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Monday, April 28, 2008

...Twilight Flight & An Update

This is my card that I made today while over at my friends' house (what's up Robin and Lakesha ?!?). The last couple of weeks have been spent making cards, laughing, singing, and teasing each other...I think a great time was had by all! On to the card! I started out today wanting to use a card sketch that I would share tomorrow for my Tuesday Sketch Challenge, then added some colors that I have never used together...so it's a sketch and color challenge for me. This sketch will be featured tomorrow on Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #04, so please come and join in the fun! I used the Ink, Spray, and Smash Technique that Faith shared for one of the challenges at SCS. Her tutorial can also be found on her blog HERE...she is amazing!

The colors used are as follows: Only Orange, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, and Eggplant Envy. I also used Basic Black to mat each panel. Most of the images are from the set "Pretty Amazing", which I happen to L-O-V-E! The sentiment, however, is from "Warm Words". Five hummingbirds were stamped in Jet Black Staz-On Ink directly onto the glossy paper using the special technique. They were then cut out, and popped off of the focal panel using Dimensionals. The card is finished with a bit of paper piercing around the corners.

That's it for the card, now onto an update on Christian. Since he has returned home from the rehab facility things have been a little shaky, but on the road to normalcy again. He is having to attend group therapy once a week for the next six to ten weeks, and he is having to take daily medication to keep him from bottoming out again. I see signs of hope and healing in his eyes, but he has become unsure of his beliefs. He believes that God exists, but he doesn't understand how God could have set by and let all of this happen. I tried to lovingly, but truthfully, explain to him that God has the power to show us that He is God. I continued on by telling him that God has plans for him that a greater and better than anything his father or I have ever dreamed, and God just needs to make sure that he can handle the responsibility of that wonderful gift that he will one day receive. He seems to understand the basics, but he really wants to know what will become of him...how will all of this affect the rest of his school years? How will he ever be able to be seen as a leader? How will he ever outgrow the stigma that comes with getting into trouble like this?

All I know is that I am trusting in the One who holds all of the answers even before I have the questions. He is my hope for a future, He is my promise for success, He is going before me to fight in my stead....He Is. Please continue to pray that God's hand will be on Christian's life, and that we will be the encouragement and examples that he needs to see daily. I love you all, and I deeply appreciate all that you have done for my family during this time. Big Hugs ~ Mercy

Supplies

Stamps: Pretty Amazing, Warm Words

Papers: Only Orange, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Glossy White

Inks: same as paper

Accessories: reinkers, mat pack, paper piercer, oval punches, dimensionals, adhesive

8 comments:

Shannan Teubner said...

Go buy him the Ten Shekel Shirt CD and listen to "Much".
Hugs, girl.

ScrappyHappy said...

It is normal for him to question why God "just stood by". But you nailed it right on the head. It is to prepare him for what lies ahead. He is so lucky to have a mother of faith helping him through this. Don't we all have things from our past that we cringe thinking about? He will one day look back at this and feel like we do. It made us stronger in faith and in character. Prayers are coming your way.
Oh...I love the card with the doves flying! Peaceful! Hugs! :)

Sharon in NE said...

Your response was wonderful. I will pray that God will continue to instill in you wisdom to help Christian with his questions and certainly wisdom for Christian to understand that we don't always get our questions answered now. It may take years before we know why, but knowing God, it will be exciting.

Janet said...

Continue to hang in there and keep supporting your son. I have a special needs child that has been struggling lately also. There are days that all I can do is pray. I just tell myself that this too shall pass and that God is faithful. Keep the faith!

JAR said...

What a wonderful support you are to your son! I pray that his struggles will soon turn to strengths! God is faithful, and just as he changed Peter and Paul, and they become great leaders, He has soemthing in store for your son and family too!

"He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it."

Now about your card -- what a wonderful and beautiful group of little hummingbirds! I have some really neat pictures today on my blog of hummingbirds that you might enjoy! I love the colors you chose and the sketch is great!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

{{{{Mercy}}} Just got caught up on all that is happening in your world. Wow -- you've been going through it, haven't you? I will definitely keep your whole family in my prayers. The good news is that Christian will get through this, and be so much stronger for it. I know when I'm going through a rough time, I try to contain my focus to this moment, and this day, and not project too far into the future. I try not to worry or 'borrow trouble' from tomorrow; it's rarely as I've imagined or feared, anyway. You can't avoid or resist or fast forward or go around these times -- the only way to get through it is THROUGH IT, if you know what I mean. And every day is one day closer to fine. Take good care, Mercy.

Christina Fischer said...

Mercy,

I continue to pray for Christian and for you. May God give you the strength to take one day at a time.

Your card is gorgeous -- I'm glad you had some fun stamping time! :)

Big hugs!

Kristin said...

My first visit to your blog Mercy, and I am blown away by your talent! I love everything I've seen. I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties your son and family has had- sounds like you are all on the right path. Hang in there!