Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Sadness and Gratitude

It's amazing that it takes a sad time in our lives to find out how many friends and how much support we have in our lives. My dad has been sick for a while (since his surgery on 4/3), and on Sunday morning, he died. The out-pouring of love, caring, concern, and help has been overwhelming. My family has been so touched by all of it.

The memorial service was last night, and it could not have gone better. My friends led the service and the music. It was a celebration of my dad's life. It was truly awesome. Our friend sang the beautiful song "Come to Jesus," and he did a wonderful job on it. The lyrics are so precious to me ......

Artist : Chris Rice

Lyrics :

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

I spent part of my Independence Day making some Thank You cards. I'm hoping they are appropriate for the occasion (I made 9 of the same kind). I've seen so many beautiful cards done with the Lovely As A Tree set, so I thought I would try my hand at it. This card uses unusual colors for me.... Always Artichoke and Night of Navy. I used the White Craft Ink to do the faux embossing technique. I know it's retired, but I will always love that organdy ribbon. It's got such a classy feel to it. I put a little of the Night of Navy around the oval to set it apart and stamped the "Thank You" with the same thing. I used the big oval punch to punch the piece used for the words. That punch was also used to punch the 'ticket corners' in the layers. I don't have the ticket corner punch, so I improvise. :)

Thanks to all who have sent their prayers and thoughts. They have been greatly appreciated.


  1. Oh Shell! I'm so sorry about your dad. I'm so glad you have many friends who came by to show you their love and support. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my dad when I was 21 so I can feel what you might be going through. Not an easy thing to do. Just know that you are loved.

  2. Those lyrics are great. The cards you made are great I love the trees in white on that green background. Hope you're doing okay.

  3. danssister12:20 AM

    You did a great job on the cards, love the faux embossing. I love that set too, it's soooo versatile! Thanks for posting the lyrics, they're beautiful.


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