There are many facets of cancer that are difficult . . . some of them difficult in different ways and for different reasons . . . many of them are physical . . . some are emotional . . . and some even affect us spiritually and some all of the above. Not only did I learn my complete cancer diagnosis on March 28th, I also learned that traveling to Europe for the 2016 Stampin’ Up! incentive trip was out of the question. To say I was sad and disappointed would be an understatement. You see we had turned that trip (a Mediterranean cruise) into a trip of a lifetime. We were travelling to Paris for five days, then to Barcelona for two before boarding the ship . . . we were travelling with family and friends who had booked the same trip with us. It was a first time to Europe for both us and our family members. How would I tell them I couldn’t go . . . how would I reconcile with myself and my husband that we couldn’t go? Of course, I got it . . . I know why I can’t . . . I know that my body will be greatly compromised by then, that it would be dangerous for me and that I would not feel physically up to it by then . . . but knowing all that didn’t take away the hurt and disappointment in my heart . . . but then God. I don’t know what I would do without Him. Each time I cry out, He’s there to answer . . . not necessarily what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. “You get to live, my daughter. I’m working all things out for your good.” I had a choice right then, to receive those words and walk in them. As I spoke it, it became easier. He gives me a new perspective every time. My family members that planned to travel with us are still going on the trip . . . I am absolutely thrilled for them to go . . . they need this trip! I am believing that God has something amazing in store for them and I have told them so. I’m thrilled for all of my Stampin’ Up! friends that are going and will have the time of their lives! Of course, I will miss seeing them and being part of the shenanigans!
There’s already a part two to the story . . . it’s a middle part as I don’t know the end yet, but God does. The church that we attend, River Valley Church, is one that has a global focus. They strongly encourage ALL of its attendees/members to participate in a global mission trip within the first four years of attending. (They literally go all over the world with a focused mission depending on the destination.) We’ve been attending there for 1.5 years now and this has been in the back of our minds a something we would do in the future. Just this past Sunday, they did a spotlight of the global trips coming up within the next year. As I watched the video of the upcoming trips, which shared the details (dates, locations, and focus of the trip), I saw Barcelona/April 2017 and my heart literally leapt within me and before I knew it, I had elbowed Dave and whispered, “That’s our Barcelona trip!” Something changed in me in that moment. I don’t know if it will work out for us to go on that trip yet . . . there are still unknowns at the end of my cancer treatment/surgery, but I do know that I have a renewed hope that one day I will be able to travel again and perhaps it will be with a greater purpose than my personal pleasure and that God, rather than myself or Stampin’ Up! will be filling in all the details. Until that day . . . I’m thrilled to just think about the possibilities! I choose to put my trust in the One who knows my future and has a wonderful plan for it!
Most likely you've gathered that I'm a people person! I'm so grateful that in chemo class they advised that I keep up with as many of my normal activities as I have the energy for. I have my moments and hit a few walls during the first five days following treatment, but am trying hard to be a good girl and take a nap when those times happen. I'm also grateful for the days that I get to hold my regular Stampin' Up! classes and events . . . one of my favorites being Stampin' Bunco! It was a full house last Thursday and the noise level indicated that a great deal of fun was being had! You can see us here!
We start the evening with a quick and easy project and that's what I'm sharing today! We made this simple bookmark using the Bird Builder Punch. I love the sentiment from Blessed by God . . . it's one I'll be using a lot in the upcoming months as so many have been a blessing to me!
Directions & Dimensions:
- Basic Black cardstock . . . 2" x 5-1/2"
- Punch one end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch
- Whisper White cardstock . . . 1-7/8" x 5"
- Stamp sentiment with Basic Black Archival Ink or Memento Black Ink
- Apply washi tape along the bottom
- Watermelon Wonder cardstock scrap
- Punch bird and wing with the Bird Builder Punch
- Cucumber Crush cardstock scrap
- Punch branch with the Bird Builder Punch
- Adhere branch and bird to bookmark with Tombo Liquid Glue
- Cucumber Crush Trim . . . 5"
- Fold in half and insert ends through slot at top
- Pull ends through the loop
- Make several and give them away to bless someone!
Don't forget that a lot of product is retiring soon (while supplies last) . . . like the Bird Builder Punch, Cherry On Top Washi Tape, and that yummy Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim! You can see all of the retiring products here.
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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stampin'