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My Life Scripture
Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.
I never know when God has a special blessing for me! When I am standing in line at the grocery store, my thoughts are usually not about what is happening around me. I am thinking about getting the groceries home, family situations, or what we are going to have for our next meal. Yesterday was different. When I came to the check-out, there was a senior adult lady with very few items in her buggy. She had been standing at the cash register for a while and had a stack of dollars in her hand. Apparently she had paid for a few groceries, and was now counting out the money for 4 or 5 large packages of adult diapers. In the buggy in front of me were four items. My thought was that someone had left the buggy to get something else to purchase. No one came for the buggy. Then I realized the buggy was for the lady ahead of me. The cashier told the lady that her diaper purchase was for $64. plus cents. The lady took a large package of toilet tissue out of the buggy and bought it as well as the diapers. Then I heard her tell the cashier to put the other three items, a loaf of bread, a bottle of dish washing detergent, and a package of bath soap, back. She could not pay for these items. I looked in my loaded buggy and realized that a few more items would not make much difference in my total bill. My buggy was loaded with items that we needed, but a lot of items were not essential. This lady needed her bread and soap. I told the lady if she could wait just a few moments, I would include her items with mine. The lady thanked me with such a sweet spirit. I asked her about the adult diapers. She said she had a brother with Downs Syndrome. Enough said!! It brought tears to my eyes as I patted her on the shoulder. Here is my blessing! Before she left the store, the lady came to me, thanked me again, and then hugged me! So, if you were in a busy Kroger store yesterday and saw two ladies from different races hugging each other...you know the story!!!
The holidays will be here before you know it! Now is the time that I create Christmas cards for the season. Life at the Lineberger house is very busy and exciting! We are celebrating the birth of our first grandchild, Luke. Luke was born premature and is currently in the hospital gaining weight and growing! I can't begin to think how busy we will be when he gets to come home! So, creating quick and easy cards are important!
Deciding on the design of a card takes a long time for me! I look at magazines and the internet to get ideas. I am not sure how I finally decide on the design. It seems the card takes a life of its own. I have gathered a collection of items that I would like to use for this year's card.
These gift tags were purchased at Joann's Craft Store at the end of the holiday season last year. They were 90% off! I bought several packages. I love the quirky images! I knew I wanted to incorporate these in the design.
I recently found this textured cardstock at Michael's Craft Store on the clearance rack. The paper has a wonderful texture! This paper will be used as the bottom layer of the card.
The next layer will be embossed paper. Last month, I embossed several sheets of paper to be used on projects. I will be using an assortment of the embossed sheets on the cards. An over-all design will be best. The design doesn't have to have a 'holiday' theme. I will use whatever is available.
This photo shows the layers of the card. The stack is of coordinating paper, tags, and fibers ready to be assembled together. The cards are created using kraft paper cards and envelopes from Michael's Craft Store.
I create an assembly line with all the layers. Everything is adhered to the bottom layer, then glued to the basic card front.
Card and envelope----5 inches x 7 inches---brown kraft paper
Bottom Layer-----4 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches---textured cardstock
Middle layer-----3 6/8 inches x 5 3/4 inches---embossed cardstock
Small layer-----2 1/4 inches x 3 1/4 inches---textured cardstock (used to frame the tag)
Label Strip-----1 inch x 3 1/2 inches---textured cardstock (used to frame the sentiment)
Fiber, ribbon, lace, etc------25 inches
Letting the glue dry!
I used liquid glue on all the cards. The textured and embossed paper doesn't work well with double sided tape. Glue holds the best!
Card Front---everything is adhered to the bottom layer, then glued to the basic card
Bottom layer-----textured cardstock
Middle layer-----embossed cardstock
Small layer---textured cardstock to layer to tag embellishment
Strip---textured cardstock to layer the sentiment
Fiber is secured on the back with tape.
The completed card front is glued to the front of the 5 inch x 7 inch card.
Luke was 2 weeks old on Saturday! He has been moved to the Level 2 nursery and is in an open crib. Luke is growing, he is 17 3/4 inches long and weighs 3 lbs 12.9 ounces. I was able to hold him for the first time! Praise the Lord for His many blessings!
Luke and his dad!
Luke and his mom!
Please pray that Luke will soon be able to nurse from a bottle. He is getting mom's milk through a feeding tube. His sucking reflexes haven't gotten strong enough for bottle feeding.
Thank you for all the prayers and concerns for Luke. Please continue to pray for this little one.
Luke's mother says it all...
"We pray that Luke's life will be a testimony of God's grace and mercy."
Luke is one week old today! Mom was allowed to start 'Kangaroo Care'! This is where the baby gets skin-to-skin contact with his mother! She and Luke were together for an hour! Luke is now taking 10 cc's of mom's milk from a bottle, too
Grandpa and I visited with Luke for a few minutes after mom and dad left. Luke is hugging his 'helping hand' and sleeping contentedly after some quality time with mom!
Praise God for all His blessings to our family!
Please continue praying for Luke that he may gain weight and thrive!