Friday, November 20, 2015

I Stand With You Paris!

Hello Friends...
I come to you with a heavy heart.
Terrorism and violence of any kind brings me to a state of panic and anxiety every single time I have to live it or see it happen to my fellow man.
I have suffered with on anxiety attack after another since Paris was attacked just days ago.
The only thing that can sooth my pain and hurt is to use my heart and my hands to create beauty that maybe will reach out and touch at least one heart.
Since I have began creating for Sherri Baldy, the Besties YouTube design team, and Scrapbook Stamp Society,  I have noticed the camaraderie of talented women from all over the world. I think it is AMAZING how one persons talent spread all across the world to touch so many of us, and bring us joy. I am honored to be among the blessed ones that know Sherri Baldy and have the opportunity to create with her images, and in turn share our creations with the world wide web. 
As I sat thinking what I could do to show my love and solidarity with Paris, Sherri created her most meaningful image yet. Isn't it funny how she not only knew the hurt everyone was feeling, but was able to express it in a drawing for me to share. When I saw that this image was free to everyone that wanted it, I just knew that I was a part of the most wonderful group of people in the entire world, lead by the most compassionate, giving and caring lady that I have met in a very long time.
I took that image, and all the love in my heart, and I created a paper treasure that I am so proud to share with everyone who will see it.
I have taken photos of my creation to share here:

As I created this Gate Fold Easel Card a scripture kept playing over and over in my head.
"As I Have Loved You, Love One Another" John 13:34. Over and over those words came to my head and filled my heart. 
That, my friends, is the answer. We must love one another as our Lord has loved us. We must stand together and declare that terrorism of any kind, violence of any kind will NOT be tolerated or accepted. 
Peace like Charity begins at HOME. We must teach our loved ones to love without judgement and prejudice. We must teach them right from wrong as soon as they are able to understand "yes" and "no". 
I don't want to see anymore innocent blood shed or anymore tears shed for innocent loved ones. 
I won't take up any more of your time. Thank you for visiting my blog post. Thank you for blessing my life with your kind words and sweet spirits. 
As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, may we remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves. Reach out and touch a family in need. 
We are such a blessed group of people...let's also be a blessing to others.
Thank you Sherri and the entire Bestie Team from all over the world, for taking the time to create paper treasures that touch others lives. 
I am so blessed to be in your company.
Until next time friends...
Be blessed...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Fight Like A Girl" Raising Breast Cancer Awareness With Tons Of Cuteness!

"Fight Like A Girl"

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness With Tons Of Cuteness!

The toughest words you will ever hear in your life are "you have cancer". They hit you like a ton of bricks, leaving you scared, confused, anxious, and very fearful. You may hear words like "We'll get through this together" or the really horrible thing that most people say, "I'm so sorry" Sorry...Sorry for what?? The last thing a person that has just been diagnosed wants to hear is, "I'm so sorry"...remember to never say those words. Replace those words with worlds like, "cancer won't win" or "I'm gonna love you through it". 
When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was 34 years old with three small children who thought I roped the moon. I was their everything. Now I didn't have breast cancer. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. The feeling is still the same. I promise you that. Fear is fear regardless of the origin. I wanted more than anything for someone, anyone, to tell me that everything is going to be just fine...and I did. The one constant strength in my life, my island in a storm, my calm in the unknown, my everything, my Joseph. He knew the exact words to say.  Later a very clever writer wrote the words that said everything I felt in my heart, everything I needed to hear...I want to share those words with you. But before I do I want to share with you the absolute cuteness that I created to raise breast cancer awareness. Nothing like a precious Bestie/Besties to make anyone smile.
I created an Accordian Mini Album to share with all of you. Here I will post still pictures, and I will share the video that I posted on YouTube.

It was definitely a labor of love. I shared images 014 and 024 with you in this project. Please watch the video...let me know what you think. There you will find links to websites that not only raise awareness for breast cancer, but also help financially, and in so many other ways as well. So please go visit my YouTube channel watch the video and read the description below the video for those websites.

I want to leave you with a video that touched my heart and changed my life. This is how we should address breast cancer...any cancer. With courage, faith, and above all HOPE.

I have taken enough of your time, I just want you all to know that cancer is not a death sentence, when I looked over the edge of the cliff of my life all I could see was a bright light in the night, and the only word I could hear was "FIGHT" and that is just what I did.
Until next time my friends...
Be blessed and be a blessing to to others...