Monday, February 23, 2009

His Holy Name: Protector

Name #3 in the “His Holy Name” challenge: Protector. This name was a joy to study! As I studied this name, I couldn’t keep the song “Strong Tower” by Kutless out of my head. It was so awesome to hear them sing it live! It never ceases to amaze me how God brings things in our lives at just the opportune time, what a blessing this song has been to me these past couple of weeks!!

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear... -Ps 46:1, 2a

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
-Proverbs 18:10

The Lord's name stands for His person, since it reflects His attributes, character and qualities. Here the name of God is Jehovah, His covenant Name by which He made Himself known to Israel. To know God in covenant is a strong tower.

The Name of Jehovah is pictured as if it were a strong tower because the reader can more easily understand the value of a strong tower. The metaphor “strong tower” indicates that God is a secure refuge. There is no safety in looking at the "strong tower". It is necessary to flee to God in order to be protected by Him. The word says they must "run". It does not say they are to amble or to stroll or to walk in a leisurely or idle manner but that they are to run.
Clearly this is not literal running (although that may be what we feel like doing when trouble knocks - The
metaphor of “running” into the strong tower refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s Name and His willingness and ability to provide protection. It is only by faith that we can go to an invisible God

if you know your God and you know your God is near and you confidently trust your God in the midst of any trial, knowing that it is effecting His purpose, and then being thankful in the midst of that for the purpose of God even in the difficulty, you are granted the peace of God, that peace will guard you and protect you from anxiety, difficulty, distress, dissatisfaction, discontent, doubt."
John MacArthur

{paper} Stampin’ Up!, Bazzil cardstock
{paper embellishments} swirl, & punctuation Bo Bunny
{brads} Bazzil (large circle), stars unknown
{ribbon} Offray, Twine unknown
{distressing ink} Chestnut Roan Cats Eye by Colorbox
{tag} office supply
{chipboard} star by Cosmo Cricket
{fonts} Bleeding Cowboy, Bookman Antiqua, Jane Austin


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Not too old to *ROCK*!

We were so lucky to have KUTLESS and the "Welcome to the Family Tour" (including Stellar Kart, Esterlyn, and Desciple) come to Boise! The concert was AWESOME!!! I had so much fun jumping, screaming, singing along, and rocking out!! It was an awesome high energy concert that left my 11 year old son wondering "who is this person that used to be my mom?" LOL!

One of the coolest things was Liz & I winning a drawing & getting to go back stage and MEET Kutless!! So cool!! Here we are with lead singer Jon Micah (isn't he so young???).

Here are a couple of my fav. shots of the night...

So I thought it would be appropriate to share with you another Rockabella card (had to play with her again, before she had to go back to her real home at my friend Cindy's house!!)


{stamp} Stamping Bella "rockabella"

{markers} bic, & yellow Twinkelette

{paper} Ki Mmeories (dots), Bo Bunny(stripes), & Doodlebug (Green glitter)

{monogram} KI Memories

{sticker letters} Miss Elizabeth

{flowers} Prima

{dots} Stamping Bella

Here is a sample of Kutless's music so you too can ROCK out! :0)



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Special Olympics

It was so exciting to have the Special Olympics World Winter games held right here in Boise (and around Idaho). Of course we had to take advantage of checking out some of the events and activities, its not often the olympics are held right where you live!

Its hard to put in words, but it was amazing how people just would stop and smile at Matthew. The olympics brought with them such a beautiful understanding, of the sometimes frustrating world of special needs.

Who knows, maybe someday we'll be cheering in the stands for not just Team USA, but for Mattew...

Team USA, geting their silver

watching floor Hockey

Matthew & the Olympic Mascott

"Be a Fan" pointing out Mattew's signature

Ice Sculpture

The Torch
We enjoyed visiting Dwontown for some hands on events. the kids (esp. mattew) had a blast learning how to play floor hockey. They also got to play wii bowling and foozball with other athleets from all aroun the world. We got to see the torch up close, along with lots of other neat things.

Then we got to watch some floor hocky games and saw Team USA win their silver medals (and no I couldn't help but to tear up). We missed seeing speed skating by just a hair, but got to learn how to play curing - that was really neat. Over all it was a fun week!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Project 365 {week 6}

** Remember, you can click on the image above to see it bigger**

How To:
I used the same sketch/template from Week 1 (you can find it on the January 29th post)

{digi kit} Cupids Cottage by Digi Scrapalicious, & Colors of Day by Belinda Scraps
{fonts} Café Rojo, eight fifteen, Bookman Old Style & FnT_BasicShapes1
{other} Special Olympics Winter Games Logo from the internet


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love Day

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Love Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

OWOH-and the winner is....

I can't believe it 290 enteries into my little blog candy! Wowzers!! I just started this blog in January and only had 844 visiters on my counter, and now I'm over 2,200!! This event was a ton of fun, I really enjoyed visiting all the blogs and all the different styles of art. Thanks to all who participated and a huge Thank you to Lisa who puts this all together- I'm sure it was not an easy task!


So without further adu... the winners! Using the random number generator the first 3 names for the candy tag giveaways are....

Kim Mailhot



martha brown

And now for the grand prize... The stash of scrapbook goodies along with the sweet tarts (which seemed to be a big hit among the comments!) is.... drum roll.....

Craaaazy Laaady

Again Thanks everyone!!



Kids Valentines

This year I decided to try something a little different, I digitally made my kids Valentines. It was nice to feel like we did something unique and "crafty" but it didn't take a lot of time & energy. (or money) So here they are... (My oldest's class has posponed V-Day activities to the end of the month since this was a really busy week at school already- so his are not done yet... but I'll post them when I get them done!)


{digi kits} Two Peas Pink Kit, Rhonda Farrar Magical Rainbows, DigiScrapilicious Cupids Cottage

{fonts} Gengle Redhead, KR Heartalicious, Hello Sark


{digi kits} Digi Scrapalicious cupids Cottage, Blenda Scraps Colors of Day, Gretchin Tripp Birthday Bash

{fonts} Smiley monster, Arial, KR Heartalicious



Blog Candy Alert!

Check out this great candy! yummm! You can sign up by visiting JAVABLUSTAMPER's BLOG she has a super cute blog with lots of darling stamping inspiration! Good Luck!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Project 365 {week 5}

I’m a little you can see. Its not that I’m getting burnt out (yet) I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t had the time to devote to getting week 5 put together. Plus working with a new digital kit this month took a little more creative energy… but here it is (Oh yeah- the dates are wrong, but don’t fret, I fixed it!)

How To:
{canvas} 12x24 dpi
{photos} cropped 3x7
{paper} journal blocks 3x5, title block 3x12
{borders} horizontal .125 x 12H (x2), .125 x 9H, 24W x .125 (x3)

{digi kit} Cupids Cottage by Digi Scrapalicious
{fonts} Café Rojo, eight fifteen, & Bookman Old Style


Party like a RockStar!

I just had to post a few pics of the fun party we went to this weekend. For my friend Liz's Birthday we had a RockStar kareoke party. We were to dress up as a music idol or genere...Oh My Heck we had so much fun!
I borrowed some clothes from my sister from her "punk rock" days and Allen wen't as a member from the blue man group. It was hilarious!

The Birthday Girl, as Cyndi Lauper and her hubby as Billy Idol.

Me & My 2 sisters. Jen as one of the Pussy Cat Dolls and Sara was Amy Wineheart.



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

blog candy

hop on over to Jackies blog and check out her great giveaway. you could win this darling stamp!

Monday, February 2, 2009

His Holy Name- Sovereign

This Name was a really hard one for me. The more time I spent studying the more I realized that God is so much bigger than I can ever understand. One thing He is teaching me right now is to have faith and trust Him in all things- even the things that confuse me, frustrate me, and just plain don’t seem to make sense. BUT in that also- to have discernment of the TRUTH, not to fall for false teachings or even unintentional false interpretation of the word and who He is. Thank you Lord for teaching me and helping me grow!



I know this is hard to read… I had a lot to cram on a small space! Here is what it says….

God is sovereign over the future.
Absolutely NOTHING happens outside His control. ALL things happen in accordance with His plan. Consequently He rules over all things, including your future. You may not know what the future holds but you know WHO holds the future.


God is in charge of the entire universe all the time.

He does according to His will
No one can ward off His hand, no one can question what God does.

God is in control of our life.
God is in control, not Satan.
He is in total control,
He has always been in control, &
He will always be in control!

[paper} Bo Bunny Splendor
{sticker letters} Chatterbox
{ric-rac} Bazzil
{fonts} Jane Austin, Jailbird Jenna & Futura Lt

And the page I’m sending to my friend…



[paper} Bo Bunny Splendor
{cardstock} Bazzil
{sticker letters} Chatterbox
{ric-rac} Bazzil
{flower} Prima
{button} unknown

If anyone would like a copy of my notes that I gathered while studying or would like to discuss anything I talk about here. Leave me a comment or send me an email I would be MORE than happy to do either!