**Holy Cow!! *Ultimate Card Showdown Top 10!!!!***
I literally had to pick myself up from off the floor when I heard I had landed a spot in the Top 10 of the Ultimate Card Showdown at 2 Sketches 4 You!!! The cards from day one have all been A*MAZ*ING and I have had so much fun each and every week!! Thank you again to Laura and Kazan and all the judges for running this fun, fun challenge and especially to Laura and Kazan for providing such a great blog! My card this week for the Ultimate Card Showdown is for my daughter's best friend, Emily. She has been in China for the past five months helping to teach English to the little Chinese children. She comes home on Saturday and we are all so excited to have her back home. I hope this card conveys the feelings I have of HOME. We sang the song "There is Beauty All Around When There's Love At Home" on Sunday at church and it has just stayed with me the past few days. I finally decided that it should be the theme of this card. It is those lyrics that are in the center of the sun. I wanted to create something that shows all the love, beauty, warmth and sense of well being that I feel when I think of the word home. I'm good friends with Emily's mom and I know all the prayers that she has offered up in Emily's behalf while she's been gone. I know the love her family feels for her. I know all the love my family feels for her. It is my hope that she will feel all of that with this card. I hope she feels all in her heart what this card says and all that it couldn't possible say. WELCOME HOME EMILY!!!!
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley