March 30, 2016

Brace

March came in like a lamb. Is it going to go out like a lion? It snowed Easter Sunday, but it did not stick for long.

I've been in the process of getting some new hardware since the end of December for a drop foot that occurred because of nerve damage from a herniated disc and arthritis in my back. Monday was the first day I wore it home and the Hangar technician said I'm going to have to learn to walk again. I have to remember to lift my knee and bring my foot down to the surface. Told my husband I feel like I'm peddling a bicycle.  *:D big grin I have been unconsciously scooting the heel of my foot along the ground to compensate for not being able to lift my foot normally into a stepping position.
In one of my calls to the company, they put me on hold, and that is where I learned of the company's history. It's been around for 150 years and was begun by a Confederate soldier who was the first amputee of the American Civil War. I have a list acquired during our homeschooling years of all the inventions of the Civil War, but I don't believe this was on the list. Too bad, because I thought this one was cool beans!  I went to the website to read his history and this is what I found:
Today I am thankful for what seemed then to me nothing but a blunder of fate, but which was to prove instead a great opportunity.” ~ James Edward Hangar (1843-1919).

 After losing his leg to a cannonball, he invented a revolutionary prosthetic leg for himself out of wooden barrel staves  (watch this nifty video) and then began manufacturing the devices to aid fellow wounded soldiers. In the 1950s, his company added in orthotic services and in 2007, they acquired a diabetic shoe company to make what I brought home Monday to wear.
I praise God for James Edward Hangar's inventive vision for his new leg!  *=D> applause 

March 14, 2016

Two Months Recap

Where did the months of January and February go? grin! They galloped right past me. >>> Whew!
 
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A. Documented Faith =
1. What did I learn from the verses that Stephanie sent on prayer and love? I can sum it up best by saying that I watched the movie "War Room" in January with my mother and hubby. Then I added each one of my gals to my prayer list in my Faith-book.
 
2. How did I document my faith (my relationship with Jesus) in January and February? I've got sermon notes and church bulletins, as well as writing down all of Stephanie's verses on a sheet that I posted in my kitchen. Here's a quote from my pastor I especially liked =
 
"If we tell the stories about God's provision, we've heard about his track record
and we know he can provide and help us again. That's why our stories need to be told."
 
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B. Prayer List = Do we have any good news on the prayer list front? What are you thankful for?
1. I've had Stephanie on my prayer list for the last two months. It's a good thing because she has had some weeks recently that were doozies (her words). For instance,  there were snafu's with the orders for her binder and kit plus she recently had surgery (twice) along with some forced rest.
 
2. I would like to have 8 people in our Documented Faith group with enough photos for a trading card sleeve. In January, Elizabeth, Julie, and Karen responded to my invitation and like a pebble thrown out into a pond, an invitational ripple flowed out to  Kathy and she joined us in February.
 
3. Many of my prayer requests have been answered, thank you Jesus! -- returned health for some, but others have not been answered yet that I know of. I left a place on my prayer sheet to record answered prayer! Would you mind joining me in prayer for those unanswered ones? Thank you!
 
4. I have a PRAISE! Last fall, our son was in an accident in which his car was totaled. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured! Well, from the day of the accident, our son has had trouble with getting any money from the insurance adjuster. First of all, the pushy third car behind everyone did not report the accident to his insurance, then the insurance came and removed our son's car from the garage's parking lot where it was towed to,  then our son couldn't find the title, and he had to send off for a new one, but it never came. Finally, I wrote a note about it in my faith-book to remind our son to keep looking and God answered our prayers! Our son found his original title, had it notarized and sent it off and the insurance company sent him a check this week for almost the same amount of money that his grandma had originally bought the car for! Praise the Lord!
 
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C. Did I get in any time to get crafty in January and February?
1.  I did the weekend we had Christmas with my husband's folks at the beginning of January (work schedules & illness prevented us getting together at Christmas).  I worked on getting my binder put together.  
 
2. I made ATC's for club meeting twice (once in January and once in February) --I made an interactive Golden Ruler (see the bottom of the post for photo) for January.
 
3. I got some music therapy in one night at Youtube. I compiled a playlist of Grateful Heart Praise music to link into my study book post. I'm thinking about making another playlist to craft to now.
 
4. I've decided to use my calendar as not only a day planner, but also as a journal to record the days I am crafty on a "I DID IT" List. During the month of February, I joined Kathy Racoosin in her 30-Day-Coloring Challenge. I received a Mary Engelbreit coloring book for my birthday/Christmas and colored in one selected page to attach to my monthly dividers in my faith-book which are on my craft blog, click here. I would also like to laminate my dividers at the end of the month after I've used the back of the divider as a bulletin board, so January is laminated, but I'm almost afraid to laminate February's divider as March's divider got stuck in the laminating machine (see end of third week challenge post).
 
5. As a group, we did not craft in January or February, however I'm thankful the gals who have been sick since Christmas didn't share any germies with me! grin!  I was sick long enough last year from Thanksgiving to Christmas with that viral thing that wouldn't bug off  and my asthmatic lungs are still twitchy.
 
6. Aside from the dividers, I started doodling on my scripture pages. In January, I didn't quite know what to do, but after seeing that Stephanie had given herself permission to go out of the lines in her binder, I gave myself permission to doodle on my February scripture sheet too.
 
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D. Sharing with Your Community =
1. I sent my Documented Faith group some happy mail in January and February. I'm hoping they will participate also and think of our group as not just as place to park prayer requests, but also as a place to encourage one another through their art.
 
"Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land." (Proverbs 25:25)
 
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D. Miscellaneous =
1. I've got three books read so far. I've shared some notes from one of the books already on this blog -- The Practice of Praise.
 
2. I see I still need to get some photos developed for our group's trading card sleeve. So far, I've only got one.
 
3. I received a Pocket letter from Tara McGuire. She's looking for other people to swap with. I'm grateful she was so patient and gracious to me 'cause I was a little late. I should have arranged a due date to work towards, but didn't even think about it at the time.
 
4. One of the gals asked if we could set up an online place where we could share what we're working on. Since we're not all on Facebook, I set up an online board where we could share pictures of what we're doing.  No, it's not a secret blog, but rather at an online place where we were all together anyway! Guess where? grin!
 
5. I noticed Stephanie had a poem in the monthly packet that she laminated for her Faith binder. Do you have any favorite poems -- ones that you have written or saved ones that you like? I've parked a bunch of poems over at the Splitcoast Stampers website for several years. I also compiled a list of gratitude quotes here  to inspire your art and will be adding to it as I come across new ones.
 
6. I found out each of the gals' birthdays and added them to my calendar.  Mine is Dec. 4.
 
7. What are my favorite colors/combinations? My favorite patterns at the moment are black and white gingham and black & white dots with a splash of red thrown in. I also like cherries and bees (even though I'm allergic to bee stings!) God, you did good creating wonderful designs!
 
8. I started daisy seeds in a little kids seed starter I picked up on clearance at Walmart a couple of years ago in January, but they have since died off, I'm not sure why. My amaryllis isn't doing too good either. All the leaves got really long then broke off. It was supposed to have bloomed at Christmas, but it didn't even send up a flower stalk, but it is sending up new leaves. There's hope! And presently, I've started a kitchen windowsill garden with tops of carrots sending up leaves, a stubby piece of celery, and some lettuce. I change the water in the dish every couple of days. I'm not into growing stinky slime too. grin!
 
9. I'm thankful my eye pressures were under 16 pts. at this last eye doctor appointment. I'm also thankful for my new glasses and my new lift chair that I received for Christmas.
 
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Well, I think that's it for the month of January and February 2016 for me. What about you?

March 09, 2016

Short Gratitude Quotes

"All that we behold is full of blessings." (Wm. Woodsworth)
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"Appreciate the little things. Life is full of them and they make for a sweet and satisfying life." (Jackson Brown.)
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"At church yesterday, I learned an awesome way to create a habit of gratitude. Think about the date of your birthday (mine is 4/13) and turn it into a time (4:13). Now, get out your phone and set the alarm for everyday at that time.(Tip: set it to pm so you do not get an early morning reminder!) Every time that alarm sounds, chimes, beeps, rings or vibrates, stop and say/think or write down something you are grateful for." (Stephanie Ackerman, Documented Faith).
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"Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he puts in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents. . . can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth?" (G.K. Chesterton)
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"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
(William Arthur Ward)
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"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." (William Arthur Ward)
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"Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it." (A. W. Tozer)
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"Gratitude is a vaccine, antitoxin, and an antiseptic. (John Henry Jowett)
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"Gratitude is heaven itself." (William Blake)
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"Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you've been given." (Marglisa Fabrego)
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"Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead." (C.S. Lewis).
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"Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are steep and hurt and resentful. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. I can choose to be grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart responds in bitterness. . . I can choose to listen to the voices that forgive and to look at the faces that smile, even while I still hear words of revenge and see grimaces of hatred." (Henry Nouwen)
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"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."
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"He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself." (Albert Schweitzer)
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"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is
happiness doubled by wonder." (G.K. Chesterton)
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"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "Thank You," that would suffice." (Meister Eckhart)
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"In life, as in knitting, don't leave loose ends. Take the time to thank the people who matter in your life." (Reba Linker)
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"In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude." (Dietrich Bonheoffer)
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I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you, my heart has no bottom.
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"Let's be a channel of blessing to all our family." (Rev. Daniel Daida)
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"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." (Marcel Proust)
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"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer." (Maya Angelou)
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"Of all the "attitudes" we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important And by far the most life-changing." (Zig Ziglar)
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". . . our inner happiness depends not on what we experience but on the degree of our gratitude to God, whatever the experience." (Albert Schweitzer).
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"Our joy, thankfulness and prayers should not change depending on our circumstances. When we decide to have a prayerful attitude at all times. . . depending fully (not partially) on God, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful." (Stephanie Ackerman.)
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"Part of learning to count my blessings is accepting that many of them I would not have chosen if it had been left to me. I must first give up any attempt to compare what was with what might have been. By accepting God as my shepherd, I must also accept the path He sets me upon -- and the blessings from whatever circumstances of life." (Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn, The Sacred Shore)
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"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." (Winnie the Pooh)
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"Rest and be thankful." ~ Inscription on stone seat in the Scottish highlands.
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"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." (Charles Dickens.)
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"Spending a little time calculating the number of things that go right is a simple but powerful way to reactivate our sense of wonder and gratitude." (Richard Carlson)
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"The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life; giving thanks for everything." (Albert Schweitzer)
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"Today I am thankful for what seemed then to me nothing but a blunder of fate, but which was to prove instead a great opportunity." ( James Edward Hangar)
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What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
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When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
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"When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." (G.K. Chesterton)
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"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." (Maya Angelou)
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