I just received this via email from my friends Mike & Barb in Missouri. As my friend Mike said, "Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive."
Saint Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Here are Cookie's and Sheliah's beautiful "Buttons & Beads" bracelets from a class earlier in the month. They did such a great job and their buttons were so unique and creatively placed in the composition of the bracelets! Click on the photo to zoom-in and get a closer look at the buttons and the stunning workmanship. These are two very talented ladies! (Thanks Cindi for the photo.)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Volunteer Bret Loes, a teacher from Washington D.C., takes a break from gutting the basement of St. Wenceslaus Church (my home parish) in Cedar Rapids. After seeing the effects of the flood, Bret felt compelled to help, so he drove to Iowa and started volunteering.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Here are some beautiful creations started today in two different classes at Bead Haven. The one directly above (golds/greens) is Mary's from the "Freeform Stringing" class. What a stunning beginning to a beautiful necklace!
The other bracelets (top 2 photos) are in various beginnings from the "Santa Fe Sunset" class. Joy's bracelet features blue-purple-cream-brown. Tami's creation has shades of brown & khaki. Kellie's bracelet has purple-yellow-cobalt blue. The gals did such a wonderful job and aren't the color combinations great! Click on these pictures to zoom-in for a closer look.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tonight I taught a bead embroidery class. Laurie and Cindi are doing a fantastic job on their cuffs! ...The stiffened felt base is first embroidered. When finished, the black base will be trimmed and a brass cuff blank will be sandwiched between the embroidered base and Ultra suede. Then a beaded edging is added, attaching the base and suede. Pictured is an embroidered base from a previous project.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
This is an earlier aerial image of downtown Cedar Rapids...Friday or Saturday?...I don't really know, the days have blurred together. Hopefully, this is a site that we will never see again. (As a point of reference-the red roof in the right hand corner is the National Czech & Slovak Museum.) A sincere thank you to those who have emailed or called to see how I am doing-I live approx 4 miles from the downtown area so I am okay--but so, so many people are hurting.
A search and rescue dog rests in the back of a National Guard truck as strike teams assemble in Southwest Cedar Rapids on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Ten teams searched flood damaged homes throughout Sunday and will continue Monday to ensure homes are safe for residents to return and gather belongings.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
A storm that moved through Eastern Iowa Saturday, June 14, 2008 passes over Burlington Street in Iowa City near the bridge over the Iowa River. The storm, which brought with it heavy rain, hail, and possibly a tornado in West Branch, could affect the predicted crest of the Iowa River later this week.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Above- Cedar Rapids City Hall early Friday, June 13, 2008, in Cedar Rapids.
Above-the First Avenue NW Dairy Queen photographed early Friday, June 13, 2008, in southeast Cedar Rapids.Volunteers form a human chain to carry sandbags for the effort of protecting Mercy Medical Center from the rising flood waters early Friday, June 13, 2008, in southeast Cedar Rapids. The hospital along with a care facility was evacuated...
Part of Mays Island, which is home for City Hall and the Linn County Courthouse, is underwater as flood waters continue to rise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thursday June 12, 2008. Heavy rains continue to pound large portions of Iowa. The faint lines that you see are the railings of the Cedar Rapids bridges that are submerged. The only remaining and passable bridge is I 380 that you see in the background.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The 3rd Ave bridge (photos I took yesterday afternoon-picture below) over the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids is now closed. Parts of Cedar Rapids are now under mandatory evacuation. The entire city of Palo (a town close to Cedar Rapids) is under mandatory evacuation. ...and in the last hour it has started to rain.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
It's still evolving--although I have decided that it will be a component of a necklace. But stay tuned-I just might change my mind. The colors are still growing on this piece. I do not often work with reds and pinks so I am having fun working with colors that are a bit different for me.
(Ah, but the gold and bronzes are still there and a splash of violet.)
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
This is a new technique that I finished this morning. I like the texture and the flexibility of this bracelet! I am going to offer this as a new class. It is a really easy project for the beginner and still so fun and quick for anyone! (Don't we need some fast gratification projects?) The possibilities with this bracelet are endless. It really got me thinking. Click on the photo for a closer look...