Good Evening, Today is Sunday August 26th ....
It is time for a New Season My Friends.
After a lot of deep thought and soul searching, I have decided that it is time for me to step back from these weekly updates. Please know the decision was/is very difficult and I appreciate your full support and understanding.....
Without going into the details, the blog up to this point has been an incredible vehicle for me to start my healing process; the writing and the comments / feedback. Unfortunately, that is changing a bit as I continue to move forward on this journey....
Please know that I am doing OK. My days are much brighter, I can laugh; I am even having some fun! Of course I am still grieving; I have many moments where the tears still flow.
Janelle was a beautiful woman of God. Her legacy will continue forever. As the person she was, as the person I am, as well as my children Britt and Ian and so many of you that she touched. I was a blessed man to have this lady for 31+ years and while I don’t understand (or agree) God’s plan, I do know that he is sovereign and his plan is perfect!
The blog will stay up indefinitely and I would encourage you to enjoy it in the days ahead. Starting at the beginning you get a glimpse into who & what Janelle Hayes was all about. That includes her crafts, her life (family & friends), her passion for children and of course most importantly you get a real dose of what was most important; her relationship with the Lord, which she regularly shared and encouraged/challenged anyone who had ears to listen.
Most of you know the timeline....April 2009 until December 2010, just a heavy dose of the above. We then moved into high gear through July 2011 planning and pulling off this thing called the Hayes-Freeman Wedding. Then starting in August 2011 we moved into the toughest part for me, the Cancer journey which contains the most powerful encouragement to others as she faced this bump in the road like only a person with complete trust and confidence in their Lord could. By the way, I am not sure I could or would be as strong!
I have openly provided everybody my contact information in these weekly updates and you are free to contact me anytime. I promise you that if you send me an email, you will get a response. My AOL account is best for emails, checked many times a day. My RoadRunner email is best if you want to be my Facebook friend.
As we conclude, I am re-posting Janelle’s first blog entry. I remember the days leading up to this very well. She was spending an enormous amount of time looking at other craft blogs. So much so, that I bought a laptop computer for her so the family one was available to me when I needed it. I remember the statement…”I am going to start a blog, it will only cost you $8.95 /month”. My reaction….a little smile, I think I probably rolled my eyes a bit as well.
What a great thing this has turned out to be….I hope you enjoy this initial blog post from April 9, 2009!
Thank you for your support these months…..Blessings to you!
Strength and Peace to You ….. Psalms 29:11
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Originally Posted on April 9th, 2009
My first post. So — am I really going to be a blogger?! I have no idea where this little adventure will take me (and right now I don't even know what I'm doing!!), but I decided that it was time to take the plunge. Some of my friends have asked me what I'll blog about — and I guess I'll just do a little of everything in my life. I'm a preschool director by day, so I'm sure that will creep in from time to time. Gotta love preschoolers and their fresh perspective on the world! I've been insanely addicted to papercrafting for several months, reviving my dormant craft genes. Believe it or not, years ago I was even published a few times — so I decided to give it a whirl again recently and had one card picked up by Take Ten, which was pretty fun. My true identity lies in knowing Christ as my Savior, so — if anyone's reading this — you can probably expect a pretty steady dose of faith tossed in. Then there's daily life — my husband, our kids (all grown up now!), our dog, our neighborhood and city, our extended family and friends. Just ordinary stuff, I guess.
I plan to share photos of cards I've made, projects I've worked on, gifts I've given. . .and maybe someone will be inspired to give crafting a try. I find that when my hands are busy making something that my heart sings within me. Since I like to share, I've named my blog "Show and Tell." Show and Tell day at preschool is much anticipated. And I have felt much of that eagerness as I've thought about and planned for this day. When I was playing around with some stamps and papers earlier this week this series of cards just came together and I KNEW they would be perfect for my first post.
Three happy cards to brighten your day. Thanks for visiting!
AND TELL: stamps from Stampin' Up (Polka Dot Punches) and Papertrey Ink (Polka Dot Basics, Mixed Messages, and Guidelines); cardstock from Stampin' Up (Apricot Appeal, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Gable Green, Lavender Lace, Pink Passion, Summer Sun, Only Orange) and Papertrey Ink (Stampers Select White); printed paper from BoBunny; ink from Stampin' Up (Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Only Orange, Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Craft White, Summer Sun); other stuff from ProvoCraft (leaf die), Stampin' Up (Punches: Scallop Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 5-Petal Flower, 1/2" Circle, 1" Circle; Dies: Little Leaves, Birds & Blooms Flower Pieces, Lots of Tags Label 1; Stampin' Dimensionals), and Martha Stewart (Five Leaf Branch Punch)