As today marks the end of another school year, I’m conflicted in how I feel. I’m relieved that the stress of homework, exams, & daily routines are on hold for a couple of months, but I’m also a bit melancholy. Having an upcoming sophomore and senior make me wonder where the time has gone. In this moment, I’m reminded to count my blessings and cherish every moment. I find myself wondering how a tornado rips through multiple elementary schools, killing small children. Why does a gunman enter a school and shoot the youngest of students? Why is a child born with a life changing birth defect? And HOW does a sweet 10 year old girl, who had a flu shot, die from getting the flu? I’ve come to understand that terrible things don’t just happen to “other people”. They happen to people in our community, to our friends, and yes, even in our own families. I learned that the hard way when my husband was killed in the plane crash that claimed all but two members of Reba McEntire’s band all those years ago. Most recently, my heart aches for a family of one of my dear friends, Audra. You see, her 10 year old daughter’s best friend died recently from complications of having the flu. How do you explain that to a child? How do you comfort the young family? What do you say that will make it better? Sometimes, I think there are no words….I’m reminded of a Bible verse that helped me to get through my darkest hours, times when I couldn’t grasp how God could have let this happen. Issaiah 55:8-For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD, then my favorite, Jeremiah 29:11-”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I don’t have adequate words for Halle’s family and Halle’s best friend, Abbey. I can only offer up prayers for healing and special memories. I don’t know that there really are answers for this kind of heartache, this side of Heaven. Missy and I wanted to do something to let the family know that we were thinking of them, and hoped to offer a way for Halle’s mom and her best little friend to (literally) keep Halle close to their hearts.
Love and prayers for this family are so very appreciated!
Friday, May 24, marks a lot of things…..first day of Summer vacation, the start to the Memorial weekend, AND…………another awesome challenge from my friends over at Sister Act Card Challenge Blog! This week, our sponsor is Rick St. Dennis.
I chose the image, Gardening with a Friend! I was inspired my MFT Card Sketch, #89 . I used copics, copic x-press it paper, and stickles, all found at 7 Kids College Fund!
Skin: E000, 00, 11, R20
Bunny: C3, C1, R20, 00
Overalls: B37, 34, 32
Shirt/flower: Y17, 15, 11
Carrots: YR18, 16, 12
Hat: E44, 43, 42, 40
Basket: E57, 55, 53
Carrot Greens: G28, 24, 20
Grass: YG23, 17, 03
I hope to enter her in the following challenges:
Crafts and Me Challenge- Lots of Layers
The Cheerful Stamp Pad- It’s Natural
Freshly Brewed Designs- Flowers
Fussy & Fancy- Pearls & lace
The Crafting Cafe- Lady Luck
Paper Pretties- Fab Favs
Bearly Mine Challenge- Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish- Four legged Friends
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner- Anything Goes
Happy Friday, and hug your babies a littel closer tonight! Thanks for stopping by!