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Monday, December 8, 2008

SoulPerSuit Contemplative Christmas Week 1

Little did I know when I decided to participate in SoulPerSuit's Contemplative Christmas series that the first theme would be Barn Smells and that I'd be staying in a barn that very week.

I've not spent much time in a barn, not like my husband, Phil, has. He was raised on a farm, put up hay every summer while his eyes swelled shut from hayfever...we celebrated our tenth anniversary together at the Rawhide Ranch, a dude ranch with an 11 room bunkhouse built over the 32 stall horse stable below. (I wrote a little about it here.)

We walked in, smelled the hay, put our bags down and went straight to the pharmacy for Benedryl, Claritin, and Afrin nose spray to ease my poor husband's allergies.

And I thought about the theme of barn smells. It wasn't the animal smells or the dirt or moisture, it was the hay that did my husband in. Such a small little oversight in my planning could have made our whole anniversary trip a disaster without allergy meds. Thank you Lord, for not overlooking the details, not forgetting.

I don't think Christ being born in a barn was a bad thing, I've never thought that. As I get older, I realize that all of this is more than I can comprehend.

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My card is my first foray into the world of digital scrapbooking. Can you see the antique playing card behind my design?

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Erin said...

Oh man! A real, live dude ranch?! I'd give my right boot spur for an experience like that. Maybe someday...

But staying there with hay fever has got to be a real test of fortitude. It makes me wonder what the average Bethlehemite did back in the pre-Claritin days?

The antique card peeking out is a nice effect. Kinda like the ranch hands left a game of poker behind in the bunkhouse. Are you using a digital scrapbook software, or making an actual card and then scanning it? Very cool.

~michelle pendergrass said...

I like the idea of the ranch hands leaving behind the antique cards! How cool!

I'm just using my Photoshop Elements. I found the cards at a designer's shop online for $.50 and I couldn't resist downloading them for this!