Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Card and and Update

As you all know, I'm desperately searching for my missing mojo. And since I can't seem to find it anywhere in my messy office, I am looking to other stampers for divine inspiration instead.

With that said, the inspiration for today's card comes from Nichole Heady, and this card she created recently for Heather Pine's new Papertrey Ink Valentines set called Simple Valentine. It was actually the layout of Nichole's card that inspired me. It screamed "simple" and I {heart} simple cards!

The layout is one layer (bonus), and allows me the chance to dig into my scrap drawer for a little bit of my beloved designer paper. The sympathy verse and the vine image both come from Papertrey's With Sympathy set. The white buttons are vintage, and I'm not sure where the blue buttons are from.

For those of you who read my blog just to find out what's going on in my personal life, I'll share a little bit about that with you today too! Let's start off with the hubby, Doug....

Well, he's still looking for a full-time job. But that's not to say he hasn't been working. He's still working a few hours at the local News/Talk station here in town. This past fall/winter he traveled quite a bit (like every weekend) producing college football games and NFL games. For now, he's done with the football games, as the end of the season is nearing for the NFL, and the college season is already over. He'll be traveling a little bit with the MN Gopher basketball team producing their radio broadcasts for the next few months. And he has been working on a 4 month consulting project for a new internet venture in town here started by a former local TV news anchor ( That should be done in Feb or so, with a slight possibility it might morph into a full time job. After that, we've got nothing. We're coming to the end of our rope I think. I don't know what will happen next. It's very scary, but God has brought us this far, I can't imagine he would stop providing at this point. I just can't think about it much, to be honest. I am trying to remain optimistic in the face of the unknown. But this has gone on for over two years and we are still alive and kicking. God has been so, so, good to us. But it's easy to get lost in the what-ifs of life and forget that someone besides myself is actually in control. Are any of you control freaks as well? It's easy to forget that I don't have to worry about this or have to steer the ship. Most likely, if He let me, I'd steer us off-course anyways! So, for the time being, we'll continue on and wait for the next step, which I trust will be put before us by God himself. Reminder to self: Let go and let God.

Hugs to all,


  1. I am so happy to have you back. I used to start my day reading your blog. You are such a warm caring person and I love to hear about your life. You help so many people that you never know about. Reading your blog helped me push my Son to have my grandson tested for ADD and he is starting meds the end of this month. I can not thank you enough.

  2. Hi Amy,

    I don't know if this will be encouragement or not, but I'll try. I was at my BSF fellowship yesterday and 3 of the ladies are currently in similar positions to you - 2 SAHM's whose husbands were laid off and 1 single Mom who was laid off. One of the comments was that God told her to resist the temptation to hit the fast forward button - you know -stop trying to see what is up ahead, just trust God in each moment. This is not a trial I am currently in so it is easy for me to say, harder for those of you in the trial to do, I am sure. I think I can imagine the stress and how tempting it would be to try to figure out the future.

    "Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews 12:2

    I'll be praying for you and your family.

  3. You're SO right, Amy! If we were in control (instead of God) we'd definitely mess things up! Just keep on trusting & He'll keep on providing! (Lovely card, by the way! : )

  4. your card is so pretty today!
    i loved laura's comment.
    my hubby was laid off in nov. from a job we just thought would go forever. at the same time, i lost my stream of income as well. i find it so interesting that the world thinks i should be worried - people are always asking if i'm okay, how things are, are we making it, etc. you probably know too. for awhile i thought something was wrong with me b/c i wasn't worried about it. i believe God is saying "depend on me totally" and he has been so good to us, i trust that He will be in the future as well. anyway, it hit me one day that i was doing exactly what God wanted - not worrying, having faith that this is His plan and while I can't see/know the reason right now, it will all become clear someday.
    i know that you are an encouragement to me as we are traveling this road right now.
    have a blessed week!

  5. This is a very beautiful card. Perfect color combo and design asthetic. I love it.



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