Friday, September 29, 2017

Joy Report with Love for Home

It has been a busy week. It's been a GREAT week!

A friend and I are in charge of the craft at our state's children's event this weekend, so we have been working, working, working on this cute pumpkin project. And one day I prepared the refreshments for a meeting. Those who attended sure appreciated it, which made it all worthwhile. I also went to the city one day (to get my new glasses and to shop some, too.... oh and to enjoy Chipotle and Starbucks).

And I made 11 cards.

One of the cards I made is this card that was inspired by Chapter 39 of the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing.

Meaningful Is More Beautiful

Mariska was a self-proclaimed beauty junkie for several years. She chose to live in towns that were considered beautiful - Boulder Colorado, San Francisco, etc. She thought if she lived in these beautiful places, she would have a beautiful life. And it worked that way - for a while. She'd admire the mountains, or stick her toes in the surf and she'd wonder how she got to be so lucky.

She had many friends, but those friends had grown up in the area so they didn't see the beauty around them like Mariska did. They took it for granted because it had always bene there. Mariska longed for someone to admire the beauty around her like she did. She often longed for family members to move nearby, but none of them had any desire to move from the east where they lived. They didn't want to leave their friends; their home.

Then Mariska got married. And, *gasp! - her husband's desire - need - to be with his family was more important than living in the idealic locations that Mariska had called home for a while. So they moved back home. Mariska admits she shed tears when she left San Francisco, but a few months later, during a Sunday dinner with family (there had been many) she began to feel a slow warmth rise up within her chest and she recognized that she was comfortable. She now saw clearly that life was richer by being close to family. She gained so much more here than she ever had in the lonely tourist spots with the fantastic sunsets.

She was home and there was no where else she'd rather be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamps: Unity Grab Bag Collection 1 (the house) and Love at Home (the sentiment) stamped with Gina K Onyx Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and White and Stampin' UP! Sahara Sand CS and DP from the Craft Smith Burgundy Rose Paper Pad nd Crate Paper Flea Market Paper Pad

Embellishment: Heart-shaped Brad from an unknown vendor


kiwimeskreations said...

What a busy lady you have been, and then 11 cards as well!!! You must move at the pace of a whirlwind Jeanette! Love your card, and a great story to go with it too.

Lynn McAuley said...

There's no place like home, as Dorothy would say! Fabulous card, Jeanette!!