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Monday, March 30, 2009
Happy Monday Everyone!!! I hope everyone had a restful weekend. I went away for the weekend and spent some time with my family in Boston. It was so nice to take a break from the status quo but it is also so nice to be back home once again. We made it home just in time before the hail and heavy thunderstorm started here. lol!
Today it was windy, cloudy and cold. I am ready for the lamb of March to come out.

Today's card I have to share with you is for Splitcoast Challenge SC221 (sketch challenge) and CC211 (Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Pretty in Pink). The stamps I used were Our Daily Bread Designs- Peace on Earth. I watercolored and layered the image. The dp is from Que SERA Lera (K&Co.). The cs is Baja Breeze and chocolate chip. The flowers are created using Spring -Flower Soft also from ODBD. I created extra texture by dry embossing the baja breeze with the Cuttlebug Textile folder. The hardware is from SU Hodgepodge Hardware. I also added cording for the bow, pearls and corners (Vintage Cuttlebug Die). The border is created using the Martha Stewart Lace punch.
Times are tough for so many right now. So many are being layed off or receiving pay cuts. Each week, my husband and I find ourselves holding our breath on what will happen at his job next. Thankfully he still has a job even though cuts are being made. When times are tough, it is so easy to think of what you don't have rather than what you do. When I was in Boston, someone shared this poem with me and I would like to share it with you.
Thank You Lord
Lord, thank your for this sink of dirty dishes, we have plenty of food to eat.
Thanks you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory, they are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning. It has served us faithfully for many years. it is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absoluteley must be cleaned today; It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful for that tall grass. We all enjoy the yard. My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You have richly blessed my family. I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are so many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, Thank you,
Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are so many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud, Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times not balanced, there are so many who are jungry.
Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, Thanks you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have jo job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.
Thank you, Lord, for Life!!!
When I read this poem, it reminded me of how many things I take for granted and how thankful I should be. I hope this is an inspiration to you as well.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments. Have a great night (or day)!
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Janna said...

Oh Wow! This is simply amazing!! This image is so beautiful and so wonderfully colored and I adore the flower soft! So pretty! The colors and layout in the background are are beautiful as well! Amazing! So glad you had a good weekend away and made it home before it got bad!

What a beautiful poem as well!


stampinfrog said...

Chris this is GORGEOUS! I love the papers and your watercoloring is Fantastic and of course I love the flower soft!
Fantastic poem! I love the message it has in it!!TFS
Hugs, Connie

daydreams 505 said...

Beautiful card Chris and wonderful poem. It's made me look at my messy house in a whole new light. I am so blessed!

Cindy Haffner said...

This is stunning, awesome job.

Jackie said...

Love this card's very beautiful & I love the poem too!!

my5bratz said...

gorgeous, love the colours, textures, everything :0)

Amy Sheffer said...

Amazing, Chris! Love your coloring and your use of the FlowerSoft!

My Paper Adventures said...

You have been the Queen of Challenges lately, Chris! You're card is fab...and, well, so are you!!

Riet said...

ohhh wowww Chris,what a beautiful card,l love the image.

hugs Riet.x

Cheryl Joshua said...

WOW,A beautiful much detail!!! Your colouring and LO are fabulous!! Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog.
Hugs xx

joey said...

oh wow Chris this is an absolutely stunning card, I love the lion, fantastic colouring design and I just love it. Joey.x

Silli said...

your card is so beautiful. Love the sketch and love your coloring! Great job!

Danielle said...

Very beautiful card Chris! Gorgeous colouring of that wonderful image and I love the distressing! Really great layout too! Thanks for the poem - it was really beautiful & inspiring!
Hugs, Danielle

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

This card is gorgeous. It's got to be a new favorite. The image is wonderful. And that prayer!!! It fills me heart with gratitude that our Lord is sooooo good and the world seems to be turning away from HIM. How sad!

Thanks sooo much for sharing it.

P.S. I've got to get me some of that flower soft!


Michelle said...

Wow! Beautiful card & GREAT poem, thanks so much for sharing!!

Angela said...

This is Fabulous, I love all the texture you added.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful!! The card is gorgeous with the texture and coloring and love your poem. Thanks so much for sharing that! :)

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

This is awesome. I love the poem. That says it all. I too worry everyday about my hubby's job and am thankful for my many blessings. Your card is wonderful. So much great detail. Super job.

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Thanks for the poem, that does help because our family is affected in this financial time as well. I like the card dimensionals.

Janine said...

Fabulous poem... Love your card too.

Elizabeth said...

Chris that card is so beautiful! I have seen that poem before, and you are right that it is too easy to focus on what we don't have instead of what we have already been blessed with. I will keep you and your husband in prayer that he keeps his job and you all make it through these tough economic times.

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I am amazed at all your details!!! Thank-you for sharing that poem, it reminds us just how lucky we are!!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing lot of work went into this little beauty. Love the colours, the sketch, the image. All gorgeous!


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