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Encouragement in a Laundry Basket
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Encouragement in a Laundry Basket
Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands (Proverbs 14:1).
You may wonder how someone could possibly find encouragement in a laundry basket.
How could such a monotonous chore of doing laundry bring me such great inspiration to share with you?
Allow me to elaborate.
Although we welcome fall with all its beauty of colorful leaves, the change into cooler temperatures has brought even greater piles of laundry, overflowing every laundry basket and hamper in the house.
Around our house, laundry is one of the biggest chores, falling second only to cooking.
Meal preparations take more time because I choose to cook mostly from scratch. It's healthier and generally cheaper.
Laundry takes more time because I am from the old school way of choosing to hang clothes out to dry on a clothesline. This saves on the electric bill which, in today's political correctness, is the equivalent to being green. Who could have thought it possible – me - being politically correct simply because I'm frugal? Anyway, it's also because I happen to love the freshness of sun-dried sheets, and I personally think the rougher the bath towel the better. No need to exfoliate!
Monday morning as I began to fill the washing machine with what would be the first of four loads for the day, I selfishly began to grumble to myself, thinking about how I had just washed two loads on Friday, three on Saturday, and now another huge pile was waiting.
Why, just think of all the things I could do today if I didn't have all these clothes to wash! Doing laundry would certainly be much more fun and probably wouldn't take nearly as long if I had a set of those beautiful, bright red, front-loading washing machines I saw at Lowe's the other night. And what if....
Those could easily be the modern-day words of the foolish woman of Proverbs 14:1. Isn't it ironic? Every time I feel confident in my own abilities, I tend not to seek God's will for my life. I strike out on my own, not seeking His direction.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27).
Providentially, these feelings of grumbling self-centeredness didn't continue for very long. The Lord graciously led me to see that there were many blessings contained within those soiled clothes in that laundry basket.
Jeans and work shirts from a hard-working husband and dad. Anything from tractor grease, pipe glue, clay mud, and motor oil are tell-tale signs of his laborious days. Thank You, Lord, for his willingness to work hard and be a good provider for our family. And thank You for Spray 'n Wash®!
A new blouse belonging to a daughter. Thank You, dear Lord, for a daughter who is maturing into a lovely young woman before my very eyes. A daughter, choosing to live in the world, but not of it. Always conscious in her selection of modest clothing, a true reflection of her upbringing and beliefs. A tomboy at heart whose clothes can be every bit as dirty as her dad's and little brother's because she loves the farm life, too.
Jeans with worn knees and a length that's now too short. Those belong to a son who seems to have "shot up" a foot taller overnight. Always needing to check the pockets, anything from nails and marbles to rocks and little cars could be hiding there. Thank You, dear Lord, for my youngest child and all his wit and wisdom which make me smile each day. Thank You for his willingness to still hold his mama's hand when no one is looking.
Thank You especially, Lord, for Your ever-present guidance, strength, and love in helping me to see the many blessings in my everyday life. For I know that in a blink of an eye, that laundry basket will not be as full as it is now.
May you find your laundry basket filled with blessings each and every day.
- Pam Sutton
Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them, just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.
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Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
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using September's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Scrap Girls' Member of the Month - September 2011
Member Name: AnnB
1. What program do you use to do your digital scrapbooking?
Adobe Photoshop CS5
2. Are you a Mac or a PC?
3. Tell us the make and model of digital camera that you use.
Canon Rebel T3i EOS 600D
4. Name one thing that every beginning digital scrapbooker should know.
Do your scrapbooking to please yourself. Start simple and build on the basics; before you know it, you will amaze yourself.
5. If you could be transformed into a digital scrapbooking embellishment, what would you choose and why?
Word art, because I like to talk so much. :-)
6. What time of day do you find that you do your best scrapbooking?
In the evening after my husband has gone to bed; sometimes into the wee hours of the morning.
7. What is your favorite snack?
That's hard! Snacks are soooo very good! I waver back and forth between potato chips and chocolate.
8. What is your least favorite household chore?
All of them. Well if I have to choose one, I guess it would be dusting. Have you ever dusted a hardware store? That killed it for me when I was a kid!
9. Finish this sentence. "I couldn't live without..."
Let's do a little alliteration here... faith, family and friends. They carry me when I can't do it on my own. If I had to choose a "thing," it would be my laptop and external hard drive.
10. What's your current favorite layout that you've done?
Saturday Newsletter Challenge
Every third Saturday of the month, Ro will have a Newsletter-exclusive layout challenge for you! Post your layouts in this Gallery by the following Wednesday at 11pm MT (don't forget to list the supplies you've used!), and if your layout is chosen to appear in next Saturday's Newsletter, you will be awarded a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Ready for a quote challenge? Make a layout using this quote:
"A good laugh is sunshine in my house" - William Makepeace Thackeray
Here are just a few product suggestions to get you started...
Commercial license versions of Here Comes the Sun Collection Biggie, Laughter and Sunshine Collection Biggie, Lovin' Life Collection, JIF 6: My Sunshine and Sunshine On My Face Collection Mini are also available.
Weekly Layout Winners
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgy, THIN are also available.
Want to see your layouts make an appearance in the Scrap Girls newsletter?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose your layout to be featured in the Saturday Newsletter, you'll win a prize! To be considered, don't forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.
Congratulations to this week's selectees. Please email [email protected] to receive your gift!
Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Message Board!
September's Scrap Girls Club Concepts Layout Contest Winner
These first two products are included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.
Congratulations, Joyce (princessrunningfingers)!! We loved your layout so much we had to share it with everybody! Joyce receives a $5 Gift Certificate for her layout using September's Scrap Girls Club! Congratulations!
Congratulations to this Club's winner. Please email [email protected] to receive your gift!
Want to see past winners of the Scrap Girls Club Concepts Contest? Visit the Scrap Girls Club Concepts Winners Gallery on our Message Board!
Commercial license versions of Fitness Collection Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Classic Black and White 10301 and Lettering Delights Slender Font are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Brandy Murry
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Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, September 19th - 2:00PM MDT
Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 2pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!
New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, September 20th - 1:00PM MDT
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, September 20th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!
Tuesday, September 20th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Ashleigh (caprimom) in the chat room for this month's addition of the UFO Chat. This is where you get help from a layout designer to finish a layout you are struggling with. Share your UFO layout, and Ashleigh will have tips ready for you!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, September 21st - 10:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On September 21st, we'll do an embellishment challenge! Create a layout using lots of embellishments - flowers, tags, frames, whatever you'd like! Make use of those fancy, fun embellishments! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Hybrid Craft Chat
Wednesday, September 21st - 6:00PM MDT
Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room for this month's Hybrid Craft Chat on Wednesday at 6pm MT. We will show you how to create a unique craft project with your digital supplies and goodies from your craft room.
September Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
It's that time again - Posting Contest time! This is where you are rewarded for your flying fingers and chattiness. The Contest will run from September 1st when we post the thread to September 30th at 12:00 Midnight (MST).
To enter the Message Board Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the game thread with your CURRENT post count. This is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: Do not post the number found on your profile; it is a different number that is calculated differently.) During the month, chat your fingers off! At Midnight on September 30th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the original thread.
Members with Message Board posts over 50 will be put in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 200 will be put in a drawing for both the $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate and a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 400 will be put in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate, as well as the $5 and $10 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
September Monthly Layout Contest: The children are headed back to school, and there is a sense of learning in the air! For the September Layout Contest, share your layouts about learning a new skill! We'd love to see the stories about someone in your life learning and growing. Remember when your little one learned to ride a bicycle or your teenager learned to drive a car? Or how about when you learned to use your digital scrapbooking software? Share those layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on September 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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