I decided to flip through my storage binders from the past few years looking for inspiration. I began to notice photos of me doing various types of volunteer work - my way of giving my time and talents to good causes. There was a photo of me reading for story time in a 2nd grade classroom. Another photo showed me receiving a plaque in recognition of my service on the Board of Directors of a missionary organization, while another photo was taken the day Robbie & I helped load toys and bicycles during our community's Christmas toy drive. I decided these random photos would make the perfect GIVE layout.
I also think this layout works for the Week 7 layout in The Mother LOAD workshop - to create an intentional layout, choosing embellishments that enhance the theme. I chose a patterned paper with stars because they often represent accomplishments and achievements, which I thought went along well with accomplishing something for the benefit of others. I feel truly blessed that I am so often able to give my time to others, whether it's simply reading a children's book or coordinating a banquet for 300 guests.
I hope you are all doing well - the last few weeks have been extremely busy here as we adjust to Robbie's new full-time schedule and I prepare for teaching two Bible Study sessions this fall. I was somewhat behind on blog reading and my Google Reader was overflowing this morning. I took time to scroll through the posts quickly and then had to mark everything as read so I could have a fresh start. So, if you posted something you thought I'd really enjoy or linked back to me, please let me know as I don't want to miss anything. I'm really looking forward to getting back to my regular daily reading and being inspired by your posts later today!
(Don't forget - there's still one more day to get in the draw for the first book of Pass the Book:Year Two - check it out here.) [Pass the Book:Year Two has concluded!]