Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Birthday

 As a Christian, I have two birthdays, the physical day that I was born, in May of 1967 and the spiritual one, in June of 1980. The first one, I have no memories of, but the second one changed my life and I have lots of memories of that day.

 I love celebrating birthdays. I love to bake cakes, give cards and gifts, and I love to sing happy birthday.
Interesting fact about the Happy Birthday song. It was written by two sisters,  Mildred and Patty Hill. They wrote the song to be used as a goodmorning greeting song in a kindergarten classroom.

Growing up, there were two birthday parties that stand out in my memory. One was when I was in 3rd grade. My mom threw me a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party. To end the party she had created a treasure hunt. I thought that was so much fun.She put so much effort into that treasure hunt. The "treasure"
 of that day has been forgotten, but the love my mom put into that celebration has not.

The second one was a surprise party for my 18th birthday. My mom did such a good job of keeping it a secret, that my first thought, when I saw my friends on my door step at dinner time was "How nice for them to come wish me a happy birthday, but we were just sitting down to dinner." Then I realized they were there for dinner. As I have gotten older, a lot of my friends don't want to celebrate their birthdays because it reminds them that they are getting older. I don't really understand this way of thinking, because I see them as a celebration of life. The more you have the longer you live.

Birthdays are wonderful times to celebrate life, but you know what is even better? UNBIRTHDAYS. I love the Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland. I love it when they sing the UNBIRTHDAY  SONG. The premise of that song is... why should we celebrate only one day a year... birthdays... when we could celebrate 364... unbirthdays? 
Having said that...
This Sunday is SSiC's 3rd Birthday and we invite you to celebrate with us by way of a Birthday Blog Hop!! Helen is our lovely challenge hostess. The challenge is to make a birthday card and is inspired by this

Scripture: John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Please be sure to read Helen's devotional on this Scripture on our challenge blog! 

Our challenge sponsor is Verses, who is donating a $15 Gift Card to one random participant in our card challenge (please link your card in our Linky) and as always, we will pick 3 Shining Stars who's cards will be showcased the following Tuesday on our blog!

And now for the Blog Hop! We will pick 3 random winners who complete the hop and who leave a comment on all our DT's blogs! Hoppers do not have to make a card and enter our challenge, although we'd love it if they did!

Hoppers could win one of the following: $20 GC to Daydream Designs,
3 Free digis from The Digi Garden,
and 3 digi sets from Carly's Cuties Winners from the blog hop will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 11th along with our challenge winner and Shining Stars.
Here's the order... Happy Hoppin'!! SSiC --

Start Here
Then there is me!!!!
and end up at The Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge blog.


  1. A beautiful Birthday card. But I would wonder how it would get through the post successfully. Tracy B.

  2. Very pretty card!! Love the blog name as well!! i have been watching McGyver with my dad this past summer!!

  3. Oh, so lovely. Great colours. No special Christmas colours, but it turned out realy great.
    christmas gifts

  4. MariLynn...What a beautiful birthday elegant with every perfect detail so artfully placed. Oh, my...those tiny flowers...I love them. I'm so blessed by you, by all your sweet encouragement and for the love of Christ that radiates in everything you do and say. I'm delighted to be celebrating with you as a sister! I appreciate you so much. Have a blessed week, sister!

  5. Such an absolutely stunning card. Love the doily die cut with the beautiful roses!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  6. Your card is very pretty...the different layers and flowers...simply elegant!

  7. Morning Marilynn! (well it's still a.m. here in Oregon anyways!) LOVELY card with all your li'l roses and delicate doily - very PRETTY! Thank you for being on this very special team ~ you've been such a blessing Marilynn! Have a wonderful week ahead! Hugs, Kris

  8. Lovely card...the colors and layout are beautiful!

  9. What a pretty and feminine card! I really like the floral wreath and the soft colors.

  10. Beautiful card, Marilynn!! I loved reading about your birthday parties, too! Hugs! I hope you have a blessed week! :)

  11. Marilynn your card is jaw dropping gorgeous love every detail of it.

  12. Lovely card and I like what you say about unbirthdays. What a joy!

  13. Marilyn: You're SO RIGHT about the joy and importance of having a second birthday. The first one is great, but the spiritual one is going to be "out of this world". Huh?

    Thanks SO MUCH for all you do to share the love of Jesus Christ through your blog, your art, and in the service you give to SSIC. It is such a joy to craft with others who love the Lord Jesus Christ so much. I appreciate all the inspiration I get from you, and I praise God for the DT at SSIC. Thanks for all you do, and may God bless you for it. I love your sweet card, and thank you for sharing this. You are a great blessing to me!

    I hope you can play along this week at Word Art Wednesday. I have shared the Blog Hop info on our blog as well. We'd LOVE to have you all play along and share this blessed news with everyone!

    Have a great week, my sister in the Lord!
    Karen Letchworth

  14. Marilynn - This is so beautiful! Love the DP you used and the die cut. The roses are lovely too! The font in the sentiment is great as well!
    Many many blessings,

  15. awe your card is very Beautiful. Happpy Birthday to yall.

  16. Beautiful card MariLynn - love the way the background and the wreath complement each other. Stunning.

  17. A very pretty card :o)

    Margaret xx

  18. Beautiful! I love the flowers.. This is amazing!

  19. Such a pretty card. Love how delicate it is and all the flowers. PS. loved reading your blog today. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Beautiful card and beautiful words. Always!

  21. What a beautiful card!! I love the wreath of roses!

  22. What an interesting wreath. Very pretty.

  23. What a lovely and elegant card^_^
    Happy 3rd Birthday to SSIC ^_^
    I made a card for your challenge and I partecipate with love in your blog hop^_^
    Big hug,

  24. simply a beautiful birthday card!! I love all the roses.

    With hugs and smiles


    Love your blog too - just had to become a follower.

  25. Beautiful Birthday wreath, Happy B'day SSIC!

  26. Hele mooie kaart heb je gemaakt. ik hou van de roosjes. Gr, Elly

  27. Beautiful card, MariLynn!! I am so thankful to have you as a Sister in Christ. Praying you have a very blessed week!

  28. I'm getting a late start on this hop! What a beautiful creation! Love it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful birthday stories...You are a blessing!
    Karen C

  29. I still love birthdays, but I don't like to tell my age anymore! lol I love this card! The birthday wreath is so gorgeous! Blessings! ~H