This was a quick and easy page because I followed a layout from Splitcoast Stampers. The papers and ribbon are from Fun Stampers Journey – gotta love the quality of their CS and DSP.
A smaller format here, 6 X 8, is for the Simple Stories album. I pulled some chipboard out for the embellishments and title. Using this small format is more challenging for two photos. The princess anticipated the flash, she nearly closed her eyes before the lens did its job. I do love the shot of them smiling at each other.
The center photo shows how the photographer was posing our baby boy in the studio, I just had to sneak a shot myself. The other two were taken back home in the den with his long pants off. He is just so cuddly looking, makes me want to pick him up and hug him! As for the building of the page, I followed a challenge from Splitcoast stampers again, this time to create the bars on the sides and have everything at the top – raising the bar, so to speak. I cut 2 inch red strips, scored them, ran liner tape and added glitter. The eagle is a digi from TLC that I printed with blue ink and then used a red gel pen on the inside, mounted on a circle of red. I looked for quotes and found this one by Perciles. “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” Whether our little man follows his father into the Navy or not isn’t important, what is important is that he understands his choice to honor and protect freedom.
Many words have been written about the concept of what freedom means. It isn’t just about the military who stand for the freedom of a country. What does it take for one to be truly free? It all starts from inside the individual. My struggle has been to be free from the sadness in my life. How many of us run around seeking happiness only to find we never quite achieve it or it all too swiftly vanishes? The freedom to be happy is right here in this moment if we just stop and let it be! All the good there is to be found is already ours, right within each of us, waiting to be accepted. Let go of the past – it’s gone, over, done with, and can’t be changed. That’s a hard one, for sure, and I will admit I struggle still, but when I stop fretting and just “be” I find the peace and joy I seek. How can that be ? Sounds too easy. It isn’t easy to stop thinking about the past and future, it’s necessary to be free, though. I forget, sometimes, that I have a helper within, a source of strength, the giver of freedom to just be. The truth is within each of us because God, the Creator of everything, the Source, if you will, built it in us. It’s helpful if you study the wise words of the Bible and learn the teachings of Jesus to understand how we already have the ultimate power to be free right here within us. I’m going to throw this pitch for attending Church regularly out there. Really. It will help. It helps me stay focused on the now. There is something to be said for how freeing your own happiness can be when you are involved in helping someone else in need. That’s what a good church group can do for you, give you the field in which to work for the greater good. That’s one of our freedoms in the USA. We should be thankful for it. Some say they can do good for others on their own, I say “good for them”, not everyone can. I work better when I’m focused on the Source of the power that is in me. Sunday morning is my recharging station, my one on one with God. So, I hope you will find your happiness and protect the freedom of others with the help of the power of our Creator in you. It’s really okay to stop and just be, just to feel the freedom from worry, stress and fear. You are not alone.