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A New Season

Coming back from our family vacation a few days ago, I’m feeling refreshed, renewed, and reenergized!  God is so good!!!  He knew what I was going to need long before I even had an inkling…

A few months ago it was a different season I thought I was about to embark on.  Visited the ER due to very bad back and abdominal pains and the last thing I was expecting to hear was, “congratulations, your pregnant”.  UM, what? What was that you said doc… Um, I can’t be. There is no way.  Huh?  Wait, what? No way!!! Total disbelief just consumed me but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with someone I’ve never met. And although I tried to not let myself go there it was too late.  I loved this little peanut, my baby.   My heart ached when I miscarried.  No matter how  far a long a woman is in her pregnancy I don’t think it matters, a lost life is a loss. There’s a bond that takes place between a woman and her unborn child, at least for me it’s true.  At first I felt I did not have the right to grieve until a friend mine said these words to me, “cry if you need to, it’s okay to grieve”.  I  don’t know why but I needed permission to cry my heart out.  I cried for this baby I will never hold (on this side of heaven), I cried for the things I had pondered in my heart, I cried to God asking Him why would He give me something just to take it away!  Why God?  Why did you have to let me know, why couldn’t you have taken my baby without me knowing of his/her existence?  And then I realized everything I have does not belong to me.  My husband, my children, my family, my home.  None of what I have belongs to me, I am only to steward what the Master owns. They all belong to God, even my life.

I believe wholeheartedly God allows things to happen for a reason; there is purpose behind it, even painful situations.  Sometimes our own foolish choices are a result of the consequences and sometimes things happen that are out of our control.  I may not always agree with God or I may not understand what’s going on but what I do know is this, I totally, totally trust He is right, He is just, He is faithful, He only has the best for my life!!!  My hospital bands have two different dates, one date represents joy and the other date represents loss but most of all what the two combine represents to me is my God is in control of all things.  He is both the giver and taker and I praise Him for being both!!!

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I’m starting a new season at my workplace. How awesome He is to allow me to have time off to spend with my family the very week my new position became official!  Who starts the first week of a promotion on vacation? Our vacation was planned many, many months ago not knowing any of this would happen.  God is so good! He is the author of my life and He knew exactly what I needed, time to close one season of my life and to enter into a  new one!

In Awe of Him,
Mrs. D

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Simple Office Chritmas Gifts

Because the department I work in has about thirty plus people, my gift budget per person is on the lower end.  But I think it’s the packaging that always makes the difference no matter what the gifts are.

Last year’s office gift was a single serving of K-Cup coffee with a couple creamer and packets of sugar, a stirrer, individually wrapped cookie, and a Christmas ornament.
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Made an adorable K-Cup holder to kinda resemble a mini version of a cup from a well known coffee house.
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Got the idea from searching “K-Cup favors” in Pinterest.  There were lots of pins but I used this one from Crafting with Betty.
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On the back of the holder I added a reminder of the Reason for the season along with this cute sentiment, “May your season be stirred with sweet memories & a latte Christmas blessings! And may 2015 be  udderly amazing!”
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This year I started rather late so packaging had to be very, very, simple. A Toblerone candy bar, a pencil, and a pencil sharpener wrapped in a clear cellophane bag tied off with green and white baker’s twine. =)
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Hand stamped sentiments are from Stampin Up’s Petite Pairs.
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Blessings from
~Mrs. D

Raise Your Hand

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So proud and happy for my niece who made the decision on this Easter Sunday to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior!

A simple observation she made led to a simple question…  She asked her mom why she doesn’t raise her hand whenever Pastor Mike counts to three (i.e. altar calls).  That one question led to a series of questions and trying to best explain to her what sin is (anything we do or think that makes God sad), how it came into the world (through Adam and Eve when they made a choice to do what God told them not to do), how we are all sinners because we are born that way (it’s a sin nature), who deserves punishment  when a person sins but how that person is not punished because someone else (Jesus) takes on the punishment for that person (what he endured on the cross).  That’s pretty much the gist of our conversation but it ended with me asking her this, what do you think Savior means?  What does it sound like? SAVE-ior.  She answered, “Save”.   “You’re right! Jesus is our Savior because he saves us from our punishment!  Do you want Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, do you want to raise your hand?”

After leading my niece through a salvation prayer, this was our conversation:
Me:  “Hey we’re sisters now!”
My niece:  “No we’re not; you’re to old!”

Lol!  I love my niece, my newest sister in Christ!  Welcome to the family of God!

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By the way she now understands why her mommy doesn’t raise her hand… it’s because she said yes to Him many, many years ago!  My youngest sister was the one who actually prayed for my salvation in 1990 or 1991.  And it is no coincidence that on this day of April 5th of 2015 God would allow me the honor to lead her youngest daughter to Christ!  Thank you Jesus!

Psalms 107:8 (NLT)
Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

Blessings!

~Mrs. D

Legacy of Blessings

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Today a celebration of life was held for my uncle Raymond…

Growing up my sisters and I really had no contact with dad’s side of the family (I say that with no bitterness at all because God works all things for good (Romans 8:28) and I have nothing but love for my family).

So other than knowing his name I really didn’t know uncle Ray.  However I felt a sense of kuleana (responsibility) to visit him in the hospital as soon as my younger sister told me of his condition. I really can’t explain why that is but deep inside I felt it was the right thing to do and what I wanted to do. And what a privilege for God to have allowed me and my sisters to have that time with uncle! The first time we visited him, he was so surprised and so, so happy! His smile said it all and it was during that visit he actually ate a meal after a couple of days of not eating.  Visits after that consisted of “talking stories” (more of him talking and I listening :)) and some visits I just sat beside him with no words exchanged, other than letting him know I was there. Some visits were short and others a little longer but whatever the case was I am so thankful for all those times.

Funerals are a reminder of how short life is and that we should not take life for granted. This scripture was shared in today’s service:

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“A good name is better than fine perfume. People can learn more from sobbing when someone dies than from being happy when someone is born. So it’s better to go where people are sobbing than to go where people are having a good time. Everyone will die someday. Those who are still living should really think about that.”

Seeing someone mourn the death of a loved one helps, I think, put life into perspective and as such we should try our best to live a life that brings God joy versus living a life of pleasing oneself. God knows we can’t live a perfect life (if we did we wouldn’t need Him) but He wants us to live in a way that solely relies on Him!

The way I live my life and the choices I make will be the legacy I leave behind for my children and my prayer is it be a legacy worth repeating in their own lives! I fully claim, in Jesus Name, a legacy of blessings in the lives of my children, my children’s children, and their children’s children, and so on, till the last days!

Funerals too bring opportunities to see family you haven’t seen for ages as well as meeting family members for the first time! It’s so cool to know I have family as far as Florida and Canada! 

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Feeling blessed!
~Mrs. D

a frugal & chic happy girl’s day

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fru·gal [ froo-guhl ]:
entailing little expense; requiring few resources

chic [ sheek ]:
stylishness and elegance

These two words describe this project.  Made these treat packets earlier this month in honor of Girl’s Day which is celebrated every year on March 3rd.
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Very little time and supplies are needed to make these thus it being frugal.  Basically all I did was print the design on sealed envelopes from my computer, cut the envelopes in half, and then used my Martha Stewart doiley lace edger punch which gave it it’s  “chicness”.

Packet is the perfect size for a homemade baked cookie but what I put was individually wrapped senbei (Japanese style rice crakers).

Blessings~
Mrs. D

Jump Into Your Grace Space

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Today’s message from guest speaker, Pastor John McMartin, at Inspire Church Waikele was my inspiration for this cute card.
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The message was about jumping into your grace space!

Psalm 84:10-11 tells us why we want to position ourselves in the grace space:
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:10-11 ESV).

I am entering this card into Creating in Faith, Hope and Love’s weekly challenge (#FHL1).

May you jump into your grace space this week!

Blessings~
Mrs. D

Simple Party Favor Treat Bags

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These “WooWhoo” party favor treat bags were simple to make.
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Sealed the envelopes, printed my design on them, trimmed the top with pinking scissors, on the bottom left of the treat bag I used a single hole punch , slipped a crazy straw through it, and filled it with a bag of candy and a small toy. 

See so simple!

Blessings~
Mrs. D

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