Monday, June 30, 2008

Good mail day.

2 days after my birthday I recieved a wonderful surprise 3 packages in the mail for me. I just had to show pictures of what I recieved.

This was a Whislist Surprise from Lunaria on Swap-bot. All this womderful Victorian images to use in my artwork.

Granted this picture may be a bit blurry but I recieved this ATC from Ladydy5 in the "Newspaper ATC" Swap.

I recieved this wonderful package from Scuslidge for the "Book of the month" Swap. SHe also sent me a copy of Natalie Grant's Awaken CD. I was playing it when I took the picture so it does not appear in the picture. Scuslidge is the only person on Swap-bot who admited to me that she read my blog outside of any blog swaps. Thanks bunches girl!!! :-)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Newbie Whimsey Jar - Sent

This is the first ever Whimsey Jar I made. This is going out to Cat in NY! I hope she likes it. I also included a cute notepad.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Who is with the family of 11?"

Friday night and all day Saturday, I attended "The Woman Of Faith's Infinite Grace 2008" conference in E. Rutherford, New Jersey. We signed up to vollunteer at the World Vision booths. I didn't realize till I got to my Godmother's house, that not only will it be my mom, sister, godmother, 3 cusins, and our friend fanny. Also we would be joined by 2 more cusins and their mother. We had informed the World Vision staff that we would like to remain together if at all possible.
When we got there and signed in, we had to undergo a quick training. When they were breaking us off into teams they said, "Ok who is with the family of 11?" 11 hands shot up and the woman smiled and asked if we were Italian. Proudly I stated that we were Greek.

The conference was amazing. It was the first time in my life I saw Natile Grant and Nicole C. Mullens live on stage. I was saddened to learn that Barbra Johnson had died last year. She was one of my favorite speakers when I was younger. But the highlight of the day was when my mother had the chance to meet Marlyn Meberg. She was like a teenager meeting her favorite star. I was blessed to recieve one of her warm hugs. Right before she hugged me she held my face in her hands and looked me strait in the eyes with a grandmother-like look, that spoke of her warmth and kindness.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thank you gift

I am sending out this jar as a thank you gift to XXKarenXX. SHe was one of three people on Swap-bot who were so kind as to send me "Get Well Soon" Gifts when I had my surgery. I am going to be sending it out as soon as I can. I hope she likes it, I know she loves beading.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

"List The Stickers III"

I recieved this wonderful swap from Kungnang in Thailand. I especially like the cat pouch. It was a pleasent surprise to recieve it in the mail. I was just expecting 3 sheets of stickers.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Button Fairy Ready to fly.

I made this button fairy in order to grant the wish of LadyB on Swap-bot. I hope she likes it.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Letter to my younger self

One of the swaps that I am participating in. is a challenge to write a letter to yourself in high school. I choose to write to myself at the age of 15 (Sophmore year). I decided to copy it hear and past it so that others can read it as well.

To: Me at age 15
This has to be the hardest letter that I would ever write. There are things that I wish I could change about the past but I am afraid too. If I warn you to change one thing, will it change who you become in the end; who I turn out to be? Of course I wish that I could have spared myself some of the pain of growing up.
I know you are reading this in surprise. Well I don’t blame you (me). Yes! This is you 7 years from now. I don’t know how this is possible but it is. Another thing that shocks you is the warning that things are not going to be easy over the next 7 years. But take comfort in the fact that during all this time you never lose the love of your family or the LORD.
So what should I tell you? What warning should I give? You should not be afraid to take chances. I know that it is hard, after all you like things as they are and safe. Why take a risk? At this time in your life you are a foster sister; Sharing your home and family with kids who are going through tough times. Your family is taking a risk with each of the kids that they open their home too.
DO you know that the little 2 year old girl your family is taking care of right now will be with you for 2 years? That she will share your room? Capture your heart? There will be a moment in those years, when you will walk around the mall with her and a man would comment about your daughter. I know that you get upset when people do that, when they assume you are the kind of girl to have a baby during your teen years. But don’t get upset about that, remember that you know enough people who had kids during their teen years and they are wonderful parents.
It is hard to tell you this but after those two years; your parents will choose to adopt her. You will be thrilled to have her as your little sister. You will plan sister things that you will do with her. But suddenly some distant relatives will show up and take her from you. They will promise that they will stay in touch but all you will get is one phone call, and then all ties will be severed. You will nurse those wounds for a while but then you will get over it.
You will graduate high school on your 18th birthday; it will be a lot of fun. That summer between high school and college will change your life and start off a series of events that will change you. Grow you into the woman I am now. I can’t say that you should not go through these things, because if you don’t then who knows how you will turn out. There already is something going on in your life that you don’t know is happening. You don’t know that you are suffering from depression. You think that this is normal and part of life. You make excuses for yourself but trust me it is not normal. It is not how life should be.
During that summer you will meet a young man. He is nothing to look at but you like him anyway. You date for one month. A week before your one month anniversary, he tells you that his ex called and wants to see him. He tells you that he will go and see her. That if she wants him back he will go to her and leave you. It won’t hit you just then, but the next day you will cry in your mother’s arms when the reality of what he said hits you. You know that he means that you are not worth keeping, even though you have been a wonderful girlfriend and you parents have taken care of him and helped him in the hard times. You will slip even further down that path of depression.
In college you will hide the hurt and pretend that all is well in the world, but inside you are being eaten alive by the pain of depression. You will leave college halfway through your 3rd semester. You will spend the next two years bouncing from job to job and trying to fight depression. You will take medication and seek counseling, the fight will be hard but you will preserver. You will finally find the strength to return to college, you will attended a local community college and excel beyond your imagination. You will be respected by your peers and you will grow into a confident woman.
So don’t be afraid during the next 7 years. Things will work out but you just have to stay the course. If there really is something that needs to be changed, then don’t fall for that guy. Don’t give him the chance to fill your head with that lie. Remember you are totally worth it. You will one day find that guy who will fight for you, who will love you (Though even at 22 you will still be waiting for him to show up). There is a phrase that you will use many times over the years as your friends get married and you are still alone. You will smile, tilt your head and say “Someday my prince will come, but right now he is lost and too stubborn to ask for directions.”
I have to end this letter now, but remember to stand tall Leah. All will end right as it should be and even at 22 you will still have a lot of growing to do, you will still face hard times, but you will be able to pull through. Take care of yourself and enjoy chocolate while you still can, because at 22 you will undergo a surgery that will change what you can and can’t eat. Chocolate will be something that you can handle in small amounts. I am talking one M&M at a time.
All my love,
ME (a few days before my 23rd birthday)

Monday, June 9, 2008

250Ct. Matchbox Surprise swap recieved.

I recieved this wonderful matchbox from Agonysdecay. A Rocky Horror Matchbox, how cool is that? It was filled with all these wonderful goodies. I love it.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tin Man

When this movie (Mini-series) aired on Sci Fi I was unable to see it. I wanted to. I had seen the commercials for it and planned to watchit, yet right before it aired my family had to cancel our t.v. service for a while to save money. I was bummed since I missed my favorite shows and the chance to see this movie. After months of living without television, we finally got it back. But even though it didn't bother me any more that I had missed this movie, in the back of my mind I still wanted to see it.

Well, I was in Wal-mart yesterday and felt like looking through the movie section to see what was there and on sale. To my vast surprise I found a 2-Disc Edition of Sci Fi's Tin Man! SO I snatched a copy and hurried to the regester to pay for it. 8 hours later, I finally had the time to watch it. I watched 4 hours last night and the last 2 hours this morning. I really enjoyed this movie. I have to admit that at first I worried that I would be stuck with a movie I didn't like after all that. but I was hooked from the first moment. I think that the story and characters are wonderful. I love the look of it. It really was better than I imagined. Thankfully I now own the DVD and did not have to wait a week between each of the parts just to see what would happen next.

I have to say that my favorite character is Glitch, yet I love all of the guys. I love the whole idea of the zipper on his head, it is really creative. Ok I guess I will stop here. (This is the longest post I have done yet :-))

Saturday, June 7, 2008

250CT. Matchbox Surprise Swap

I mailed this swap out today. There is a lot of stuff stuffed into this matchbox. I hope the gal who recieves it will like it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Local Ghost Story Swap

I recieved this neat package from Leahsimone in the "Local Ghost Story" swap. I loved it. I can't wait to read the book and I love the cute little notebooks.