Sunday, November 1, 2015

From My Heart - FMH02 - Grandma's Green Bible

Hi Stamping Friends!!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your day. On Sundays here at the blog I've started something new. I call it "From My Heart". It's where I share a little bit of encouragement with you, in hopes that YOU will encourage someone this week too.

When I was a little girl, my dad was a long distance truck driver. It was quite normal for him to be gone for a week or longer at a time. Often when he was not home, my mom and us four kids would have dinner over at my grandparents house. 

Every night after dinner, my grandma would get out her green Living Bible from "the Bible drawer" and would read aloud from it. I never heard my Grandpa read the Bible out loud. He had only a fourth grade education and may not have felt comfortable doing so. I don't know. I never asked. When we were old enough read, we often got the privilege of choosing a scripture passage and reading it out loud after dinner. Or as my grandparents always called it "supper".

Even though my grandparents normally read the Bible from cover to cover, when it was our turn to read, grandma would often direct us to one of the Psalms. It amazed me when we would stumble over a word and she knew what it was before we even sounded it out. I've always wondered how many times they read through the entire Bible.

I felt pretty special when it was my turn to read. But what really made me smile wider and sit up straighter was when I would finish reading and my grandpa would say, "That was really nice." I'm not exactly sure why such a few, simple words could make me beam, but they did.

Often I hear people say that they don't send cards because "they don't know what to write inside of them". Trust me. You do not need big fancy, flowery words to make someone feel special. A few short and sweet words from your heart work just as well. Maybe even better.

So this week I want to encourage you to send a card to someone and tell them "That was really nice". Maybe your child needs a little "I'm proud of you" encouragement. Or your child's teacher needs an extra "job well done" to finish the semester strong. Maybe a co-worker needs a "Great job!". Whoever it is, send them a card this week and let them know that you see they are trying their very best.

My card for this week will be going to my fifth grader who has been improving his cursive by leaps and bounds. I think I will hide it inside his lunchbox and surprise him.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Crazy About You
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Paper: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Retired DSP
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits, Brick Wall EF, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Star Punch

A little piece of advice... If you are making one card, you might as well make two. You are already have all the supplies out. Even if you don't need the card right away, you can always save it for later. I needed a second card for a friend's son who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident. And since teenage boys are the most difficult age group to create cards for, I figured this would be the perfect card for him too. I just changed up the sentiment and BOOM!

(Sorry for the awful pictures. My camera battery decided to die. I think I need a new one. It no longer holds a charge.) :(
I used two challenges to create these cards.

The color challenge came from the Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge CC554:

And the sketch challenge came from the Paper Craft Crew Challenges blog PCCCS168:

Of course you don't have to make your cards. You can go and buy them. But what fun is that?! Just make sure to send someone a little piece of your heart this week.

I love finding Bible verses and quotes on Pinterest. After I wrote this post I went searching for a fun little quote to add. I can't believe how perfectly this one fit!!

Thank you so much for spending part of your Sunday with me.
I hope you come back and visit again.
Be blessed and be a blessing!!


LeAnne said...

What a sweet memory you shared! We have been talking about this in our SS class, encouraging others with a card or note, so I think the Lord is trying to tell me to send out more of the plethora of cards that I make! Yours are just lovely!

Stacey said...

I love your card! Thanks for playing along PCC.