Easter Angels

I ran across these wonderful vintage Easter angel cards this weekend. I do love Victorian artwork, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you love vintage Victorian art as well. Or maybe you need an Easter angel this week. I know I do. And a regular guardian angel every other day as well!

 

Vintage Easter angel being showered with violets ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Vintage Easter angel being showered with violets ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I must admit. This morning I was having one of those days when things hit you hard. I woke up with yet another headache and didn’t think I’d make it to church for the third time in a row. But, I took some ibuprofen, got out of bed and managed to get out the door and down the road to church. They had free donuts when I got there. Score!

 

Four Easter Angels ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Four Easter Angels ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

Worship started. I love the singing part. I think we should just forget about the talking part and just sing our way through the service. Ha. But seriously. We started singing, there was a big cross on the stage, and I started thinking about my mom’s cancer. This month marks the 18 month mark since her ‘D’ day was given to her. She’s supposed to either not be here right now, or have one foot in the grave. But instead, she’s alive and doing well. I get to go have Easter dinner over at my parents house today.

 

Two angels on a cross ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Two angels on a cross ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’m not sure why this hits so hard on certain days, but for one, it’s a holiday. For two, it’s another landmark time that the doctor’s told her she had left to live. Now we’re into the time where they said at the most she’d have 18 months to two years to live. And when you get to these landmark moments, they just hit you like a rock in the gut.

My mom is still here. Take that satan! By the grace of God, she is still here, so I take that rock in the gut and throw a big gigantic boulder right back at ya, you stinky, slimy toad straight from the pits of hell!

 

Victorian Easter angel card with gold accents ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Victorian Easter angel card with gold accents ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’m not sure if it’s all the prayers, the new trial drug, the CBD oil that we always feel like we shouldn’t mention she’s taking despite it’s many medicinal qualities. Maybe it’s the baking soda and water she takes a bit of on the side. Or maybe it’s the groats of oats. (Steel cut oats) I woke up one morning last year, with the phrase ‘groats of oats’ repeating itself in my head three times. I started laughing. I didn’t think there was such a thing as groats of oats. I felt very strongly that I needed to look it up, but shrugged it off as something silly. A few days later I got a Facebook message from a friend with a video clip in it talking about different things that were good for fighting cancer. And one of them was groats of oats, which I totally thought was a made up phrase playing through my head. A few weeks later I finally told my mom about the weird incident. Now she makes up big pots of groats of oats or actually steel cut oats which are the same thing cut down in three pieces so they are easier to cook. Whatever the case, we’re really not sure what’s doing it, but we’ll take whatever is kicking the cancer’s butt at the moment.

 

Vintage Easter angel card with purple flowers and church bell ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Vintage Easter angel card with purple flowers and church bell ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’ve been busy doing background acting work these past two weeks. Everything that was filming around town has ended for now. But, I was thinking about all of my extras friends while the pastor was preaching his sermon. (He was talking about the prodigal son, in case you think I missed the whole sermon.) Some new, some old. And how you sometimes get paired up with someone or in a group of people and those people are your set buddies for the day. I was thinking I should do something similar at church. I go to such a big church, you don’t really connect with people very well, but, there are the people around you. They could be your ‘church buddies’.

So, when the lady in front of me raised her hand when they asked if people wanted to rededicate themselves to the Lord, or make an commitment to the Lord for the first time. I really wanted to give her a hug. But they asked them all to come up front. So she did with the rest of the new believers. When she came back, I went up to her and gave her a big hug and told her I was glad she was there and I thought she was a beautiful lady. She just held on to me and cried while they were singing a song up front. We talked a bit and I actually gave her a kiss on the cheek before I sat down. ~ Like where is Maureen, and what alien abducted her this morning, right? ~ I don’t normally do the cheek kissing thing unless the other person initiates it. Weird. So yeah. I just hugged on and loved on a new comer to East HIll Church today and welcomed her into the fold all because I thought, why not have a church buddy just like you have set buddies? And really, why not? In smaller churches you have relationships with the people in the church, but I’m used to being in a big church where you just get lost in the crowd. So, if you go to a big church like me, why not adopt a church buddy? Or take a new comer under your wing? I do it on background acting jobs, so why not do it out in the real world as well?

 

I asked Jesus "How much do you love me?"

I asked Jesus “How much do you love me?”

 

So, this week, I challenge you. If you’re on a set, find a set buddy. If you’re at church, find a church buddy. At work, where ever you’re spending a good chunk of time. Why not find someone and make their day brighter by welcoming them into your life? And who knows, maybe you’ll be like an angel coming along to encourage, accept and love on them, just when they need it. If you feel like you’re not qualified, just remember, God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

 

God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

 

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

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How to get freebies for your birthday

I just had a birthday recently, and decided to see what all I could get for free for my birthday. I’m not counting restaurants, because usually most restaurants you go to have some sort of birthday freebie – I still have yet to get my free burger from Red Robin as it is. A few of these items are only for people living in the Portland Metro area of Oregon, but some are good across the US. I discovered you probably don’t want to be signing up for your freebie on the day of your birthday, because it will probably not process for 24 to 48 hours and you may risk not getting your free birthday item if you do it too late. However, if I did get my free birthday drink at Starbucks by just telling them I was signing up and asking if I could get the drink that day. And, when I still hadn’t received my free coupon for a milkshake over 24 hours after I signed up, I asked them if I would get the coupon if I signed up on my birthday and it processed the next day. The manager gave me the shake anyway. So, if you just speak up, you may still get your birthday treat.

Here are the ones I rounded up during my birthday week:

 

Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

Did I hit the coffee jackpot, or what? Sign up for Starbucks rewards card.  My son said he did this without having to get a Starbucks gift card to get started, I ended up buying myself a Starbucks gift card with the minimum of $5 on it to get my Star code. I didn’t really want a gift card, but now I have one to me, from me. 

Dutch Brothers is awesome! No sign up necessary. Just show your I.D. on your birthday and you get a free drink. Voila! Couldn’t be easier.

The other one is a local coffee shop called Origins. They use the 5 star rewards card program for their business, and it sends you a text telling you that you have a free birthday drink to pick up on or before your birthday. Not bad.

 

Kitty treats

Kitty treats

Next up, kitty treats! No, not really for me, but the place I go to, Exclusive Pet Supply in Troutdale, Oregon also has a 5 star reward program card and I got to pick up free kitty treats (or dog treats if you have a dog) for the kitties for my birthday. So I can have spoiled, happy kitties on my birthday!

 

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

This is the free milkshake I had to ask about as I still hadn’t gotten my coupon after signing up on my birthday for. You have to join the Raving Fan Club for Del Taco for this one. Do it at least a day before your birthday. My coupon never did come. I did get the coupon for my two free tacos just for signing up, though. 

 

Mini Bun + Iced Coffee

Mini Bun + Iced Coffee

 

This one I did actually sign up for the day before my birthday and all of my coupons came in. You need to sign up to join Club Cinnabon After you join you will receive a Mini Bun for signing up and the free Iced Coffee for your birthday treat.  

 

Pip's donuts!!!

Pip’s donuts!!!

 

Pip’s Donuts are the Best. Donuts. Ever! Tiny little bits of deliciousness. They are mini cake donuts made fresh during store hours. Oh. My. Word. I love their donuts. And, if you notice, their box says ‘You’re the best’ on the inside of the lid. Not sure if that’s a birthday thing or if they do that on all of their boxes to go. This is a Portland only thing. Only one Pip’s Donut shop at this point in time. That’s okay. More for me, none for you unless you come to the Pacific Northwest. Ha.

 

DQ Buy one get one free Blizzard

DQ Buy one get one free Blizzard

If you join Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club you’ll get a Buy one, get one free coupon for a Blizzard. I tried the Royal Oreo Blizzard treat with a core of gooey, yummy chocolate inside. Yeah, baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Technically I also signed up for the Cold Stone My Cold Stone Club as well and got another buy one get one coupon, but I was thinking you got that anyway just for signing up and didn’t take a photo of my ice cream before glomming it down. Looking at the website, it actually is a birthday deal, so it does count. So I’ll give it a mention even though I didn’t take any photos of my ice cream before eating it. 

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