Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

I have definitely seen God's fingerprints in our lives this past week. First, Sunday morning a lady ran off the road, hit my granny's house, then crashed into the brick wall that separates my granny and a subdivision. My granny was in the house when it happened. She is okay but horribly shaken up, if you can imagine. Prayers for the lady who crashed. It is still unknown what exactly happened and why she crashed but she is still in critical condition. Prayers also for my granny who has extensive damage to the foundation of her home primarily in one corner of her home but still lots of stability lost that the insurance agents are looking into.

THEN! Same granny now! On Sunday evening, my daddy called worried about her because the weather was getting bad. After browsing Facebook, I started seeing all my high school friends talking about tornadoes touching down in the area. Things went from being just worried to frantic. Reports were showing that a tornado touched down at LegoLand, a mere 2 miles from granny. After calling my dad back and telling him this, he decided to go check on her. So then I was worried about both of them. About 30 minutes later, daddy called me back. He was crying and I couldn't understand him! My dad is NOT a cryer, so I was paralyzed with fear. Daddy never made it to my granny's because the weather became inclement in his area but he finally got a hold of her and she was okay. A tornado did come through though and she lost all her shingles, lots of leaks. The pic below is a tornado right down the road from her. To hear my granny tell me later that night when she regained power how she heard it and ran to the closet still gives me chills. Just a horrible situation. My granny (and daddy too) have already lost their homes once to Hurricane Charlie back in 04-05.

In the meantime, as Tropical Storm Debby moves away from central FL, it starts coming our way to North Florida.

Sunday and Monday it rained...and rained...and rained...
I was walking out the door Tuesday to head to work and I got the call that we were closed. 
This is why...

The pic below is from my mom's car. It's a pic of the road she lives on!

I live about 30 miles from where I work and where my mom lives so luckily, we did not get any flooding in our area but flooding starts about 10 miles down the road. It's so surreal to think this happened pretty much overnight. Monday things are fine. Tuesday morning things have changed. So many families have lost their homes, then they try driving and lose their cars. Prayers are definitely needed for my whole community. The water is already starting to recede but now the river is rising so there are more worries coming. And sinkholes popping up everywhere! I know the Lord is watching though and looking out for us. We just have to have faith in him to help us get through this and make us stronger because of it.

Also prayers are needed for Colorado residents who are also going through extremes with fire. Such devastation in our states right now.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

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Revamped Sign

So eons ago, I bought this bad baby from a thrift store. It was obviously donated by an avid wine lover. The pics below sure don’t look so overexposed on my jump drive but it says “Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Apparently a quote from Ben Franklin. Atta boy, Benjie Winking smile So I finished this project amidst Tropical Storm Debby’s slow, contant rain rampage outside. Cute outcome for such a dreary day.
As you can see, I used some dark paint first in corners and possible spots I might sand. I wanted the black to peek through my cream colored paint.
This might be hard to see but I cut out our last name with contact paper on my Cricut. Um, I though I was going to pull my hair out trying to put this stuff on. Since I painted my white on first, I needed to cut around my letters, discard the cut out letter, and use the outline. Getting clear contact paper to lay straight, flat, with no wrinkles is a PAIN!
I painted in my letters with black paint. I got Trav’s attention by yelling “MAN! How in the world did I spell our dang name wrong?!” So he jumped up to laugh see and comfort me but it was all good, hehe. Oh, and see my wonky 2006 over there? My intentions were to copy, I mean creatively imitate, all the other cute signs that have “est [insert wedding date here]” underneath the last name but I mismeasured and made our last name nearly too big. I wasn’t up to dragging my Cricut out again to fix this. Nope. This would have been a UFO (un finished object) if so.
The next day, I used some stain to darken things up a smidge. I also ran out and got my “3” from my craft shed and painted it silver. I want to paint another coat and use some glaze or stain on it but it’s fine now =)
I’m in love with my new display (minus that dreadful paneling!) I had two family pics up there and two tall star thingies (yeah, I know, I am a descriptive person). I can’t wait to get in the new house that is paneling-free, light, bright, and ready for some decorating! Woot woot!

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