Love Your Neighbor

The other day I had two friends over working in my studio.  We were stamping and creating projects for upcoming classes.   Suddenly, we heard an unfamiliar sound.  At first we thought it was rain.  Then we thought maybe it was a broken sprinkler head in my yard.   I casually got up from my chair and walked towards the sound and as I stepped toward the door, water sprayed me in the face!  Thats the moment I discovered that there was a broken pipe on my water heater.    

Water was spraying everywhere!  We turned nobs but nothing happened.  We had no idea how to shut the water off.   We grabbed rags and a bucket but it became apparent that the water was going to continue to spray and we needed to do something fast.  I ran next door to see if a neighbor could help.   It seemed like only minutes had passed and before you know it my stamp studio was filled with not just one but three loving neighbors who had come to my rescue.  

Thankfully my neighbor Terry recognized the problem right away and within an hour the broken pipe was fixed.   I was so grateful.  It was one of those moments that I wondered, what if I hadn't been here?  What if I had been traveling or even just out for the day?  I would have come home to a flood.  

Just after my neighbors left, I looked at my friends who were still here working and said, "I have such great neighbors, don't I?  

I then sat back down to work on the card that I had been designing when the commotion began.  When I saw the sentiment I had stamped just prior to the broken pipe I had to smile.  It said,   "I may not always be there with you, but I will always be there for you".  This reminded me of my wonderful  neighbors!  This sentiment comes from the stamp set, Calls For A Celebration,  and it seemed so appropriate for the chain of events that had happened in my stamp studio today!  

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As you can see I used the Tropical Chic stamp set on this card.  This time, I decided to try making a Tropical Card using brighter colors.  The yellow is a brand new color called Pineapple Punch.  What a great name!  The second color I used is Poppy Parade.  This is a returning color and one I really liked.  I used the Tropical Thinlits to die cut some leaf and flower embellishments. I added some of our new Red Rhinestones to embellish the flower.  No more using a red sharpie to color rhinestones now that we have these beautiful red sparkly gems!

 Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Tropical Chic - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In Matthew 22:37-39 it says: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself."

God has been speaking to me a lot lately about loving others.  I know that this is something that I want to do better.  I am grateful to God for blessing me with neighbors who so beautifully demonstrated this by coming to my aid when I had a need.  They have inspired me to want to do the same for them and for others.