Saturday, November 30, 2013

Savor the Memories!

Can you believe it? This is the last day of November. ALREADY!

Where has the month gone?

The Crafters of Faith blog group is a GREAT group of women - I call them my Faith-Filled Friends. They inspire me - both with their faith and with their crafting ability. I love to visit their blogs and see what they've been making!

That being said, because this is the last day of the month, we're all in for a treat... because THIS IS THE DAY (don't you want to sing???) that the Crafters of Faith share their monthly project.

This is the day;
This is the day;
This is the day that the Lord has made!

We will rejoice;
We will rejoice;
We will rejoice and be glad in it!

Darlene is the hostess this month, which means she got to choose the theme. And WOW! What a theme it is! Such fun (though I will admit I had to think on this quite a bit before I decided what to make).

Here's what Darlene asked us to do:

Matthew 10:13-16
"People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them."


I have always loved the image that this brings to mind. The culture of the day was such that children were valued even less than women were, so once again, Jesus is teaching that he came for the least ones in society. My biggest pleasure in teaching Sunday School is always experiencing God's love and grace through the accepting eyes of children.

So, with that in mind, look through your treasure trove. What do you have that shows the innocence of childhood? The pleasure in simple things? The wonder of nature? The pure fun of our world? What speaks to that child-like spirit that you remember from your childhood? Try to create something that takes you back to your childish, unquestioning, innocent faith in God. Create a little bit of heaven on paper!

I love your idea, Darlene!!! THANK YOU!!!

Here's the card I made:

This card truly does speak of the child-like spirit I remember from my childhood! It was an incredible childhood. My dad's work was such that we moved a lot - every 3-6 months, to be exact. We even said it was like we were on a "constant vacation" because my parents made sure that we saw everything we could possibly see in the area where we lived, because we'd soon be loading up and moving again. The four of us (Daddy, Mama, my sister Jeannie, and I) really had experiences that we would have never had, if we'd lived in one location.

You probably noticed my card doesn't have any embellishments. I did that on purpose. Because of our constant moving, we learned to live without a lot of extra "stuff". It just meant that much more to move if we had it. I'm  not saying we did without, but what we had was time spent together!

I wouldn't trade my childhood for anyone's!

This is the inside of my card:

Oh, and did I mention... I loved to GIGGLE then, just as I do now!

Please be sure to stop by the other Crafters of Faith blogs today to see what they've made. You'll find the links in my left sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image & Sentiments: The Cat's Pajamas Quality Time
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Cool Caribbean
Designer Paper: from my scrap file


Marilyn said...

I love everything about this Jeanette! First of all, I like the story about moving around and how lucky were you, that your parents made sure you experienced everything about the location where you were. Most of us think of moving around a lot as being hard on children but it sounds like they made it a great experience for you.
The image is so cute and when you add the sentiments you chose, they suit each other perfectly. I really do like this a lot!

MiamiKel said...

What a cute image and sentiment!! Your coloring is wonderful! I love the paper, too .. Has such a unique look to it, like tie die almost :) you and I lead similiar childhoods ..and not to mention the funeral home thing LOL!

Blessings to you, COF sistah!

jimlynn said...

I didn't move around at all during my childhood but still had a wonderful one - and wouldn't trade it either. Love the fact you got to move around and experience different things.
Love your card too! Just simply precious.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful childhood, and great parents to ensure that you were enriched by it!
Gorgeous card Jeanette - I love the picture and the sentiments - so precious.

Shelly Schmidt said...

How cool is this sweet image- I loved reading to my kids and they are all fab readers now. I LOVE your childhood story-your folks made the most of every day and location- how fun is that! Beautiful card- so glad to share with you in the COF group!

Liz Williams said...

I love the encouraging words of savor the moment. Gosh, my babies are now grown with their own grown children, so that time does seem to fly past faster than you think. Childhood is such a precious, innocent time in our lives and what wonderful memories come to mind during that less stressful time of our lives.

Darlene said...

I JUST LOVE IT!!!! That gorgeous paper with the brush strokes of colors - the adorable teddies reading on the couch - the silly & giggly moments - the lack of embellishments - ALL of it!!

I have a Betty Rubble giggle. When I let my guard down, it just comes out. People often comment and tease, but I can't help it! I can't wait for the next time that we can get together and giggle.

Blessings to you and yours!

Barb said...

Jeanette--your card is wonderful. I love that sweet image as it just puts a smile on my face. I did not notice there were no embellishments until you pointed it out as the card looked so pretty! I love hearing stories about your childhood...... and it is so good that you remember them yet ;-) Hugs!

:: BlueInks :: said...

The image is just adorable. That comfortable chair and books! The sentiment looks great where you stamped it and the think black layer really makes a pop. Great job this round!!!

Tania said...

What a beautiful post and lovely card to go with it.

Zella said...

I love looking at your cards....but I also love reading your posts! It's like sitting down and having tea with a friend. How I wish we lived closer!!! Beautiful card...beautiful post....beautiful heart....beautiful friendship that I'm VERY thankful for and treasure.