November 15, 2013

It's a dirty word in my book.

It's a dirty word in my book.  The C word- CANCER. 
I don't know if it is because I am older and pay more attention, dr's are catching it earlier and some treatments are available, or if there are more cases out there but it seems like cancer is a disease that effects so many more people now than it did even a few short 15 or 20 years ago.  I am not saying that cancer wasn't prevalent then by any means but that it seems to affect so many more people now.  I don't know that I can name a single friend in my life that hasn't been affected by cancer.  Either they've had it themselves or a friend or family member has.  

I know many people that fight the hard fight daily.  They take their treatments...battle the side effects and give cancer a big wave of the finger.  They are strong and weak at the same time.  They battle and hurt and still smile through it all. They pray for successful treatment and celebrate every milestone whether it be a shrunken tumor or the regrowth of hair.  They are heroes of a different sort.  Those who have been dealt a crappy hand, put on their poker face, make the best of what they were dealt. 

As friends and family we pray and celebrate with them.  They are surrounded in love and support.  I have family and friends that have been and are currently battling that dirty word. 
From the sideline, it's hard to know what to say, what to do, to be comforting, to understand the whys.  
The harder I think about it the more I come back to the same bible verse. 
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the Lord - give it to HIM.  It seems so simple.  Yet so hard to do.  
Everything comes in God's time - give it HIM.  
I've given it to Him. 
 I've screamed and yelled. I've asked why.  I've lain exhausted and crying at the thought of the wonderful people I know that are in pain because of this horrible disease.  And I know that those actions do me no good.  I still shed tears.  But then I pray, knowing that I might not understand or like God's timing but He has a plan.  
He will make straight my path.  
He will lead me in the right direction.  
He will give me the right words to say.  
He will lead me to be the ear to listen, the shoulder to cry on, the comforting hug, the maker of meals, the bringer of a favorite food.  It doesn't seem like much but it's what I feel led to do.  What he leads me to do.  I pray - I pray for a cure, comfort, less pain, good days, a loving family, an understanding caretaker.  

To those fighting the good fight - there are warriors that stand behind you - there to catch you when you stumble, there to pray for your needs, there to wave a finger at cancer right along side you.  
For those who have lost the battle - they have won the war.  They are celebrating their lives in Heaven, free of pain.  They dance the streets of gold.  They wait for us to join them in that glorious place in God's time.  We carry on them in our memories and in our hearts.  They live on here too.  

In honor of those fighting the fight - Debbie, Stephanie, Anna, and many more
Celebrating those who have found remission - Jennell, Gina, Donna, Danny, and many more
In memory of those who have won the war - Dee, Jerry, and countless others   

November 8, 2013

Pinterest Party

I will preface this whole entry by saying - there are no pictures.  :(  We partied and made projects.  I didn't even have time to snatch up my camera.  Sorry Ladies.   

Last month about 10 -12 friends got together at my house for a preholiday Pinterest party.  We all know how difficult it gets to get together at the holidays so we decided an October Pinterest party to get together make a few projects and hang out was the perfect plan.  
It was the perfect plan.  We had the best time.  
Since there are no pictures I'll make this short and sweet.  
We picked four projects:
Glitter Covered Mason Jars
Melted Snowmen Ornaments
Freezer Paper Painted Shirts
Coasters from Scrap book paper, tiles and modge podge
We picked these four crafts because they were pretty easy, didn't take a lot of time, and could all be done in one night.
There were 4 crafting stations where we could work on things so we all 
just rotated around to where someone else wasn't.
I don't think would have been as easy with more people....It would have been crowded.
These are the Pinterest links that we based our crafts from - with a few improvements:
This super easy Glitter Mason Jar tutorial got us started on the right road.  I got the large grain glitter and I liked it better than the fine glitter.  After we let the dry for a few minutes we sprayed a clear sealer coat to help keep the glitter from coming off on everything.
This again was another quick tutorial on what products to use in the Melted Snowman Ornament.  I wouldn't have thought of the peppercorns.  In addition to what she has, we added cut triangle slivers of bright orange scrapbook paper for the snowman nose, small buttons for the eyes, and short pieces of red material as a scarf.  Be careful not to stick your finger in the glass ornament because something didn't settle the way you wanted it to.  Said ornament will break...we know from experience.  If what you dropped on top of the salt doesn't settle right give it a good shake and then sift it back and forth and everything rises to the top.   
The perfect tutorial to make quick a quick and inexpensive gift.  We made sets of 4 coasters for less than $1.00 for the sets.  Our only change was to hot glue small felts squares to the back instead of modge podging shelf liner on.  Either way would work fine.  
For the Freezer paper painted shirts I looked at several different tutorials.  They were all basically the same - pinterest search freezer paper shirts and you will get a bunch of different ideas.  We used my Cricut to cut state shapes from the freezer paper, ironed them on and started painting.  Just always remember to put a piece of cardboard between your layers of shirt so that you don't have paint bled through to the next layer. 
All in all the pinterest party was a hit.  We all brought a pinterest inspired food which made for a tasty treat.  We were able to socialize and still feel productive. We didn't spend a lot of money doing it.  And who has extra cash to spend this time of year anyways???
 We'll do this again in the spring.  Maybe we'll do just 1 or two projects but make them a little more time consuming.
Do you have any ideas for a pinterest party?  Please share