Monday, August 23, 2010

Stars & Stamps Sketch 31

I thought I would do something with a different kind of theme for this week's sketch at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps. I made a Christmas card. A bit early but I've been making Christmas cards for OWH anyway. It takes me awhile to get enough done to send in so I start in July. Since we have company coming in September and then again in October, I have to get done what I can while I can!

Anyway, here's this week's sketch.....

And, here's my creation.....

Paper from ???? Just some stuff I've had. I cuttlebugged the two strips of green and red with the Snow Dots folder. I forget the name of the company where I got the stamps. The ink is SU, coloring was done with colored pencils.

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another Anniversary

Four years! It's been four years! Four years ago today I started my chemo treatments for breast cancer. At that moment I couldn't imagine a year from that date but now it's been four.

Even though it's been awhile, I can still feel the feelings I had that day. My DH and my friend, Gail, went with me. I remember vividly and can picture in my mind's eye the treatment room. It had one of those comfortable reclining chairs but I stayed away from it as long as I could. I looked at it and remember thinking "this is real" and started to cry and said I wanted to go home. They hugged me and Gail prayed.

Then the nurse came in, I sat in the chair, and she prepped me for the treatment. At the beginning of the treatments, there was no problem finding veins but as time went on, it sometimes was a little more difficult. I remember one time specifically. Instead of my usual nurse, who had the touch of a butterfly, another nurse came in to start the treatment. It took her three times and she still could not get a vein. Finally, my friend, Lillian, who was with me, asked for my regular nurse, Mara. By then, of course, I was really upset and crying. It took one try for Mara to find a good vein and get the treatment started.

I thank the Lord for giving me such good nurses and doctors, for such wonderful and loving support from my family and friends - and even strangers. For the most part, I had the "peace that passes understanding" throughout my whole ordeal. Peace that could only come from the Lord.

Thank you, Jesus, for four years of survivalship (if that's a word!!). Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stars & Stamps Sketch 30

It's been awhile since the last S & S sketch from Operation Write Home I did. Can't believe it's already been 30 weeks! Where does the time go? If you are not familiar with OWH, why not take a moment to check out the website right now? It's a very worthwhile organization. We make cards of all sorts for our heroes overseas to use to send home to their family and friends. Afterall, it's highly doubtful there are many card stores in Iraq or Afghanistan!! Plus, these cards are made available to our troops for FREE.

This is the sketch for this week....

And, here's my creation using this sketch....

Not sure where the paper is from. It's some doublesided stuff my daughter gave me. The "note" is SU; the sentiment is from A Muse Artstamps. Inks are SU.

Sometimes I try to put a background that goes with the theme of the card. The only musical talent in our family is Rock Band! This is a replica of Paul McCartney's guitar from Beatles Rock Band.