Friday, April 1, 2011

For Real Friday 4.1.11

Hi Friends!!!
Welcome to another edition of For Real Friday!!  I'm still trying to get into the blogging groove after taking an unexpected break last week.  So many things happening all at once, and then add sickness on top of it all.  Not pretty!!!  But God is good.  And I continue to lean on His promises to help me make it through each and every day.  Whether they are pretty, or pretty ugly!!!

Stamps:  Crazy For Cupcakes
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Ealry Espresso, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DSP
Accessories:  Oval Scallop Punch, Oval Punch, Square Scallop die, Basic Rhinestones, Scallop Ribbon Punch

Color Challenge:  COLOUR Q #78
Sketch Challenge:  THE PAPER PLAYERS #40
Recipe Challenge:  STAMPIN' SISTERS IN CHRIST #82 Paper Piecing

Phillipians 4:6-7  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Thanks Stampin' Sisters in Christ!!!  Oh how I needed this reminder!!  So often I start running away with the "What ifs..." of life and I forget to leave my anxieties at the feet of Jesus.  He is so faithful to take care of all my needs and grant me the peace I desire.  If I would just remember to stop and ask!! 

Hubby and I started an accidental tradition the year 14yo man-child turned 5.  He had never been to Disneyland and we decided to take him and his little sister.  Little sis ended up getting a fever the day before, so we went with plan B and left her with grandma and headed down to the happiest place on earth with just the three of us.  What a wonderful time we had!!  We could give him our undivided attention and he got to rule the day.  So when little sis turned 5, we also took her to Disneyland by herself for her very first time.  What a completley different experience!!  Instead of Tom Sawyer's Island and Pirate's of the Caribbean, we spent the entire day visiting every princess and getting their autograph. Fast forward to this week when we finally took 5yo number three (he's almost 6!) on his first trip to Disneyland. 

He loved anything you could drive, shoot or run across.  He was too chicken to volunteer for the Jedi Training Academy, but it was fun to watch.  He disliked anything that spun around in a circle.  So the Teacups were not a crowd favorite.  He's our only kid that gets dizzy easily.  The Disneyland fireworks show is amazing!  And we loved the Aladdin show too.  Just so much fun!!!

What a special blessing to be a parent.  And what a wonderful memory to have of each one of our children as they got to experience something as exciting as Disneyland for the very first time.  It's nice to have an innocent 5yo in the house still.  It helps to alleviate those days when 14yo man-child gets in the car after school and asks how old you have to be to get a tattoo.  Ummmmm... old enough to buy your own groceries and pay your own taxes!!  This would be the same 14yo man-child who called me during a wedding rehearsal dinner to ask if he could get a mohawk.  I passed that one on to youth pastor hubby.  Who promptly got out the clippers the next morning and gave said man-child the haircut of his dreams.  Just in time for school.  Yikes!  I need to remember to take a picture so you can share in my misery.

So that's part of the reason I've been MIA for the last week.  The other part is I just haven't been feeling very creative.  Maybe once my Summer Mini pre-order arrives, I will feel like stamping again.  There's nothing like new stamps to get your mojo going.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Anne Marie Hile said...

What a sweet card, Krystal! Love the way the pink pops off the kraft background and all of that fun sparkle. Looks like you all had a fun time at Disney, too! Great photos! Thanks so much for playing along with The Paper Players this week! :)

Sylvia said...

Hi Krystal! You look like you were having fun! Love your card, miss you this week in the gallery!

Ann Schach said...

What a fun family tradition! I loved the story about the mohawk! As for the card, the bling on the icing is the perfect touch!

Grace said...

Oh how adorable! love your cupcake and great paper piecing! Love the Disney pics too... many happy memories that will last a life time! Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

JulieA said...

Thanks for the wonderful post. That verse happens to be a favorite of mine. I try to concentrate on the "with thanksgiving" part. Trying to find something to be thankful for in everything. Love the card! That's one of the best birthday stamp sets! Oh, and the 14 y.o. manchild? I happen to have one of my own. Hair, I kind of let him do his own thing, knowing that it's temporary. The tattoo? Only when it's his money and it's somewhere where no one will see it! (Though he did just inform me yesterday that he didn't think he'd get one.) Good luck and God bless!!!

Arielle H Gordon said...

I'm a lot older than five, but if you feel sad not having anyone to take in a few years, I'm available - LOL! Love your gorgeous card Krystal, and I'm glad everyone is feeling better.

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