Thursday, May 28, 2009

Special Present for MJ!

Happy very 1st birthday for MJ!! God bless you always yah! I have a little present for you, I hope you like it, dear MJ!
Yoan, sorry I stole your son's photo... He's so cute, so I can't resist to make one scrap layout for him. =) Enjoy!

Ps. If you want a better quality version, e-mail me, Yoan! *wink*

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spring Blossom Quickpage Freebie

My friend, Nia, has been asking how I do this one layout from my post about our Leeds holiday. I tried to think about how to actually explain it to her... but I just found it difficult...

Hence, I worked a little bit on my layout, removed our photos and now give it as my second freebie. The zip file contains below preview plus a png file and a psd file of the layout, you can choose whichever one you want to work with. I kept the size as 3600x3600 pixels (around 51MB). Happy scrapbooking!

You can download it HERE or click on the photo above.
Please leave some love if you like what you see. :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Addicted to Scrapbook

Lately, I've spent lots of my time scrapbooking! I am officially addicted to this new hobby... I am even thinking, maybe, soon I will start making my own kits like other fabulous designers do! I know I am far from it, but, I think I'd really enjoy doing it :) Maybe I might do it after I finish PhD... who knows...

So, anyway, I have been making a special scrapbook for our wedding photos and I came across making this wordart. Lan likes it, so I thought, maybe others might like it too. The LO on the picture is just an example how I used the wordart. Thus, here is my very first tiny freebie. If you like it, please leave some love. :)

Click on the image to download it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

You Are...

You are the LOVE of my life,
You are the HOPE that I cling to,
You mean more than this world to me...

I wouldn't trade you for silver or gold
I wouldn't trade you riches untold...
You are, You are my everything...

- You Are... by Ron Kenoly/Darlene Zschech/Gary Valenciano

It's amazing, when I think of You, Lord... You mean more than anything that I could describe in this life. Thank you for such a wonderful journey of life with You... Without You, I won't be here and I won't have what I have, I won't even have the life I live right now.
You really foreknew me, ever since I was in the womb. You knitted me and shaped me with Your tender and warm hands. Your caress and embrace, I will never forget. And, above all, how You bring meanings to my life that no dictionaries can ever describe.

You are the reasons for the existence of all my beings, my breath, my smiles, my tears and every bit of me.
"I love YOU" is never be enough...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Blessing unexpectedly...

I learnt something new today... That what I think is just a simple thing, can be a huge blessing to other people.
So, lately, I have been enjoying my new hobby to the fullest, that is the digital SCRAPBOOKING! I have decided to join a scrapbooking forum last week, and I have been participating in some challenges they have in there. I have a blast in this forum! People are kind and they give great love and advice for the scrapbook pages I made. Anyhow, yesterday, I saw this challenge, where we were asked to make a page that pictures a 'Motherly Advice', either from yourself (if you are a mom) or an advice that you remember from your mother...
So here is what I made...

At first, I was not sure that it will go a long way, but since I love it, I posted it anyway in the challenge's thread. Surprisingly, after several hours, I got some comments that those who see my page love it! *Thank God for that!*
However, there were two ladies that specifically thanked me for such a wonderful verse I put there... They said that they are having tough times and that was the advice they needed more than anything. It actually has blessed them!
Oh, Jesus... I am so grateful that I can be a blessing to others, even in a very tiny way...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Another piece of puzzles

I welcomed myself to the really of oh-not-so-fairytale marriage right at the beginning, after we tied the knot. However, there are things that until now is still hard to comprehend, compromise or to be handled.
I'd say myself is one of a kind; my characteristic is built through the journey of my life. Hence I have strong personality, strong will and can be quite stubborn sometimes, even to my own beloved husband. Sometimes, things get difficult along the way. We fight, yes... quite several times (and thank God all of them worked out to a better understanding of each other and a better marriage, off course!). For both of us, we stand for our beliefs; often, we try to 'convince' each other that 'my thought is more reasonable than yours'... where discussion turned to be a fight, etc.

These couple of weeks, we started to see how identical we are; stubborn, stone-headed, and only thinking in our own shoes. However, there is still a difference: he thinks with his brain, I feel with my heart. He will try to reason times and times again, where for me, it gets annoying most of the times.
There is also a background factor, where he grew up in a totally different family as I did. There are habits or things that I do, simply because I saw my mother did that and vice versa. Well, I tell you what... it's hard to break it, but still within our capabilities! So, that is one thing we are working on... building a strong foundation for our little family.

One particular afternoon last week, I took myself 'out' of everything, simply by going somewhere on my own to sit, think, unwind and pray. I recall I said to God something more or less like this:
For all the things that happen in my life,
I am thankful to You, Lord.
Because You are faithful.
All others fail me;
Even the husband You chose for me can fail me...
Simply because he is not perfect,
Simply because he is a human like I am...

And, last night, we had this discussion, where he expressed his dislike about me stop talking to him, when I disagree to his point of view. It led to revealing the reasons of why I'd do that, the journey of my life and his life, which, at the end, we ended up knowing each other better.
However, during the sleepless night (I really did not sleep a wink last night until 6 am this morning!), The Lord revealed something to me...
That He is never mistaken in choosing Lan to be my husband, in fact, He chose perfectly. His stubbornness, his characters, his way of thinking, his background and all that is within him... are the VERY reasons why he is my perfect husband.
The Lord is processing me to be a better person through my husband. Praise Jesus for that!

How humbling it is to walk my life with God...
The journey of ups and downs.
One belief I live with is that He is always there WITH me.
It is like having one million pieces of puzzle,
One piece at a time with true and deep understanding where it fits and why...

Today, I just found another piece of my puzzle.
Such a purpose, such a divine revelation.

Thank You, Lord, for the journey we have together!
I love You!