Sending Love To Sarina

Last week I found out that one of my downline and friends named Sarina had a stroke and is in a coma.  My heart just broke upon hearing this news.  Sarina is such a sweet and kind hearted person and I can't imagine this happening to someone so young and full of life.  

Sarina is an excellent care giver to her Mom Rosita.  Both of these ladies are regulars at all my classes and events.  They always come and brighten the room with their smiles and laughter.  Rosita and Sarina are so much fun to be around.  Two years ago they showed up to my Christmas class dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus.  They hid outside to make their grand surprise entrance, which everyone loved.  This past year they came to my Christmas Bunco dressed in their Holiday Pajamas which made everyone smile!  

Sarina and Rosita at Bunco

Sarina and Rosita at Bunco

Everyone who meets them just loves them.  They are two of the most thoughtful people I know and have really blessed me with their kindness and love.  

As soon as we got the news of Sarina's stroke,  I asked the ladies coming to Bunco to make a card for her.  It was short notice, but within a few hours,  I had a large stack of cards ready to deliver to her.  The cards were filled with words of encouragement, love and prayers.

Cards for Sarina

Cards for Sarina

The card I made for Sarina was created from the set Lots of Love.  

Petal Garden Card

Petal Garden Card

I used the designer paper stack called Petal Garden as the background of this card.  I coordinated it with a piece of retired Blushing Bride glimmer paper that I die cut with a heart that is found in the Lots To Love Box framelits.   I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then fussy cut it and layered it on the top of the card.

I used these same supplies to decorate the tin box that I collected all the cards in.

Sending Love Box

Sending Love Box

In addition to the cards I also made Sarina a banner expressing our love for her.  I took this to hang up in her hospital room so that when she wakes up she will know that she is loved.

Banner for Sarina

Banner for Sarina

I die cut the letters out of Garden Green Card stock because Green is Sarina's favorite color.

I was really pleased with the outcome of these projects because I wanted them to be beautiful to bless our incredible stamping sister and friend.

Sending Love Card and Box

Sending Love Card and Box

Rosita texted me to share that tears were streaming down her cheeks as she read each card to her precious daughter.  We are believing that although she is in a coma, she can hear our words and feel our prayers.  I told Rosita that I would share these projects on my blog today so that more people would know about Sarina's condition and could join us in lifting her up in our prayers and she was extremely grateful.  Rosita told me what a blessing it was to see how loved Sarina was with all of the cards she received.

This weekend at my stamping class we will miss her not being here.  I will miss the smile and energetic spirit she always brings when she is here.  I know I will not be the only one feeling that way because we all love her to pieces.

Sarina, Pam and Linda

Sarina, Pam and Linda

So it is my hope that everyone who thinks of her and everyone who is reading this now will respond to those thoughts by lifting her up in their prayers along with her beautiful mother Rosita.  

Let's believe together for Sarina's miraculous healing and restoration.  There is power in prayer!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending love, thoughts and prayers for Sarina.  It is greatly appreciated. 

Good News and God's Timing

On Tuesday, I had a full afternoon at the hospital.  I was there from 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm.  I had appointments to meet my two oncologists,  a genetics counselor,  a dietician and some other wonderful people who would be helping me navigate my journey to wellness over the next several weeks.  Although I was anxious to get the ball rolling with these appointments, I was also a little nervous about being at the hospital for so long because I've noticed after surgery that I get tired quickly and that seemed like a lot to do in one day.  To make matters worse, although my schedule had been quite free, this was also the day my monthly downline Inspiration Night was scheduled for.

Well, the day went great, better than anticipated!.  The staff at Queen's hospital were so loving and caring and each person I met was wonderful to talk with and provided me with so much guidance, care and information.   To be honest, I felt like a Queen at Queens! It was a day to learn about the next steps I would be taking and a day to find out and celebrate some very, very good news.

The first celebration was that I was given the official green light to go on the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip I had earned last year.  The trip is coming up in July and we have plans to go to Japan, Thailand and Korea.   This was a trip I've really been looking forward to and I thought for sure I'd have to give it up because I am still healing from surgery.  My doctors agreed that as long as I'm careful to follow some restrictions it would actually be a good idea for me to go and enjoy this time away before I start radiation at the end of July.  God's timing is PERFECT and I am so thankful I won't miss out on this trip that I worked so hard to earn.

The next good news is that I will only have to have radiation for four weeks.  That will begin at the end of July.  The other good news is that after radiation I will not have to go on any medications as long as I work hard at eating healthy, exercising and living a stress free life.  As I spoke with one of my oncologist he told me of a program where his patients took a hula class.  I joked with him and said, "Sign me up, I'll take Hula over Hormones any day".  Learning to dance Hula would be a wonderful thing to add to my plan for compete healing and I know plenty of talented hula dancer friends I could call to teach me!

Well, that is the latest update so please know that all of your prayers are being answered!   All is well and I am feeling so happy and blessed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers and encouragement.   I hope you know how grateful I am for each one of you who have been so loving and supportive to me.

Two of the special people who have helped me with my journey are my downline Jodi and Norine.  Even though I told them I could probably do it, they insisted on taking over my monthly Inspiration Night this month.  It was a good thing they did because in hindsight I didn't realize I would have so many doctors appointments that day.  When I left my last appointment I realized that even getting to Inspiration Night on time was going to be a challenge.

When I arrived, the room was set up and everything was already running smoothly.  With them overseeing the design and prep work for all the projects I just had to take care of the recognition cards.  Jodi and Norine chose the stamp set Lots of Love for the featured set at Inspiration Night so I decided to make my recognition cards using that same set.  Here are the two cards I came up with.  These cards were given to anyone who promoted or was in my top ten for Sales in April or May.

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I featured two new In- Colors on these recognition cards, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card was cut a little shorter on the top layer so the white strip of card stock adhered to the inside of the card was exposed.  Even putting these two cards together was a challenge because I'm still struggling with getting tired but God sent an angel over named Pat who helped me cut the card stock so I only had to stamp and assemble the pieces to have them ready in time to recognizing my downline achievers.

Lots of Love Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was so glad I was able to be at Inspiration Night.  It is always so fun to be with my wonderful downline.  They have been so encouraging and supportive of me and shown me an overwhelming amount of love.

Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Barbara at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Well, speaking of love, the theme for Inspiration Night was Sending Love.  It was based on the stamp set Lots of Love and the beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.

 Here are the cards Jodi and Norine designed for our June Stamped With Aloha Inspiration Night.

June 2017 Inspiration Night - www.stampediwthaloha.com

June 2017 Inspiration Night - www.stampediwthaloha.com

I love the colors of this designer series paper and I love the variety of cards Jodi and Norine were able to create with a single stamp set.  Let's take a closer look at each card.

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This first card is so sweet.  Letting someone know how much you love them is always a good idea.  That is exactly how we feel about Ann.  Since Craig was traveling an unable to prepare our meal, Ann coordinated and picked up dinner for everyone.  That's just who Ann is, a very thoughtful person with an infectious laugh, who is definitely loved by us all.    

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ann at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Another amazing person is Ralene who offered to make cards for Michelle who was unable to attend at the last minute.  When I asked for help she quickly raised her hand and said, "I can do it" and just like this card says, she was doing it with a heart that was thinking of others!   

Ralene and Jill at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ralene and Jill at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Here's a close up of the Thinking of You card.

Thinking of You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thinking of You Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This next card has a very beautiful sentiment on it.  It says, "Live with passion, Laugh out loud and Love deeply."

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There was a "laugh out loud" moment at Inspiration Night.  I'm not sure what was happening but I heard lots of laughter coming from one of the tables.  I ran over and snapped a photo and captured this moment.  I was just hoping to capture all the laughter and smiles.  However, do you see I captured something else?

Jodi and Roxy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi and Roxy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I still don't really know what they were laughing at but it could have been the fact that Roxy had a dimensional backing stuck to her face and didn't even know it.  It makes me happy to see my downline having such a great time as they are creating together building friendships along the way.

The next card uses my favorite piece of DSP in the pack.  I love the black and coral combination.

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lots of Love Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love the large sentiment that comes in this set.  This card could be used for many different occasions so it is very versatile.  

I always save my favorite card for last.  

Punch Art Kokeshi Girl Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Punch Art Kokeshi Girl Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't this card adorable?  The little Kokeshi girl was made with our new Lemon punch.  This was by far my favorite card of the bunch and almost as cute as these two below.  If you would learn how to make this punch art girl or any of these cards, you can go to Jodi's website called The Stamping Owl by clicking here.

Consider Yourself Hugged, Jodi and Norine at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Consider Yourself Hugged, Jodi and Norine at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am so tremendously blessed by the all the love shown to me by Jodi and Norine.  I love the message of this card and the fact that they took over and ran such an amazing Inspiration night was like receiving the best hug ever!  They did an awesome job from start to finish and everyone who came had a really great time.

Terry and Joy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Terry and Joy at Inspiration Night - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A few days ago I was on the phone with someone at the Stampin' Up! home office sharing with them about how I was going to be able to go on the incentive trip to Thailand.  They told me, "oh I am so glad you won't miss going to such an amazingly beautiful place".  I paused for a moment and thought about what she said.  Although I know Thailand is a beautiful place and Thai food is my favorite food to eat, my excitement had nothing at all to do with the place.  After all, I live in an amazingly beautiful place!!!  However, going to Thailand had everything to do with the people I would see when I traveled there.  

You see one of the greatest blessings that comes with being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator these past 19 years has been the friendships I have formed with my downline, customers, and co-demonstrators from all over the world.  They have always been wonderful, but during these past several weeks I have felt and experienced the reality of how much I am loved and cared for by such an amazing group of people. These people are more than just friends, they are like family to me.

People like my friend Meg Loven from Illinois who learned I will have to wear a mask on the plane and didn't hesitate to mail me a variety of adorable masks so that I could be cautious and fashionable at the same time.

Cute Masks from Meg - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cute Masks from Meg - www.stampedwithaloha.com

People like Jodi, Norine, Ann and Pat who made sure Inspiration Night would a fun night for all.  

My heart is filled with gratitude and thanksgiving knowing that I can trust that God's timing is perfect!  He is in control and I am grateful to Him for the blessing of today and the hope for tomorrow!

With a grateful heart,

Cindy

 

 

 

 

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