Monday, November 21, 2011

A Faith Rejoicing Week

It's a very joy-filled week in our household.  Our older two children, our 15 year old daughter and our 12 year old son, have asked to be baptized.  For us as parents there is no greater joy than to see our kids make their faith their own.  That's my greatest hearts desire for them;  to know and live a personal walk with the Lord.  So, this is a real faith step for each of them, and we feel very blessed and joyful for them.

And equally special and profound, because we are not only their parents, but also their Youth Pastors, they have asked us to baptize them.  I don't even know how to put into words how this feels.  And I doubt I'll get through it without a lot of tears.

We also have family coming for the special occasion this week, my husband's brother, our sister-in-law and their five children are coming today from the United States.  Our kids are very close and bonded to their cousins, and aunt and uncle, so you can imagine the excitement in our home.  We'll have 12 people in our little house this week.  It will be VERY full :)  And because it's not Thanksgiving for us, we'll also be pulling the kids out of school so they don't miss any fun!

I've worked on the cards for the kids for their baptisms ahead of time because I know once the family comes I won't have a spare minute!

Here is our son's card, and tomorrow I'll show you our daughter's card:

From the time our son was tiny (and I've probably told you this before), we've called him the joy child. He's always brought joy to the world with his big smile, happy heart, and fun loving spirit. As well, he's been working on his testimony he'll share, and he talks about wanting to be a light to his world.  So, I've combined two Flourishes sets, Christmas Candles, and Petals and Peace.  I've used Copics in these Flourishes Collections

Plus YR12, YR14, YR30, BV04 and B0000

I wanted to give it a clean design with a masculine feel, so no fluffy elements :)  I've used the Diamond Nestabilities to create some framing and to also carry over the theme of the candlelight radiating. 

The inside verse reads "Arise for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines upon you"  Isaiah 60:1.  

Thanks for sharing the joy with us too :)  Back tomorrow!

Stamps:  Flourishes - Christmas Candles, Peace to You;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Danube Blue;  Paper;  Flourishes Classic White, Brilliant Blue, K & Company DP;  Accessories:  Big Shot,  Large Labels, Diamond Nestabilities, Grommet Tags, Pinked Hearts Border Punch, Brilliant Blue Brads, Piercer, Dimensionals, Copic Markers, Glitter pen.  


KarinsArtScrap said...

lovely card christine, great color blue.

greetings karin

Linda Monroe said...

How exciting for your family. My daughter (22) got baptized last winter and we were overjoyed. Enjoy the celebration.

Marisa said...

Oh Christine, I shedding tears of joy for you!! My kids got baptized this spring and it was one of the happiest days of my life!! Their testimonies touched many and I will never forget how blessed I felt. Truly special because our Kids Pastor baptized them after pouring God's Word into their hearts for six years, and our family was very close to her. Next best thing to having done it ourselves. Wear waterproof mascara - the tears of joy will be a pourin' :)

Conniecrafter said...

The most wonderful celebration, the day our children make the choice to follow God and make him first in their lives!!
Your card is so neat how you have combined what he is feeling along with what you have called him, great layering!
Enjoy your time with family!

Linda Carson said...

Rejoicing with you Christine! Such a beautiful keepsake you've made to celebrate such JOY! Woohoo!! Enjoy your company!