Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Why do we fail to see what great things God has for us in His plan... I guess it is just because we are human. I wonder if God ever chuckles over our turmoil in such small things that may come up in our lives???? (I am not saying by any means adoption is a small thing, but everything is a small thing for God to handle) Let's agree today to let Him handle the things of today... and then when tomorrow gets here the things of tomorrow... and so on and so on... OK?? good, glad we got that all worked out!!! *Ü*
Anyway, remember to pray for the Garcia family as they still have many obstacles with the Haitian govt. part of the adoption. You can check out her blog http://iansadoption.blogspot.com/
I am going to Detroit Metro to pick up my cousin from California today so I will be getting in & out of Detroit as quickly as possible & for that I have...
a grateFUL HEART, carin
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I just received a couple emails from people I graduated with about our class reunion which was over the past weekend (class of '83) ... no I didn't go only because we would of had to travel all the way across the state & to be quite frank there is only a few people I really care to see... I will make sure I am there for the 30th!!!
Hope you are all having a good week so far... it is only Tuesday, right? I am staying with my parents for the week & my hubby will come & join me here on Thursday night to stay for a couple days... we have to be in Bay Port for the "big" Fish Sandwich Festival... if you don't know what that is try & google it. You know the saying "you can never go home again"... well, you can go home again, but it isn't exactly "home" anymore which I guess is a good thing in some ways. My sister, the SU demo, is off to convention today -- have FUN Na!
have a great Tuesday??? with a grateFUL HEART, carin
Monday, July 28, 2008
Had a great day at church yesterday... our church is in the process of building a new building & they had a tour of the new building yesterday afternoon (although it isn't done yet, but everyone was excited to at least see it now that is getting close to completion)... we had our first worship service & communion in the new facility... it was so incredible!!! We all met in the sanctuary... sang a worship song... took communion... sang another song... one of the songs we sang was "How Great Is Our God"... what an awesome time & what an appropriate song... there we all were standing in this dirty, dusty sanctuary & the presence of God was so strong... in case you can't tell it was an unbelievable experience... only makes me so excited for September 8th to get here when it is to be completed!!! I am so thankful for the work that God has done & for the work He is doing & going to do!
with a full & grateFUL HEART, carin --- oh & happy monday!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
My husband took this out our back door... everyone thinks they live in "God's country"... when you see a site like this you know it for sure... thank-You, Lord for Your beautiful handy-work! And thank-you all that left such nice comments on my cards... with a grateFUL HEART, carin
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have been working on another project today, so I will be posting about that tomorrow.
Tuesday is coming to a close & I am grateFUL for such a good rain today!
with a grateFUL HEART, carin
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
You might wonder why a person that doesn't have a job looks forward to the weekend... isn't everyday like a weekend for me??? I look forward to the weekend because my hubby is home 1/2 day on Saturday & we get to spend all day Sunday together. So I hope you have a great weekend with whoever or whatever you do this weekend... and as always remember to have a grateFUL HEART, carin
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (KJV)
That verse speaks volumes to me... that God loves me so much & knows me better than I know myself & yet He still loves me so much!
In another translation I John 3:18-20 goes like this:
My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. (The Message)
Does that say it all? By truly practicing real love that is how I can keep my eyes on God & what He has planned for me... the first step to practicing real love has to start with really loving myself & not stressing over little mistakes & problems that may come along.
I do realize that my "reality" is rarely ever God's reality... and for that today I have a grateFUL HEART, carin
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It was another beautiful weekend in northern Michigan & the week has started out pretty good too! how about yours?
with a grateFUL HEART, carin
ps: Happy Birthday Daddy!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Speaking of Na... she gave me the Fresh Cuts set & note cards for my birthday along with a holder she made at a class... I love that set... it is very much my style. So, here is my own little note card I did with the set. I am still using Forest Foliage & not Handsome Hunter because I bought a bunch of FF before SU got rid of it (FF use to be one of my favorite colors) I used Western Sky (DSP) for the background & Cool Caribbean for the flower (yes I still have a few pieces of Cool Caribbean... I'm a horder!)
I thought the dark green & the cool blue looked so good together... what do you think?
Anyway, thanks Na for the new stamp set... I actually used it within the week I received it!!! woohoo!!!
It is rainy this morning but hopefully that will be done soon (we do need the rain) & then Luke & I are off on a little relaxing adventure with some friends... if all goes well I might even let you here about it.
with a big grateFUL HEART, carin
Friday, July 11, 2008
Well, I am having difficulties with getting the picture to download... so I will stop trying while I am still my cheery self & try tomorrow... oh, don't be too disappointed!!!
tagged me... since I am new to the blogging thing not really sure I can do it with the grace & elegance it deserves *Ü*. Oh, the pressure!!!!
7 random/weird facts about me (the weird is not hard for me):
1. I love "even" numbers, the only odd number I like is the number 5, because in my mind it is almost like an "even" number.
2. When I eat M&Ms I like to match up the colors & eat the same colors together (you know like 2 greens, 2 reds...) try to never mix colors.
3. I ate from a divided dish until I was 4 years old... I couldn't let foods touch... my mom used a tupperware relish dish, you know the small one, to feed me with.
4. I was born in Corona California & moved to Michigan when I was 10 months old.
5. I am a middle child (that could explain a lot!) -- one older sis & one younger sis.
6. I fell for my husband even before our first date, no I literally fell at a wedding reception & he caught me... I didn't even know him at that point.
7. I want to live my life in a way that will make a difference & my first step to that is to be grateFUL for the life God has given me & to share His love with others.
NOW comes the hard part, if I tag you don't feel like you need to do anything but just graciously accept it -- of course I couldn't do that because I have a little "OCD" going incase you couldn't tell.
1. Annette Stewart - http://ink-paper-scissors-rock.typepad.com/ she is a SU demonstrator & I just came across her blog -- I think maybe on SCS - her blog is really informative & it cheers me up.
2. Deann Oliver - http://stampwithdeann.blogspot.com/ she is also a SU demo & she is just very talented -- I love her inspirations.
3. Ruth Tacoma -http://inreallifefaith.blogspot.com/ she is a close friend & I love her to pieces, she does beautiful scrapbooks, but she doesn't put them on her blog -- why not Ruth?
4. Heather Watkins - http://danielsmommysbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/ she is also a friend & does scrapbooking, although I haven't seen a lot of her pages but I have seen her work her new phone really beautifully!
5. Ally Schilling - http://alystamps.typepad.com/ this is a blog I stop by every once in awhile, she is a sweet SU demo also.
6. Stephanie Garcia - http://iansadoption.blogspot.com/ this isn't a stamping or crafty blog but it is a blog worth reading, Stephanie is a friend who is a missionary in Chile & her family is on an adoption adventure... go to the blog & read her story... she is inspiring!
Well, I know that isn't 7 but it is the best I can do... I hope I'm not eliminated *Ö*
with a grateFUL HEART, carin
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I had a great lunch with friends, Barb & Sharon, yesterday... they are such awesome friends & even more important such good sisters in Christ (sorry Deb couldn't make it). All of my friends I have up here are the best -- I am so blessed!
We are getting new neighbors moving in next door to us... where we lived in Bay Port we really never had any neighbors, so I get curious about people. No, I am not like Mrs. Kravitz (you know from Bewitched) but I do peek out the bedroom window to see what is going on... I need to get a job... I may turn into a stalker!!! *Ö* The neighborhood is safe so far!
I am actually going to do some stamping today with the new Stampin' Up sets I got for my birthday... thanks Na & Frank and Linds & T... plus my sister Chele gave me a gift certificate for Stampin' Up which of course I will save for the new catalog. *Ü*
Enough rambling & that my blogging buddies is something you can have a grateFUL HEART for, Carin
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
"On the wings of prayer our burdens take flight - our load of care becomes bearably light."
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let you fall. ~ Psalms 55:22
"Today with prayer the rough and trying times can be made bearable".
I know anything I am going through isn't at all as devastating as losing a loved one, but these are still great words of encouragement to me & hopefully to you too.
Sorry so somber... I had a great birthday yesterday! My hubby came home from work early & had present in hand (I had told him no present, but he didn't listen), he made me a delicious supper & then we went out for ice cream. He even didn't complain when I was watching "America's Got Talent" (he really hates those kind of shows). By the way he got me this really neat, rustic birdhouse that we can put out by the pond. I also have a lunch date with a friend who is taking me out for my birthday today, so I have that to look forward to, plus church tonight which is always great... worship -- what a great way to lift your spirit!
as always, with a grateFUL HEART, Carin
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Not too much exciting going on today... think I will do a little stamping. Oh, and the endless job hunt... I have a resume to send out today for a job in Cadillac. I also need to go to the Secretary of States office & give them my birthday gift to them... $ license plate tabs $ ... so glad I can share the wealth!?
with a grateFUL HEART on this my 43rd birthday, Carin
Monday, July 7, 2008
Here is a pic of me & Luke at the family gathering... my niece that took the pic
We also went to a cookout at Anne & Wayne's (that would be Luke's youngest sis)... thanks to you for the yummy food! I also had the privilege of giving Dalton (our only nephew) his first haircut. As you can see by the pic he was NOT all that thrilled about it!
It has been a very humid day here in northern Michigan... typical summer weather, but at least there was a good breeze as I had shrubs to prune & some weeds to pull... I love gardening, but I hate weeding!!!! Anything beautiful requires a little pain!
Over the weekend I also finished a book I have been reading... The Shack... if you haven't heard of it let me be the first to introduce it to you. It is a book of fiction, but it sent my thoughts off running about so many things regarding God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit. Some people may say it is way too out there in its thinking, but what I had to remember was it is a book of fiction that really sent me thinking. It didn't take an "open mind" to read it... it took an "open heart" to experience it. You must read it for yourself to see what you think, just remember to try & have an open heart to take it all in. Here is one of my favorite quotes in the book ...
"An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others." A.W. Tozer ... that just thrills me that my God loves me as if I were the only one!!!! It is so humbling. I'm sure I will have more to say about it but that is it for now.
With a grateFUL HEART on this the eve of my birthday, Carin
So anyway, take the time to go on & checkout this blog... adoption is such a long process & I know they covet your prayers... also there is a place to make donations for this great expense of adoption.
with a grateFUL HEART, Carin
Thursday, July 3, 2008
With a grateFUL HEART, Carin
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Saturday evening we lost most of our electricity (brown-out) around 7 p.m. I waited for over an hour on hold for Consumers Energy to report it ... I fell asleep waiting & when they finally answered the operator had to wake me up. When you lose your electricity you realize how much you rely on it... no TV, no computer, no shower. Went to bed early hoping & praying the lights would come on in the night... oh not so! Washed my hair Sunday morning in a grease stained shop sink at my husbands workplace... yuck! ... can't complain because at least I had clean hair for church! Anyway, the lights came back on at 1:50 p.m... just in time for me to grab a shower before we left for a worship service in Grand Rapids ... FYI: the worship service was great!!! We went to a Japanese steakhouse for supper... that was so cool & the food was good too... if you have a chance to go to a Japanese steakhouse do it... it is one of those places like you see on TV where the chef comes & prepares your food right in front of you... he chops food & throws flames... it is all in the presentation.
Oh, and happy July! Can't hardly believe it is July already!!?? July is one of my favorite months... after all I was born in July... one more week to the big "43".
with a grateFUL HEART, Carin