Sunday, June 20, 2010

Just Don't Get Excited! "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6

Thinking of Father's Day, it's neat to look back and remember the phrases your Father said over and over again.  Many of these phrases teaches a lesson.  It can be a phrase that is timely and said just when you need it.  I often think of things my parents said while I was growing up. Many of us have even caught ourselves saying the same thing our parents told us.  Isn't it scary when that happens!

One of the phrases I associate the most about my Dad is "Just Don't Get Excited!"  This was said in the middle of many small crises, that I thought would surely end the world.  Do you remember getting upset over the smallest things?  

Although this phrase reminded me to not get excited and lose perspective during small mishaps, it also taught me to handle situations with a calm head allowing me to make the best possible decisions.  During illness that I have faced with many Doctors, tests and uncertainties over the years, God has reminded me to just not get excited about the situations, that He is in control and will lead me and the Doctors.  He will work everything out for my good.  Even if situations aren't resolved the way we want them to be.  We just have to trust Him. 

We all face different circumstances where the tendency is to be overwhelmed, in despair and unsure of what to do next.  Let me encourage the words of my Dad..."Just Don't Get Excited!"  God will see you through the difficulties and work things out to give you hope, peace and strength, no matter the outcome!

I am blessed to have a Dad, who guides me in the way of my Heavenly Father and reminds me to lean and trust in Him.  Thank you Dad for modeling to me our Heavenly Father's love & devotion.  I love you and appreciate you.  Happy Father's Day to my Dad, Bob Goodin!  The best Dad ever!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge: Dads and Grads

Father's day is coming soon and most Dads love chocolate! 
Here's a sweet project for Dads.
Don't look'll get this later!

A slider that holds a surprise chocolate bar!

Embossed using the Paisley folder in Cuttlebug

How to Make:
Small chocolate bar, such as Hershey with almonds:   Cut paper to wrap with at 5" x 6".  Hint:  If using 12" scrapbook paper...cut 5" at the top then flip paper to measure 6" and you will get 2 from the 12" paper.  I used scrap pieces, but most were 12" long and were at least 5" wide.  I embossed using the Paisley folder in my Cuttlebug.

Score at 4 1/2", 4", 2 1/4" and 1 3/4".  I don't use a scor-pal, I just measure on my paper cutter using the slide out ruler and then use a Popsicle stick (from rub-on's) pressing hard to score down the center of the blade indention on the cutter.  It works just fine and I don't have to buy another gadget or store it!

Punch hole at top through both top & back sheets.  Put scor-tape along edge of wrap, but don't remove paper yet.  Thread 20" piece of ribbon through back and bring down inside the candy bar on top of ribbon...bring ribbon up the candy bar and thread through the hole on other side of wrap.  Peel off scor-tape and adhere side.  Tie ribbon at top in knot.  Be careful to fold over the end of wrapper on bottom & top of candy bar so the ribbon has it secure to pull up & down easily.
Decorate your slider with a band of coordinating paper & any embellishments you want to add.

Go make some for the men in your life!

Dimensions for larger candy bar, such as regular Hershey's bar.
Wrap:  6"x6"
Score at 2 1/2", 2 3/4", 5 1/4" and 5 1/2".  20" ribbon piece.

 Fantastic Dad Project