time for constructive criticism.  But that should be between you and that person, not you and the world.  It is time for compassion in our world.  I say what better time than now to make that change.  Write the word "compassion" on your hand today and see how much it will make a difference in the way you speak to others.  Love, Hugs and Smiles



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Are you Hungry?

Do you spend your days, like something is missing, like you are not feeling your life is being fulfilled?  Hunger pains are not comfortable.  They can make you miserable and grumpy because you are missing something.  Like your stomach, your life needs to be fulfilled with Christ.  You need your daily prayers and vocations to fulfill the hunger. 
Daily prayer takes worry off your plate and into God's hands, where they should be.  Daily prayer of thanks puts food back in your plate and keeps you full.  So why do you go around hungry?  Afraid others will look at you or talk behind your back?  Pray for them, that is their sin, don't make it yours.  Take it off your plate, for a healthier relationship with God.
So start this week off with a full healthy plate.  You will be glad you did.  Keep it going daily.  You can only control YOU, give the rest to God.
Love, hugs and smiles
Have a very blessed week

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Life Changes

Yes, life changes.  We don't always know when or why, but it does constantly change.  Not always for the good and not always for the bad, but still guaranteed to change.  This was sent to my by a dear friend, and like most, I knew the beginning and didn't realize there was more to it than that.  I pray for you that this Serenity Prayer will help guide you throughout your life.  That you will daily remember that God is in control, when we remember to give him the wheel.  He is here to help us through and although He prefers to not see us fall, He will allow us to fall so that we learn.  Keep Smilin'.  Find reasons to love your life and yes, accept hardships as the pathway to peace.  Love and Hugs to all!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rose Garden

Oh, how beautiful to see a rose garden.  Makes me smile already.  Roses are calming to look at and admire.  Enriched with color and aroma.  We can look at a rose and think that is what we want in life, the way we feel when we see a rose garden.  Then we walk in and feel the thorns, see the blood, feel the tears and realize that is what we do have in life.  God never promised that life would always be easy.  But did promise He would always be with us.  So the next time you see a rose garden, admire the beauty and remember the walk Jesus made for us.  After the thorns, the blood and the tears, our Savior rose again to save us from ourselves.  We will always have good and bad in our lives.  But will we always remember to look to Him for all that we have good and bad?  Remember to smile, to laugh, and yes, to cry.  When you feel your lowest He is there with you to the end.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hard Times

You remember hard times?  Still having hard times?  You know the times that others, label people, place judgement on them.  We have all been through that and let's face it, we are all guilty of it.  We are sinners.  None of us are perfect. 
I pray we all can find it in our hearts that when we want to do this, we will have the power to put our stones back in their place and look in the mirror and ask God to forgive us and remember God loves us all equally.  Even when it may be hard because we have let Him down. 
Please take the time to help those that have let Him down, to see Him, to know Him, to have the courage to turn from their ways and to ask for His forgiveness.
Let your light shine, so that others may open their hearts and receive His comfort.
Hugs to all of you.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Simple Things

Get out of the chaos of everyday life and get back to the simple things.  My idea of the simple things are spending time with my family, picking berries, and baking.  Do I do these daily?  Of course, not.  But strive to get my life back in order to accomplish them more often. 

Today, I want to share my bread recipe.  This is my basic recipe that I use for all breads.  I just change it to suit my families needs for the day.

Homemade White Bread

1 Cup Milk
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter or oil
2 Tbsp sugar or honey
3 Cups flour
1 Tbsp yeast

I use a bread maker for mixing.  Ingredients go into the bread maker in the order listed.  I like the bread maker because I don't have to be concerned about the rising temperature or time.  I put it on the dough setting and it is ready in 90 minutes.  I take it out and make rolls or loaf.   I put it in the oven at 170 degrees til it has risen to the size I want, then turn the oven to 350 degrees, til bread reaches 200 degrees.

Is your mouth watering yet?  Not quite?  Oh, yes, serve hot with butter.  There now that is better.

Bring your family back to simpler times.  You will be glad you did.  Enjoy the life God has given you and make the most of every moment you can share with your family.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Love, Fun and Six wheeling!

I absolutely loved getting out and enjoying the beautiful area near our home.  Have to say, I love getting on the six wheeler.  Today, was loads of fun, lots of water, mud, dust, bear tracks, wolf tracks, and more.  Now I want to drive our sons truck, when it is finished.  Time for some Mud Bogging for Mama.

Pray each and everyone of you are enjoying time with your families.  Life is too short, to not enjoy! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Shaking off the grime

Really, it is time to shake off the grime.  Not grime, as in dirt, grease or the like.  It is time to shake off the dirt and grime that keep our lives in chaos.  You know the mud that keeps our brains from seeing clearing what we need to see.  Or the Goodnight Irene Song, my dear husband is singing now, not realizing I have other mud I am clearing right now. 

So how do you clean out the mud?  For me, being able to discuss it is very helpful.  A nice realaxing hot bath, making a card.  Although, giving it to God should be number one, I am human and when your brain is muddy, you don't think clearly.

I think this week, I will work on how to start my day clearing my brain with God.  I will let you know, if I find myself thinking more clearly in a week.  So, let the sunshine in meet it with a grin.  Hugs and Smiles!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stamping Saturday


I am an avid stamper, as Rush Limbaugh would say, talent on loan from God. 

As we live life, many of us tend to get so caught up in our daily routines that we forget to be happy.  When this happens, we start looking for happiness.  As Snoopy is showing us, we look everywhere.  But what we need to be doing is looking within.  Remember what it is within ourselves, we enjoy and enjoy it to the fullest.  We cannot look for happiness in places, things or in others.  Happiness is found within.  Look for the seed of happiness that God gave to you and nurture it to full maturity and you will find yourself smiling before you  realize it and maybe even skipping, like Snoopy.  Hugs and smiles to all.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Old Wives Tales

Are Old Wives Tales true or false?  There are many out there, but you don't normally hear them from doctors.  Chicken soup for colds, Apple Cider vinegar for tonail fungus and acid reflux, Vicks salve applied to soles of the feet for night coughs.  I love to hear about Old Wives Tales and will admit, I have tried my share of them.  I won't recommend any to you, they are for you to decide and there are so many websites out there that have them. Please use caution when trying them and make the decision for yourself.

Come back tomorrow for Saturday Stamping with Shelly.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TIME TO FLY!

Is your week flyin'?

I can't believe it is already Thursday.  What a wonderful week.  It has been filled with ups and downs.  But what is life with out them?  You need a few waves to make life interesting. 

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Have a blessed day.  And give yourself a Huge Hug, you deserve it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday--

Sending out prayers for all of you, God knows your heart and your needs.  Enjoy your day and look for Gods many blessings.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tuesday Tantrums?


I will start to day off with my smiles found yesterday.  I actually found a lot to smile about.  But will give you the funny smiles.  Our youngest son has a Thomas the Tank bed, that he claims is not his.  So we put it outside and filled it with dirt for him to play in.  Today, him and his sister filled it up with water, making an ooey gooey mess.  They painted pictures on each others backs, splashed, oohhh the joys of being a child.  Then they filled the water trough and played in it to clean up a bit.  It was so nice watching the two of them having so much fun.  God has totally blessed my day with smiles.

Now for Tuesday Tantrums:  A day to complain?  Why not?  What are some of the complaints you hear daily?  Too hot?  Too cold?  Too much rain?  Too little rain?  Can you imagine being God and having so many people requesting weather in their favor.  He  made all of us different, how could He ever please us everyone?  Makes me wonder, heat, cold, rain, dry spells, no wonder there are tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes and the like.  Maybe we should be content with what God has given us.  Not just with the weather, but in our everyday lives.  When we try to take control, our lives turn into earthquakes and hurricanes.  Get the picture?

Am I saying, we have no control?  Not at all, there are so many things in our lives that we do control, where we live, the food we eat, what we wear.  But we need to stop trying to control, what is out of our control.  The way others think of us, the things they say, the way they think in general.  God made us all individuals with individual minds.  If we all thought the same, we might as well be robots.  So, I challenge you to look at people differently.  Everyone has a God given gift and He has put them in our lives for a reason.  Start looking for what God wants you to see in them.  You might be surprised at what you find.  May God bless you today with an open heart.  And if He blesses your day with rain, dance in it, your not made of sugar and you just may find your inner child.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

WOW!  It is Monday!
(Well, in the lower 48 anyway)

My how the weekend passes.  Hope all of you had a great weekend.  Now it is time to start our week.  What better way than to start a week than to start it with smile.  I am sure that while Jesus walked among us, He found reasons to smile. 
Have you ever looked for joy in strange places?  For instance, as a carpenter, you know Jesus had to have hit is thumb or fingers on more than one occasion.  So do you think, like most today, He cursed, or did He thank our Father that is was only this thumb and not his hand?  Did you at least crack a smile on that one?
Now for one in our modern everyday life, have you ever gotten stuck in traffic and been madder than a hornet?  Turn that around and thank God for the extra time with Him.  What a better time than that to ask God for some smiles to help you through your day.  Even if it is as your sitting there a bird poops on your windshield.  Getting the picture.  Look for a reason to smile, you will find it.  Look for a reason to be upset and you will be just as sure to find that.
I pray, all that has stopped by this week, finds their life full of smiles.  If you are having trouble with it, then please open the door for someone.  Smile at someone you wouldn't normally give the time of day to.  It may be the only smile they receive today.  Afterall a smile is universal, you can pick anyone at random and they will understand.
Hugs and Smiles to everyone.  Come back tomorrow to see where I found my smile today.
Today, I would like to give you point to ponder:

We have all heard the old saying, "When God closes a door, He opens a window".  I have come up with a new swing on this.  "God sometimes leaves a crack in the door, do not open further than He intends".

I know that I have thought there were doors that were closed and come to find out, it was not completely shut.  So how open should you let that door open?  You never know what is waiting on the other side. 

First:  Pray about it.
Second:  If you feel that it is time to consider opening the door, take a peek.
Third:  If you at this point you feel this is all God has intended, then close the door.
Fourth:  If you still feel inclined to move forward, move with caution and open the door carefully.
Fifth:  Now that you have the door open, ask why and what will be accomplished by this now open door.
Sixth:  Once you have the why, decide if Gods intention was fulfilled and close the door.  If not, move on to seven.
Seventh:  If at the point, you fully believe that God wants this door reopened, open fully. 

The point I am making is we can get caught up in what we want out of life and not consider what God's intentions are.  Let Him guide your life daily.  When you let Him guide you, your life is more fulfilled and enjoyed.  Thank him for all doors and windows.  And be cautious with cracks.  And remember that crack may come around again, if so, move back to number First position.  Have a blessed day!  Hugs and Smiles!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day is almost here.  Have you made a plan to call, send a gift, stop by her graveside.  What ever the case may be is awesome.  For those of you that have trouble with Mother's Day, I want to help you enjoy this one. 

There are many out there that do not appreciate their mother.  We can all find things that we don't agree with that our mothers have done or are still doing.  Let's face it, like the rest of us, mothers are not perfect.  If you are expecting perfection out of your mother, you are holding on to an unrealistic person.  This year I challenge you to make a change.

God is amazing.  You don't think so in this area.  Well, think about it.  You are who you are.  You are a well rounded individual.  Had you been given a different mother, you would not be who you are.  So this year, thank God for the blessings he gave you in a mother.  And take the time to say "I love you" to your mother.  And if she does not grasp it.  That is still okay, God will be smiling down on you.  Hugs and have a blessed Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!


In today’s hustle and bustle, it is easy to get caught up in commercialism.  We also tend to get caught up in what the world considers important.  So what is important?

When asked about the most important holiday of the year, most would say Christmas.  But I would like to give you something to ponder.

We are all born into this world, of course not by a virgin, but none the less we are born.  But what we do with the life God has given us is very important.  Jesus did many things during his short life on earth.  But he did listen and did God’s will with his life.

We are all asked to do the same, to spread the word of God, to live a life for him. 

Jesus fulfilled God’s plan.  Are you willing to do the same?  I am not saying die on a cross, but am saying, live your life daily in His word and to seek His plan for you.  And look for the gift He has given you and to use it to His glory.

It is  miraculous that Jesus died on the cross and was risen three days later.  And that is truly something to celebrate.  So spread the word, and focus on the most important holiday – Easter!

With love to you today and always,



Thursday, April 5, 2012

When do you become old?

So, when do you become old?  At 1 day you are no longer 1 minute.  As a teenager, you think 30 is old.  At 25, you think that is a quarter of a century.  At 30, I thought, well thirty isn't old.  At 39, I thought, oh I am almost 40, but forty was not a big deal.  I turned 45 yesterday, is that old?  Inside I still feel young, my body tells me so much more.  The eyes are not as good as they used to be, nor is my back.  Memory, well that could be much better.  But does any of that truly mean a person is old?  We start using the word old at 1 day OLD.  So is a one day old, then old?  As with most things in our society, words describe so much.  Often times changing the way we see ourselves.
For instance, the word normal.  Well, what is normal?  Who decides, who is normal?  We are as God makes each and everyone of us.  Did he really make some so called normal and some abnormal.  We are who we are, God made each and everyone of us special.  He makes no mistakes.  He gives us our family, our friends, and we are rounded by each and everyone of them, to become who we are.  See what I mean, so back to the word old. 
We have the Old Testament of the Bible, which was the beginning of time.  We have the New Testament, which came later, and was Christ's time.  At 45, my life is probably half over.  My grandmother lived to be 104, so maybe not.  But as of today, I have decided, I am not old.  I am in the New part of my life.  The parts of my body may not be new, but they tell the story of the old me.  It is time to see a new beginning, instead of an ending.  Well, Shelly, welcome to the beginning of life, 45.  Hears to a brighter future. Goodbye, OLD!  I am 45 years NEW!
God's blessings to all out there that have entered the New Testament of your lives.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

First Etsy Card Posted!

My first card is now posted on etsy.  I loved making this card.  Sparkles in the snow, so Alaskan.  I never seen the sparkle like I do here.  It is so amazing.  Keep your eye out for the next card, coming soon!  Have a blessed Palm Sunday, everyone. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

YES, my blood runs Purple!!!



I loved watching the U of K vs U of L Basketball game today.  I have lived in Alaska now for 8 years, and the game gave me a little taste of home.  Which team is actually better is not always what it is all about.  I grew up with my dad and brothers loving U of L, as my dad would say the "underdog".  But for me it was more fun to be for U of K, so that we could all argue over it.  I have stayed a Kentucky fan all these years and will admit that as a teenager alot did have to do with Kyle Massey being on the team.  Now I have grown up and moved past the days of watching all the games.  But did enjoy watching the two teams today.  Whether you are blue or red, lets face it we are all Kentuckians and you mix them together and our hearts bleed purple.  Sometimes you have to move away to see it.  When you are away from Kentucky and you meet someone from there, it is no longer it is red or blue.  It is your from Kentucky too, so happy to meet you.  Blue or Red does not come up til playoffs.  So, today, my heart beat blue.  I enjoy any touch of home, and would be glad to meet anyone with a heart flow of purple any day.  Smiles from this Alaskentukian girl.

WELCOME!!!!!

ESKIMO KISSES FROM ALASKA!


Welcome to Alaska, via my blog.  This card is first featured here, and will be the first in my etsy shop, coming soon.  Believe it or not this is the same card, lighting is better in the second card and more true to color.  Stamps are by Happy Stamping.  I truly enjoyed making this card.   Always feel free to stop, say hi, give me a funny quip, I love to laugh.  I do suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder as do many here in Alaska, so I am looking forward to meeting new people.  Have a blessed day and please come back again.  Shelly