On Monday, I opened a new stamp set called Graceful Garden and decided to make a card for one of my doctors. I was going to meet with her this week to get the results from my last surgery and I just wanted to do something for her to let her know how grateful I was for her and the excellent care she has given to me. Somehow when I stamp with someone in mind the ideas seem to flow more easily than when I am just stamping for fun.
Here is the card I created for her.
This card features one of our new In Colors, Berry Burst. I used card stock, ink pad and the gorgeous new crinkled seam binding all in this beautiful new In Color. I textured the background with a new Textured Impressions embossing folder called Garden Trellis. For the greeting on the card I used the stamp set One Big Meaning.
After I made this card I decided it would be nice to make a whole set of cards to give not only to my surgeon but also to a couple of the other people at Queen's Hospital who I would be meeting with that day. Just thinking of blessing these wonderful ladies with cards inspired me to create two other designs that would coordinate with this first card.
Here is the second and third card I came up with.
I love how these cards are different but they all coordinate together. I used the same two stamp sets on all three cards, Graceful Garden and One Big Meaning. I really like how this set of Graceful Gratitude cards came out and I am really loving this new In Color Berry Burst!
I guess the reason why being thankful was on my mind is because this week although I was awaiting test results yet again, I was at peace. I wasn't fearful about bad news. I wasn't anxious about my potential travel plans. I had confidence in God that no matter what the outcome He was in control and I could trust Him.
When I got to my doctor's appointment, she came in and delivered some very good news. Although during the second surgery they did find a little more cancer, the good news was they got it all. Praise God no more surgeries were needed and I was officially on the road to recovery! I know I still have a long road to travel but I am excited to be moving forward to see all the lessons that God has for me as I continue to follow His plan for my life.
After this appointment ended I headed over to a meeting at Queens Hospital where I learned all about the Cancer Center and saw where I would be going for radiation treatments later in the summer. I met the most wonderful people and had the opportunity to bless not only my doctor but a couple of other amazing women I met that day with these Graceful Garden Gratitude packets that I had made the night before.
Here is what the cards look like all together.
I made a matching envelope for each of these cards and then packaged them up in a clear bag so I would be ready to spread a little aloha that day!
Here's a quick look at all cards with the coordinating envelopes I made.
Can you tell that my heart is overflowing with thanksgiving and gratitude? I realize how incredibly fortunate I am for this good report.
As I close todays post I am remembering something and it is making me smile. As I was stamping these cards I was listening to a podcast from Elevation Church. The particular episode that came on was by the worship pastor who was preaching about God calling us to enter His presence with a grateful heart. The Pastor referenced one of my favorite passages.
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
I guess I didn't realize it until this very moment but the spirit of gratitude truly was surrounding me that day. No wonder I walked into that appointment with so much peace in my heart.
I hope to continue to learn to have an attitude of gratitude always knowing that even when things are difficult and challenging, I can learn to praise God and trust in His unfailing love.
Thank you so much to so many of you who have continued to bless me with cards, texts, flowers, kind words, "gentle" hugs, and especially PRAYERS! You have made me feel incredibly loved and supported and your prayers are being answered!
With a grateful heart,