Monday, November 15, 2010

Giving Thanks

Good Morning!  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought this card was appropriate.  Although Thanksgiving is not one of my favorite holidays, I do have a lot to be thankful for.  Many of you know that earlier this year, my husband of 16 years abandoned our marriage.  It was something he longer wished to participate in, pursuing interests elsewhere.  I had also been out of job for sooo long.  My life was looking rather grim being faced with single-motherhood in a new city/state and searching for a job.  Doesn't sound like I'd have a lot to be thankful for, does it?  Well, my faith in God and the love of my family and friends I have gotten through it.  I did endure many days that were spent crying and sick, but God provided.  We still have a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.  I was blessed with a pretty good job that I am still learning but is getting easier as the days go by.  So, yes, I have a lot to be thankful for.

I used the Cornucopia digi from Sweet n Sassy Stamps and the inspiration of this week's challenge at Just Us Girls which is to make a gatefold card.  I love this type of card, it's just a bit different than the ordinary and so much fun to do.  I have to say that I was a bit intimidated by this image, but once I started coloring I had a lot of fun with it.  It wasn't has hard as I believed it to be.  Silly me!

Card stock:  Neenah Milled Ivory, Rust (Recollections)
Paper:  Fresh Fruits (PTI)
Copics:  BV00, BV02, E34, E37, E53, E57, G99, R27, R29, Y17, YG03, YG63, YG67, YR16, YR23, YR61
Ink:  Potters Clay (Memento)
Tools:  Labels 1 (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Scor-Pal, sponge

I do hope that this Thanksgiving season you hug your family and children a little harder and appreciate that they are there, that even though situations may look grim, if you put your trust in the Lord, He will provide.  A very hard lesson to learn is:  God is never late, He's never early - but He's always on time.  We often want our prayers answered in our timing, but remember, He knows best and we often don't.  So among the turkey and cranberries and pumpkin pie... the football games, the beyond full bellies and mounds of dirty dishes - give thanks and praise to the One who blessed you with these gifts.

11 Encouraging Thoughts:

scrapperjulia said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Sounds like your life is getting better, Thanks to the Lord! I love your Cornucorpia card, very beautiful!

Debbi said...

What a beautiful post, Melissa! God is so faithful, even when things (from a human perspective) look very impossible. I'm so sorry for all that you and your children have been through.
Your card is beautiful. I love the colors.
Keep focusing on God!!

Jackie Randolph said...

Melissa, this is gorgeous!! Beautiful post and I am so thankful for our friendship. Keep your faith as you have become a stronger person with it. Love ya!

Kathy and Lucky said...

Beautiful card, love how you cut out the cornucopia.

Lisa Kind said...

So sorry for your recent troubles, but you sound like you are very grounded in your faith and that it is carrying you through these difficult times.

I love your card! That cornucopia is so pretty and colored so wonderfully! Lovely gate fold card! Thanks so much for playing with Just Us Girls!

Sandy said...

The card is so beautiful and I love the warmth of it.

I am so proud of you because you did hang on and made the best of days that seemed so hard. You hung onto God's promises and they have helped you through.

I love the saying you quoted, "God's answers are never late, rarely early, but always on time."

Praying for you!

Cheryl said...

Hi Melissa, I love this card! The colors and design are fabulous.

Andrea M said...

Gorgeous cornucopia card!!! Very festive. Great colors. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls!

Kathryn B said...

Great Thanksgiving card Melissa! You did a fab job with the gate fold this week! I'm so glad that your life is in an upward swing now!

Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week!

Jessica G. said...

Grogeous coloring on this cornucopia, Melissa!

You've shown amazing strength surviving the curves life has thrown at you. Way to go, friend!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Fabulous! I love the fall colors and the precise layers of your card. Thank you for playing with Just Us Girls this week!

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