Brainstorming in the Shower
I was drying my hair yesterday when a great idea popped into my head. As soon as I finished, I went to tell my husband. I can’t tell you how many of my sentences begin with “I have an idea…” My husband, bless his heart, smiles a little and responds “of course you do.” It’s really an involuntary action. I don’t set out to conquer the day’s problems while showering, but I, like most busy moms, have very little quiet time each day. The quietest time of the day for me is after the kids go to bed, but by then my brain is not firing on all cylinders. In contrast, my sister’s creative juices do not begin flowing until after 9:00p and it’s not unusual for me to get emails from her well after I’ve gone to bed.
One December, a couple of years ago, I had been searching for Christian photo Christmas cards. I couldn’t find any modern designs with faith-based messages. While drying my hair, I suddenly thought that it would be a good idea to get my graphic designer sister to create a Christian Christmas card for my family. She loved the idea and quickly began working on some concepts. That little nugget started what would become our company.
Not every one of my showers leads to great inspiration, but I usually do a little problem-solving or planning during what I term my “quiet time.” As for my husband, he still patiently listens to each and every one of my wacky ideas or half-baked thoughts. He’s a good man and he inspires me every day.
Know Jesus? Now, how do you spread the word?
Well, what works for this guy may not necessarily work for you … on the other hand, you may decide it’s something you’d like to try on a Saturday morning!
“Redeemed Riders, Commissioned by Christ.”
I love that, don’t you? This gentleman was one of two wearing the Redeemed jacket, and they anchored a long line of Harley-riding friends on their way to who-knows-where. This awesome statement of faith got me thinking about The Great Commission and the unique ways that people proclaim their faith… and the unique ways that our Lord makes Himself known.
What is the most unique way you’ve witnessed someone spreading the Good News? Not sure about you, but I think this one has to be on a Top-10 list somewhere!
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:19
An Early Christmas Surprise…
Each and every day for the past two years, I thought about what it would take to start this company. I thought about the long hours, the many card designs we would need and of course, all the hard work. The meetings with my partners, the playdates that would be missed, etc…
I thought about so much of what it might be like…and yet one thing caught me completely by surprise: you did, folks. It was the fact that I would be able to glimpse a small part of each of our customers’ lives through the pictures in your cards.
As one of the graphic designers for our company, being able to see the smiling faces of all of our beautiful customers and their kids/grandkids/siblings etc. is truly amazing! As I work on your cards, it makes me feel like I get to know our customers just a tiny bit. It is a privilege — it’s like receiving unexpected Christmas presents long before Christmas arrives!!
So, thanks for sharing a snapshot of your lives with me as I remove the red-eye in your picture, tweak the color, or sharpen up your image a bit. It made me feel like Christmas arrived early this year!
Connie’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Try Connie’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for a great Thanksgiving side! Quick, simple recipe… amazing flavor!
What you need:
5 lbs of potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
½ cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup sour cream
1 cube of butter, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic granules
How to assemble:
- Boil potatoes in salted water until tender with a fork is inserted in them
- Drain the water off the potatoes
- Use a heavy mixer to fluff the potatoes
- Add butter, cream cheese, salt, pepper and garlic and continue mixing
- Add cream, sour cream and continue mixing
- Add beaten egg whites and mix until potatoes are creamy
- Spoon potatoes into a baking dish or a crock pot liner which has been sprayed with PAM
- Cover and refrigerate until time to heat for serving.
3 ½ hours prior to serving insert crock pot liner in crock pot and set temperature to “Low”
45 minutes before serving, place covered baking dish of potatoes in a preheated oven and bake at 350◦
Serve uncovered with a slab of butter melting in the center of the potatoes.
For variety you can add cheese, chives, dried onion flakes, roasted garlic, and more!
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We Give Thanks…
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! Psalm 30:12
And so we will! This has been a most fascinating year, full of highs and lows as we worked endlessly to get The Little Card Company up-and-running. It was a praise-filled day as we opened our virtual doors on November 4th and we continue to be thankful as each day brings new customers.
As Thanksgiving approaches (and quickly!), it brings to mind so many things for which we can be thankful to our Lord and Savior. He has blessed us with:
• Families that have loved and encouraged us through all aspects of starting this new company
• High-quality, super-accommodating vendors that are supportive of our mission
• An ever-growing group of women who support us as customers, business partners, and word-of-mouth engines
• Knowledge that we never knew we would need!
• A deeper knowledge of His purpose in this endeavor
• A stronger relationship with one another
And this is just the short list. The Lord is truly powerful and we pray that we can continue to rely on him to grow this business to His glory. We are thankful for where He has brought us thus far and look forward to what He has planned for our future!