"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" ~ 1 John 3:1
Indeed how blessed we are! It's the Dueling Darlings card kit of the month friendly duel, and this month, our hostess for the Divas is the lovely Jamie! She sent us a very masculine kit with nautical stamped images, brown/blue theme papers & asked us to make a card for the 'guy' in our life.
Truly my husband in an angel on earth and a rare man ~ so loving and kind and never misses a single day without saying I love you to me and the kids. The past year has been a tough one with many trials thrown into our path but truly we have also been humbled and strengthened by those trials ... Each and every day, we are so aware of our blessings and the graces bestowed upon us.
This will be the 6th year without my dad. The kids still ask about him all the time, especially our son who was just 15 months when dad passed away. I makes me sad to know that he will never know the wonderful man that he calls "Grampy" because his sisters do. He won't remember how much joy he brought my dad in the tiny amount of time they had together on this earth. But I see his smile in the faces of my kids and his quirky, cheeky sense of humor that comes through. So much of "him" is still here, in each of them ~ and that the love still outshines the earthly presence. And I know dad is there, waiting on all of us, and I have no doubt when we all get there, he'll be on some bench, smiling and telling us he was "just readin' the paper" while he waited! ;)
I recently came across a beautiful passage while researching for my book and I wanted to share it with you as well :) It reads "There is love, immortal and unchanging love, in heaven toward you, which will never grow cold. You will be helped. God would sooner cease to be than cease to be faithful. Be of good courage, for today He will strengthen your heart.” Don't you just love that! Well, on to the card ... While the card kit had me stumped a bit at first, it quickly came together once I got out the cuttlebug out and just made a bunch of circular patterns around the stamped images. I don't think I've made a CAS card quite as CAS as this - one sheet of dsp and some circles, lol!! I added a verse on the inside as well and just love the saying ~ pretty simple all the way around :)
So be sure to stop in and see what the other Divas have created with this same image, they will be up and on their blogs off to my sidebar. And the Dazzlers, of course, can be found there as well.
The evening rain just rolled in and my 'non-drowsy' cough syrup just kicked in and it sure is making me drowsy! :x