Have you read John Kralik’s book, A Simple Act of Gratitude; How Learning to say Thank You Changed My Life?
At age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams–including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge–seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.
Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
I made this card for a dedicated group of people who made a huge difference in my family’s life for over two months. The Hospice team was physically present, they were kind, patient, knowledgeable, understanding, supportive and loving.
They made all the difference for us in a challenging and sad period of time.
Today’s Envelope Art features the font KG Only* Hope by Kimberly Geswein. Kimberly is a very gifted and prolific font designer. I hope she has fun making fonts, because they are certainly fun to use. Thank you, Kimberly!
When I say many thanks, here, I mean two things. First of all I needed to thank many people, and secondly, I made many cards. I had some fun with my Tombow dual brush markers and you can see by the marks on my desk pad that I made a bunch of cards. I made 30 all alike, then the one at the bottom, separately.
The 30 cards were for 30 amazing people who showed up on a hot Sunday morning to do yard work for my Dad who lives next door. He and I had been caring for my mom, and he had been unable to keep up with the yard. The people brought chain saws, a tractor, loppers, a four wheeler to haul a trailer, clippers, shovels, and other tools. The amount of work that they accomplished was phenomenal. Words cannot really express how much what they did was appreciated.
The lower card was made for a special friend of mine in appreciation for some lovely gifts. This is a new friend who I have not even yet met in person! We became friends due to God-arranged unique circumstances. Thanks to texting, we are getting to know each other and look forward to meeting face to face in November.
Today’s Envelope Art is before the stamp and address. I didn’t want to spoil the picture with those.
I got a masking pen for my birthday and have been playing with it. Lots of fun! First you draw the shape of whatever you don’t want paint to stick to. Then after it dries you can paint over the top of it. Then peel it off. It is rubbery and strechy at that point.