Friday, June 30, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you'll drop everything to come help me.

Thanks for being there for me, when I was freaking out about the flat tire and having only 30 minutes to get to my doctor's appointment today.
I love you Sweetie, and totally appreciate everything you do for me!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you are trying to get healthier so we can spend many, many years together!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you let me know how much you appreciate these posts (and miss them when I don't do them).

Friday, June 23, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you care enough about me to make sure I quit procrastinating about going to the doctor. You know that if you make the appointment that I'll go, so you make the appointment. =)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I love you because...

. . . even when I think you are stone cold dead asleep, you notice when I leave early for work.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dad's Final "Resting Spot"

We went and spread dad's ashes last week. The most difficult part was the drive to and from the location dad had described (15 hours for TheHusband and me - each way) but his ashes are in the mountains now, just like he always wanted.

I found myself without words to say when Brother1 asked if anyone had anything they wanted to say. But what could I say?

"Be at peace"? That wasn't right. My hope has always been that Dad found the peace he had been searching for all his life at the moment of his death.

"Rest well"? Again, not quite right. I know that as long as he ended up with his heavenly father that he is resting well.

"Show us the way home"? It was something Brother4 said, but it just didn't ring true for me. Jesus Christ has been showing me the way home all my life. Also, I have been struggling with this aspect of Dad's death. I'm not 100% certain that he had made his peace with God before he died. This troubles me, the not knowing. But I also know that there is nothing that I can do about it one way or the other. I don't believe in purgatory. I don't believe that my prayers can help move him into heaven if he isn't already there. It's God's own grace, granted to us through our faith in His son Jesus Christ, and that alone that gets a person into heaven. When you're time here on earth is over, that's it. Game over, decision made, no redos. And so I pray for peace on this. That I don't waste my own life worrying about something I have no control over.

"Enjoy your mountain"? I don't believe Dad is even aware of what is happening with his earthly remains. Or even where they are. I feel that funerals, memorial services, etc. are rituals for the living. Necessary rituals, but for the living none the less. They are a way of sharing grief, giving support, remembering and sharing things about the deceased. I understand that many people want very specific things for their funerals/burial locations, but I can't even imagine that part of my own death, and so commenting on somebody else's final "resting spot" is difficult for me to do.

So maybe that's what this post is all about. Coming to terms with the term "Final Resting Spot". It really should be "Final Earthly Resting Spot" that people say. But that's just my opinion.

And Dad, even though I know you don't know what I'm thinking or writing, here's to hoping that your true final resting spot is in the arms of our heavenly Father.

Quick Update

I haven't been crafting for over a week. We (TheHusband and I) went on vacation for a few days with my family. It was a special trip to spread my dad's ashes and TheHusband hung in like a trooper.

Since returning I have been in vacation recovery mode. Trying to catch up with stuff at work and housework. My most pressing project right now is to get my crafting table and supplies organized. I thought I had things all figured out as to the way I wanted them, but half way through the project I've suddenly become perplexed as to how I want things to be. I'm on vacation again next week, so hopefully I'll get it all figured out then.

Until my next post, happy crafting!

I love you because...

. . . even when I'm crabby and shouldn't be around anyone, you still hang in there and make sure that I'm not getting too focused on not 'sploding.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I love you because...

. . . even though McFastfood forgot to put your french fries in our order, you didn't make me go back to get them (even though I freely offered to do so).

Monday, June 19, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you totally understood (and didn't get upset) when I was late leaving work today, even though it meant you didn't have much time to eat dinner before you had to leave for your meetings. Who knew the first day back from vacation would be so baaad?!?!

Okay, okay, we both knew it. But ya gotta make doughnuts!

Friday, June 16, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you spent 4 whole days traveling with my family, which is no small feat, just so I wouldn't be disappointed.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you think I should write things like "I felt like Wonderwoman, flying her invisible jet, on the drive home today, because it seemed like NOBODY could see my car!" in one of my blogs.

Hee hee (and now I did!) :)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you VOLUNTEERED to take the comforters to the laundromat.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you let me build stuff. Okay, so it wasn't technically building stuff, but I did get to put up your shelf for you.

You do let me build things like our bookcases, desks, entertainment center, etc. And I choose to believe that it's because you know I like doing those things (and not because you're trying to get out of doing them).

Monday, June 05, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you appreciate my weirdness.

CC1: Update 2

While working on the seat portion of the pattern I realized that I would have to rethink my strategy. I was originally going to have just one long piece of material span the entire length of the couch, but the two end sections move independently of the rest of the couch so I will have to create separate slip covers not only for each of the backs but for each of the seat areas as well.

Also, I'll have to include the arm sections in with the seat patterns for both ends as the arms move with the seats. Not an impossible task, but it does make things more challenging. I guess that's why this is a crafter's challenge!

I'll try to post some sketches of what I'm thinking is the new plan of attack later this week.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Quick Craft Project: Small Gift Bag

Ever feel guilty about giving someone just a gift card (even if you have no earthly idea what else they could want)? I had that problem this morning and had a fabulous idea for a solution when I found a cute little bag in the dollar section of Target. The bag's size was perfect for slipping both a narrow greeting card and the store gift card into it. "But how is that a quick craft?" you ask. Well, I wanted to personalize it for the recipient so I went home and dug out my Shrinky Dink supplies and some charms.



Supplies:_____________________________ Cost:
Red Bag:_____________________________ $1.00
4 heart charms :________________________$1.00 (estimate)
6 jump rings:__________________________ $.15 (estimate)
Shrinky Dink:__________________________ $.25 (estimate)
colored pencils (to color the Shrinky Dink)
scissor (to cut out name badge)
heart shaped paper punch (to punch holes
for jump rings in name badge)
oven (to shrink name badge)
clear gloss finish (to seal colored side of name
badge after it cooled)
2 needle nose pliers (open and close jump rings
when attaching things to bag)

The final cost of this project was under $2.50 and it ended up being a heck of a lot cuter than those store bought, waxy paper bags. And the best part was that the recipient absolutely LOVED it.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I love you because...

. . . sometimes you are as indecisive as I am. =)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I love you because...

. . . you generously act as my tech support. Not just for my computer, but when I'm at work and somebody stumps me with a question you willingly give me the answer so I can look like a genius. (I do tell people that I got the answers from you - most of the time).
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