Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mid-Week Joy Report

This past week was FANTASTIC! If for no other reason than our son and his girlfriend came to visit, I can say the week was a great one. The long weekend afforded them an extra long visit - which we loved!

I was also reminded this week of one of the blessings of living in a small town. We have a sweet little bakery here in our town - Amy's Sweet Gallery. My son's girlfriend loves this little bakery, so much that she follows them on Facebook and knows what "new" treats they have. She goes there every time she's in town - which is literally usually only 2-3 times a year. This visit was no exception... and one of the things she wanted to get was the newest craze. Dill Pickle Cupcakes.

Okay, I'm not gonna lie... they sound weird. But apparently they are quite popular.

But I digress. Remember I said she only comes to visit 2-3 times a year... but when she got to the bakery this weekend, Amy knew who she was and even remembered what state she's from and who she came to visit. WOW!

For those who like to keep track, I made 8 cards this week, which is pretty good since 4 days I didn't do any crafting at all.

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50 Truths Worth Knowing
Chapter Twenty-Two
You Might Be More Like Your Parents
than You'd Like to Admit

Brian recalled how as a child he and his dad spent time EVERY summer working on some project. Building a brick walkway or a two-story barn. Digging a trench. Framing a wall. Nailing. Cleaning. Working together all day every day for two weeks. And he said, "It wasn't fun."

Why? Because no matter how he did, his dad would always say things like "that's good, but it isn't right."

Brian couldn't wait for those days to end... and they did. First it was a job that kept him busy in the summers - jobs that paid money. Then college. Graduation. His real first job. His wedding.

As he distanced himself from those summer projects he began to realize that his dad was really trying to teach him to take pride in his work and to do his very best.

Eventually Brian and his wife bought their first home. She offered to mow the lawn - a lawn that desperately needed mowing - while Brian worked at unpacking/organizing the garage. Soon, Jen cam to Brian and proudly proclaimed the front yard was finished. He took a look and said, "That's good, but it isn't right."

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he regretted them. Fortunately Jen knew Brian's dad. She smiled and reminded him that he sounded just like his dad, which Brian had to admit was true.

Jen declared that the grass was just fine.

Brian recognized it was just a lawn, but he had to wonder what his dad would say to that.

Yes, Brian was more like his dad that he'd like to admit.

This is the card I created as inspired by Brian's story:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' UP! When I Grow Up stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Paper Studio Ribbon


kiwimeskreations said...

What a great service from your cake shop :-)
I felt sad at your story, as although Brian's Dad was trying to encourage excellence it can be so demeaning to never satisfy a parent's expectations - and so damaging.
Love your card - that is a great image and sentiment

Lynn McAuley said...

Such a precious Father's Day card!! Will you be serving dill pickle cupcakes on that day!!??!