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Aug 13, 2009

Let Him Carry Your Heart...

Happy Hip Hop Thursday! Today is the first day of school for our community... so I have mixed emotions as a send my 2nd grader off to begin a new year --- excitement paired with a little nervousness. :)

Today's card has a bit of a different feel to it than my normal projects, which are normally bright and fun... and cutesy. One of my co-workers is preparing to send her son off to college this week and it's really hitting hard. I'm so glad we have a few years before we have to think about all of that! I know she probably feels like her heart is being torn from her chest, and that raw emotion is what I was going for on this card.

Through different struggles in my own life, I can say with certainty that in those really difficult times... when it does feel like our heart is being ripped out... ---those are the times that God will take our heart in His hands and carry us through. There were times when, in my own strength, I couldn't make it even one more day. But... time and time again, God has brought me through to the other side, stronger than ever before.

I used several Unity images to create this card. The heart with wings is from the August KOM. It's covered with Shimmers, but it's hard to pick up on camera. :) The collage of words is from the Confession set & the sentiment is from the Folk Inspiration set. The black design at the top of the card is a Jenni Bowlin rub-on.

Thanks for sharing in this journey with me! If you'd like to see more of the Unity Design Team's creative projects, make sure you start your blog hop at the Unity Blog.

Your next stop from here is....
***Christi***

30 comments :

  1. this is just gorgeous, Julie! I love you color choices, and the mix of sets is just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Gorgeous card Julie! I can relate - my only one is going to start 1st grade in a few weeks. *sniff, sniff* I will miss having her home - we have such a fun time together!

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  3. Your card is beautiful- I am sure it will be perfect for your co-worker and friend.

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  4. Julie, this is stunning and I can just see your heart and emotion poured into this card... the colors are fab. It is so true, God will carry us through. Well said. Hugs girl!
    ~Chelsea

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  5. Love the card and your inspirational comments!

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  6. What a perfect card for your friend and how she's feeling sending her child off to college. Beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful card and sentiment! And your writing tells it all! We just have to Trust in the Lord!
    Thank you for sharing that part of yourself and your talent for showing it in your artowrk!

    God Bless!

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  8. That card and the reason behind it are so touching! I think the raw emotion came through clearly!

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  9. Julie

    What awsome heart on you frist card I love the colors and shine looking very cool....

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  10. Thanx for sharing and for your testimony! Made my day!! :D

    Wonderful card!
    Be blessed!

    Scrappy hugs, Kjerstin c",)

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  11. Oh, Julie! this is fabulous. I love the rich colors of the card and such a thoughtful thing for you to do. Our kids go back next week and I have mixed emotions,too. My oldest starts 2nd and my middle guy is going off to Kindergarten-oh my! tfs, today :)

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  12. I am so inspired by your post today...not just because of the gorgeous card, but also because of the image of God carrying us through the difficult changes in our lives. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. they grow fast - soon you will be feeling this anguish!
    Enjoy every moment now!
    Sandra

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  14. this is absolutely delightful...i just love it very much!

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  15. beautiful card, hope you have a good day, this year i have to send one off to his first year of highschool and the other to her first year of kindergarten.. so i get what you are saying.

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  16. Hi Julie, what a great card and a beautiful blog! I'll be back for more! I'd love to have the font from your digistamp with your name on your cards. It looks like something from Kim Hughes, can you help me out, because I searched all over the internet, but can't find it. Thanks so much in advance, greetings, Christa from the Netherlands.

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  17. Great card and great thoughts!! God is faithful--as the parent of young adults, I KNOW He gets us through those adjustments and lots of others as well!!

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  18. so true! love the card and I know your co-worker will be blessed as well!

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  19. Fabulous card and beautiful thoughts. Thanks for sharing them both.

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  20. this is absolutely beautiful! I can appreciate how your coworker is feeling (almost) as my son starts his SR year and he just seems too young (16yo) and I am just not ready to let him go..... next year is going to be unbelievable. Alot of prayer and on my knees I know that.

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  21. Your spiritual insights are so true here. Love the card, too. Great sentiment with the image!

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  22. Grunge-beautiful! Love these striking colors, esp the magenta side ribbon, yum!

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