05 Aug

What is the Gospel?

You’ve probably met people who have told you about Jesus Christ, haven’t you? They may have said that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. They may have told you that you can have that relationship by saying a simple prayer. But that’s not the Gospel.

People have received many benefits of Christian life in this country, including peace and the ability to gather freely at places of worship, whether that is in a church building, a storefront, or a home. But that’s not the Gospel, either.

Christian fellowship may include teaching, praying, and eating together. Sharing the Lord’s Supper together is a wonderful way to fellowship. But it’s not the Gospel.

Here’s the Gospel. God is holy and righteous. I am not (neither are you). One day you will die and face the Lord God Himself. You will be judged, either on your own righteousness or that of someone else. Our righteousness is as filthy rags, says the Bible. So God caused His Son to walk through this world and live a sinless, righteous life. Then, to pay for all the sins I’ve committed (and you, too), He allowed His Son to be crucified and become the sacrificial lamb to pay for those sins. Then He raised Him from the dead. His death has purchased my freedom and given me His righteousness in place of my own (yours, too).

Now when I stand before God, I will be able to claim Jesus’ righteousness as my own (you can, too) and because of what He’s already done, I will be welcomed into God’s kingdom.

If you understand and believe that, then a simple prayer will, indeed, make you a Christian and guarantee your entrance into heaven. That’s called faith. The Bible says we must come to Him in faith, and His grace will do the rest.

Are you ready to believe? Jesus will save you. And that’s the Gospel truth.

14 Jul

A Gentleman’s Legacy

It’s been almost two months since my father passed away. Yesterday would have been his 86th birthday. And as I sit and reflect on his life and influence on me, I realize that the thing that most touches me is that he was a gentleman.

He held doors for women. He walked between me and traffic. He pulled out my mother’s chair. He taught my brothers what it meant to treat women right and he taught me how to expect a man to treat me.

We didn’t always see eye to eye. In fact, during my teenage years (my rebellion), I didn’t even like him very much. But I always admired and loved him, nonetheless. I was proud that he was my dad, proud of the way he acted and looked the part of a gentleman. And while I was running around with people of dubious character behind his back, I never forgot what he represented.

He grew up in a family of faith, with a preacher for a father. Somewhere along the way, he quit going to church and living his faith out loud. But he never let us forget the difference between right and wrong, and how to treat people with respect. In the end, a year or so before his death, he admitted to me that he was a believer, that he looked forward to being in heaven with Christ when he died. That meant the world to me.

He was generous and kind, but full of jokes and pranks, too. Nothing delighted him more than finding himself the butt end of a joke, and the laugh lines on his face were deep. He could really put out the teasing, but he could take it, too.

I’ll never forget the year a friend gave him a live pig for his birthday. He reciprocated by giving her a monkey! And then there was the time he took a cow in another friend’s kitchen. (Somehow, though, he didn’t see the humor in it when I brought a pony in the house on our slate floors!)

All in all, I feel very blessed to have been raised by this man. He wasn’t perfect (who of us are?), but he was a gentleman.

22 May

Spring Has Sprung Scrapbooking Freebie

HELLO! IT’S BEEN a difficult six weeks for me, which explains why I haven’t posted a scrapbooking freebie recently. I had a total hip replacement, during which my femur broke, necessitating further surgery. Then my dog died. Then (worst of all), my father died. All of that to say that I’ve been thinking about you, but I’ve not been in any shape to do anything about it.

Anyway, here is a PERSONAL USE scrapbooking freebie for you. Just click on the image to download it and have fun. Remember that it is PERSONAL USE ONLY, and don’t add it to one of your kits or use it commercially in any way, okay?


07 May

Bizarre and Unique Holidays in May, 2016


  • Date Your Mate Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Blood Pressure Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • National Recommitment Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Older Americans Month

Weekly Celebrations:

  • Nurse’s Week – first week of month
  • Wildflower Week – week two
  • National Bike Week – third week
  • National Police Week – third week of month
  • Emergency Medical Services Week – fourth week of month

May, 2016 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 May Day

1 Loyalty Day

1 Mother Goose Day

1 Save the Rhino Day

2 Baby Day

2 Brothers and Sisters Day

3 Lumpy Rug Day

National Teachers Day – Tuesday of the first full week of May

3 World Press Freedom Day

4 Bird Day

4 National Candied Orange Peel Day

4 Renewal Day

4 Star Wars Day

5 Cinco de Mayo

5 National Hoagie Day

5 Oyster Day

6 Beverage Day

6 International Tuba Day – first Friday in May

6 Military Spouses Day – the Friday before Mother’s Day

6 National Tourist Appreciation Day

6 National Nurses Day

6 No Diet Day

6 Space Day – first Friday in May

7 Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day

7 National Tourism Day

8 Iris  Day

8 Mother’s Day – second Sunday in May

8 No Socks Day

V-E Day

8 World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

9 Lost Sock Memorial Day

10 Clean up Your Room Day

11 Eat What You Want Day

11 National Receptionist Day – the second Wednesday in May

11 School Nurses Day – the Wednesday during Nurse’s Week

11 Twilight Zone Day

12 Fatigue Syndrome Day

12 International Nurses Day

12 Limerick Day

13 Blame Someone Else Day – first  Friday the 13th of the year.

13 Friday the 13th – the only one in 2016

13 Frog Jumping Day

13 Leprechaun Day

14 Dance Like a Chicken Day

14 International Migratory Bird Day – the second Saturday in May

14  National Train Day– date varies

15 National Chocolate Chip Day

15 Police Officer’s Memorial Day

16 Love a Tree Day

16 National Sea Monkey Day

16 Wear Purple for Peace Day

17 Pack Rat Day

18 International Museum Day

18 No Dirty Dishes Day

18 Visit Your Relatives Day

19 Boy’s Club Day

20 Be a Millionaire Day – now we all can go for that

20 National Bike to Work Day – third Friday of month

20 Pick Strawberries Day

21 Armed Forces Day – third Saturday of month

21 National Memo Day

21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day

22 Buy a Musical Instrument Day

22 World Goth Day

23 Lucky Penny Day

24 National Escargot Day

24 Victoria Day(Canada) – usually the 24th

25 National Missing Children’s Day

25 National Wine Day

25 Tap Dance Day

26 Sally Ride Day

27 Sun Screen Day

28 Amnesty International Day

28 International Jazz Day – Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

29 Learn About Composting Day

30 Memorial Day – last Monday of month.

30 Water a Flower Day

31 National Macaroon Day

31 Save Your Hearing Day

31 World No Tobacco Day

01 Apr

Bizarre and Unique Holidays of April, 2016

april-2016-calendar-with-camel-1THIS MONTH’s bizarre and unique holidays includes lots of walking days,  so get out there and enjoy the sunshine! 


  • National Humor Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Lawn and Garden Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Welding Month
  • Records and Information Management Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Weekly Celebrations:

  • Week 1 Library Week
  • Week 1 Read a Road Map Week.
  • Week 2 Garden Week
  • Week 3 Organize Your Files Week
  • Week 3 Medical Labs Week
  • Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week
  • Week 4 National Karaoke Week

April, 2016 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 April Fool’s Day

1 International Fun at Work Day

International Tatting Day

1 .National Walk to Work Day – first Friday of month

2 Children’s Book Day

2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

2 Reconciliation Day

3 Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day – we know your decision

3 Tweed Day

3 World Party Day

4 Hug a Newsman Day

4 National Walk to Work Day – first Friday of month

4 Walk Around Things Day

4 School Librarian Day

4 Tell a Lie Day

5 Go for Broke Day

6 National Tartan Day

6 Plan Your Epitaph Day – a little morbid if you ask me

6 Sorry Charlie Day

7 Caramel Popcorn Day – Most likely created by a popcorn maker, or an Ecard company.

7 National Beer Day

7 No Housework Day

7 World Health Day

8 All is Ours Day

8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

9 Name Yourself Day

9 Winston Churchill Day

10 Golfer’s Day

10 National Siblings Day

11 Eight Track Tape Day – do you remember those?

11 Barbershop Quartet Day

11 National Submarine Day

12 Big Wind Day – this day blows me away!

12 Russian Cosmonaut Day

13 Scrabble Day

14 Ex Spouse Day

14 International Moment of Laughter Day

14 Look up at the Sky Day – don’t you have anything better to do?

14 National Pecan Day

14 Reach as High as You Can Day

15 Rubber Eraser Day

15 Titanic Remembrance Day

16 National Eggs Benedict Day

16 National Librarian Day

16 National Stress Awareness Day

17 Bat Appreciation Day

17 Blah, Blah, Blah Day

17 National Cheeseball Day

17 Pet Owners Independence Day

18 International Juggler’s Day – also applies to multi tasking office workers

18 Newspaper Columnists Day

18 Patriot’s Day – third Monday of the month

19 National Garlic Day

20 Look Alike Day

20 Volunteer Recognition Day

21 Kindergarten Day

21 National High Five Day third Thursday

22 Girl Scout Leader Day

22 National Jelly Bean Day

23 Lover’s Day

23 National Zucchini Bread Day – they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini.

23 Take a Chance Day

23 World Laboratory Day

24 Pig in a Blanket Day

25 East meets West Day

25 World Penguin Day

26 Hug an Australian Day

26 National Pretzel Day

26 Richter Scale Day

27 Administrative Professionals Day (Executive Admin’s Day, Secretary’s Day) –  date varies

27 Babe Ruth Day

27 National Prime Rib Day

27 Tell a Story Day

28 International Astronomy Day

28 Great Poetry Reading Day

28 Kiss Your Mate Day – guys, do not forget this one. Kiss her, then read her some poetry.

28 Take Your Daughter to Work 4th Thursday

29 Arbor Day  -last Friday of month

29 Greenery Day

29 National Shrimp Scampi Day

30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day

30 National Honesty Day

21 Mar

Scrapbooking Freebie: Feathers In The Wind


Part One, click here     Part Two, click here      Part Three, click here

A Blog Blessing™ Scrapbooking Freebie

There’s a little pixie in this scrapbooking freebie for you this week. A baby pixie, at that! She has a pacifier in her mouth, and her eyes are wide with wonder. Two birds are friends with her, and they grace the kit with their cheerfulness and provide the feathers in the wind. This kit is imbued with hues of teal and yellow and brown, very earthy and friendly. The papers are a full 12″ x 12″ and the embellishments are many, including beads, brads, flowers, bows, a tree and more. Perfect for many different kinds of layouts, digitally and traditionally. Just print out the parts you want to use and apply them in traditional style. Then add your own 3D elements and you’ll have a hybrid layout that can’t be beat!

Highly textured, the papers are beautifully designed with several different styles for different tastes. I love printing out the papers and building from there. If all you use are the papers, you’ll have made a great discovery. And it’s free! Who can beat free?

Last weekend I got together with some friends to scrapbook together, and they were fascinated that I design my own kits. They loved the papers I had printed out and the embellishments I used (also printed out). I didn’t finish the three layouts I worked on, because I have to do some journaling, but I had so much fun just being with my friends and working together, using my own unique papers and elements. I promised to bring my laptop next time to show them how I design papers. Truly, making papers on the computer is magical, and I love doing it.

So here is your scrapbooking freebie for this week. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please feel free to share, too. I’m perfectly happy for others to use my kits, too, but would appreciate it if you’d send them to my blog to download the kit.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Joyfully Yours, Susannah


18 Mar

ADD Organizing: Professional Structure & Support

hands holding jigsawSOMETIMES FAMILY and friends as organizing help just isn’t enough. Because they are impacted by your organizing difficulties, their motivation and patience to help may be limited. That’s when skilled professionals come in.

You are the final say about which kind of help you need, whether ADD coaching, psychotherapists, or professional organizers. Each has its own strengths and limits, so that’s when you must make the decision about which will be most helpful to you.

ADD Coaches

Most ADD coaches work by telephone, although you may meet initially in person and periodically thereafter. Their greatest strength is in helping you develop and maintain habits that keep you organized once you get there.

A coach can help you analyze daily habits that create disorder. They can help you sort through your routines (or lack thereof) and decide whether they are beneficial or not. A coach can help you problem-solve to build new habits. They can help you decide what routines can be implemented within your own personality that will help you get organized and stay that way. A coach can provide structure and support as you work toward making habits and routines part of your daily pattern.

Professional Organizers

Sometimes ADD adults are so overwhelmed by disorder that they cannot even begin to create order. This is where a professional organizer (PO) can really help. Whether you need a “digout” or simply help to get started, a professional organizer can be the key. A PO can help you create solutions custom-designed to work for you in your own environment and can assist you by providing hands-on support as you implement the solutions. Additionally, a PO has the resources to suggest products and services to enhance your organization. Be sure the PO you select is encouraging, supportive, and nonjudgemental. Yours is NOT the biggest mess they’ve ever seen!

Here are some helpful questions to ask a Professional Organizer before you hire one.

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. What is your area of expertise?
  3. Do you have experience with ADD?
  4. Do you have references I can contact?

It is very important that you find someone with whom you are comfortable and who has experience working with ADD.


Sometimes there are emotional issues that lead to disorganization and that’s where a psychotherapist can really be of help. Some of the issues that may impact your organization efforts are:

  • Unrealistic expectations.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

These issues are best addressed by a psychotherapist, and their resolution may be the thing that has been holding back your organization efforts. A psychotherapist can help you learn more about yourself and how ADD affects you, and can assist you in developing strategies to counteract the tendencies that distract you from your goals.

This post is adapted from ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.

14 Mar

Ombre: Another Blog Blessing™ Scrapbooking Freebie


Part One, click here        Part Two, click here

OMBRE IS ALL the rage these days, from clothing to home furnishing to hair color. This scrapbooking freebie is full of multicolored ombre patterns, with eight 12″x12″ papers and lots of embellishments for your scrapbooking pleasure. It includes six Thot Spots™ in two different designs, four tags, six petal rings for making flowers, four brads sized for the petal rings, four bows, four coiled clips with beads, four buttons, and three flowers.  This kit has elements that are best used digitally (like the clips and bows), but it is also suitable for printing out and using traditionally.

What is Ombre?

Color-rich,  ombre  describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. The technique is commonly seen as a surface treatment in fashion and art. During the early 21st century it became a popular feature for hair coloring, nail art, and even baking, in addition to its uses in home decorating and graphic design.

Ombré technique has been used a long time. Ombré fabric printing, using a special printing block called an ‘ombre’ or ‘rainbowed’ block, was used in the early 19th century to produce textiles with graduated color designs. Ombre as a textile treatment came back into fashion in around 1840 and was used throughout the 19th century. In machine embroidery an ombré effect was achieved by dyeing the threads in graded colors beforehand.

Following the early 21st century trend, many popular home decorators have incorporated ombré into their home decorating styles. Martha Stewart describes the gentle progression of color in ombré as a transition from wakefulness to slumber. Ombré can be used in many products from textiles to glassware, and as a wall-painting technique, where walls are painted in colors graduating to a lighter or darker tone towards the other end.

This ombre kit is just perfect for updated, modern layouts and paper crafts, and it’s a scrapbooking FREEBIE!

11 Mar

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

glass pebble magnet tutorial

MAKING GLASS PEBBLE magnets is one of the easiest crafts there are, and they make some of the nicest magnets around, perfect for giving or to put on your refrigerator. I’ve created a simple tutorial for you to follow if you’d like to make some of your own.

Gather your supplies

You’ll need:

Glass marbles
Decorative paper
1″ hole punch (not shown)
3/4″ magnets (not shown)
Glossy Accents dimensional glue
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

glass pebbles supplies

Glue paper circle to glass pebble

I’ve tried adding the glue to the glass pebble and adding the glue to the paper circle, and found the second way much more effective. Just add a swirl of Glossy Accents glue to the circle on the right side of the paper and then adhere it to the pebble. Let dry completely.

glass pebble backside

Add glue to the magnet

Using hot glue, add just a dollop of glue to the magnet.

glass pebble magnet with glue

Adhere to the back of the pebble

Add the magnet to the back of the pebble, over the back of the paper circle.

Finished magnet

When the hot glue is dried, you have completed this simple craft! Now you can hold several sheets of paper to your refrigerator, or a photo, or anything else lightweight (the magnets are not really that strong and won’t hold a lot of weight). Of course, it totally depends on how strong the magnets are that you use. I used ProMAG Flexible Magnets that I bought at Michaels, but I’m sure there are stronger versions if you look for them. An office supply store is a good place to look.

For an alternative look, draw on the backs of the glass pebbles with Sharpies and glue the magnets to them for a very colorful, one-of-a-kind look that you can customize anyway you want to. This is a great idea for kids crafts, too!

finished magnets