On My Mind

We age by stories, not by years

Hi there sweet friends, peeking in!

I’m here, always behind the scenes but I haven’t actually had much to say, because I knew I had too much to say.  Organizing my thoughts, today I had the thought to do a post that’s not a pretty card, it’s just a piece of my mind and heart.  Know this, I love blogging. I love my journey. I am savoring every single minute.  I have to remind myself daily to be brave – you help me with that more than you know because kind words are the medicine of encouragement and some days I need a big dose, some days I give a big dose.


It has been busy…

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last 20 days:

A trip out of town.
Bad health news.
A hospital stay.
Good health news.
A daughter come home for the first time.
John’s birthday next week :-)
Figurative Ruby Red Slippers (think about it)

Life is always like this.  I’m thankful because the gauge leans heavily toward wonderful but is nevertheless sprinkled with prayer.  God nudges me to the center of the path every single day because Lord knows, sometimes I get distracted and sometimes I’m just afraid and skirt along the edge.  I’m at the point of my life that truth and purpose waft up just like the steam on hot pavement after the summer rain; I see it plain as day.  I’m listening God.  I’ve never fully trusted my intuition because sometimes doubt intercedes, sometimes we wait for approval; today I embrace my intuition because it has rarely let me down.  In older age you learn these things with certainty, the same certainty that lets me know it’s okay to be yourself – no.matter.what.   I’m working hard (unbelievably hard) at being brave, at being me, and loving Amazing Paper Grace as a true reflection of my heart , my crafty style, and my life.   Having said that, I’m going to have a little more courage to do some things I’ve always wanted to do here.  The old me would wait for someone to say it was okay, the today me is going to press on and live this wonderfully, rewarding crafty, faith filled life.  That’s where you come in . . . you’ve never led me wrong before.  This lovely community – you –  have always been good at telling me what you want – keep that voice!

Speaking of telling me what you want . . . many have emailed, asking me to show you how to use the new dies I have out on the market.  Your wish is my command and delightfully so. I have some items stashed away that I haven’t had a chance to share, I’ll have some ideas starting next week.  In the meantime I’ll post a card tomorrow :-)

  • MiluApril 18, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    I will be praying for you Becca! For the Lord to give you strength, wisdom ,peace and good health, I love you…=)

  • SheriApril 18, 2015 - 8:47 pm

    I pray for you daily. We are both widows trying to navigate the world on our own. I just lost my husband last April so you have been my role model. I hope all is well with you and look forward to seeing your new creations. Your work has always blown me away. Hugs to youReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSApril 18, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    Whenever I get a email from you, is a good day for me! You have given me so much crafty inspiration, you can’t even imagine. When I think back, I too have come a long way with both your help and God’s Help. Thank you Becca, I value is as a “never-met yet” friend!!
    Got rid of the Mustang today but am keeping the nickname LOL.

  • Marilyn ClarkApril 18, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Will keep you in my prayers. Love ya.ReplyCancel

  • LenoriaApril 18, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Becca, your cards and creations always bring a smile and a thought that you are so creative and amazing I would love to have a smidge of your talent! Even when I am having a yucky day you make me feel better, so thank you for all you do!!ReplyCancel

  • MickieApril 18, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    Trust in God and in yourself. You are a beautiful, creative person, follow where God leads you and may God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy MApril 18, 2015 - 8:57 pm

    Hi there. Your list looks like there have been some real ups and downs!! I am glad your daughter returned home. I hope that went (and continues to go) well. I am sorry to learn of health issues and a hospital stay. Again, I hope and pray for a positive outcome, peace for you and wisdom for your medical team. Bravo to you for stepping out into those areas that have been a bit scary for you. You are so courageous to do so. The Lord will be with you and guide you and give you what you need to do whatever it is He has planned for you. As I get older, I am shedding a lot of my reservations about people, places, and things. Thank you for all you do and for your sharing of this creative gift of yours. Those of us who are more creatively challenged appreciate having examples to get us started.ReplyCancel

  • Mary H.April 18, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    Becca, You spoke a heap of wisdom in this post. When one gets older, one decides who one is: Hopefully others will like this person, but if not, the main person who must love you, is Yourself! As long as you are right with what you do, don’t hurt others, well, then that’s what you should be! I think you are very brave indeed, and you’ve been tested in years past. Sounds like perhaps you may be going through testing again with health issues. Whatever it is, God Bless and give you the strength & courage you need to do what needs doing. I know He will. I would say your intuition has always been just spot on! So glad that your daughter got home to enjoy some lovely times. Hugs & TFSReplyCancel

  • EdithApril 18, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    Dear Becca,
    Sometimes we need to just sit back and relax and let God take
    control and trust in Him. Have a blessed day.

  • MarieApril 18, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Hi Becca life throws up may challenges it is how you meet them that makes you strong, more caring and compassionate to others. I have had several journeys and know that material things are unimportant its what we give to our family, friends and others that counts. You share with us on a regular basis your beautiful creations they bring joy and an appreciation to me as I am sure they do to many many other. Keep up the great work – I just love opening your emailsReplyCancel

  • SVETLANAApril 18, 2015 - 9:06 pm

    Becca, I love your work and wish you good health and joy of creativityReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonApril 18, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    {{{Becca, love you!}}}ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BApril 18, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    Prayers coming your way.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita StevensApril 18, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such an inspiration to me , and an amazing and gifted human being, you do an amazing job on all your projects!! God be with you!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.April 18, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    When we learn to trust ourselves, we have no limits. You are awesome and so crazy talented. I’m so happy every time I get an email to tell me about a new blog post. Keeping the faith will always make our oath clear! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve! Thanks always for sharing a part of your life. :)ReplyCancel

  • JoyApril 18, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Praying for you as you face life, knowing you are close to the source of walking thru what God holds for you. Blessings, sweet friend.ReplyCancel

  • LindaApril 18, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    First and foremost my prayers will be for you to prioritize your life. health, thoughts and work schedules. God has given you may things and the first is you. Being a child of God your task (I can see) is to help, serve, communicate and be what he has for you to do. Now saying that, take time to smell the roses, reconnect with yourself then everything else falls into place. (Been there and done that). You mentioned health scare…warning sign, take heed.
    Every post you send is a blessing and gift to one if not all of us, reading your email. The pleasure, creativity and inspiration livens us including the positive uplift. We are here to uplift you as well.
    Give praise and glory to all, but remember you too should listen,
    Enjoy life and smell the roses.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Lou BoggessApril 18, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    Praying for you and your family Becca. You are such an inspiration to us all and even though I never met you or John that man captured my heart when he made you the card for your birthday (I think) so sorry you lost him but I know he is looking down on you and helping you get through the tough times. Love you and hope to meet you one day.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy LorenzApril 18, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    Sweet Becca! Oh how I wish you well and your family too!!! I hope you are back healthy for good and am praying for you and your family. You need to take your time coming back to us and know that we are here for you when you do. So get yourself well and if you need a break take it. We love you and want the best for you and if you need some time to for it. You, family and God is important first! We fall way back in he scheme of things. God is in control and will tell you when it’s time to return. We will be here as I said before when ever that is. ??Blessings and prayers are sent their way.ReplyCancel

  • AliceApril 18, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Wishing you strength, grace and God’s peaceReplyCancel

  • LorettaApril 18, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    Becca Dear please know that you are in my thoughts and daily prayers. You are a strong woman and walking with God each and every day. And on those days when it gets very difficult, He will carry you. Keep on keeping on. Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.April 18, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    **keeping the faith will always make our PATH clear. Ugh, auto-correct :/ReplyCancel

  • lorrayne IngramApril 18, 2015 - 9:58 pm

    Praying that the Lord will lead you and give you peace as you follow His Paths. He has blessed you with such creative abilities and a tender heart. He knows all your days before you were born.Psm 139. You are such a blessing to me and others. Thank you for always sharing your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleApril 18, 2015 - 9:59 pm

    One day at a time Becca….you are always inspiring us when we read your blog. Take whatever time you need to do what you feel is what you need to do, and allow your faith to show through. Thank you for sharing your life!
    Paper Hugs and Prayers,

  • WandaApril 18, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    May the Lord continue to Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasApril 18, 2015 - 10:05 pm

    If we could all give back to you the love and inspiration you have given each of us, your burdens would be lifted. Imagine that to be so and it will be. Love always, WandaReplyCancel

  • lorrayne IngramApril 18, 2015 - 10:14 pm

    Praying that the Lord will lead you and give you peace as you follow His Paths. He has blessed you with such creative abilities and a tender heart. He knows all your days before you were born.Psm 139. You are such a blessing to me and others. Thank you for always sharing your heart. Glad bad health news is good health news.ReplyCancel

  • RufusApril 18, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    When you trust in yourself and in the Lord you can’t go wrong. It does sound like it’s been roller coaster, but with more good than bad. You have inspired so many people….I was in the craft store one day and heard some women talking…they were taking about YOU and how amazingly creative you are and generous with your tutorials and inspiration. The one gal was going to email the others the name of your blog, she couldn’t remember it so they could get the emailed updates. I butted in and told them what it was and they all wrote it down. Your pebble hasn’t just created ripples, Becca….more like waves! I’m sure that the journey is hard at times, but please know that there is a whole world out here pulling for you to keep putting one foot in front of the other, sometimes even skipping down the path!
    Thinking of you,

  • Bev ProtheroApril 18, 2015 - 10:30 pm

    I never really understood the word Wisdom … but like you I reached that stage of life and somehow it just began seeping into my thoughts, my wants, my needs, what I thought I needed to do ….. it all sifted itself out.
    Life now is a lot easier, …. my lovely Daughter in Law nagged me till I took the word “AUGHT” out of y vocabulary …. these days I can or I can’t, I will or I might, I have the courage to say no when needed and also to say yes!

    May God bless your health and continue to guide as you progress along the path of your life

  • Marcie SmithApril 18, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    Becca, you have been an inspiration to so many of us for many years now. Never forget that. You are one of the sweetest souls I know, and we have never met in person but I hope someday that will change and I can reiterate this sentiment person to person. You are not only sweet but so very talented and giving and I think most of us know you to be extremely strong you just don’t give yourself enough credit. Never doubt it for a minute. You make me believe that anything is possible by just keeping the faith. You are blessed because you have endured more then most and have come out on the other side stronger. Sending prayers for all that is troubling you recently. I am sure it will all work out. Thankful for all that you do. God Bless.

  • Mary MelcherApril 18, 2015 - 11:08 pm

    Dear sweet Becca, your blog and your cards, tutorials, etc mean so much to me. I sometimes feel so close to you because of our similar circumstances meaning losing the one person who knew us like no one else ever could. My DH loved me when I was not very lovable. I still miss him so much. It will be 5 years on June 12th that I lost him. I thought I’d never be able to live without him, but I have, not very becoming at times, (most of the time actually). I will send prayers up for you. When I started reading your blog tonight, I had a knot in my throat, because I thought you were going to let us know that you were going to stop your blog. Thankfully You are going to continue. Your cards and words are the best and most uplifting on any blog I’ve been to. You are a beautiful person inside and out, otherwise I don’t think you could create the beautiful crafts and cards that you make. Keep your chin up. Wishing you all the best..ReplyCancel

  • DebraApril 18, 2015 - 11:19 pm

    Was a shock to see this kind of a post from you and rather a nice one too! Certainly do enjoy if you post your thoughts. We are all here trying to make sense of it all! Glad you have found your voice and faith and are pressing on!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette (New Zealand)April 18, 2015 - 11:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of your health scare Becca. I hope everything is ok now. You take all the time you need for yourself, as all the previous posts say…we are all here for you and we all care about you. You are one very talented lady. Take care xxReplyCancel

  • Mary CashApril 18, 2015 - 11:30 pm

    Becca…life is a series of ups and downs…peaks and valleys…I too feel sometimes like I am on a roller coaster and as you said as we get older it brings on things that we know will eventually come to us all…I do spend a lot of time in prayer…God does hear and knows what we need before we even ask..he handles it in his own way…one of my favorite Bible verses is ….Ask and it shall be given…seek and ye shall find….knock and it shall be opened…Matthew7:7…also Deut. 4:31….God is merciful…he will not forsake thee…and Romans 8:28….all things work together for good …for them that love God. Even though we have troubles and trials we are all so very blessed in so many ways!….I hope all your days are filled with blessings….you do such beautiful work…you are a blessing to all of us…keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs June SmithApril 18, 2015 - 11:39 pm

    Becca, I am so sorry that you have been unwell, but thank god that you are on the road to recovery now, I understand where you are coming from and know that you are on the up and up, looking forward to seeing more of your cards and craft items our brave and talented friend. Hugs from June Smith in UK xxxReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingApril 19, 2015 - 12:31 am

    Thank you for being brave with us…and may I get,y nudge you to be brave with your intuition…you give much to others, be sure to give to yourself as well.

    Prayers on your healing journey, and for a joyous visit with your daughter.


  • InnaApril 19, 2015 - 12:35 am

    Becca, your talent and is a manifestation of your intuition! And you are in the world of inspiration and hope to others with their creativity, lifestyle and the passage of the difficulties and faith in God! It is most important is your gift! Trust God completely and just watch where He leads you, and be grateful for the lessons of life, because they just lead you to where you need to go! All the best to you! Forces, courage, patience, smereniya course health and continue to delight us with their wonderful creativity!
    I pray for you!ReplyCancel

  • PatApril 19, 2015 - 1:16 am

    Dear Becca
    I admire your spirit – you uplift me
    Your art is second to none and so inspirational
    Warm regards
    Pat xReplyCancel

  • Loraine LewisApril 19, 2015 - 1:46 am

    I am so happy to have you back! I check your blog daily, and really miss your beautiful cards and messages. I am sorry you are going thru a difficult time in your life. I am 83 and have been thru many difficult experiences during my life and have found that each trial I survive makes me stronger and strengthens my faith in God. I live alone, all my close friends have passed on and closest relatives are in another state. I pray each day to God that he will guide my ways and give me the strength to get thru the day. I know he has a reason for keeping me here on earth and will get me thru whatever I might face. Trust your intuition and ask God for strength and guidance and He will see you thru. I pray you will find comfort and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Trish averyApril 19, 2015 - 2:16 am

    Becca life is hard for you just now, but I think you have the strength to turn the corner and find a more fun filled time. Looking forward to seeing some of your new dies.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • EveleneApril 19, 2015 - 2:57 am

    My love and prayers on this journey in your life. Through it all, when we are weak, that’s when we become strong because the power of Christ rests in us—His strength covering our weakness. God loves you and so do the rest of us. I am with you in Jesus.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen TaylorApril 19, 2015 - 3:01 am

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Becca.
    Stay strong and God bless

    Carmen xxxReplyCancel

  • Debbie McKelveyApril 19, 2015 - 3:05 am

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I love visiting your blog for the inspiration whether it be by something crafty or just the way you have with words. Sending BIG HUGS!ReplyCancel

  • CraftysusanApril 19, 2015 - 3:17 am

    Hi Becca. So sorry to hear about your health problems and hope that the good news you had means you are now safe and well. I appreciate your posts whether they are craft related or you just sharing a part of your life with us. Keep strong and look to your faith, family and friends for support. We are there for you as well as crafty friends and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. xxReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKApril 19, 2015 - 3:21 am

    Hello Becca
    So sorry you have been down and not in good health, I hope and pray you will feel better when the Spring really kicks in and days will be longer !
    I will be 71 on Tuesday, and the Queen will be 89 …the local church, will have the Flag flying as I look out of my bedroom window when I pull back the curtains,and smile. Usually its the time the Swifts take flight in the UK with their migration back here…. so lets hope it does this year!
    I love all these traditions and look forward to them each year!
    I hope life and your health improvement goes from strength to strength for you Becca , so many people love your blog and you are part of my tradition with your lovely work and thoughts.
    Take care
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • CaronApril 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

    Hello Becca. I always look at your crafty makes in awe. Hoping that all will be well for you soon. Thanks for all your inspiration even when times are difficult, you are in my thoughts.

  • Mau xxApril 19, 2015 - 3:36 am

    Giving thanks for that “Amazing Grace” that will keep you and hold you Becca. Please take care and take time to listen carefully to what The Lord is saying and doing in your life. As you will know all to well….this is not a trial run!!! We only have one go at this life.
    Praying for you and your loving family xxReplyCancel

  • MartyneApril 19, 2015 - 3:53 am

    Bonjour Becca, que ce petit message vous apporte le courage… Soyez à votre écoute et prenez soin de vous….
    MERCI pour toute cette créativité et inspiration…ReplyCancel

  • ElaineApril 19, 2015 - 4:14 am

    Hello my friend Becca
    I went through similar just after the Christmas period and now i am getting stronger and healthier , God is good and i pray you will get healthier and stronger as each day passes too.
    Take Care
    God bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Pam (Tasmania)April 19, 2015 - 4:36 am

    Hi Becca so sorry to read about what you have been going through in your life recently. You are a special person !!! reading your blog and looking at your creations tells us all what sort of person you are. You need to take the time you need to get well and spend time with your loved ones. We will all be here when you are well enough to share some time with us. There is no one like you (you are unique ) stay safe take care lots of love XXX .we all have times in our life when things all happen at once but they do make us stronger and a better person .ReplyCancel

  • IreneApril 19, 2015 - 4:59 am

    Prayers and thanks for the courage to be so vulnerable. You have a greater impact than you can ever know.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellApril 19, 2015 - 5:07 am

    Prayers and my thought are with you. You have a great impact on me with your gorgeous cards, boxes and other goodies you make, I can always count on you to show us these wonderful creations. And you always give us the instructions and the dies you used, others do not always do that, they just say see what I did and nothing. Any time I have recreated your cards for a friend or family member they just love it and ask you made this and I say Yes I made it BUT I copied it off this awesome lady named Becca she just makes the most beautiful cards don’t you think, and they say YES! I hope that you and your ideas are here for a long time, you deserve happiness and success in anything you do!!! Can not wait to see what is coming up!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JennieApril 19, 2015 - 5:10 am

    I look forward to getting your email telling me you are once again sharing your lovely creations. I am so very sorry to hear you are having such worrying ups and downs. You are an inspiration in so many ways – as a woman living with a grief which never leaves me( I lost my only son on 12th June 2012 – he was 25) I find your wise words a great comfort, your beautiful cards a joy to the eyes and your stong faith uplifting. Sending many hugs and prayers for you. Much love from a very small island.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenApril 19, 2015 - 5:25 am

    Hello Becca,
    I’m so pleased to see you blogged yesterday, and that the health scare has been successfully sorted out.
    Remember, we are just happy to hear from you. I personally like to hear that you and your family are well – of course your gorgeous craft items are fabulous to see and give us inspiration – but to know all is well with you is the main thing.
    Love, prayers and hugs to you.
    Maureen xxReplyCancel

  • DebbiApril 19, 2015 - 5:35 am

    Praying for you! Keep on being brave and putting yourself out there – so many of us count on you to do that! Looking forward to seeing your next magnificent creation!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene IacuzziApril 19, 2015 - 5:52 am

    Dear Becca, You ecco what we feel inside. I find God is always there to hold us up when we need it. And I believe those we love who are now with him lend a hand, too.
    I am my own worst enemy when it comes to getting things done-especially those cards . Fears of inadequacy are such a waste of time-because it’s all worth it-even the throw-aways. Your inspiration for us is an angel. There is no brick that life throws at us that we can’t handle with the love of God and friends and family.
    Dear God, Becca needs a little help. Please smile at her.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley ThomasApril 19, 2015 - 5:56 am

    Wow, you have been busy, and not all good ways either. Get Well Soon, you can’t keep making us such pretty cards, if you have nasty health issues!ReplyCancel

  • Olga JewellApril 19, 2015 - 6:32 am

    Hang in there, don’t over do, take care of your self, rest and always listen and trust God. Happy Crafting!ReplyCancel

  • Gladys Michelle HardnettApril 19, 2015 - 6:52 am

    Hi Becca, I so appreciate your candor in sharing what is happening in your life. God allows us trials to make us strong. Believe me when I say He Is Always Faithful!!!!! Having Fibromyalgia has cut a huge swath in my craft time, but I work when I can and enjoy your cards and your inspiration when you share. Thank you for being you, a very real person dealing with life’s up and downs. I am praying for your health, your family, and your continued strong faith.ReplyCancel

  • F BondApril 19, 2015 - 7:04 am

    Congratulations on being brave- so hard to do sometimes. I am so excited to see how you use your new dies.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisApril 19, 2015 - 7:18 am

    God’s Word is truth that direct our paths as we go through many a trial. He never intends for us to be overcome, but in the midst of a trial to learn obedience to His truth. One of those is that He is faithful; He is faithful to show us where we error, only to set us up again with dependence on Him. He wants worshippers; and to teach us to worship Him “in all things” many include difficulties. At the end of it He will confirm, strengthen and establish us. Nothing better than that! And then we sing our heartfelt praises to Him for He is good. Put no confidence in the flesh! Wonderful news for all of us!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieApril 19, 2015 - 7:26 am

    Know you are appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Terri WApril 19, 2015 - 7:35 am

    Becca I am always here admiring your perseverance and loving all of your crafty shares even if I don’t post. Cannot wait to see your new card!ReplyCancel

  • KiraApril 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

    Hi Becca
    You have such a talent doing cards and other crafts.
    I am always looking forward to see your post.
    I love your card stile and I am never dissapointed on what you post.
    Keep up the great spirit, you are absolutly AMAZING.
    Hugs from Kira from DemarkReplyCancel

  • ConnieApril 19, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Hope you have a speedy recovery and look forward to your next post. I so enjoy looking at your creations even though I have yet to try and make one. Your style is unique to you and it is awesome. You make some of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • alicia WalkerApril 19, 2015 - 9:20 am


    I just used that quote on two cards yesterday and then I open up you email and there it is again.
    The one thing I like about getting older is that I know everything will be alright even when you feel that things are not.
    Dealing with loss is hard but remembering life is wonderful!!! That is what I do for my dad who I lost to dementia last year. I don’t focus on his death that was one day out of 81 or my loss because that does not out weigh all gained by having him in my life. I remember his jokes, his creativity and laugh which was his life and that makes it wonderful!!!
    I will send a prayer up for your health . People always say the first step to something new is always the hardest. I always think of a baby taking it’s first steps and how brave and scared it must be to leave the floor and trust those two little chubby legs. The joy on their faces when they left that foot up and take that step is priceless. Yes they stumble but in no time you can’t keep up with them.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonApril 19, 2015 - 9:21 am

    Hi Becca, Sorry to hear you been under the weather and hope for a speedy recovery. Look forward to your next post (hope I get it) if not will have to visit your blog to do so. Love all your creations and try to do some of them, but never as nice as yours.I don’t post often but love seeing all your lovely creations.Hope you are back to feeling like your self again.ReplyCancel

  • KathyApril 19, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Your reflects my feeling an learnings. Thank you for your eloquent text. However, if I may add a thought for your consideration. As we live life and remove what is extraneous, we return to a purity of seeing. We return to where we started at the beginning of our lives. We get younger as we get older. Push the. The years of travel drop away, and again we see afresh. What is the greatest truth? It is right here to see again with the new soul of a child with unconditional love and wonder.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)April 19, 2015 - 9:50 am

    Dearest Becca
    It is clear from all the comments before mine that you have touched so many of us personally – and not only by your beautiful creations.
    You have allowed us to share your joys, your sorrows and those times in between.
    You have drawn here so many who share your faith, who are not afraid to declare it in their messages to you and who are holding you and your family in prayer.
    Our Lord so often told us not to be afraid and you have been so brave.
    Your list of events indicates the see-saw of your life over the last few weeks, but remember, it is in the valleys that we grow :o)
    I pray that you have been blessed by your daughter’s visit, the good health news and the exciting things you have ahead!
    And may tomorrow, John’s birthday, be a further day of blessings for you as sweet memories fill your heart and mind.
    God bless
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • NANCY PENCEApril 19, 2015 - 10:14 am

    Becca ~ I’m so very sorry to hear of all that you have gone through in the past several weeks. Please know that today, an each day until such time as you may no longer need it, I will share a prayer with you asking God to look upon you with His mercy, and give you strength, wisdom, and guidance to get you through this difficult time. I don’t know how long you have been widowed. My sweet husband will be gone 10 years this July, and I still miss him every hour of every day. But God has shown me that life must go on and I believe he has brought me to crafting as a way of a giving my mind something to focus on and being able to show a positive result (most of the time). Stay prayerful, Becca, and may God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • PamelaApril 19, 2015 - 10:20 am

    I’m not religious so can’t offer to pray for you or understand what you are going through. What I do know is that you have an amazing talent for making cards and I can rely on a visit to your blog to lift my spirits – thank you for that. I truly hope life gets easier for you and wish you happiness for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Ava MariaApril 19, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Becca – The Lord has blessed you with a beautiful gift that you willing share through your cards and wording. I pray that you continue to heal and they your journey continues to be rewarding.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian L.April 19, 2015 - 11:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart. You have been blessed with such amazing talent, and your are always so willing to share. My prayers are with you. Thank you, again, for gracing my life with your friendship through your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Susi KApril 19, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Dear, dear Becca! Your post touched me to the core. In many ways, your typed words are like my inside voice words. Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it?? We reach a point where more years have been realized than those which have yet to be realized, yet we carry the lessons we’ve learned along the way as well. Some have been very hard lessons, yes? Life continues to amaze … and bring joy as well as trials & sadness. I have been AMAZED at your lovely creations for quite some time, and I know I will continue to enjoy more of your creations as I sense the passion and joy this art brings to you (nobody gets THAT good without having a passion for their art!).
    I want you to know just how much you are appreciated by all of us out here in Blogland that your voice “speaks” to, and how much your cards inspire us. They are, every one, beyond beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • S. BrownApril 19, 2015 - 11:29 am

    I have been with you for so many years. You have helped me in many ways. My crafting has grown because of what you have taught me. Your spirit is in your work! Please take care of your health so you can continue to inspire new and old crafters! I would love to see what you do with your Silhouette. It is my favorite toy!ReplyCancel

  • JeanneApril 19, 2015 - 11:51 am

    You sound soooo strong, I do hope things are working out well for you, you certainly deserve it, if only for the inspiration you give to us all.

    Fond regards

  • Diana E BishopApril 19, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Becca, dear Becca….there is so much wonderful advice here that I will not try to add to it, but always follow your heart and God, and you will never go astray. Your Guardian Angels are with you always, advising you and protecting you ! God’s Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaApril 19, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    I echo the voice of the multitudes who have already posted. You are amazing and brilliant and so very sweet in every way. You have blessed my life in many ways as I reap the benefits of your beautiful blog. I look forward to every posting, every picture, every word you write. You matter. You make a difference. You are changing the world in your own way, as God would have you, as He leads you. May He bless you more and more and more!ReplyCancel

  • grammadonnieApril 19, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Becca, Dear Becca, You are such a light to all of us. And we all love you for it. As you have said, as we get older we learn to accept more things that come at us. We learn to trust in God more and receive our strength and peace from Him. I am thankful that I found you, for you take your card making to a high art form. I am amazed at each one. They are truly beautiful. I wish you happiness, health and peace.ReplyCancel

  • Jean BullockApril 19, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Very moving post!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth UKApril 19, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Dear Becca ,
    You are loved
    You are held
    You are rescued
    You are saved
    You are blessing
    You are blessed
    Be at peace
    In His Rest,

  • Miss GApril 19, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    God is ABLE! Keep listening to God, Keep the Faith and remember Faith w/out works is dead. So follow God, keep your faith, keep PUSHing (Praying Until Something Happens). when we do our part He will do the rest. You are a blessing to me, you have encouraged me and been the sunshine in a bad day. God has blessed me and many others to find you and your creations. Keep on keeping on. Keep looking up God sees and hears your every cry. You are His child “God’s got you” Trust Him!
    God Bless you Becca, I praying with and for you.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FroehlichApril 19, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    You have been such a blessing to all your blog fans. I am sorry to hear of the bad news which is unfortunately a part of life on this earth. I know you are a strong woman (as strong as you can be) with the help of your faith, family and friends. Stay encouraged, because we know we have the victory in Christ.

    Thank you for your openness and honesty. For sharing your feelings and your life with us. May God continue to bless you!!ReplyCancel

  • SusieApril 19, 2015 - 1:56 pm

    It is funny how a person (me) begins to follow a “craft” blog for crafty inspiration and ideas. Somewhere along the way, the inspiration gleaned from that blog becomes more about the words of the blogger than the crafts. “Amazing Grace”, isn’t that really what it is all about? It is good to see that even in the bad times, you are still witnessing that Grace. What do “I” want? I want you to take the time to deal with your health issues, to spend time loving on your daughter, to bake John a cake and to remember birthdays past with each bite. Click those heels 3 times, you will find your way home. Something tells me, it is going to be a wonderful journey! Wishing you God’s Peace.ReplyCancel

  • Sue (suen)April 19, 2015 - 2:01 pm

    Becca, I sure hope that things get a bit easier for you in the days ahead. You have such a gift and enrich our lives so much, with your lovely creations! As I told someone yesterday, who was grieving the loss of her sister, “lean on your family and friends”. We love you for your honesty and all that you share! Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy GegenheimerApril 19, 2015 - 2:41 pm

    hi Becca
    I just recently found your blog. I really enjoy your cards and you sharing your faith. God also is my guide and my prayer for you is to keep listening and to trust. Life can be hard sometimes. But God will still be here.

    Blessings mandygReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthApril 19, 2015 - 2:47 pm

    Dear Becca, I found it quite heart-rending reading your post today. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Take time for yourself, enjoy your Daughter’s homecoming, remember John and all you meant to each other, and take care of your health. God is with us always and always tries to guide us through our lives, trust in Him.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • RaquelApril 19, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    When I Grow Discouraged

    Jesus, when I grow discouraged,
    And the clouds alone I see,
    Strengthen Thou my feeble spirit;
    Give me grace to live in Thee.

    Bear with me in my impatience,
    Bid my restlessness to cease;
    And when storms around me gather,
    Fill my eager heart with peace.

    Becca I do not know the author of these beautiful words. I look at these words when I feel that my world is about to collapse.. I hope they will help you. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. RaquelReplyCancel

  • JoselleApril 19, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    Dear Becca,
    I don’t write regularly on your blog but maybe now it’s the perfect time to let you know that you are Loved.
    You make Beautiful cards but the most important is that you are a Beautiful humanbeing !

  • MehrllApril 19, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    Nothing I can say will say as much as this song by Annie Johnson Flint:

    He Giveth More Grace

    He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
    He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
    To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.

    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

    Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkApril 19, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    Becca, You are such an amazing woman, very beautiful and your faith shines brightly. May God continue to give you strength.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy BoothApril 19, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    I was so fearful that you would tell us your were discontinuing your blog. You are my favorite online BFF. If you never posted another card and just continued a blog with your thoughts as today’s I would be ok with that. I just love your creations, but I met you a few years ago and have always felt a connection. You are such a beautiful person. I am so happy your daughter returned. I am sorry to hear of your health issues. I will pray that you regain your health. It is amazing to me that you feel the need to be brave but you are one of the bravest people I know! We so love you as person! I hope to see more of your posts! Take the time and take care of yourself. We will always be here for you! Much love and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostApril 19, 2015 - 8:27 pm

    Hi Becca,
    So sorry to hear you’ve had health issues. Praying you’ll be okay. In your busy schedule please take time to care for yourself and your needs. I’ll stop being selfish, wanting to see a post from you everyday. Whenever you want to submit something, anything, I’ll be on the fringes checking for each morsel you drop, whatever it may be. I’ve never met you, but your spirit exudes from your blog. I love that. If had met you; I know I’d love you, too. Stay strong, and do whatever your mind, heart, and body needs. May God continue to strengthen you.ReplyCancel

  • CindyApril 20, 2015 - 1:56 am

    AMAZING GRACE – that is YOU, Becca, truly. I’m sorry to hear life is throwing you obstacles, but know from having followed you these past years, that you will not let it get you down. You have so much love and support among all of us – carry that with you always, and we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and send happy thoughts and wishes your way.ReplyCancel

  • JanApril 20, 2015 - 4:51 am

    Hi Becca, sending you lots and lots of loving and healing thoughts, you are an amazing lady, you keep going through the ups and downs of life and yet you still keep encouraging us with your beautiful creations. My hubby is now in his fourth year of remission from throat cancer, we women keep going no matter what. Thanks so much for just being there.
    Love Jan.

  • ConniecrafterApril 20, 2015 - 9:44 am

    Sorry you have not been well, so glad you heard some good news in there too, and how wonderful to have your daughter come home, that is always a very good thing, hope you enjoyed your time together!ReplyCancel

  • MargApril 20, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    I am always amazed how good news and bad news somehow even themselves out. I am glad you have some good and happy things happening. Thinking of you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzi MetcalfeApril 20, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    You have such a beautiful gift and a beautiful heart. I just want to hug you! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideApril 20, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    I hope u read this I am a few days behind due to health issues myself. I hope everything is ok with ur health, and I will definitely keep u in my thoughts and prayers as always. This month is a hard one for me too because I lost a dear friend. I once told you a long time ago that you would be famous and I have friends here in Houston that adore you. Just like me. So, whatever you choose to do will be awesome because thats what you do you make awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us.

  • Jennifer BackApril 23, 2015 - 3:24 am

    I’ve got your back covered by prayer Becca. xReplyCancel

  • adrienne gianApril 23, 2015 - 10:16 am

    Dear Becca
    I certainly don’t know the physical you but being a person who is AWARE of the human condition and of lifes journeys I have to say that I feel an understanding connection to what you just posted.
    We have expectations growing through life that do not come to pass and it is trying and unnerving as well as sad in some instances. Somehow we cope. Sometimes coping is not enough so we find avenues and stepping stones to help us go forward.
    You seem like an amazing woman and the fact that you expressed some of who you are makes you a tangible, sharing, vulnerable human being that many can’t aspire to.
    G-d Bless and keep you under his umbrella . I often say that I travel in the rain but I have windshield wipers to help me see more clearly. I believe they are working for you as wellReplyCancel

  • Sandi SmithApril 24, 2015 - 3:23 am

    You are such as inspiration Becca. Your sweet spirit and faith come through every creation and post you create. I know there are things in all our lives that stretch us and test our faith. Mine has been tested this year when I fell while in the hospital in early January. I fractured my shoulder in 3 places, fractured my shoulder on the same side plus I have nerve damage in my leg. After weeks in the hospital, I came home in a wheelchair. Not counting the incredible pain, the changes have been overwhelming but God has been faithful. Last week, I took my first steps outside pool therapy using a special walker that doesn’t require me to use my injured arm. What an answer to prayer! I still have challenges ahead with the possibility of shoulder surgery, more tests and many more doctors to see. I am so thankful that I am not alone just as you are not alone. Our Heavenly Father is carrying us through it all. God bless you Becca. I will be praying for you.ReplyCancel