Quote of the Week

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Encouraging Words

I have something to share today that is for 2 challenges. The Jacksonbelle Embellishments Challenge was to use Vellum. The top of the box has a vellum overlay. I also made this as another submission to the Verve Project Parade.

This is a box I started 2 weeks ago and finally had the chance to finish. The theme over at The Verve Project parade is Encouraging Words.

My box says, "It's the little things that make life BIG."

These are encouraging words for myself. I've been feeling a little stressed and bombarded with things lately. I swear to you that when that happens there are little signs to let you know that the words on this box are so true. You just have to be able to stop and recognize them. I'm sure there have been more, but I am going to show you several of the things that I was able to "see" through the haze of distraction.

Bear with me as I reflect on the 2 people in my life who keep me laughing in such innocent ways.

Last week my son came down dressed like this:

Now normally I might be worried that he was turning "Gangsta rap", but he usually dresses like the white Steve Erkell.

Ok, so not exactly like him. He doesn't have glasses and he doesn't wear suspenders. BUT, I bet he would if he knew about them. He is always afraid his pants will fall down. So Dalton tucks his shirt in ALL THE WAY and cinches this belt around his waist so tight that I think it might cut him in half. Therefore, his pants look like high waters even if they aren't. And yes, he always wears white sock. ( I am really not an evil mom, but I must point out the funny things in life.)

Back to the original picture of him all in black with his sunglasses and cap. That day he went out on the front lawn, with black gloves on too, and played football by himself. I was watching him just as the ice cream man was coming down the street. Dalton proceeds to "get down and boogie" with his football to the music the ice cream truck was playing. Just seeing him in his "gangster attire" busting into these moves to some childrens song had me crying with laughter.

Then later this week while I was on the phone he handed me a note. He is not supposed to interrupt me on the phone unless someone is bleeding or dying. For once he actually followed the rule. So he hands me this note:

Can I have hot COCOA? Yes No

Again, I cracked up with the visual of a hot COW COW.

Now my last little thing to share...

I walked into the bathroom on Monday morning feeling VERY tired and immediately smiled.

This is what I found on the bathroom sink greeting me:

This is my daughter's pencil sharpener. It has little suction cup feet. I guess she figured the bathroom sink was the perfect place to put him. How can you not smile at seeing this little fellow at the start of your day in such an unexpected place?

The little things really DO make life BIG. I have a BIG, BLESSED, FUNNY life! My kids always make me smile in such simple, little ways.

Don't waste time waiting for some BIG thing to come along and make your life happy and stress free. Take note of all the little things in each day that should bring a smile to you. They are there if you take the time to notice.

I hope you chuckle today!

What's In it?
Stamps: Happy Harmony, Unity KOTM Sept. Making Memories Autumn Splendor
Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Choc Chip Craft
Paper: Digi Chick Our Story, white, vellum cardstock
Other: Nesties, button, clear EP, Twine, dimensionals, Martha Stewart boxes, paper piercer, choc chip marker


Beate said...

Thanks for sharing your funny stories! Your son sounds darling!
Your box looks wonderful! I love your vellum overlay!

Hugs and smiles

Patti J. said...

Your blog is one that I so look forward to coming to each day! Our stories are so similar, but of course, my kids are 28 and 34! So my funnies happened years ago! It's so nice to see you enjoying your family! Love your box - good luck on the Verve challenge! Don't you just LOVE their stamps? Have a great day, and thanks so much for making a card for Bekah!

HazelQ said...

Thanks for sharing your stories :) my co-workers must think I'm crazy or something because I couldn't stop giggling lol
May you have a wonderful day and I'll keep those words in mind.

j,j,andhsmom said...

I love the note! The stories are too cute, but that one in particular was hilarious! And I am sorry I was not following the ice cream truck as he was boogying down!

Jennifer said...

I love the note! I used to do the exact same thing to my mom when I was little. Even the "yes" and "no" for her to circle. So funny!

craft_princess said...

Your blog is so fun! I love the stories...they make me smile and laugh! :)

Also love the box you made!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I love the box but I love the stories and pictures even more! Thanks for sharing!

Kathie said...

what a great project! and i love your stories. hope the kids are feeling well today.

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

What an absolutely charming little box!! And your stories are so precious!! What fabulous memories to treasure!!

Denise Clark said...

I'll start with you box....lovely! I love the colors you used. Wonderful project.

Now your sentiment about little things. I am here to tell you that what you say is so true. My son Bryan died 3 weeks ago and it's been little things that have kept me going. My others children's smile or when my daughter cried at the funeral and needed me, seeing my son hold one of Bryan's tops so tenderly. Those little things have told me that Bryan lives on in our hearts. Little things mean so much!