Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Strawberries and scrapping...

These pictures represent a snippet of my day. I thought I'd share a picture of one of the healthy snacks we ate, since I'm always sharing cupcakes and thoughts on Cheetos and such.
Tonight we had breakfast for dinner. It's been a weekly occurrence around here lately. But probably one of the healthiest meals that I can prepare that my kids actual eat! So, that's what I make...whole grain cinnamon swirl French toast, with low-fat sausage links or some other protein (once in awhile they will even eat veggie-meat...Chip's been doing that), with a side of fruit (tonight it was these red, juicy 99 cent berries) or sauteed apples, and milk.
I also baked zucchini bread I'm feeling a little better about the Cheetos that we all downed yesterday. =)
Berries and Scrap In STyle TV. I'm doing some things that you will have to wait and see on May 15th when the website goes live. I can tell you that you will enjoy all of our headshots...among other things on this site. It's fun for me already...and we're still getting to know each other on the design team and as well as the 'brains' behind this place, and working out the kinks in the website itself...and it still is a blast!
I can't tell you much more than that, but whether or not you are a scrapper, you are going to want to check this place out in a few weeks.
By the way, I just want to say thanks to so many 'newcomers' for emails and comments the past couple of weeks. Ali Edwards linked my blog on hers, and some of you are still getting caught up on my posts from the past year or so. Thanks for your kind words. I've emailed a lot of you back...then I found some more emails in my bulk mail today (most of them had links or if that's you, I may still be getting around to sending you a short note back), and I just wanted you to know I've read your notes and appreciated all your kind words. In addition, one of my 'Anonymous' commenters and I have share emails, and the apologies and forgiveness have been shared between us. I am so happy about that and the way that healing comes about when one person seeks forgiveness and another person extends it.
That is what the world needs in addition to healthy diets...healthy hearts and minds! It feels so good to have a 'clean slate'. =) I would encourage any of you reading, who is still holding onto anything against someone, to pray and ask for strength to forgive...and then actually do it. It isn't about giving up your anger or hurt. I still hurt everyday because Teagan was killed by a woman who shows no remorse. But my forgiveness toward her has given me the freedom to live my life without holding onto bitterness- which wouldn't hurt the woman who killed Teagan- but instead it would have destroyed MY heart.
I, truly, can't say enough about how forgiving allows your heart to heal and gives you a new take on life. Having an unforgiving spirit holds you back and keeps you from experiencing the fullness of joy you could have if you can only surrender that hurt. It'd not easy. I used to have to get up every morning and literally say the words, "I forgive, because Christ forgives me"...and then I had to live as though that were true. After awhile, it actually became my reality. My anger turned to sorrow and compassion, and I realized, that my words weren't just words, but I was living the truth of those words each day.
It's been a process, and a journey, but one that has changed my life for the better in ways I never could have dreamed. Simply by saying, then believing, and then living my life in that truth. Forgiveness heals your soul.


mary h. said...

As usual, you made my heart smile.:) I so believe in the forgiveness. I've gotten so good at it that I seem to forget about a lot of stuff. What's the point in hanging on to all that and not enjoying the good stuff? Now, somethings the hurt is still there but is working it's way out.:)

By the way, I've got a new number. I will try to call you if I can break free this weekend.;)

patterns of ink said...

Delicious and insightful post. Thanks for input on the short notice request. That was helpful

Jo said...

just wanted to send you a SIS mmwwwoooaaaaah xxxxx...hehehehehe

Melody in MN said...

Thanks for your thoughts on forgiveness and strawberries too! We've also been enjoying strawberries over here - they are such a treat, and one of my very favorite foods of the summer. Can't wait to see your scrapinstyle thing. :) take care!

Susan said...

I am new to your end of bloggerland but have so enjoyed your entries these past few weeks...your perspective brings us all a little closer to our Lord and makes us refreshing!


Anonymous said...

It is a wonderful thing to be forgiven. THank you for forgiving me! I pray the Lord removes the hurt my words caused from your heart.

FlipFlop Mom said...

Forgiveness is such a great gift.. You are very inspirational in your forgiveness... I love that about you!!!