12.31.2013

When Your One Word Flies Into Your Life Uninvited

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I had been pondering this past month, with the coming end of 2013. Pondering that I really had not felt a nudge, or heard a word from God concerning the New Year. I let this last month drift by without much fanfare at all.

 I wrote in my journal on December 10, "Perhaps I am at a crisis of faith...but I feel nothing. No anger, no joy, no passion, no excitement, no expectation, no hope...I am in a state of limbo. A bleak existence. For further clarification, I'm not mad at God...I just no longer expect anything." 

Limbo, indeed. The past year was like a slow starting forest fire that became an incinerator for many of the hopes, dreams and goals set in my heart. One continuous stop, drop and roll of a year putting out the fires that flared up from every side. 

I had no idea of where I would end up or what was to come with a word like Release. But it left me wordless by the end of the year. From my journal, "Last year (2012) I felt like I was drowning. This year I feel like I am hanging."

So, as I considered and weighed what is to come, and what has passed, and sensing God's quietness, I assumed I had no word for the year. I mean, a word like Limbo, does not catapult one into brainstorming goals and dreams for a new year. So I accepted that God was done with parading me along with my fellow bloggers for this One Word theme for 2014. Honestly, after Less and Release...I wasn't exactly telling God to lay it on me. 

But, as I was sitting with Him one morning (or afternoon, don't really remember), I was prompted in my reading to Romans 12:1-2. I had the sense that this was God's "word" for me for this year-and for always - but it was a timely reminder. So, that's not really one word, I thought to myself. Off the hook. 

I began embracing this as my verse for the year and focus...and figured, meditating on His Word is never a bad thing, so may as well embrace this leading. Next thing I'm explaining to someone about how I am not having a "word" this year, and as I reiterated my verse, the weirdest thing happened. One Word, jumped out at me and I felt my heart do a flip up into my throat, back down to my gut and back into my chest. In a good way. 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." ~ Romans 12:1-2


Yup. I tried to deny it...but it was unmistakable. And merciful. Renewal. Because after Less, and Release...I mean, one does not just WALK INTO MORDOR, willingly! Renewal, seems a tad more optimistic than my previous words. I guess God knows when we are at the end of our rope!

A beautiful confirmation....

Later that evening, while walking by the Sea Wall with our dog and a friend Saturday night, God sealed this sweet deal with me. Adjacent to us, up popped what I thought was a seagull onto the wall. I said aloud, "That is one fat Gull." But, the minute the words left my lips, my eyes and brain coordinated and I realized I was not looking at any Seagull. Before our very eyes, looking directly at us with a luminous stare, was the most beautiful White Owl. I insisted we get as close as possible. Once we approached the bird, it flew up to the streetlight. Watching it fly upward from the wall after seemingly awaiting our acknowledgement was a beautiful gift that I accepted with joy! 

Of course I went home and looked up what kind of owl that was and it happened to be a Snowy White Owl. Although I am not superstitious, I also had to look at some of the symbolism associated with owls. It made for some interesting reading, let me tell you! I will share that in another post. 

Let me just share one small word that described the symbolism of an owl:
 Renewal!


I love my God who is master of All and all creatures great and small. 

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!



Here are a few posts on my One Word from 2013-Release:







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12.29.2013

Lessons From The Land of Limbo (5MFF)

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Have you ever felt like God has forgotten you? Have you been in a season of life that seemed to crawl slowly and painfully, if ever, forward. Have you ever begged God for mercy during a a period of waiting, only to have the waiting continue, and His mercy seem distant? 

Have you ever thought you couldn't go on because each new day birthed questions and problems but without any answers or solutions?

Well, I am sharing from that place today. The place I like to call the Land of Limbo...join me at 5 Minutes for Faith to read more!

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12.28.2013

Lessons I've Learned About Blogging (Part 2)




Welcome back to the second of two posts on Blogging...the first one is here: Lessons I've Learned About Blogging  (Part 1)...here is the wee bit rest of my lessons learned...


Lesson #3- Building Community/Link-Ups and Blog Hops- All that being said, let's face it, we want to share our words, and how can you do that if no-one is reading them or knows you are here? Blog Hops and linkups, as well as special interest communities, are a great way to connect, mingle and meet like-minded others in the blogosphere. I will be the first to admit, I had no idea there is this amazing fellowship among Christian Bloggers, Writers, Artists. It is beautiful. I can't tell you how much God has opened my mind and heart through His amazing Body Universal via the internet. When people say the derogatory things they say about internet usage, I feel the need to remind them that nothing in and of itself is evil. We bring to everything we do, ourselves. If we are full of light and truth, then we will reflect it. But if we are looking for trouble or unguarded and unwise in our motives, attitudes and actions then trouble will find us- and then yes, it can be negative. As with any other endeavor, ministry, activity, we must seek Him, first, and be careful how we invest our time and energy. Linking up regularly with weekly Blog Hops allows us to make some wonderful friends. We learn, and encourage one another, from wherever we are. God is not bound. He is so much more creative than we, in the means He will use to touch others, reach out, connect. Don't limit your thinking, or yourself. I am richer from those who I have come to know through blogging! Your Challenge: Join up with a blogging community in the New Year. There are many, but find which work for you or feel like home. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering all of them, there are so many wonderful ones. But Here is a PLACE that lists many: Missional Women Blog Hops List


Lesson #4 - Everybody May LIKE Sally Field, But Don't Lose Sleep If they Don't Like You!
In real life, we will not be everybody's cup of tea. Ultimately you make your grave and rest peacefully in it. OK, no- I don't know why I just wrote that...what I mean to say, and what you know in your heart of hearts, is that as wonderful as I am, not everyone is going to see that adorableness shine through. Some might find me downright annoying. Feel free not to chime in your opinion if you agree, thanks. Same goes for you. I am not writing to please EVERYONE. I am writing as God leads and as I believe is relevant and vital from my perspective. As a matter of fact, I recently turned down what seemed to be an excellent opportunity that fell in my lap. It looked good and seemed like a big opportunity. But when I looked into it further, I realized this great by appearance opportunity was not a good fit for the heart of my blog, for me, or for those who hang out with me here. I was afraid to say no, after excitedly agreeing to this particular opportunity. But in the end, I had to explain why, although I appreciated the offer, it was not a good fit for my Faith focused blog. It just felt, wrong. And although a interviewing a well known Christian woman seemed like a great thing, the stipulations left me feeling uncomfortable on a number of levels. Although, I may never know if I missed "a great opportunity",  and it was hard to say no, I felt that I stayed true to my conviction with this blog. I know there are other blogs who would and did jump at the chance. Guess what? I have no desire to be all things to all people. Um...well, mostly. There are enough people in the Blogosphere for everyone to express themselves as they see fit. Me? I've got this one gift, this one voice and I share it here...it's all filtered through the lens of the Almighty. I'm not holier than thou, just aware that if my me-ness resonates with you, great. If not, there are a plethora of voices from which to choose. I'm not losing sleep if I'm not your cup of tea. Don't lose sleep if you're not mine. Your Challenge: Ask yourself, if you think your writing voice and who you are are in sync? What is your heart's message to share? Reflect on that and write about it! Let go of the desire to please everyone!

Lesson #5- The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You~ Consistency in Blogging
I had been blogging for about 6 months, when I happened upon a blogger who shared a blog writing challenge called The Giving Thanks Challenge. It was my first 31 day challenge, and I was not on a blog writing schedule but just writing as I felt led. Something amazing happened during that first November. The challenge was to write on the theme of thankfulness for the 31 days. The fruit of that first endeavor was this, once I blogged daily that November of 2011, it sealed the deal- I became a daily blogger right then. The more I wrote, the more ideas I had. After that first challenge my blogging was pretty much daily. It worked for me. Blogging was therapeutic, and beneficial. It reminded me that even when I felt useless, rejected and unsure of the future, God could use me in ways that I hadn't really considered fully. A blogging schedule is something you determine that works for you, your family and your real life. I have a variety of things I like to write on, so I try to connect with others who are on the same page. The beautiful thing about this blogging thing, is it's what you make it-schedule wise. Since I blog frequently I don't expect everyone to read all of my posts. Whoah! Way too much of me, for anyone! But, I know bloggers who post 2 days a week, or on specific days, and I like to visit on those days, expecting to see new material! There is nothing worse than unpredictability with regard to this. Whatever you decide is your Rhythm of frequency for posts, your readers will love if you are consistent. There are so many good blogs around, but it's nice to know you can count on finding fresh words from your favorite blogger on the same day each week. Even if you  have to go into your archives and find a post that got few views, edit and re-post it, try to keep some kind of consistency. Trust me on this one. I have pulled about a dozen posts from when I first started the blog that I noticed had few views (I was not hopping all over the Blogosphere yet) and tweaked them, posted them the second time around. One of these posts has over 1400 views It is my top viewed post of 2013 (Why did I find that out? A fellow blogger on FB asked, what was your top viewed post of 2013 and BAM, there I went scouring the archives!). Point is, if you feel you can't post fresh stuff regularly, freshen your old stuff! Get some more mileage out of those hidden treasure posts you wrote but many may have not yet read. Your Challenge: Whether you post once a week, once a month or daily- establish a plan, and stick to it. Keep it simple, but keep it, and it will not only grow your blog, proper- but grow you, too!



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12.27.2013

Lessons I've Learned About Blogging (Part 1)

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    I started blogging in 2011, and make no bones about it, I was clueless. As in totally, DUH. Little did I know that I would soon be blogging daily and loving every minute of it. Blogging has provided me with so many blessings it is absolutely mind boggling. From free books, surprise gifts in the mail, connecting with published authors and others who graciously extend friendship and encouragement to newbies, to a free blog makeover and friends on every continent (yes, REAL friendships, with real people- don't get me going with that one) blogging has been quite an amazing experience. I credit this little gift, as a Faith Life Preserver for transient times. May I say, life is a transient time, continuously, in my opinion. It ain't stopping for us. Or as Steve Miller sings, it keeps slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future. So for those who may be new to blogging or even in case you may glean something from my lessons learned stumbling through the blogosphere, here you have in these posts, all I have learned that is useful.

I have included a Challenge at the end of each lesson learned to torture prompt you in your own blogging process. You can accept these or tell me to stuff it. Either way, I'm not offended. Well, I'd prefer you don't really tell me to stuff it, but whatever.

Lesson # 1- It Never Hurts To Ask- OK, I was out of work and injured when I started this blog, so out of my potential boredom (going from teaching numerous fitness classes a week to sitting on my duff all day and night) I got brazenly bold. I asked strangers, who I admired or thought interesting, for interviews via the internet. Why not? What have I got to lose, I thought. Really, if I make an ass of myself, who cares. I have nothing to lose and a possible yes. And Yes, happened every time. Only ONCE was I turned down, very graciously, mind you. It was an interview with Sarah Young, in 2012. I have yet to finish my yes-es, of all I have asked. Thanks to the gift of ADHD, I never run out of ideas, and everywhere I go, another story pops up before me. Which makes it hard to keep up. ASK. If you have an inkling, ask somebody. It's how I started Random Journal Day with my dear bloggy friend, Susie of Recovering Church Lady. It was a post I saw on her site and I asked if she was going to continue, and wouldn't it be cool to have a link up, too? My first year blogging was to get over my fear of REJECTION. No is not death. We go on, after no. And it gets easier to risk. Ask someone you admire to Guest Post. I do. Don't be afraid to ask. Your Challenge: What is the one thing you want to try this year on the blog but haven't yet? Try it.

Lesson #2- The Numbers Thing- OK, so when I started blogging I never even looked at the followers, views, etc. Unfortunately, as a blogger it won't take long before you will overhear bloggers in the blogosphere talking about increasing followers, etc. Well, depending on what you are in blogging for, it may or may not matter. I am not going to be a liar, let's face it, I used to stand on stage in a bikini competing with other women for a trophy...sigh. It's true. And although I am not who I used to be - Praise God! - I found myself starting to compare and it became a negative thing...whether the blog or other Social Media, so I have had to work at letting God purge it out of me...this little competitive, fleshly remnant. Blogging for me is an extension of His grace in my life, uniquely shared by my perspective. It is a gift I give, because freely I have received and so, this little piece, honestly, I just continue to let Him remind me of the reasons I started: His prompting. You are not a number. I am not a number. That being said, God will grow your numbers as He sees fit, or not. It's not my thing (personally) to make it happen. For me it is a distraction from that which is my focus. There are many others who are more business savvy who can help with that. My goal is to be careful to keep myself reflecting His grace and glory...and allowing Him to keep me from seeking my own. I am in process, friends, a mere mortal of flesh and blood. But, as far as I can, my desire is to let Him shine here-albeit imperfectly through me. And enjoy the journey! Your Challenge: Know why you are blogging. If it is for business, then do it heartily as unto the Lord. If ministry, the same. Clarify for yourself your motives, and then go after that which God leads you to do.


What lessons have you learned from blogging?

Do you have any epiphanies or tips you'd like to share? 

Please leave them in the comments, I'm all for sharing thoughts on this journey!

PS. HELP A GIRL OUT AND TAKE THE LITTLE POLL AT THE TOP LEFT CORNER OF THE BLOG- PRETTY PLEASE?

**Here is Lessons I've Learned From Blogging:   Part 2.


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12.26.2013

Post Christmas Video Attempt and Why I Am Not a Public Speaker



12/27/13-update: I am working on the video if you are unable to see or hear it! Sorry for the inconvenience, I am really still learning all these gadgets! 



                                                             Here is the YouTube Link

Happy day after Christmas, friends. I am just experimenting with my new tablet. I have no idea what I am doing but I am learning. This video is my first and it is a very informal candid what it actually is like to see me first thing in the morning! I thought I would practice, shamelessly with you all. I suggest scrolling to the bottom and pausing the Beach Surf loveliness to hear my so soft -HA- voice.

One of the biggest reasons I write instead of speaking is because ...well watch the  above video and you will understand. Then the 20 second video below, says it more succinctly...

"Squirrel!"


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Feel free not to share...consider this our little moment. 
Dug understands me. And I him.


Praying the day brings you love, peace and smiles.

12.24.2013

The Best Gift



Maybe,
 the best gift 
Christmas can bring
is knowing 
I really don't need 
one more thing.


















To God be the glory, 
forever and ever. 
Amen!
Galatians 1:5




Reading List: Cozy Reading Spot

12.21.2013

If Snowflakes Were Wishes...(A Wish for Your Imperfect Christmas)

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Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Imagine if snowflakes were wishes we could send one another? Imagine each unique flake, a pure white reminder of of His love? Of His mercies... of our gifts, falling from Heaven? What is it about snow that entices our imagination, heightens the senses, rekindles within us a flicker of childhood joy?

Imagine that beautiful Christmas tree, a memory of everlasting grace, of One so willing to take our place. What is it about that pristine triangle shaped Evergreen, that inspires our hopes, dreams; causes us to remember a lifetime of Christmas wishes.

Christmastime, like any other time, is not meant to be perfect. Remember that, my friends. Maybe you've no parties to attend, no family close by, no presents this year.

  Maybe, Christmas feels like a bully that barges into your life, while you're still picking up pieces from yesterday's heartache. Maybe, Christmas magnifies your loneliness, your empty womb, your broken heart. Maybe, Christmas feels just like the last straw, a mockery of your current circumstance. 

You're tired of the Nativity scene, and those who are arguing over the details. Tired of hearing everybody's opinions, or at least the fighting over who is right and wrong. You are weary from all of the politically correctness surrounding a season that strays dangerously far from simply adoring Him.

But wait...I promise, there is hope for tomorrow. If God allows tomorrow to come, will He not be there? Is He not a God of His word? We adore Him every day, and more importantly, friend, He adores us. See, He is not distracted by our shortcomings, or our waywardness. He came because He loves; is Love.

So your if Christmas falls short of perfect, this year, will you remember something? 
Our perfect lives will come. Not now, but later. In the twinkling of an eye...


 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18


Friend, I don't know your circumstances, but I know the One who does. 
My wish for you this season is that you would know the One who is a shelter in every season. That when mother, father, husband, wife and child fail...and all will- in due season, because we do. It is in our genes- We fail one another, in our humanity. But, my wish for you is that, instead of looking at all that is not good, you would cast your eyes upon the One who promises His presence, long after the presents are forgotten, after the tinsel taken down from the tree and after the last decoration packed away. He remains. He longs for you to see Him. Beyond the manger, beyond the Star, beyond the stories...He longs to restore your soul. Just sit in the quietness of His presence. Or stand in the snow and listen. Let the snowflakes remind you of His love.

Wishing you peace this holiday season.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

*Thanks for reading, but if I might ask one more thing: Would you take a moment to take the poll, there at the top left of the blog? I would so appreciate your input. With thanks-
In His Grace, Dawn

12.19.2013

The War on Christmas Book Blog Tour and Giveaway!



 Today, I have the honor of taking part in a very unique Advent Season Book Tour which features the title, The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression by Bodie Hodge. What is unique to this blog tour is that twenty bloggers are participating and each one is reflecting and/or reviewing a specific chapter in the book. Overall, this book takes a look at many of our deepest held beliefs and traditions, weighing them against the biblical and historical record. It is beautifully laid out with colorful images, a welcome addition to your Christian library. This compilation of 23 chapters covers everything from Santa to the Magi, and Mary to the Manger. Mr. Hodge is the General Editor and brings together a beautifully united theme that ultimately leads us to the heart of Christmas. I am getting ahead of myself, let me share a bit about the chapter I was called to focus and reflect on on for this Advent season.

I was thrilled that I was chosen for the chapter that focuses on Creation, Genesis to Bethlehem: Why Creation is Important to Christmas Creation holds a very special place in my heart. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis offers up insight in this great chapter! I can still recall sitting in a 3rd grade public school classroom and hearing about the theory of Evolution for the first time. It stood out in stark contrast to my second grade Catholic school explanation of Creation. God as the Creator of all creation is addressed in this chapter. We start at the beginning with the first man Adam, in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Understanding Old Testament theology and prophecy is key to seeing New Testament Gospel truth, clearly. We need to understand the First Adam to recognize the Last Adam, and the need for him. If you have no idea who the Last Adam is, let me assist you, He was born in Bethlehem. But, long before he came, Genesis records the promise of his coming, and the role he will play in saving humanity from the First Adam's sin which impacted all who followed. I can still recall hearing about the two Adams...the first Adam who brought sin; the Creator, who promised a solution, and the Last Adam, Christ who became salvation. From Sin to Solution, to Salvation that is Genesis to Bethlehem in a nutshell!

Consider: "If we discount the story of creation, we remove the need for Christmas. And sadly generations of young people are being educated by schools and in the media with evolutionary ideas about our origins. The erosion of Christianity in society is directly linked to the attack on the history of Genesis and the increasing indoctrination in a false history: that man is a result of millions of years of evolutionary processes." 

This book packs just the right kind of reality punch, we as believers and truth seekers need. We don't want to be sidetracked over secondary issues, while clinging, ignorantly to our traditions. After all, Jesus had a lot to say to those who did just that, when he walked on earth...and most of what he had to say was not very nice! Separating fact from fiction, this is a readable, comprehensible and enjoyable Christmas read, or teaching tool. I'm still enjoying it!

Sale on Downloadable Version: 4.99 (not sure how long that will last but as of this last proof read 12:30ish AM, it was available!

Check out the links below and join in for a chance to win the book and a #waronchristmas T-shirt- a great conversation starter...




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12.18.2013

Love Versus Tolerance

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Love is a safe place.
It is the place
 where all of your puzzle pieces
 spill out-
are not scrutinized
 as they lay vulnerable on the table,
but instead 
gently explored,
held up to light,
put together again
with grace and dignity intact...
Tolerance believes you need fixing.

Love says, "Beautiful!"
Tolerance says, "Acceptable."

Love embraces. Always.
Tolerance shakes the hand, 
is cordial-
but only at a distance. 

Love smiles, 
brings relief, leans in close.
Tolerance shrugs, nods, scurries away.

Love reads between the lines, listens without words,
fears not silence.
Tolerance speaks often, without ears.
Listens not, never hears...
the heart.
Cares not.
Really.

Love acknowledges the whole.
Tolerance accepts a part. Reluctantly.

Keep your "tolerance", have it your way.
I'll take love, hands down, any day.



For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. 
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12


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12.17.2013

Christmas: From Our Home To Your Home



I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens 


This beautiful angel ornament is made by a sweet sister in grace,
and is the newest addition to our Tree ornament collection.




This little Shrinky Dink (you remember Shrinky Dinks, right?) was made a few years ago, by yours truly, when my Girl and a friend spent an afternoon making all kinds of tween girl themed, oven-baked trinkets! 


My Gram's Crystal Punch Bowl. Every Christmas it was full of eggnog, such a magical brew. It was soooooooooooo good. Multiple o, worthy. Trust me. 



Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~Hamilton Wright Mabi 


OK, so I stink at "Wordless" Wednesday...BUT here I am, with a multitude of words, wishes and wonder of the season for you...and a snowy evening in here on the East Coast!

12.15.2013

Easy and Fun Homemade Stamped Holiday Cards



Well, I am to share a brief post on the joy of making Christmas cards, and to share some tips that make it fun and easy to do, even at the last minute! Also, with the snowflake, theme I used they can easily be New Year or Winter "Hello" cards, if one were, say perhaps, late with their Christmas card list. I love to make cards, but I am not really 100% very artsy or crafty. By this I mean, I don't sweat the small stuff, minor mistakes, and imperfections that come along with handmade cards. They're not perfect but they are perfectly done! I made one hundred and two cards this year. It's not the first year that I have made cards, but it is the first year I made so many, made them alone, and enjoyed every minute of creating these little Christmas joy bringers. At least I hope they are- they were for me! So, I want to tell you, I just used what I had on hand, except that I had to buy envelopes, which I bought through Amazon Prime for a very reasonable price.

Pictured below are the various cards I made. All by whim. I do really enjoy, making some uniquecards, and then doing some assembly line style! The latter way is the best way to go if you want to do a lot, but I did them in November, over the course of 3 or 4 sittings. One could easily do 25-50 in one sitting if you stick with one style and stamp away assembly line style.

As I mentioned I did one at a time for about 30. But the majority I laid out and stamped in lots of 9-12.
I would choose color themes for the night based on my mood, and then stamp away. Please let me know if you have a question about anything I used, which is also grouped in a picture below! I favor this Snowflake stamp set I got through Stampin' Up, years ago. It is so versatile. Plus, I love snow! I also used some of my Creative Memories punches, and tools. And sparkly fairy dust. One can never have enough sparkle, in my opinion. It's actually called Glamour Dust by DecoArt. I love sparkles. I also had random pieces of paper and card pieces I implemented.

Some of the cards are very simple, maybe even too so, by some standards. But, each was made with love, fun and my imperfect style! It's not to late to make a few for the New Year, or one for a special teacher, friend, or loved one.


Except for paper and  a few stamps, this is everything I used.






























Well, I still am in the process of prepping them to mail out. 
As I am writing, I have a chance to hold each person up in my heart and to God for prayers and thanksgivings. Soon they will be in the mail and I pray they will be a blessing. 

Do you still send Christmas Cards? 

Do you like to get Christmas Cards in the mail? 

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