Just Me, Just Sharing…

Hi there blog friends, yes this picture will need a little bit of explaining :-)  By the way, a time or two today you might see a maintenance sign on my blog, no worries, it will only be up a short bit at a time, so please try back.  Today I’m sharing a quick story that has been a little bit of a private joke in my family.  My grown kids say it is a sign and I chuckle as it comes coincidentally close to the release of the stamp set I showed yesterday called Looking for a Sign.   Not long ago  I was working on my laptop which is shoved back up against my library of dies in clear cases, you know — within arms reach. Several of the cases fell out and hit the laptop. After the mini avalanche I discovered one of my keys was missing.  I looked around my clean craft area and no sight of the missing key — not high — nor low.  I tore up that end of the room looking for the key to no avail.  The key was the Ctrl key and I wondered how I would operate without it.  It drove me crazy  because you know you use the control key for just about everything but over time, I let it go.

It became the joke du jour at home – how ‘I lost control’, the kids would call and ask me if ‘I ever regained control’ and mused, perhaps ‘I didn’t need to have so much control’ :-)  Ha-ha….  For a key to vanish the way it did, I wondered if it was indeed a sign, lol.

Many months later I was working on a project and voila, the control key was found, not buried or underneath something but just as if I had been overlooking it on things I touched every day.  I honestly said a little prayer and thanked the Lord for letting me think about that word in a positive way.  But alas when I went to fix it, the key didn’t pop right back on and resume where it left off – it appears something underneath was broken in the impact so for another month or so the key sat on the edge of my laptop, reminding me how it used to work.

Finally I went out on the internet and found out that you can buy replacement keys.  This week is the first week I’ve had the whole control key situation ‘under control’.  Thankfully during this little humorous situation, I was able to stop for a moment to think about things and put them into perspective.   Control has been a theme threaded through my life many of these last months.  After introspection, I hope I’ve become a better steward of that word.  Just sharing…

  • randellynbJuly 31, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Ha…as soon as I started reading today’s post, I immediately thought of yesterday’s card showcased. I think you’re right on track with how everything has played out…it was definitely a sign! How funny about your kids ribbin’ you for losing ‘control’. Thanks for sharing and a reminder to think about ‘control’ in one’s life.ReplyCancel

  • Joan FrickerJuly 31, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    Becca, thank for sharing your “story” with us. I think control is hard for most of us, but God reminds me every day when I look out at my gardens that “He” is in control (after all He created all those gorgeous flowers) and I just have to let him be so. I know many of us work on this on a daily basis. You are such a special lady and such a good example to all of us. God bless you my friend!ReplyCancel

  • LisaGregoryJuly 31, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    What a wonderful story..Thank you for sharing. made me giggle… xoReplyCancel

  • Jackie RosenfeldJuly 31, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Cats can also remove and destroy keys for you, too!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 31, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    HA ha ha Thanks sooo much for sharing your story with us Becca. It sounds exactly like it could´ve happened here in my house, and aslo how my kids would have reacted and got a good laugh of me.
    I don´t know, what it is with mothers, but we seems to have a need for being in control always, and feel almost amputated, when we´re not, but maybe it was a sign to say, it´s okay to let loose and let go?? I think, we all should get much better at that.
    Good luck with your new controlkey from here now, and thanks for the smile you just puton my face here, it made my day. BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG smile back on you.ReplyCancel

  • SuziJuly 31, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    LOL! I think I needed your little sermonette on control! Just sayin’. . . .ReplyCancel

  • NickyJuly 31, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Sourire à la lecture de votre aventure.. c’est vrai qu’une touche manquante peut nous faire perdre le contrôle ! mais tout est bien qui finit bien..

    Au plaisir de vous lire Becca

    amitiés de FranceReplyCancel

  • CandyJuly 31, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    I totally relate. And btw, He always has to find things for me. But He is always faithful in doing so. Esp. with my car keys! lol!ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 31, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Loved your story, Becca. It made me smile and made me think…….
    So glad you found a fix as well.
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Cindy PotentierJuly 31, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    cute story Becca, to funny, sounds like what my kids would say…lol! Have a great day and fun getting your blog under “control” lol lol I love the look of your blog, I think it is almost as beautiful as everything you share here, I sure hope that doesn’t change ;)ReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 31, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the hugely meaningfull story on the ‘Control’ button. I will use to remind myself to use it positively, too!ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleJuly 31, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    There is a lesson to be learned by all from your little ‘control key’…point taken Becca…thanks so much for sharing this story!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    PS…I soooooo appreciate your little ‘confirm you are NOT a spammer box – easy and I don’t have to figure out a bunch of letters and numbers!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret CrawfordJuly 31, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Yup! Have lost it so many times! Not the key, but the ‘control’! Thanks for sharing and letting us all know that we are all members of the same’CLUB’!
    Margaret (Scotland)ReplyCancel

  • Diana E. BishopJuly 31, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    I think at one time or another we have all lost control…..and….today I did. Your story – so in timing !!! Thanks Becca, for all you do for all of us that read your posts. Blessing !ReplyCancel

  • sheri sJuly 31, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    Just sayin’—Have a story regarding lost items also. Many years ago I lost a diamond from my ring. Previously someone had told me that Saint Anthony was the patron saint of lost articles–so I asked him for help in finding it. A few hours later I went to close a window, and sure enough, there lodged in the lace curtain was something sparkling—my diamond! Ever since then, when I lose something, out of my mouth comes “ok, St Anthony, another job for you”, and then I forget about it—and sure enough—the item is found sooner or later (probably because I have erased it from my brain, leaving it wide open for clearer vision). My kids, too, tease me about my “superstition”.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda ProseusJuly 31, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for that share today. I gave me something to ponder and take a fresh of just how much I try to control my life. I just want to be able to trust in the Lord to take the control. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Carol WJuly 31, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great story. I connected to it on so many levels — from the simple one of just “where the heck could that thing have gone???” to the deeper thoughts as well. You’re a terrific storyteller and philosopher, too.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cardini-AndersonJuly 31, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    It’s so nice that you and your family could joke about your missing control key. Glad you have a new one that works. It was refreshing to read that you were all using the word “control’ in a fun and positive way.


  • Francie in MontrealJuly 31, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    What a nice story! I smiled all the way through it. One of the two things I really like about is the fun you all had with the control jokes, the other is… I l really like happy endings. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 31, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    WHAT A LESSON BECCA!!!!!!! :) BEAUTIFULLY TOLD!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Donna RJuly 31, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    I always enjoy the little snippets like this that you share on your blog. Until this moment as I read your post, I never thought much about control and my need to be in control. But you’ve helped me stop and think about that. It’s such an interesting topic. Thanks for giving me something to think about, something to pray over. Have a wonderful day!

  • MelindaJuly 31, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Great story, Becca, and I am glad you have things under cntl finally! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Larsen AustraliaJuly 31, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Like you I believe in signs, I used to be anal and OCD but not anymore. I do have control over my life but after many many times of signs being sent my way.
    So glad you got your ‘control’ back, there’s nothing worse than losing it tee hee

  • JudyJuly 31, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Very cute story Becca and so glad that it ended on a good note, or should I say “key.” I hope that some day I have the opportunity to meet you in person. You bring so much joy and peace to my life with all your stories, comments and gorgeous and “over the top” cards. I’m so glad that I came across your blog back when I first started getting serious about stamping, it has made creating so much more fun and rewarding.ReplyCancel

  • Tina DeLong AKA GardenDivaJuly 31, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Amen and Amen !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pet BarnesJuly 31, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Beautiful story! I will never look at my cntrl key the same again. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carole (FibreJunky)July 31, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    That is actually pretty funny. My kids would have teased me in the same way. It’s all done in love, which is the best part.ReplyCancel

  • christiJuly 31, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    thanks for the little chuckle.ReplyCancel

  • ann robbinsJuly 31, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Great story, Becca. That is what I always say, GOD is in control and if it is meant to be, HE will see to it. He watches out for all of us. God Bless You, My Friend.

  • Trish AveryJuly 31, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    Becca glad you could laugh at this, control is always the key factor isn’t it.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie ReavesJuly 31, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    It looks like you have a gemstone glued on the key. How funny. That’s what I thought it was at first.

    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie from Titahi Bay, NZJuly 31, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    I just love your story – thank you so much for sharing this amusing tale. Having spent a considerable part of my professional life working with computers/people I can really appreciate the irony of losing your Ctrl key. Now I wonder what would possibly come up had it been the Alt key?ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekJuly 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    Great story that certainly got me to thinking – I’ve never used the Control key and now I wonder just how much I’ve been missing (all these years!)! I’ve got to get someone who knows what they’re doing to explain things to me, I guess. So far I’ve used the method young children use – hit every key there is, something will do what you want…seemingly, anyway. But so far I’ve apparently been using this computer as a typewriter. If I learn to use the Control key will I be able to make cards as beautiful as yours, Becca? lolReplyCancel

  • Lynne IngramJuly 31, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    A great story with a great ending. I too have lost things and looked and looked for them only to find them were they were supposed to be but overlooked. Guess we all do that from time to time but not usually as funny as your story.ReplyCancel

  • ChesleaJuly 31, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Well, no one can call you a control freak, can they! But I’m glad things are back in control in your world. I hope many more blessings are in store for you!ReplyCancel

  • JoyJuly 31, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    This is the kind of story that I love about your life!! Love your fabulous talent and your posts are inspiration for my card making – but these stories make me feel like you and I are in the same room crafting together! I will always look at my “control” button a little differently now. Thank you and remember who really is in control of our lives even when we feel we have lost control! Blessings, JoyReplyCancel

  • Connie CJuly 31, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    Your story puts me to mind of a Christian song called “God is in Control”. It’s always good to hear of others’ experiences so thanks much for sharing! You are a dear.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy SJuly 31, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    what a great story- I love that you share these sorts of things with us and who knows it may be a sign – take each day at a time and see what happens.ReplyCancel

  • Mau xxJuly 31, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Hi Becca, Thank you for sharing….you know I haven’t managed to comment lately as I have a very poorly sister, as well as another family crisis that has totally rocked our world this week.
    For some reason I am here tonight and reading your post.
    It points me to looking at the word control in a different light …Gods Light and remembering
    He is in control.
    I will sleep easier tonight…Thank You Lovely Lady.
    Huge Hugs Mau xxReplyCancel

  • MaritzaJuly 31, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    You make me smile with your story….. BeccaReplyCancel

  • Dorothy HarrsionJuly 31, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Being a “control freak” I can understand the loss… people who use the mouse don’t get it as much – but if you are more of a type/keyboarder it’s essential. I need to let go of more “control” in my entire life and give it to the one who truly should have it! Sometimes I give it to Him but it seems I’m always taking it back. Prayer and growth – and learning to give it up… Thanks for the reminder Becca!ReplyCancel

  • RoseJuly 31, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Hi Becca,
    It would freak me out as well albeit I use my mouse a lot more than the ctrl key. HOWEVER, there are times when one cannot do without it!

    I suppose each and every one of us needs a reminder how sometimes we just need to accept and have patience.

    Best wishes, RoseReplyCancel

  • DeniceJuly 31, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Well first let me say that I am so electronically challanged that I have never used that ctrl key except 2 or 3 times when my sister told me how to unfreeze my computer. I always feel so dumb compaired to everyone else. I can email, and go to youtube and craigslist and about 3 more places that I am confortable with. I have been learning what little I know in teeny tiny babysteps. When I am 90, I should have it down pat. : )
    Now the second thing , what happened to you happened to me only with a pair of tennis shoes. We looked high and low for those shoes for almost two months , on and off. I finally completly gave up on them and then one morning I got up and sitting in the middle of the dining room floor, right smack dab in the middle, there they were just as pretty as a picture. We were all dumb founded and to this day, some 15 years later, we still have no clue how they got there or where they had been. Insert TWILIGHT ZONE music here. Sometimes you just have to wonder …… God bless…DeniceReplyCancel

  • Carole HodginsJuly 31, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Great story Becca we can all relate to loosing control. The thing I liked the most is every little snippet of your life you share with all of your loyal followers helps us to know you better and to realize what a very special lady you are. If you ever decide on a holiday to Australia my husband and I would feel privileged to host you in our home.ReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelJuly 31, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Thank you Becca for sharing that sweet story, I’m still chuckling over it . I also shall look at the ctrl button differently. As far as being in control, I have always known who is in control of my life and I am so happy I have that guidance as it sure helps me in rough times.
    God Bless BeccaReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJuly 31, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    Becca, that is a funny story. My kids would have reacted in the same way. They love to tease me about anything they can. I guess we know that they love us if they take the time to tease us.ReplyCancel

  • Rosy NewlunAugust 1, 2013 - 12:58 am

    That is priceless!!!! TFS Becca :)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthAugust 1, 2013 - 3:10 am

    Morning Becca, Brilliant story, I need to take a tip from you and release some control in my life, unfortunately no-one wants to take control of the reins ha ha. Have a lovely day.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • colleen howellAugust 1, 2013 - 5:32 am

    Funny story, I also like control in my work space always have, I never leave it messed up I always put things back in its right place, that way I know if anyone has been in my area or if anything is missing. I have only one exception to that rule and it is my craft area, I am so tired after creating a cards or scrapbook pages that I leave it there until I come back then it all goes up in its right place and I can start creating again. I think it is okay to want control in our lives, with all the stuff that goes on in the world some control is a good thing. I am not a fanatic about it I can let go of stuff. SO keep that control in your life you deserve it, lots of loveReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkAugust 1, 2013 - 9:07 am

    You have me smiling ear to ear. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WAugust 1, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Great story – normally I am a pretty organised person and everything has a place – but sometimes I move things into ‘safe’ places but I then can’t find them! Drives me mad – a friend has suggested I keep a safe places book – now that is a bit anal me thinks! Anyway I think its something to do with the craft room twilight zone – I have ‘lost’ a smal stamp with SWAK on it – I lost it back in Feb when I was doing the othes half’s Valentines Card – I’ve turned the place upside down to find it – but to no avail – it doesn’t want to be found. One day it will turn up.ReplyCancel

  • HazelAugust 1, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Thanks Becca this was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy WagnerAugust 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    I know , I’m a day late responding, but I have to share with you my story.
    I was on vacation in California returning home from Disneyland with my Granddaughter. Driving up the coast back to Washington state; upon arriving home and unpacking I didn’t find my iPod Nano. While unpacking from vacation yesterday I decided to check the front pocket of my suitcase for what reason, I don’t know! I don’t usually put anything in it because it isn’t a user friendly pocket, anyway there was my iPod! That was 2-years ago! Needles to say, I let out a bit of a squeal! I shared with my husband we both laughed, through my happy tears. Then went in and placed it on my charger.
    It works great. Thanks for listening!

  • Marcie SmithAugust 2, 2013 - 10:47 am

    How funny Becca. Don’t you just love it when the kids (and I use that term lightly – mine are in the 30’s and 40’s), can make jokes about something that occurred like this and has been driving you crazy trying to find it. I don’t know how many times this has happened to me, but you seem to be taking it well. Probably cause you turned it into a positive. I will have to try that one next time. Love your beautiful card.

  • Teresa LuckAugust 2, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    It is odd how God works :-}ReplyCancel

  • Julie PotterAugust 9, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Very cute story – it gave me a big smile!ReplyCancel

  • VictoriaAugust 10, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Thanks Becca, Just made me think HE is always in Control even when we think we are…just as long as we remember that HE, our Lord, is the Controller of all things, in All ways and All things,, and we are the just the controlee’s., sometimes….lol Love how your kids teased you, I wouldn’t have told mine, as I wouldn’t have heard the end of it, ever…Blessings, vReplyCancel