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Monday, August 29, 2011

Loved by God Faith Blog Hop Day Three

Welcome to the Loved by God Faith Blog Hop! 

Welcome to Day 3 

We are so blessed to have you be a part of it. If you arrived from Carolyn’s blog you are in the right place.  If you just happened to have landed here, go on over to www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com so that you can catch the beginning of the hop.  

I have noticed that since we were pretty much created, we have an innate need to be loved and desired. There is such a longing in our souls to be called beautiful, adorable, precious, accepted, and loved; and many times we find ourselves living lives of beggars, accepting the pennies people are willing to give. To be loved by man is temporal and it will always leave you thirsty for more. To be loved by God is to find satisfaction and to never thirst again. 
This month we want to share with you what it has meant for us to have been “Loved by God”.  Every Brave and Precious woman participating in this hop has a beautiful story of how God has shown His love to them in a very personal way. We invite you to hop around and discover the AMAZING ways the Lord chooses to love us, even when we do not deserve it.  

The Bible says that there is no greater love than that from one who dies for his friend - and God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you.  

Please, take a minute and listen to this song  

Our prayer is that the Lord would open your eyes so that you too can see how God has loved you.
The line-up for this month is:

We are doing things a bit different this month.  We actually want to have you be a participant with us.  If you feel inspired create a project that reflects what the Lord has shown you, write a poem, or simply post about the Love of God in your blog. Then go over to www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com to link up your post. We would love to see how the Lord works through you. 

For this month alone, there will be no greater gift we can offer you than the love the Lord has awaiting you, so there will be no Grand Prizes.  Still you can be blessed by the beautiful RAKS some of the participants have available. 

Here is how He has chosen to show me His love -

The scripture I chose to use today is Psalm 128: 

Blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord 
on all who obey him!
Their reward shall be prosperity and happiness. 
Your wife shall be contented in your home. 
And look at all those children! 
There they sit around the dinner table 
as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. 
That is God's reward to those who reverence and trust him.
May the Lord continually bless you 
with heaven's blessings as well as with human joys. 
May you live to enjoy your grandchildren! 
And may God Bless Israel!

This is a tough time of the year for me - my precious gift from God, Amalia Lynne was born on August 29, 1989. 

My second husband and I were told that we would never have children. She was truly a miracle and a blessing from the beginning. We named her after my Grandmother, "Amalia" which in German means worker for God. My Grandmother was more of a mother to me than my own mother as being I was raised by her. I wanted to honor her by giving my child her name. My oldest daughter wanted her to have the middle name of Lynne as that is my middle name (another surprise for those who know me and have only known me as Lynne) and Jennifer's middle name was Lynne. Jennifer said since she had a different father, she wanted to have something the same as being it wouldn't be the last name. Thus the name Amalia Lynne. 

My oldest daughter wanted her to have the middle name of Lynne as that is my middle name (another surprise for those who know me and have only known me as Lynne) and Jennifer's middle name was Lynne. Jennifer said since she had a different father, she wanted to have something the same as being it wouldn't be the last name. Thus the name Amalia Lynne. The picture on the top right is Jen and Molly at Molly's Christening. Actually, Molly was baptised three (3) times. When she was life-lighted to the hospital the day she was born, one of the nurses who was a lay-minister asked if I would object if she would baptize my child and of course, I did not object. When we found out how serious her condition was, my minister came and baptized her. Well, I decided since she was such a precious gift, I wanted to have her baptized in church! Jen was given the honor of being Godmother to her baby sister. There was 10-1/2 years between my girls.

Amalia Lynne was a very precious child but complications occurred almost immediately at birth. She needed to be life-flighted to Children's Hospital. She had a grand mal seizure and a stroke which left my precious child as a quadapalegic. The Doctors and the Hospital said she only had 3 to 6 months to live and wanted to place her in a home. She was my precious child and gift from God. Why would I ever want to part with my precious gift for someone else to care for her? I took my "Molly", as we called her, home with us to care for and to love. I was blessed as she lived 25 months! It was a learning process as I learned to suction her, check her phenobarb levels, change feeding tubes, suction as she had chronic pneumonia. 

Through all this she was treated as a "normal" child as much as possible - her ears were pierced, she went to the zoo, went to church, camping, saw Santa and the Easter Bunny, Kennywood (a local amusement park) where she even rode the merry-go-round. She started to seize and miraculously, they noticed and stopped the ride for us to get off and called the paramedics. My dad was very active in the Shriners and assisted with having and was visited by the them donate her wheelchair (it was pink because of course she was a girl!) and several of her apparatus to make life easier. With how active my dad was, the clowns even came to pay her a visit which was the beginning of August in 1991.

We  had a pool in the backyard that she would go swimming with her dad.

Her first Christmas we took her to the local mall to see Santa. This Santa was very very special....he asked what was wrong with her and when we told him, he layed his hands on her and blessed her. By this time, she was partially blind but was fascinated by lights. We left our Christmas lights up until she had passed and anything that could be decorated with lights, trust me lights were strung including her swing!

Don't get me wrong, this was not an easy journey but a journey I would never trade for anything. 

I had a photo album of her life, but it was an old fashion photo album with just pictures and very little journaling. I took several of the pictures and made some pages for the pictures are emblazed on my heart but needs to be shared as this is a very precious gift that was given to me by God who gave me this precious child to shower with love as God loved me!

This was a very difficult posting and emotional journey for me as today, August 29th, my angel would have been 22 years old... Happy 22nd birthday Amalia. God Bless you and you are one of his special angels looking out over and watching me.

As to the recipe for my layouts, I, of course have used A Child's Year for my silhouettes and the Alphabet built-in cartridge from my E2. I used my Xyron to attach the lettering and puff dots for the silhouettes. I added little journal cards to put special thoughts and information. The ribbons are self-adhesive Ki Memories from JoAnn Fabrics which is $1 per spool. Have I ever mentioned that my cartridge that I use the most and love the most is A Child's Year???

Now, I must tell you, that this is a teaser. I will be posting different pictures with different lay-outs for the next three (3) days including the Faith Verse Blog Hop on Monday, August 29, 2011 which the scripture lesson will be Ecclesiastes 3: 1-7 with more pictures of my precious angel! 

Blog candy will be 2 hand-made notes cards with the rule that I would like you to stop and comment if possible each day with one of the days in your comment, mention which is your favorite cartridge. Easy, huh??? Sew, looking forward to seeing what is your favorites!

Your next stop is Tammy, I thank you for stopping by and visiting me.
I love to read your comments and please feel free to follow my journey on my blog as I would love to have you!

God bless you all and all the precious gifts from God
Love and Hugs


  1. Thanks for sharing your journey!!! I am sure Molly is smiling!! Tammy

  2. I have commented above so I will leave my fave cricut cartridge here . That would be Create a Critter. Lots of love my friend.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  3. i have also commented above but i will here too. your LO's are perfect. i really love them.

    Rhelm at tampabay dot rr dot com


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