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Aug 21, 2007

Giving Thanks

Ok, I don't want to get tooooo mushy on you today but . . . I was reading in Psalms yesterday and just felt that I needed to take a day to give thanks! Here's one of the Psalms I read, Chapter 96 (you really should read the several surrounding it too!!):

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Reading these passages caused me to remember that I have SO MUCH to be thankful to God for!! Sunday was my 7th wedding anniversary. Since we just got back from vacation and it was a Sunday we really didn't do anything special - actually we didn't even exchange cards yet. But, I am so thankful for the wonderful husband I have been blessed with! He puts up with a lot and even encourages my crazy obsessions. :) In those 7 years we have been blessed with 4 beautiful children, how amazing!! I get frustrated sometimes with the craziness of it all, but I don't know what I'd do without each individual one of them - they are so precious!!

I am thankful for all my family, my parents, my in-laws, my brother & his family, my husband's brothers and sister and my extended family. We had a family reunion last week for my dad's family. It was my dad's siblings and 1 of my cousins and it was so great to see them!! Some of my fondest memories are of Thanksgivings spent with these aunts, uncles and cousins. I don't see them very often anymore and this time spent with them was precious - I wish it could be more!!

I have been having so much fun lately with my new Design Team for Paper Pretties. Christie Ortman has been so encouraging and sweet and I know I've formed a friendship that is precious! Thank you Christie! The other ladies on the DT are equally wonderful - we've only just "met" online but I'm thoroughly enjoying them!

I could keep listing things like my home that I love, my church and the wonderful church family where I have so many friends, my friends far and near (including you wonderful bloggin buddies!), my health, my husband's job, etc., etc. I will leave it at that for now. And I will leave you with 3 beautiful RAKs I received recently - loving the happy mail!!!

From one of my fellow DT members, Kristine Reynolds, how cute is this Bella card!! Kristine is the Queen of RAKs - I love this card!! The bejeweled brads, cuttlebugging, doodling - so much work went into this card, she is so talented!!

And from another DT member Julie Campbell, this cute Rubber Soul card - I've fallen in love with these stick people!! Oh and Julie has some up for blog candy on her blog Stamped in His Image so go enter for a chance to win! This card has so many cute layers and paper piecing and ribbon - it's heavy! There were also some goodies tucked inside - thank you so much Julie!!

Last, but not least, this great card from Melissa Ferr (I don't remember if she has a blog - sorry!!). Isn't this Cruisabella so hip on her tie-died card?? I'd love to know how you did this Melissa!! Thank you so much for your note and for the cheery card!

Ok, sorry for the long post - but it all needed to be said! Have a great day everyone!


  1. Well, Happy Anniversary, Julie! We're at 7 years too! That is an ADORABLE picture of you and your husband! And I LOVE all those RAKs!

  2. what a sweet post, Julie! congratulations on your wedding anniversary & all your blessings, God IS faithful, isn't he?

  3. Ah! Julie! I didn't know it was your anniversary! Happy belated! :) Also, thanks for posting the scripture! That was awesome and a great reminder!

  4. Congrats! Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself, wonderful passage!
    Great cards you got too!
    Hope it's ok if I come back!

  5. Cute cards, Julie! Bellas are some of my favorites. Happy anniversary! We just had our 20th.

  6. Hey Julie, Happy Anniversary!

    Melissa does have a blog.
    She just recently started it and could use some encouragement so head on over gals!

  7. Happy Anniversary...your picture is wonderful!

    Thanks for the lovely scripture!

    Your RAK's are awesome as well.


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