Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving RAK

When my son and first born was 3 years old, we made a harvest color chain and wrote on each strip all the things we were thankful for. We making great memories while having grateful hearts. The reason I remember it so well, is because my mother-in-law, pulls it out every year and hangs it up with her decor. It's the cutest thing and it warms my heart!

I want to reflect on some things that I'm thankful for today as I write this post. First, a few scrappy things to share. These two cards, I'm extremely thankful to say, were picked up by Scrapbook Trends and are in the current November issue that came out last month.





















Have you had a chance to see this issue yet? I haven't seen it irl yet. Anxious to get my hands on a copy though! This first card is full of some of my favorite products and I just loved the way it turned out.























I love thanksgiving and I read the greatest quote about it today.

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." - W.J. Cameron

I'm so thankful for my Pastor, husband and best friend who I trust, honor and love with all my heart.

I'm so thankful for my three precious babies who growing into independant thinkers that love the Jesus. That warms my heart.

I'm so thankful for the rich heritage on both sides of family. What a blessing to be raised by such Godly people.

I'm so thankful for my immediate and extended family who put up with all my shortcomings and love me anyway.

I'm truly, truly so thankful for a roof over my head and for the warmth I feel each night when I go to sleep.

Most of all, I'm thankful for my Lord and Savior who continues to amaze me with His unconditional love, grace and mercy.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says "Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Ya know, when I reflect on my life, I realize I've had it pretty easy. I've never lost a best friend, child or immediate family member. I've never had a huge, life altering experience. Some times I wonder if an enormous trial came along my path, would I be able to handle it and give thanks in all things? Ah....but then I'm reminded. That is what is so cool about God. It is at that time in our weakness that He becomes our strength and gives us the grace to handle whatever it is that comes our way. Phew. Such wonderful reassurance and just one more thing to be grateful about.

My list could go and on and on. I'm sure yours could to. There's many things to be thankful about. Right now, I'm thankful for my blog readers and to thank you, I want to offer another give-away. I truly do appreciate each and every one of you. I love it when you post comments but even when you don't, I'm thankful that I've been able to be an inspiration to you.

Here is what I would like to offer for this Thanksgiving RAK. It will be open until next Friday, Dec. 4th, midnight PST.
















May the Lord richly bless you and yours this Thanksgiving Holiday.

53 comments:

Amy-Jo said...

Wow Julie,what wonderful cards!I'm thankful for the inspiration I get whenever I stop by your blog.I was even thankful back in October, eh? keep up the great work and Happy Thanksgiving.

Stacey said...

Congratulations on the cards. How wonderful. Yes today is a wonderful day to celebrate the true meaning of what thankfulness is all about.

Donna VW said...

I am thankful for all the great bloggers, like you, that share their creativity!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Your cards are gorgeous. And what a wonderful idea to make a thanks chain.

Karen Taylor said...

Beautiful!! You are SO talented.

Summer Braxton said...

What a nice giveaway. Thank you.
I am learning to accept the yucky things in my life as blessings. God's plan is perfect, so these yucky things are all part of his grand plan and will result in His glory.... can't wait to see it!

valken said...

Congrats on the pub, Your cards are beautiful, I especially like the look of the white lace or border using the spellbinders.

Victoria S. said...

Congrats on your publish - beautiful cards! Love your thankful items! Would love to win the giveaway - thanks!

Rosalee said...

Those cards are absolutely stunning, Julie. And Thank You so much for the chance.
I aggree 100% with what you said. It is truly amazing how much we are blessed and in the toughest of times the Lord is there to guide and lead our way.
XXX Rosalee

Anonymous said...

What great cards.Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

Joan Fiskateer #808

lavendarrose29 said...

I just found you and cannot wait to see what you come up with next. I love the cards you had published. What a great feeling. Last year my Husband was recovering from a kidney transplant. He is doing amazing and all Thanks goes to God. When the trials come your way you will rise to the occasion. I can see it in your post.

Jacquie Hart said...

Your cards are GREAT gf, I am thankful for all of my online friends arounf the world

Fiskateer #5694

Tona said...

Loved both your cards & congrats again & being published. Don't include me in your rak...I just wanted to leave a comment about your cards :)

Cheryl Waters said...

Oh my goodness . . . loving those Prima flowers. But Please don't enter me in the giveaway but I wanted to just comment on your beautiful cards! Absolutely lovely! I am grateful for you my friend! You are dear to me!

Alyson said...

ooooh! I wanna win!

-Alyson
thescrapbooknglife@gmail.com

Lesa said...

Julie, your cards are beautiful and congratulations on getting them published! I am so thankful that you are so talented and generous with sharing your beautiful creations!

Juliana said...

Beautiful work as always Julie and congrats on the pub!
I totally hear you on feeling blessed and realizing how blessed I truly am!

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Congratulations on the cards! How wonderful! I am thankful this year for my baby:) Thanks for the giveaway!
viji5858

Donna Woods said...

Your card and comments are beautiful - you are truly an inspiration - TFS and the opportunity to win such a lovely prize - maybe you could throw a card in also...Donna Woods Fiskateer 6036

Groovy Deborah said...

Julie you are on a roll with your art lately although you always do lovely work :) Thanks for the invite over to your blog. BTW, you mentioned one of my favorite bible verses!!!

God bless you over the holiday season :)
Deborah♥

Melonie said...

Beautiful cards! Love your Thankful list and congrats on the pub! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Karee Sue said...

Your cards are so beautiful, and your thankful list is so heartwarming, thanks so much for sharing and being such a great inspiration.

Donna said...

Congrats Julie! They are awesome cards and that is a book I get every month. There is always so many great ideas. I wish you only the the best of the Holiday season.
Donna# 4454

Jamie said...

Hey Julie! Congrats on the cards...awesome! You know, we've had some difficult times this year at the Sears Ranch, but through it all I've been blessed to have supportive family and friends so I'm VERY thankful to have them in my life.

scrappin_in_AK said...

love all your creations. We definitely all have lots to be thankful for.

Beth said...

Beautiful cards!!!! Your work is always amazing, Julie!

Allyson said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Those cards are so beautiful. :)

allyson

actress2005@hotmail.com

Jules said...

Your cards are rich and lovely...a true reflection of your spirit! I am thankful for our grand babies to be...so excited!

KimR said...

Those cards are beautifuL! I love the chain you made and that your MIL still hangs it up!

Thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

You have inspired me - not just with your beautiful cards - but with your cheerful spirit. I have just found your blog - and I'm so very glad! Happy Holidays, peace and love to you and yours!

Judy said...

Lovely cards! And what beautiful thoughts - especially on Thanksgiving day.

Leslie said...

Hey Babe! Gorgeous card! This is lilkoala3 from ACOT, btw! Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

connie said...

Congratulations on the cards. They are beautiful.

Brittney aka Milmomma said...

Congrats on the publication, it was well deserved. Those cards are so gorgeous and the receiver will be very lucky. Great rak as well. That is very sweet of you.

Lisa said...

Nice blog! I got here because of the rak, but will be bookmarking it for future reading :)

Em said...

Beautiful cards Julie!! And that chain is a great idea, might have to start one next year! I am thankful for all the wonderful people I have in my life right now!

Janet said...

Wow those are beautiful cards congrats!

Treasa said...

Congratulations on the publication, that is just so awesome!! Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed reading your words, very inspirational and uplifting. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are until someone reminds us.

Sarah said...

I saw the cards, and your mini in the December issue. Very cute, Julie! :)

KellyG said...

Love those cards! There are sooo many things to be thankful for and sometimes I think we take it for granted. Thanks for the opportunity for such a great RAK!

Nancysara said...

wow this is a win, congratulations to the lucky winner of this awesome stash! :) by the way u do beautiful work, i love ur cards :)

Aeify said...

Fab RAK and thanks for the opportunity!!

Charity #6271

Glenda said...

wow if all the cards I received looked like your I'd never be able to throw any of them away!

Ina Rae said...

What a blessing you are to me! Your blog clearly communicates your life in the Heavenly Father and how he strengthens you. I agree with other comments. Your art is amazing and taking off!

java diva said...

Congrats, Julie! And happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you! I hope it was just the best!! I'm so thankful for you. :) That's my favorite quote (and fave holiday)! I love what you posted and what you are thankful for. Love you!

marla said...

Wow Julie what beautiful cards and wonderful for them to be published. Thanks for the chance at a great RAK!!

pattyb said...

Beautiful cards and congrats on having them published. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

Katherine said...

I really love what you wrote here, and love hearing other people share the faith I do. Unlike you, I have lost a best friend, had hard things happen, and I am so encouraged lately by a Steve Green song where he says, "In brokeness, YOU (God) shine." So true, and I am thanful for that. Thanks for reminding to count the things we are thankful for.
kcatt79
kcatt79@hotmail.com

Jeanne said...

Julie, great thanksgiving list and encouragement. Yes, we are thankful for Jesus Christ, who forgive us and give us joy and life. Your cards and your heart--beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Keep honoring God in your work and words. That is what we are here for. :)

Lynette C said...

Lovely cards. And I am thankful for you sharing such ideas and inspiration.

Stampin Mindy said...

What an inspiring blog you have here! You are extremely talented!I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, and have an all around good Holiday season! Have ablessed day!

Eli said...

Julie,
Your list of "thankfuls" warms my heart and inspires me to be more thankful about my "easy" life. I have faced some tragedies and trials but in God's time He heals our hearts and we can help others.

Blessings to you and congrats on the DT and published cards. Beautiful...

lillianchild said...

Beautiful work, Julie. I'm thankful today as my sister, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, just found it that it is Stage 1 and noninvasive - doing the happy dance that they caught it early!

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