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City of David Stampin' Up! Christmas Card

Life certainly has a way of throwing you for a loop.  I’m sure you’ve all been wondering what in heaven’s name has happened to me this past week and a half.  Remember in my last post (or was it the post before that?) where I was complaining about being SOOOOO incredible tired.  Well….I found out why this past week.  I’m expecting a new addition to the family!  I’m sure you’re probably thinking – "that’s great, but what’s the big deal?"  Well, did I ever tell you that I already have 4 kids (aged 9, 7, 4, and 15 months)?   As far as I was planning, we were done.  Four is a big family in this day and age (I only have one sister and no brothers), and after 9 years of diapers and never having been on a vacation alone with my husband, I was looking forward to leaving the baby stage behind, and venturing into new territory.  I guess it was just not meant to be quite yet!  The funny thing is that my husband was actually scheduled to see the surgeon to get "snipped" in September.  However, for the first time in his entire life, he couldn’t find his health card – which is so not like him as he always has it in his wallet. So, the surgeon wouldn’t see him. Guess when we found it?  About 2 weeks ago – LOL! 

Don’t get me wrong, I love children and feel that every child is a blessing from God.  I am excited, but at the same time feeling incredibly overwhelmed, and of course… tired (LOL!) While I was tired in all my pregnancies, this has been by far the worst. I’m in bed every night by 8 pm, right after the kids, and sleep right through until 7 am.  During the day, I feel okay for about a 1 1/2 – 2 hour stretch – enough to take care of the basic necessities of the family – and then I collapse in fatigue on the couch for about an hour to 1 1/2 hours.  Needless to say, this hasn’t left a lot of time for stamping.  In fact, the last card I stamped was the last card that I posted last Wednesday.  I have so many thoughts running through my head (when I can actually think straight).  It sounds silly but I’m kind of scared of going through labor again.  None of my labours have been easy, and the last one, I remember lying in tears on the hospital bed, feeling a ripping pain just under my rib cage that even the epidural couldn’t get rid of, and saying to my husband "I don’t know if I can do this again!"  Well, with God’s help,  I did get through it, and I know I will again, but I’m still filled with trepidation.  This of course has opened up a whole new can of worms, because we now have to move as it is already a really tight fit where we are.  So, we’ve started looking.  But, the other thing is, we are trying to find a house with an in-law suite on the main level, for my grandparents to move in with us as well.  They are 86 years old and slowing down quite a bit, and we are the only family near enought to look after them – and all of this by June! Oh well, you deal with what life throws at you! 

On to the card – it’s a super simple one.  After not stamping for so long I needed something to warm up!  I used my nestabilities to create a rectangular scalloped frame on the card front of shimmery white cardstock.  I stamped the main image from City of David in Black Staz On, the colored it in using an aquapainter and watercolor crayons.  I added glitter to the stars using the 2-way glue pen, and a tiny little rhinestone to the center of the main star.  As a finishing touch I added a little cream organdy ribbon and silver cord.  


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