Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dawn


For me, the most precious part of the day is the very early morning. I can't remember a time when I wasn't a light sleeper. Almost every morning, I wake up just as the sun is barely sending the first pink light in throught the windows. There was a time that I was annoyed by this habit. I just wanted to sleep! First, because I was a college student who stayed up too late every night and then because I had my first baby and felt like a zombie most of the time. It's really only been in the last several years that I have started to see my early morning wake up call as a blessing of my day. There are many things I love about the early morning. I love the quiet of the house. I know that I am the only one awake and it's a peaceful feeling to be still in my own home. I love the sounds of the birds. Their chirping and singing makes me feel that the world is already getting ready for another day. I love the fresh feeling that today is still blank and just waiting for me to fill it up.

When I woke up this morning an unusual thought came to me about what time of day Jesus will come back for us. It's a thought that makes me feel afraid and peaceful at the same time. I'm afraid because I don't like surprises and I really have no idea what that day will be like. I also know that I will never be worthy of recieving God's promises, but I feel peace when I think about the people I've loved and lost that I will see again and I feel peace knowing that I have put my faith in a God who always keeps his promises. I wonder if it will be in my lifetime... or my children's lifetime? Don't you think it will be a beautiful day? I'm no scholar, but I can picture Jesus coming in the morning as the day slowly begins. The only wish I have for that day is that I could be with my family. That I could have my kids in my arms when I see Jesus for the first time. How amazing would that be? I can't think of a more spiritual experience.

Beautiful words from Revelations 21:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever."

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Feeling Crafty


Today I finally got around to a little project I have been thinking about for awhile. I love silhouettes and I had been thinking about having some done of my little ones when I ran across a super easy tutorial by my favorite blogger Miss Mustard Seed. I figured I would give it a try since I already had all the stuff I needed.

Do you want to make silhouettes? It is really easy! First I took a few side shots of my kids... the hardest part really. Once I found one that was at a good angle, I blew it up to the size I needed. I used Windows Photo Gallery because it did the job and was the least trouble for me. The sizing would definitely be more precise if you used photo shop. You can also download good photo editing software for free called paint.NET if you're interested. It does a pretty good job for the price :) Anyway, after you crop your shot, print out your picture on regular old computer paper. Then cut around that sweet face! You can use a craft knife if you have one, but I just used some good scissors. Then, you want to use that template to cut out the silhouette on some black card stock. It took me a few tries to get it how I wanted, but I am so happy to have captured their sweetness! They are my Mother's day gift to myself. I also made some for my mom!