Hi everyone! I created this layout, entitled "love" specifically for the June Main Challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! The June Main Challenge: Love Never Fails focuses on scrapping about a husband and wife relationship and the love you see/experience because of it. The challenge topic was really quite special to me this month of June, as I began dating my husband, John, in this month, 17 years ago! And the Scrap Twist was really quite tricky - only cardstock, NO Patterned Paper! Whew! So, I got busy and decided I would scrap about my husband, John and I.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 " Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
This Bible verse keeps me focused in my marriage on what God designed marriage to be: an earthly example of His love for us. Being married for 12+ years has come with many trials, much heartache at times, and yes, lots of joy. My husband and I met 17 years ago, through his children.. Almost 5 years later, John and I married on a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook, on a blistering January day, in our ski coats, with my now son's Corey and Danny as witness and ring bearer. That same year, my 14 year old Corey was tragically killed in a motorcross accident. We separated for 13 months in the wake of our monumental grief. Miraculously, we reconciled, under the immense weight of God's grace and mercy, and grew in our relationship with each other and in our commitment to love as God commands. In the years following, we faced years of infertility, our younger son's drug addiction, forced treatment, and eventual recovery, my mental breakdown and ongoing treatment, and various other events common to life. The saving grace of our marriage has always been the Lord, and our promise to never divorce just because it wasn't easy anymore. The first 12 years of marriage, I think we have been able to "bear" and "endure" the trials that have come against us with hope and steadfast trust and that inspires me to keep loving as God instructs throughout His Word. My prayer for our marriage is that we have many, many more years together, and that we can triumph through the coming trials while reflecting His Glory.
Now on to the Scrap Twist! To create some patterns on the cardstock I chose, I used Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink, bubble wrap, the negative shape of a Martha Stewart star punch, corrugated cardboard, a sheet of rubber alphabet stamps, and a single round sponge dauber! It was actually quite fun, and I encourage you to give it a try for this challenge!