Be Patient!

Today I have been meditating on Romans 12:12. It says, Be joyful in hope, PATIENT in affliction and faithful in prayer.

Being patient is not one of my best qualities. So today has been extra challenging as I am still waiting to find out test results that will determine my treatment plan. This result was supposed to be revealed on Friday but there was a delay so we had to push back my treatment start date till tomorrow. However, if I don’t hear something soon, I’m wondering if there will be another delay. So, I continue to TRY and patiently wait for the results to come in.

Romans 12:12 says to be joyful in hope. This weekend I was filled with so much joy and hope! My breathing has been improving. My coughing fits have been happening less. I had the energy to put some dishes away. Imagine that bringing me joy, but it did.

On Saturday, we have some friends we had not seen in over 30 years. they were here in Hawaii and we really wanted to get together with them. Since we were not sure how I’d be feeling, we asked them to stop by our home early in the day. I can’t believe how great I felt while they were there. It was so good to talk story and visit with the Barkema’s. We met them when we were a part of an organization called Youth With A Mission in the late 80’s. We all lived in Manoa Valley at the time where Dave, Gina and Derek were a part of the staff. I am thankful to God that he filled me with strength so that we were able to have a really nice time catching up with our friends from so long ago.

Visit with the Barkema’s

Visit with the Barkema’s

Later that day Derek and I went to visit the Cancer Center that I will be going to. I had an appointment to meet with a nurse to go over what treatment would be like. The Cancer Center was really nice. Everyone we met there was so kind. I felt peaceful and comfortable and READY to begin my treatment. Since we don’t know my plan yet, we went over both scenarios of what would happen regarding my treatment. I enjoyed the meeting and it was really helpful to get some questions answered and to see what it is going to be like when I begin treatment. I am thankful that I will be able to be in such a beautiful place surrounded by some very kind people.

On Sunday morning I came downstairs to find my family watching three different football games. Brett loves Green Bay and we love the SeaHawks. I love watching football and the fall season!!!

My favorite player of all time is SeaHawk Quarterback Russell Wilson whom I’ve thought of a lot as I’ve battled cancer because of his work with the Strong Against Cancer Organization. He visits the Seattle Children’s Hospital weekly to lift the spirits of the children hospitalized there. I can’t even imagine going through what I am going through as a child or being the parent of a child who has cancer. Praise God for people like Russell who give so much of themselves to make a difference.

Football Loving Family

Football Loving Family

Well, I am thankful that Russell and the SeaHawks won this weekend are are now 2-0 to begin the season. The Packers won too and have had a great start to their season as well. So, our football loving family had much to celebrate in our home that day!!!

Just after the game a group of our close family friends came by. Unbeknownst to me, a family meeting had organized that I was not allowed to attend. I went upstairs until they called me down to pray over me. I don’t really know what they talked about but it sounded like they were creating a plan to support me during treatment. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to be surrounded by so much love and aloha.

Before she left my house, my friend Cindy gave me the most precious drawing that her son Andrew made for me. Andrew is 7 and when he was younger he used to love coming to my stamp studio to play with my punches. He is super smart and knew the name of every shape. The front of his drawing made me smile as I remembered that special season I shared with him punching shapes.

Andrew’s Shapes

Andrew’s Shapes

When I turned the paper over, Andrew had drawn me the Solar System (something this little 7 year old is passionate about) and it was surrounded by some very sweet and encouraging words. I loved his picture so much that I put it in the front of a binder that I will keep all my treatment information in. I’ll carry it with me to encourage me and give me hope!

Andrews Encouragement

Andrews Encouragement

After the meeting, Derek had to go to work, so I spent the afternoon and evening with Brett and Jess. In the early evening, we decided to borrow my Dad’s small wheelchair and go over to the Lagoons for a walk. It rarely rains in Kapolei but wouldn’t you know as soon as we picked up the chair it started to pour!!!

Rainy Walk at Koolina

Rainy Walk at Koolina

We didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits. We waited till it let up a little and then Brett pushed me through a couple of puddles and we had fun. It felt good to be outside and enjoy some fresh air. Also, it is so beautiful there as it was close to sunset.

Koolina Sunset

Koolina Sunset

Today, I woke up again without a lot of breathing problems. My breath is still short but I have been able to move around more without any major coughing fits. I’m still tired so I still spent most of my time sitting or laying down but I am so grateful because I know so many people are praying and I am feeling strengthend by those prayers.

I have kept my phone close to me all day, anticipating the phone call that will determine what my life will look like over the next few months. As the hours went by I grew more and more anxious. In times like these I knew I needed to get into God’s Word and take my mind off my circumstances. So I was led to read Romans 12:12.

Let me share it with you again but this time the Passion Bible Version.

Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing continual joy! Don’t give up in a time of trouble but commune with God at all times. Romans 12:12 (TPT)

As I reflected on this verse, I’ve focused on the joy I felt over the weekend as I’ve experienced the blessing of being able to breathe better and the joy of being surrounded by loved ones who are doing so much to care for me during this battle.

I’ve tried very hard to not grow impatient, to not complain, but to continue to put my hope in God knowing that his timing is perfect and I just needed to talk with him and tell him how I was feeling The more I grow closer to him, the more peace I feel. I trust that he has a plan so I just prayed that he would reveal it and then did my best to leave it in his hands.

I wanted to blog today but I thoughts I’d wait until I had an answer. However, as I prayed I felt God tell me to just start to write and share honestly how I was feeling. To let you know that I struggle with patience but that I also trust in God’s timing. God is so faithful, do you know what happened? Just minutes ago, in the midst of writing this post, I got the phone call. I have the answer and now I can share it with you.

Are you ready? Drum Roll please……. our prayers were answered. I do not have the gene so I can begin OUT PATIENT treatments starting tomorrow. This is what we hoped for as doing the more aggressive IN PATIENT treatments would have meant being hospitalized 6 different times over the next couple of months. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who prayed and believed with us for this result. We are rejoicing in this miracle and excited to get the party started tomorrow.

We don’t always understand God’s timing but that’s ok. All that matters is that we trust in His perfect plan and in Him. Since I struggle with being patient, being in this position gave me the opportunity to grow a little more in learning to be patient. This delay also gave me the opportunity to share with any of you who may also struggle with patience! That way, we can learn and grow together and encourage one another to never give up but to continually commune with God who is our every present help in time of need.

Thank you for your prayers. I hope you know that as I go in to begin my treatment I carry with me all of the love, support and prayers you have been sending my way. I feel joyful, strong and ready to take on this next step in my journey knowing God is with me and so are you!

With much love and a heart filled with gratitude,

Cindy

Stamp Studio Blessing

This past Saturday evening I had a Stamp Studio Blessing.  I purposely planned this for the eve before the "Grand Opening" of my new stamp studio.  The blessing was led by one of my dear friends, Pastor Alec Shimizu from New Hope Leeward, who is like a brother to me.

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Alec has always been an encouraging friend but during my recent diagnosis with breast cancer he was especially caring and supportive and for that I am so grateful.  

Alec and Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Alec and Cindy - www.stampedwithaloha.com

As we discussed what would take place at the blessing, Alec explained that he would open up with prayer and then ask me to share a little about my history as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Some of the things that came to mind was how I had initially started just to get a discount on product.  Then I remembered all the other blessings that have happened such as traveling the world and making amazing friendships.  While all of these things have been amazing parts of my journey, the purpose behind why I do what I do is so much bigger than that.  

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was reminded of that purpose the day before my blessing when I visited the YWAM base with two friends who were classmates of mine 30 years ago.   We attended a Discipleship Training School in the late 80's.   I hadn't seen one of these friends in 30 years so we all had a lot of catching up to do.
 

YWAM 30 year Reunion 

YWAM 30 year Reunion 

As we reminisced we spoke of a time when a lady named Diane Littleton came to pray over us.  After Diane would pray over each student she would share about what God spoke to her as she prayed.  As she prayed for me she said, "I see you surrounded by hundreds of women, you are being an influence and encouragement to them".  When she was done I smiled and inwardly thought that she must have gotten that message about someone else because I am not someone who is comfortable being in front of a large group of women and I didn't feel a call to be involved with women's ministry.  

Then I thought about where I am today.  Through my experience with Stampin' Up!  I AM surrounded by hundreds of women.  Amazingly beautiful women who are my customers, downline, sidelines, sister demonstrators, wonderful family, and amazing friends.   What Diane prayed has come true.  It made me think that sometimes we don't think we have the ability to do something, but with God's help, we can overcome those insecurities and fears.  I love the fact that God led me in a very creative format to show me how he could use me to bless others through sharing inspiration and creativity with ink and and paper.  I love what I do and hope I can be a positive influence and encourager to everyone I meet.  

For my new space, that is my hope.  I want to be more intentional in helping others as God leads me to do so.  I want to make a difference.

As we closed our time together, Alec had us all go around the room and pray.  We prayed over every inch of this new space as you can see in the photo below.

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Even as I look at this photo of this special moment, I am reminded of the peace and joy that fills this space.   I love how everyone, young and old are smiling.   It is my hope that everyone who steps foot in this space would feel loved and encouraged as they create projects designed to encourage them in the process and bless others when they are used.

Pastor Alec - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pastor Alec - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Alec closed with a prayer of dedication and then we enjoyed dinner and fellowship.

It was good to have my sisters here to celebrate with me.  I love how we share so many different life experiences together.

My Ohana - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My Ohana - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 Karin and family brought the beautiful lei I am wearing.  Karin said she picked an orchid/rose lei so I could wear it at my open house the next day. 

Cindy and family brought me this beautiful white and gold pineapple.   What a special momento to commemorate this special day.

A special gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A special gift - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Someone recently asked me why I like Pineapples and I told them it was because they represent hospitality.  I hope that everyone who comes into my home and studio will feel welcomed, taken care of, and loved.

Alec and Lynne - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Alec and Lynne - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Alec and Lynne blessed me with this beautiful orchid.  I hope to make a card for them inspired by this beautiful gift.

Cindy at her Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy at her Stamp Studio Blessing - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am very thankful and blessed to do what I do as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love that I have a job I can use to not only be creative but to inspire others, encourage others, and do my best to make a difference.  I am thankful for this new space that has been dedicated to God because I recognize all that I have, all that I am is because of Him.  

So, do you want to see my new space?  Since some of you have asked.  Here are a few photos!

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The counter and cabinets on this wall are all new.  There is lots of storage both in the tall cabinets and in the deep drawers.  The ink pad holders are old.  They were custom made in Hawaii many years ago by Randy Pang.  I just painted them white to match my decor.

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The dry erase boards at the back of my studio were made when I took the existing tall cabinets and turned them around to provide hidden storage behind this wall,   I then used the back of the cabinet as a dry erase board by adding a panel that could be used this way.  This has been really helpful in keeping me organized.

The paper storage pictured here is from Stampin' Storage.  A wonderful company that creates custom storage units for crafters.  The middle drawer has a pull out section where all of my scrap paper is kept in hanging file folders.  

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

On this wall I have all my punches in a punch unit I purchased from Stampin' Storage.  My stamps are stored on CD racks my friend Cindy found for me years ago on Craig's List.  The large TV is great for playing the music station during a class.  I also like watching tv sometimes when I work, its usually Hallmark Movies or Football.  Yep!  I love them both.

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This hidden desk area has another small card rack where I store personal cards that are ready to send.  I also have a business supplies tucked in these older cabinets that I moved to this area.  To save space I hung extra chairs on the wall and I have a bulletin board where I keep some encouraging words to look at as well as a photo os my favorite inspirational quarterback, Russell Wilson.

Card Display - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Card Display - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This wall contains card samples where I can show my customers what is coming up.  The cards in the middle will be my next stamp a stack class which is this Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy's Stamp Studio - www.stampedwithaloha.com

One of my favorite things in this space is this custom sign by Soha Living.  Its a fun way to remind people of the positive spirit I hope will invade this space.

Well, in my next post I'll share a little about my Pink With Purpose Event.   Although I don't have any card samples to share with you today, I hope you enjoyed a closer look at my new space.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post and allow me to share about my Studio Blessing.  

With Love and Stamped Blessings,

Cindy



 

Adventures In Seattle

I just returned home from my trip to Washington State.  I had a wonderful visit with family and friends there.   I also loved every minute I got to share in making new memories with my husband and the adventures we shared there as we celebrated our anniversary.  Although I don't like long plane rides, I LOVE to travel and feel blessed at every opportunity I get to visit new places and experience new adventures.

As soon as I arrived my mother in law and I hit the ground running.  I love to visit all the places that I don't get to go to in Hawaii so we had lunch at Panera Bread and went shopping at Hobby Lobby which is one of my favorite places for Home Decor.  I went there for one reason only and that was to pick up some decorations for my Downline Christmas party.  I passed by the Fall section where everything was 50% off and couldn't resist picking up a few of my favorite things but don't tell my husband cause he has banned me from buying anymore pumpkins... but did he say no more scarecrows?  I can't remember??

Fall shopping at Hobby Lobby - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fall shopping at Hobby Lobby - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Later that evening, even though I had been up for over 24 hours, it was time to stamp.  I had some projects I needed to get done and my sister in law Jennifer graciously offered her stamp room and some of her supplies to help me out.  I was probably a little delirious from being so tired but we had fun and we were all productive. 

Stamping at Jen's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Stamping at Jen's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I designed a gratitude journal for my Bunco Aloha prize that I will highlight in a future post.  Jen cut enough supplies so we could all make one.  This will be a great project to use in November during the season where we should all remember to be grateful and have thankful hearts for all God's blessings.  One of them being these ladies pictured here with me.

The Baughman Girls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Baughman Girls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jennifer celebrated her birthday last week so I hand carried her birthday card and gave it to her that evening.  Here is the card I created for her.

Pop of Pink Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop of Pink Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jen's card featured the Pop of Pink specialty designer paper and the Balloon punch. 

Pop of Pink Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pop of Pink Birthday Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I love the combination of pink and black and it is fun to add a touch of gold.  I accented this card with gold sequins.

One of the things I was most looking forward to was to see the colorful falling leaves. I thought that maybe I was arriving a little too late to see them.  I was pleasantly surprised.  

Darren and Lisa's house - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Darren and Lisa's house - www.stampedwithaloha.com

My sister in law Lisa invited me over to her house the next morning and it was a beautiful day.  This is her backyard.  Isn't it gorgeous?.  My brother in law build this fountain himself.  What a perfect setting for some fun on a crisp and sunny Fall day. 

My niece who is an artist discovered that these leaves looked like lips so the three of us picked out our favorite shade of leaf and tried it on.  There was lots of giggles and laughter as we tried on different shades of leaf lipstick for our photo shoot.

Leaf Lipstick - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Leaf Lipstick - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We had a lot of fun playing in the leaves.  After all it way more fun to do that than to rake them.  I'm so glad I got to experience some Fall fun with my family.

Fall Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fall Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

After my husband arrived we planned an outdoor family adventure.  We went hiking to the Ice Caves in Granite Falls, Washington.  It was a family affair, led by the three Baughman brothers.

Baughman Brothers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Baughman Brothers - www.stampedwithaloha.com

One thing I don't like is to be cold and wet at the same time.   However even though we got rained on the entire morning I didn't mind one bit.  I was never cold!  I had my waterproof gear on, it was a pleasant temperature outside so all was perfect.  

The trail was absolutely breathtaking and it was fun to spend time with family.  I'd love to go back there again when the weather is clear cause I bet it would be even more beautiful.
 

The hike was super easy but we knew we were in good hands if anything came up because our nephew Jacob was with us and he is an Eagle Scout.

Hiking in Granite Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hiking in Granite Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although it was too wet to do some serious rock climbing we managed to scramble up to a few fun spots.

Hiking in Granite Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hiking in Granite Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I'm glad that my husband enjoys being outdoors as much as I do.  We throughly enjoyed every minute.

Hiking with Derek at Granite Falls Ice Caves - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Hiking with Derek at Granite Falls Ice Caves - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The rain never let up the entire time we were out but it didn't damper our adventurous spirit.

Ice Caves Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ice Caves Hike - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In the evening we had a family dinner and it was good to gather with everyone.

Baughman Family dinner - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Baughman Family dinner - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I also got to meet the newest member of the family, precious baby Aaron.  Isn't he adorable?

Precious new addition to the family - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Precious new addition to the family - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next day we said Aloha to my wonderful In-Laws and headed to our final destination, downtown Seattle.

The Baughman's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Baughman's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This was the view from one of the windows in our suite.  Although I've been to Seattle many times before, I have never stayed in the city.  It was an adventure in itself.

Downtown Seattle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Downtown Seattle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We walked down to the waterfront and I remembered the fun I had here on this wheel last spring with Zeny and Terry.  Derek and I didn't ride on this but chose to try a new attraction called the Wings over Washington.  It was a short ride but reminded us of all the beautiful places there are to see in Washington State.

The Great Wheel - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The Great Wheel - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although we didn't eat there this time we stopped at Ivar's after all, its tradition.

Ivars on the waterfront - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ivars on the waterfront - www.stampedwithaloha.com

It is always fun to see how hungry and fearless the Seagulls are.

Ivars in Seattle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Ivars in Seattle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We enjoyed strolling through Pike Street Market and we had the most amazing dinner at the Metropolitan Grill.

Pike Street Market - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pike Street Market - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The next morning we went to Snoqualmie Falls and enjoyed breakfast at the Salish Lodge.

Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We had been to the Falls years ago but this was the first time we had a meal at the Lodge.  It was wonderful.

We did some shopping and then headed back to our hotel cause after all today was GAME DAY and the reason why we traveled to Seattle in the first place.

Derek blessed me with tickets to an NFL game to watch the Seattle Seahawks play at Century Link Field as a gift for our 28th anniversary.  I was so excited to be there that I teared up when we passed through the gate.

Game Day at Century Link - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Game Day at Century Link - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Once inside I was happy to take a photo with  my favorite player in the world, Russell Wilson.  I love positive people, strong leaders, and people who serve others with humility and love.  That is just a few of the reasons why I love, support and cheer for this young quarterback who sets such a great example to the world.

Russell Wilson Fan - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Russell Wilson Fan - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The game was absolutely amazing.  I loved it from start to finish and the best part was, we WON!!!

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It was fun to celebrate with all the 12's, I wonder if there were any other Hawaii 12's in the stands like us?

We're home now and I was able to hang up this early Christmas gift that Jennifer gave me. I'm so glad it arrived safely in my luggage as a smaller glass item I brought home was smashed to a million pieces. 

Isn't this a beautiful piece of art that Jen made for me at a class she attended.  It is not exclusive Stampin' Up! products but I do recognize our card stock and some of our glimmer paper.

Seahawks gift from Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Seahawks gift from Jennifer - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If you'll notice some of the paper used in this project is wrapping paper.  A couple of years ago Jennifer created a card using wrapping paper background that looked like this.

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It was a great way to highlight one of our Stampin' Up! images on an official NFL wrapping paper back ground.  Using wrapping paper is a fun way to make your gift wrap and card match perfectly.

Well,  It was fun to share my a little about my adventures in Seattle with you and I hope you enjoyed the journey as well as seeing a few creative ideas along the way.

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