Mother In Love

When you think, "Mother In Law", what comes to mind?  If you know she's on her way over, do you rush to clean the house because you she'll be checking for dust with her white gloves on?  Perhaps you start to panic about what meal you will prepare, knowing that no matter what you do, she won't like it.   I know when it comes to "in laws" there are people who face challenging situations, but thank God that's not the case for me.

I love my Mother In Law so much.  Her name is Alvena.  My kids call her Grandma, My niece calls her "Grams".  My Son In Law calls her "Grandma Alvie", I think that my favorite name for her!!!

From the first day I met Alvena, at the YWAM base in Honolulu, I thought she was amazing!.   She's a licensed pastor, a powerful communicator, a great listener, an amazing counselor, a prayer warrior, a former school administrator, a small accounting business owner, an excellent cook and she's as cute as a button especially when standing next to her handsome hubby of 54 years!

Mom and Dad Baughman

Mom and Dad Baughman

When visiting her last month, I noticed these beautiful flowers on her front porch.

Alvena's Garden

Alvena's Garden

These flowers inspired the birthday card I created for her this year.

I chose a stamp set that I hadn't worked with before called, Bouquet Blooms.  This set comes with coordinating framelits called Gatefold Blossoms.  

Here is the card I made for Alvena.

Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I used the Gateway Blossoms framelit to cut out a floral pattern on both the top and bottom flap of this card.  

Below, you can see where I attached a Granny Apple Green Card Stock to the top flap to cover the back of the die cut area.  This also became the place where I added a small Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the"Happy Birthday" sentiment from the set Blow Out The Candles.

Bouquet Blooms Card

Bouquet Blooms Card

I then layered on a bunch of bright flowers that I colored with Stampin' Blends.  I also added lots of basic Jewel Rhinestones, both clear and red.

Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

Bouquet Blooms Card (inside)

The inspiration for the colors on this card, came from this floral Macy's Gift card that was hidden inside.

Over the years, Alvena has taught me many valuable life lessons and I have a lot to thank her for.  One thing I realized the other day is that as she was raising her boys, she was praying for their future spouses. That means when I was growing up, she was praying for me.  What an amazing blessing that is to know that!

I am also grateful to her for raising such an incredible son who has been my husband for 30 years this November!

Derek and Cindy

Derek and Cindy

Now that I am officially a Mother In Law, I hope that my kids will feel the same way about me as I do about Alvena.  I hope that like Alvena I will live my life to honor God, to love and serve others and to choose joy everyday.

Grandma Alvie

Grandma Alvie

Happy Birthday Mom!  We are all thankful, grateful and blessed to have you in our lives!  

Thanks for being such an amazing Mother in LOVE!

 

 

 

Bee Happy

 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  This is a powerful scripture that reminds us how important it is to choose joy even in the most difficult situations.

These past few days my heart has been heavy for several friends who are going through some really difficult situations.  Some are dealing with the loss of precious loved ones, some are dealing with serious medical issues in the hospital and others are just tired and overwhelmed because of the season of life they are in.  
                                                                                                                                                                           As I read God's word this morning I was reminded that no matter what I will face today, no matter what battles may come my way, I am not alone.  God is with me.  He will help me, strengthen me and bring me peace even in the midst of the most difficult storm.  Being reminded of this is something that makes me happy and brings me joy.  This is a lesson I don't want to just keep to myself but to share with others, especially with those that are struggling today so that they will remember that "weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning" - Psalm 30:5.

My card of encouragement today reminds us to Bee Happy.  

Bee Happy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bee Happy Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was made with the appropriately named Happy Celebrations stamp set.  The bee was made by stamping a bee on Whisper White card stock and then stamping it again on Crushed Curry card stock.  I fussy cut both of them out and layered one on top of the other.  Adding a dimensional between the layers really made the bee stand out as the focal point on this card.

Today, I choose Joy.  I will do my best to keep my eyes on Jesus remembering that he is walking with me through every step I take.  I pray that wherever my path may lead me today I will do my best to love, build up and encourage others.  I desire to demonstrate an attitude of gratitude that will serve as an encouragement to others and remind them that they are not alone.

May the God of hope fill you with joy, peace and happiness today!