Today, I know that GRATITUDE is fully in place within me.  I looked around me and saw how incredibly fortunate I am.  I looked outside of me and saw how incredibly fortunate other's are in my town, I looked at my garden, and saw the devas growing, the birds singing, my dogs playing, my son and his friend laughing and playing their games and KNOW that GOD is all around us.  WE ARE BLESSED

BY "WE"  I mean all of, me, and all the others!

GOD HAS A PLAN...and we have only to do our part.  We have to feel our feelings, to be true to ourselves, to tell ourselves the truth.  There is no one I know better who has done this than Ann Schach, who has the most wonderful MUST check it out.  SHE IS A MASTER.

When her dog (GOD BACKWARDS IF YOU NOTICE) passed over to the next room, Ann was about the most honest person I know on her blog.  She allowed us to grieve with her.  She shared her grief.  She didn't hold it away from us.  She invited us in to her life, to her world, to her Missy.  Now this is REAL...and this is what I pray for the world.  That WE CAN ALL BE LIKE ANN, IN OUR OWN WAY!

Today, I attempt to KEEP IT REAL!  Having said that, I want to tell you that each and every day, I worry about my Jordan (25) over in Spain for a month.  My children, as you know, are world travellers.  I try to play it cool about this and just tell you where they are, and celebrate that...but inside I go crazy!   Maybe it is time I let you know this!!!  Their mommy worries so...


I must walk again the wooden path;
I must stroll the country land
Where sunsets fall like summer plums
and stardust falls like rain.

I must chase again the firefly
on the honeysuckle vine.
And watch an eagle spread its wings
above the tallest pine.

I must see once more a hummingbird
where hollyhocks grow wild.
And run barefoot through Autumn leaves
like I did as a child.

I must stand atop a mountain
when the valley's white with snow.
And linger there till purple haze
spreads twilight far below.

I must do these things lest I forget
how precious life can be.
I must walk again the wooded path
of quaint simplicity.


I was reminded by a reading this morning to not "sweat the small stuff" and to "let go of that which I have no control over".  Doesn't GOD tell us this all throughout the New Testament?  We all need someone to remind us who we are.  Do you have that someone?

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Lovingly Made With...

Paper: Stampin Up
Punch: Stampin Up
Frame: stash
Big Bird: Gift
Flourishes: Gift
Ink: Stampin Spots

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  1. Oh, Samara! This is so sweet of you! Thank you for one of the greatest compliments I have ever received!

  2. This is so cool, all of the color and background makes the bird pop so well. Beautiful!!!

  3. This is such a bright and happy card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Throwdown!

  4. This is so super cool and eclectic. I LOVE IT!

  5. This is so colorful and fun! Thanks for playing with us again at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

  6. Samara I just love all the beautiful details of this card, love how you blinged out the wings of the little ones, this is so creative. "Love II" :) Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ, I can not wait to see what you will create next week.. hugs :)

  7. Stunning card and great message too. Congratulations on your prize win as well! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges and we hope to see you again tomorrow!


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x