Sunday, 29 March 2009

THE MARRIAGE BOX

I made a Marriage Box (Exploding Box Version) to hold photos of me & hubs. They are easy to craft and you can see my box here.

Most people get married believing a myth;
that marriage is a beautiful box
full of all the things they have longed for:
companionship, romance, sexual fulfillment,
intimacy, friendship, laughter,
financial security.

The truth is that marriage,
at the start, is an empty box.
You must put some things into it
before you can take anything out of it.

There is no love in marriage; love is in people,
and people put it into their marriage.
There is no romance in marriage;
people have to put it into their relationship.

A couple must discern what things work
to improve their relationship
and form the habits of communicating,
giving, sacrificing, sharing,
loving, touching, serving, and praising.
In other words, keeping the box full.
If you take out more than you put in,
the box will always be empty!
Keepsake Box -- The Marriage Box
It is remembering the English tradition of The Marriage Box™ for as in centuries past a box served as a constant reminder that each day is a gift and we must choose how to use it. The box is a keepsake for the home, but it is really much more than that. It is to remind the married couple of something quite important every time it catches their eye.Each Marriage Box has an enclosed card for the new couple that shares the treasures that must be put into the marriage "box" - the treasures of love, patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, courtesy, forgiveness, trust, support, and grace that will result in a fulfilled marriage.
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Years ago, when I first came across the marriage poem, it really moved my heart. Marriage is one of the hardest but also the sweetest "journey" one can take in life. It's a lot of work and commitment. Less (NONE, actually) Of ME, MORE (ALL, actually) of GOD + US. 
In today's culture of "throw away and walk away' s, it's doubly hard to stay and work through difficulties and grow up. Yet one must, because it brings glory to God and pleases Him who loves us and calls us to be His. Yes, He has been my strength and shelter in this journey He has called me to. He is FAITHFUL!
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HOLDING HANDS by Steve Green
Lyrics by GRANT CUNNINGHAM

One day, far away, you gently won my heart

And one night, by candlelight, we made a vow to never part
And then it seemed just like a dream
When wide eyed, side by side
We faced the future holding hands

Years fly, they hurry by, the simple times are gone
Bills due, a kid or two, a week can feel eight days long
By fading light, let's kiss goodnight
And then we trace God's daily grace
Thankful we're still holding hands

There's a hope that won't let go
There's a truth we know
God is holding us
In His arms

Thoughts stray far away to all that lies ahead
In frail days when strength fades
Will we still mean all that we said?
Our love's secure, so rest assured
Come what may 'til that day
We'll walk forever holding hands

By God's grace 'til that day
We'll walk forever holding hands

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Scrapping Old Photos; Whampoa Sec School

I was teaching in Whampoa Sec Sch from 1987  to 1990. It was my first teaching post after graduating from IE (Institute of Education; now N(National)IE). I taught English and Home Economics (cookery & sewing) and was the Girl Guides' teacher. 
This school has since closed, SAD. It started  out as a Chinese-medium school and my 2nd sis and her hubby both studied and graduated from there. When it was turned into an English school... I think it lost popularity and struggled hard with the changes. When I was there, the Chinese culture and influence were still pretty dominant and the younger English-Ed teachers were often "snickered at", politely behind our backs! (wry sigh!) In spite of it, I had a memorable experience and while the neighborhood and some of the students were ... umm... "rough",  they would treat you with respect if you give them back the same regard... 

I remember breaking up a one-on-one fight between one of my boys and another student... The small field behind the ground floor staff room, were ringed by cheering students, while 2 boys were facing off in the middle of it! I had stormed into the melee and yelling in my loudest teacher voice to "STOP !" I think they stopped, more in amusement of my outrage than a fear of a teacher finding them out. But yeah, some of them told me they had a nick-name for me then... Tigeress (mu liao hu)!! GRRRRRRRoarrrr! LOL! Can't be helped, I had to live up to the image of H.E. teachers.... terrorize the girls or else! Poor dears...(shaking my head n feeling a tinge of regret)

It's been almost 19 years since I left, and I was really pleased to have found them on Face Book. 
Too late though, they had a mega gathering recently..... sighzzz!

I dug out my old album.... ewwww! all de-colorised and faded. I pulled out the photos, scan them and scrapbooked! Here's the 2 pages I did...
BEFORE:
AFTER:

Friday, 20 March 2009

COMPLETED! 2 MINI SCRAP BOOKLETS




Finally completed these two mini scrap booklets for my friends Madeline and Iann.

I'm soooo reluctant to part with them (the books i mean). So much work and time, as well as pleasure had gone into making these. Sigh! 
I think I shall keep these till 6 months later. I figured they would be too caught up with the baby to put in any photos.... maybe another 2 months, then I'll be ready to let go..... ugh!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

WELCOME ASHER!!


One of my many on-going projects now.... 
These little scrapbooks measures 6x6 inches (left) & 4half x 6 inches (right).
One is for the baby's parents edition and the other; the grandparent's.

It will be used to track Asher's growth each month for his first year. SO now, the parents will have to TAKE TIME to take photos each month, for this to be a treasured book to keep through the ages and ages and ages (echos).... 
Haha! a little drama here.... after-all, scrapbooks done carefully will last a long, long time, since we have to pay extra for all the stuff to be acid-free!!! (will we even be around long enough to sue the manufacturers if our precious scrapbooks fall apart? Hmmm...)

I wish I could go back in time and take DIGI photos of my kids again. 
See, when you start to scrapbook and search online for ideas, one of the WOW factors is not just the Layout, but the photos and the how they are taken or rather... photo-shopped, LOL!

A well-taken photo, communicates so much more! 

Will post more photos of the completed book later... stay tuned... =D