Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blessed

Yesterday we spent most of our day hanging out with our kids, coloring, building a haunted tree house, went to a Halloween party and had a great day!  To top off our great day my parents planned on keeping both of our kids for a sleep over...so you know what that means...date night!  A date night for a young family with 2 small children who live on a tight income is generally far & few between.  So, we were looking forward to some dinner and then I was being wild and was even going to let Bill treat me to a movie.  I like to be a cheap date so normally we pick between the two.  And let's be honest if the movie starts too late I usually fall asleep during it...I can sleep anywhere!




We made it a couple miles down the road when Bill noticed something was wrong with my car.  We were in a left hand turn lane at the intersection of Midkiff & Wadley.  Any Midlander knows that is a busy intersection!  So, we got the green arrow to make our left hand turn except that we couldn't turn...we had no steering in our car!  So, we just went straight and thankfully our car drifted to the right.  Thankfully, since it was an arrow no one in the other lanes to the right of us were going...they still had the red light.  So, we just kept going straight and we made it to the curb and stopped.  We both jumped out of the car and we noticed this...
a big metal bar broke off our car.  Our car was broken!  No steering!  Our whole back end of our car was hanging in the road so cars had to keep going around us.  We felt awful.  I quickly made a call to my dad for help so we could push it into the parking lot and get out of the road so we could think clearer and come up with a game plan.  In the meantime this gentleman pulled into the parking lot in his Lincoln Town Car and asked us if he could help us out.  I stood there kind of puzzled by his alligator boots, his dark wash, starched wranglers, his short-sleeved button up shirt and nicely combed hair.  Seriously?  This guy is going to help us push our car out of the road?  He looked to fancy to get dirty.  He started to kneel on the ground, look under our car and inform us that our steering tie rod busted.  

Bill & Mr. Martin instructed me to get in the car and push on the breaks once they get the car over the curb.  In about tears I hesitantly got into the powerless car and did just that.  We were up  over the curb, out of the way and safely in the parking lot.  It all was happening so quickly.  Before I knew it I was standing along by the side of my car and Bill & Mr. Martin were off in the Lincoln to go to the auto parts store to get what we needed.  After an unsuccessful attempt they came back to the car and instructed me to go home.  My dad took my back to the party and Bill was once again leaving with this stranger to go get the part for my car.  Seriously?  A stranger?  Don't we teach our kids not to talk to stranger but it's okay for our husbands to ride with them.  

I went back to the party and eventually dropped off at home and Bill & Mr. Martin finally found a shop that had our part.  They went back with the help of my dad and various other "strangers" to get my car fixed.  Let me just tell you this...God used a man, an ordinary man, who was broken, and carried baggage, to completely bless out our lives last night.  Mr. Martin not only pushed our car out of the road, laid on the ground with his nice clothes on, drove my husband around to get what we needed, paid for our part, sacrificed his entire evening to help a stranger.  Seriously?  

How many opportunities do I miss to bless out someone else's life...maybe even a stranger...because I am so rushed, so busied, so consumed with myself.  How selfish of me!  That night I was finishing reading Romans and this is what I read: We must not just please ourselves.  We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord....therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory!  Romans 15:1-2, 7   It just spoke to my heart!  I am so blessed that this situation wasn't worse.  Praise God Bill was driving & I wasn't.  Praise God the kids were not in the car.  Praise God we were in a turn lane with an arrow!  Praise God no one was coming when we needed to get across traffic!  Praise God our car drifted right!  Praise God we didn't get hurt!  Praise God we could fix it!  Praise God for all the selfless people who stopped to help us!  Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Treats

Treats I made for my son's class at school.



 These treats I made for our bank.  They always have a Halloween contest so I thought it would be fun to bring them a little treat!




These were for my small group girls who I lead at our local church!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

November 5th Workshop

Here is a picture of 2 of the cards we will be making at the November 5th workshop.  We will also be making another little surprise!  You can use it to decorate your house or use it as a gift this Thanksgiving season!  You'll just have to come to find out what it is!



The workshop costs: $15 or an order of equal or greater value, 
plus you must bring your own adhesive.

Don't forget we will always have some door prizes, and you get a double entry if you bring a guest, snacks are provided!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Workshops

Here is a list of upcoming workshops-they will all be at my house e-mail me at papercutzmidland@gmail.com if you need directions!  Each workshop will be $15 or an order of equal or greater value is placed.


Friday November 5th at 7PM-Fall/Thanksgiving Projects
Saturday November 20th-6:30PM-Christmas Projects
Saturday December 4th-6:30PM-Christmas Projects
Tuesday December 7th-6:30PM-Christmas Projects
Thursday December 16th-6:30PM-Christmas Projects


If you are interested in hosting your own workshop at your house please let me know and we can get one scheduled for you.  You can get all the benefits from your party orders and can earn free products!

Psalm 33




Psalm 33Let the godly sing with joy to the LORD, for it is fitting to praise him.
Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.

Sing new songs of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy.

For the word of the LORD holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust.

He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth.

The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

He gave the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.

Let everyone in the world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.

For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

The LORD shatters the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes.

But the LORD's plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen for his own.

The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.

From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.

He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.

The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

Don't count on your warhorse to give you victory-- for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.

He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

We depend on the LORD alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield.


In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name.

Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Day

I have been so consumed with orders and getting ready for my show recently that once I had my show this weekend we were going to have a much needed family day!  We would have sweet family moments here & there but not how I like them to be.  I have been so busy that I haven't been able to plan as much fun stuff this year.  So, Bill & I decided to take the kids to the Pumpkin Patch Saturday night after my show and then have a fun, family, pumpkin day today!  I got on-line and found some recipes to try out!

Here are some snap shots from the pumpkin patch!









 Today on Pumpkin Day we thought it would be fun to make some pumpkin soup...well it was gross!  But we made it anyways, check it out!

 Then we decided to make a Pumpkin Roll which was AWESOME!  We didn't eat it until after dinner but it was a big hit!  You can find the recipe here.



 While Lily took her nap we made some Pumpkin Play Dough.  It was a lot of fun!  I have the recipe here.  But then my sister-in-law gave me the idea to add in some pumpkin pie spice & color it orange on her blog!



 We made pumpkin smoothies.  These would be good if you well....had no teeth and couldn't eat a slice of pie!  Otherwise just stick to the real deal....kind of gross sipping pumpkin pie through a straw.  :-)
 Pumpkin Fluff was YUMMY!  I will be bringing some to our MOMs group this week because it made a pretty big batch!  Ingredients include, cool whip, instant vanilla pudding, tsp vanilla extract, 15 oz can pumpkin (pure pumpkin) and 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.  Mix & serve with graham crackers.
 Then we finally got the part Gabe was waiting for all day.  Pumpkin Carving!

 Lily wouldn't stick her hand in it...she just wanted to cut.  So, I let her go over where I already cut!

Round 2 of the play dough
Then for dessert...pumpkin roll!  

We also made toasted pumpkin seeds.  One original batch with salt only.  Then I wanted to try something new and we did one with butter, worcestershire sauce, & season salt.  They came out good too!  Hope you try some of the recipes I posted and I suggest avoiding the pumpkin soup...we had a fun, pumpkin day with just 1.5 big cans of pumpkin & some household ingredients!

Home For The Holidays Show

This past weekend I attended Home For the Holiday's at the Horseshoe Arena.  We had a great show!  My dad came with me and he sold his rustic boxes he makes along with his popular teacup bird feeders!  The ladies loved them!  Here are some pictures from our show!
















If you missed the show don't worry you can always e-mail me to order anything you see here on the blog or check out my next show November 13th...details to come!

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