Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mid Week Joy Report


This has been a week of a myriad of activities/happenings, none of them related to crafting. LOL! Last Friday I left with a group of friends to head south.... one would think warmer weather, right? NOPE! We were driving into an ice storm but we wouldn't let that stop us as we were on our way to the installation service of a new national Executive Director/Treasurer and to the January Board Meeting. The events were delayed - and scrunched to make time to work everything of importance into the schedule. But WOW! What an event! We had a great time... and thankfully, we had safe travels, too!

I was home on Tuesday night - threw a load of laundry into the washing machine so I'd be ready to go again soon. Wednesday was spent at the car dealership - I won't bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say we owned one of those VW diesels and now we don't.

Thursday morning - before dawn - I was on my way to catch a flight to Texas for a training event. It, too was a great event! And I learned a lot. This year's VBS material is such fun - we are going to enjoy being Galactic Starveyors!

I was supposed to start taking down our Christmas decorations and working on some Design Team assignments as soon as I got home, but instead I've been mostly in bed... stupid allergies! But this will pass, and in the meantime, I'm catching up on some ZZZZzzzzz's.

All in all, it's been a pretty good week. (Well, except for the fact I haven't colored a bit, nor made a single card. I'm going into withdrawals.)


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In keeping with my personal challenge to use the book 50 Truths Worth Knowing to jump-start a card idea continues. (Fortunately I had the card made way before today!) Today I'm in the third article/chapter.


Brian landed what he thought was a fantastic job. It allowed his wife to be a stay-at-home mom to their young son. But his hours were long and his energy level depleted when he finally arrived at home. He left as his son was eating breakfast in the morning and returned home after he'd gone to bed at night. At the end on the first year at this job, the owner decided to pull the funding and Brian (as well as all of his co-workers) found himself unemployed virtually overnight.

Obviously this was a stressful time for Brian. But he also discovered the he was enjoying time with his son and with his wife. He was no longer consumed with work, but instead saw his son take his first steps, heard him saying "mommy" and "daddy" and had opportunities to build blocks with him. He began taking his son to a once-a-week Play Group, where he was the only "regular" dad there. He learned the value of those around him... and discovered that "some things are just more important than work."

To depict this story I chose to use a stamp set that has never seen ink before. The little boy and great sentiment  just seemed to fit.




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment: Red Rubber Designs Jackson & Amelia stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Recollections 110# White cardstock and colored with Copic markers
Papers: Recollections cardstock and DP scraps from my scrap file
Embellishment: Grosgrain Ribbon from an unknown vendor

5 comments:

Carol W said...

Oh Jeanette I LOVE your card and the back story that inspired it. What fun to have that as an inspiration. You always fuind such wonderful things to highlight. You are such an inspiration to me...Thanks my friend.

Maxine D said...

Wonderful card Jeanette and it so beautifully illustrates your story - do hope the allergies subside shortly
Blessings
Maxine

Lynn McAuley said...

Hope you have been able to shake off your allergies and get back to your active self. There are a lot of Christmas trees to pack away!

What a wonderful card to illustrate Brian's story. I love this sweet little fisherman. Time spent with those we love is always a blessing!

Susan McFeggan said...

Such an adorable card and the story that inspired it was so fun to read. I hope it reminds people that Life is short and children grow way too fast. Grab every moment you can is the motto I live by.

:: BlueInks :: said...

First, I hope that you feel better soon. Second, the color choices on this card are just perfect. The layout and simplicity are just right!