Friday, March 14, 2014

Memories

Oh my gosh, look what I found.  While clicking through pictures for a different post, I came across this gem, and that's all it took for the memories to come flooding to the forefront of my mind. One by one, I allowed quick glimpses of moments long gone by to come back to me.  My precious bundles, babies A and D were being transported via ambulance to a step-down nursery a few miles away. This was just 2 weeks after they were born. Their first road trip!! Thankfully they allowed me to tag along.  Aren't they cute???

Even to this day, I still have to catch my breath as I remember, and ponder, and cry, and marvel at what God has done.
 
 Seth was so very sick.  Many, many desperate, and full of faith prayers were said on behalf of this tiny one.  To this day, I still have people tell me they prayed for him.  People we don't even know chose to lift him up to Jesus.  How grateful I am!!!!



God has brought us so far. We have Him, we have each other, we have our health, we are truly blessed.  It is moments like this, as I can't get enough of past images, when I see God's faithful hand on our lives and circumstances, that my heart gains confidance in faith.  The circumstances and trials today are different than what we were experiencing through our high risk pregnancy, delivery, and early years with a bigger family.  Yet, the very same God that sustained, led, encouraged, and strengthened us then continues now.  Today I can look into the unknown with greater faith and expenctancy because of looking back.  Faithful God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Homemade Card Ideas


Mother's Day is just around the corner!! Around here we like to make creative and meaningful cards for the mothers and grandmothers, and great-grandmothers in our lives. Both of my husband's grandmas are still living and one of mine is also. We send a total of 6 cards out. One is for a very special lady here in town who is like a grandma to us. A few weeks out, my brain starts kicking into gear to come up with "the best idea yet". I'm working on a fun idea this year, but it is still in the planning stages. The one I'm going to show you today was from Valentine's day a few years ago, but would totally work for Mother's Day (or any occasion, really) too. Here it is...
These were some of the takes I used for making the card.

I cut out one large red heart and had the kids jump off the ottoman as I tried to capture them in mid-air. The theme of this card is "jumping with love".
The background wasn't important because my plan was to cut right around the outline of each child.
Oh my goodness, such cuteness!!!!
I wanted one picture with all of them together to include in the card. Look how little they were. Oh how I wish, sometimes, that we could be transported back in time.
After our lively and fun photo shoot, I loaded everyone up and went to make prints. Later that night, after kiddos were in bed I did all the cutting and gluing. Cody helped by making the cover for each card. Isn't a child's handwriting so sweet?
The outside...


The inside. In order to make the images appear to "jump out", I cut 6 inch by 1/2 inch strips and folded them accordian style. By attaching the print to the card with my folded pieces of paper, the pictures of the kids look like they're jumping off the page.
My attempt at a side-angle -shot so you can see the accordian-style folded paper- is feeble at best. Hopefully you get the idea!! The end result was pretty cute. This particular card was a bit more labor intensive than some of the others I've made. It definitely isn't one you could whip-up easily the night before. One of the reasons I am posting it waaaaay before Mother's day is to give you plenty of time to get it done. Now that I've seen a few pictures of my little ones, I'm pretty much ready to start blubbering down memory lane and look at more old pictures. Where, oh where does the time go??
If you like this idea, you might also like some other ideas I've posted. Here are a few: