It took a lot of thought to come up with the title for this post, can you tell? :)
I talked with the Lord about my path, and decided that I can trust Him to re-direct me as I go along. I am going to continue moving forward with my college stuff, with the goal of applying to the ultrasound program next summer. If He re-directs me otherwise, I'll be open to that. At church last Sunday, our pastor talked about how God doesn't always work in straight lines. He showed us the path the Jews have taken over hundreds of years to inhabit the land of Israel. His illustration was a zigzag line. He likened this path to our own lives, and how we arrive at the destiny God designed for us. It gave me a whole new perspective on my life - what's happened, the direction it has taken and where it appears to be going. My life is not a straight line, but a zigzag one, leading me straight to God's purpose. Hallelujah!
O.K. I have found that a really, simple way to connect with my kids is to play games. I have a friend who says she finds it hard to play with her kids - she's just not good at it. I can relate to that a little bit. I'm not sure why it's kind of weird to play. But, it kind of is! One time, I played Barbies with my girls when they were younger. I pushed myself to get into it, but once I got going, I was having fun. They were enthralled with me. They were cracking up, and we just had the best time. Maybe when kids play, they are lost in it, because they have no other real responsibilities. Maybe it's harder for adults to get lost in play, because they do have so much to think about. Maybe it seems pointless to us anymore......Anyway, I taught Ben to play a Cranium card game called "Zigity." I wasn't sure if he could do it, because there's adding and spelling involved, but he actually caught on fast, and started to beat me!! He was loving playing with me - he kept asking me to play, over and over and over and over.....I loved playing with him, too. :)
I think I bought Zigity at a Starbucks. It comes in a cute, little tin.
Here's the cool card I made the other day.
I stamped the diamond pattern in ink that matched the patterned paper. The patterned paper is sewn on with my sewing machine. The black graphic is a rub-on. The whole things was antiqued with a rough brush and Tim Holtz distress ink.
The tag that slips inside the front of the card can be used as a bookmark. I made it with patterned paper, and antiqued it in the same way. I also antiqued the flowers and attached them with brads. The tag at the bottom is a chipboard tag covered in patterned paper, and attached with a string of jute thread. It also has a rub-on. There is also a stamp that says "Gentle Thoughts of You," and a bird/floral collage stamp. I used Basic Grey, 7 Gypsies and Stampin' Up products.