So yesterday was 8-8-08. Supposedly a very auspicious date in China hence the start of the Olympic games. I think it was one of the best opening ceremonies I have ever seen. I couldn't believe how detail oriented it was and so uniform in their movements. The sychronicity was just amazing. And the technology used! INCREDIBLE! And then there were the costumes!!! GORGEOUS & STUNNING. They said that no participant did more than one thing. The announcer said that the director joked that they had the people. And that they do. 1.2 Billion people! Wonder if Heidi Swapp is attending the Olympics? LOL Anyway, I copied this tidbit of Olympic information from a weekly email I get from this lady: The Olympic motto is Citicus, Altius, Fortius –a Latin phrase meaning Swifter, Higher, Stronger. The Olympic Creed is “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
Yesterday was another important date for me and I didn't even realize it until late in the day. It was 3 years ago yesterday that I decided I was tired of being tired and should try a new way of life in AA. Although I went back out for one weekend which is about 3 months away, it was certainly the day that changed the last 3 years of my life forever. I can't imagine going back to the life and although alcoholism and addiction is certainly never conquered, I know now that I have fought well!
So this weeks Book of Me prompt at Allyscraps was to scrap about your faith. That was NOT a hard one for me because now it is the central part of who I am. I had a couple of ideas in mind and could have done a couple more, but I'll get to those later. Here are my layouts. The first layout was also for a lift challenge at Allyscraps. My challenge was to lift the ever-so-talented Morag Cutts. Check out her blog in my list to the right. You'll find her original layout HERE. I don't usually like to lift someone almost exactly but I loved what she did with this paper so much that I couldn't resist.
Journaling reads: Words cannot begin to describe the feelings in my heart as I sometimes ponder how much my life has changed, how far I've come, & how much there is yet to discover. And though I'm not sure where my journey may take me next, I'll know I'll owe it to the Grace of God.
The journaling is from the Martina McBride song "Anyway". I'm not a country fan AT ALL but I love the lyrics to this song and the minute I heard them I knew I would be using them to scrap. I chose just to use the chorus:
God is great
But sometimes life ain't good.
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
I do it anyway!
So I think that is it for tonight. It's storming out. Nana and I are feeling better although she is still coughing a LOT! I have an AA thingy in the morning with some speakers from Tulsa that I am super excited to hear. I saw Michael Phelps win his first Olympic Gold Medal tonight and I teared up. I'm in awe of these athletes and the dedication it takes to get there, let alone win a medal. And their BODIES! Dang! And when they play the National Anthem, I remember that I'm proud to be an American. Go team USA!!!