Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

It's been a great week! I know many of you have had your Christmas decorations put away for a few weeks now - or at least for many days. Well... we had company until the first week of January and then I immediately went on two out-of-state trips.... so ours were still up. But this week... yes... finally... I took all the Christmas trees, nativity sets, village, etc down and boxed it up for another year. Our home breathed a sigh of relief.

To be honest, so did I.

I also managed to make 10 cards.... some of them for a new design team that I'm on... Frantic Stamper. You'll be seeing those cards soon... I promise.

And.... BIG news! Our daughter, who teaches in the bush of Alaska found out she's getting tenure this year. Woo Hoo! Congratulations Brittney!

Yes, my heart is overflowing with joy! But the truth is... as we discussed in Bible Study this Sunday, joy is something from within. It's not based on our circumstances. That is happiness. So no matter what is happening in my life, I can choose to have joy! And I do!

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This is my fourth week to create a card for My 50 Truths Challenge. If you don't know what I've talking about, you can read more about it HERE.

In this week's article/story from the 50 Truths Worth Knowing book Katie tells about a wooden frame the hung in the stairwell of her parents' home. in that frame was an old black and white photograph of her grandmother who served as a nurse during World War II. The photo is priceless, of course, but the story focuses instead on the yellowed paper that was tucked into the picture frame. You see, that paper is a letter from her grandmother's father... the very last letter she would receive before his death. Her grandmother had kept that letter for over 50 years, until her own death and then it was passed on to her parents, where it hung on that wall in the stairwell.

Katie reminds us that mail is special. A letter nestled in amongst bills and mail order catalogs is something we treasure. We hold it and read it and reread it. We find a special place to keep it. It is a person's way of giving time to those he/she loves. Letters are indeed special.

Unfortunately, sending letters has become somewhat a lost art. It's just too easy to send an email, or even easier, a text message.

Fifty years from now will there be any special letters that are turning yellow and found tucked into a picture frame? Let's you and I do our part to ensure that there are.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Images: Taylored Expressions S.W.A.K. stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers
Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White Cardstock and AMuse Studio Polka Dot and Gingham Checked Designer Papers
Embellishment: Michael's Ribbon

3 comments: said...

Oh Jeanette I sooo loved your story. I still have a few letters and I save special cards so yes 50 years from now my son will rummage through some old cards and letters that I have kept as well as those I found in a box that my mother and father had kept from their youth. I hope to instill that sentimentally into my grandchildren as well. That being said I LOVE you card. Thanks for sharing such a precious reminder to all of us.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful story of a family treasure Jeanette - and a super sweet card to illustrate it.
Congratulations on your DT position - looking forward to seeing what you create.

Lynn McAuley said...

I got just such a letter this week from my oldest granddaughter. I will treasure it always and now I need to respond to her in kind. I find myself in tears as much from joy as from sorrow these days. Thanks for your sweet card and wonderful post, Jeanette!