Thursday, November 15, 2007

I'm baaaaccckkkk!

Hi all! I'm back; well, I have actually been back since Sunday, but I wanted to spend time with my sister before she went back to Hawaii so I haven't been online much. I had a great time spending alone time with my DH. It was nice to get away from the real world for a short while and reconnect with each other.

I finally got my stamp mojo going today and did
Jen's layout challenge. I made another Christmas card using some DP from (the paper studio).

The stamp is from Stampendous. I picked it up at my LSS about two weeks ago and this is the first time that it has seen ink. I just had to use my cuttlebug to add some depth. I colored the trees using my SU markers and then covered them with Ice Stickles but I don't think you can see it in the picture. The CS is Purely Pomegranate from Stampin Up. I used my circle punches and snowflake punch to make the embellishments. That's pretty much it.

I'm so glad to be back in blogging land and did miss y'all. I hope that you have a stamping good day!

I just wanted to share one more thing with all the mothers out there raising kids. A dear friend sent it to me and I just love the message in it.

I'm invisible.It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't they see I'm on the phone?" Obviously not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. Somedays I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite guide to answer, "What number is the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order, "Right a round 5:30 , please." I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going. she's going... she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, "I brought this for you." It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: "To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees."In the days ahead I would read... no, devour the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1. No one can say who built the greatcathedrals - we have no record of their names. 2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything. A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will becovered by the roof? No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees." I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering tome, "I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become." At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree. When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and irons all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there." As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Live Simply.Love Generously.Care Deeply.Speak Kindly.Leave the rest toGod.


Andrea, said...

Fabulous card, that stamp is lovely, great papers

Deborah said...

What a wonderful cheery card! It made me smile! Deb

Dawn Easton said...

Great to see you back!

Thanks for sharing that with brought tears to my eyes. I hope you don't mind if I share it with a few friends.

Your card is so cute! That image is adorable and I really like how you CB'd the background! Fab idea!

jen del muro said...

fab card!! thx for playing. thx for sharing this story with us.

Corie said...

This card is just FANTASTIC!!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What a touching, and true, commentary!!! I enjoyed reading it!!! Love your cards -- that little tree image is adorable!!! TFS!!!


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