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Black and brown tea bag tiles in a block of 9 tiles for tea bag folding, greeting cards and other paper crafts. You can also use them to make a border on your scrapbook pages by cutting into three strips, each with three tiles, then butting them end to end. Paste them on your page with your favorite glue or paste.

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Tea Bag Tiles - In a variety of colors

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We all have a purpose! MAGNOLIAS.........

MAGNOLIAS............By Edna Ellison

I spent the week before my daughter's June wedding running last-minute
trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and th e church about forty
miles away.

As happy as I was that Patsy was marrying a good Christian young man, I
felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle .

So many details, so many bills, and so little time. My son Jack was away
at college, but he said he would be there to walk his younger sister down
the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before. He
teased Patsy, saying he'd wanted to give her away since she was about
three years old!

To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large
magnolia trees. Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green leaves
would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the

After the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, we banked the
podium area and choir loft with magnolias. As we left just before
midnight , I felt tired but satisfied this would be the best wedding any
bride had ever had! The music, the ceremony, the reception - and
especially the flowers - would be remembered for years.

The big day arrived - the busiest day of my life - and while her
bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fiancée Tim walked with me to the
sanctuary to do a final check. When we opened the door and felt a rush of
hot air, I almost fainted; and then I saw them - all the beautiful white
flowers were black. Funeral black. An electrical storm during the night
had knocked out the air conditioning system, and on that hot summer day,
the flowers had wilted and died.

I panicked, knowing I didn't have time to drive back to our hometown,
gather more flowers, and return in time for the wedding.

Tim turned to me. ' Edna, can you get more flowers? I'll throw away these
dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements.'
I mumbled, 'Sure,' as he be-bopped down the hall to put on his cuff

Alone in the large sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the
arched ceiling.. 'Lord,' I prayed, 'please help me. I don't know anyone in
this town. Help me find someone willing to give me flowers - in a hurry!'
I scurried out praying for four things: the blessing of white magnolias,
courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard, safety from any dog that may
bite my leg, and a nice person who would not get out a shotgun when I
asked to cut his tree to shreds.

As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance. I approached a
house..No dog in sight. I knocked on the door and an older man answered.
So far so good . .No shotgun. When I stated my plea the man beamed, 'I'd
be happy to!'

He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down to me.
Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said,
'Sir, you've made the mother of a bride happy today.'

'No, Ma'am,' h e said. 'You don't
understand what's happening here.'

'What?' I asked.

'You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday. On Tuesday I
received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday . . . He paused. I
saw tears welling up in his eyes. 'On Wednesday I buried her.' He! looked
away. 'On Thursday most of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and o
n Friday - yesterday - my children left.'

I nodded.

'This morning,' he continued, 'I was sitting in
my den crying out loud. I miss her so much. For the last sixteen years, as
her health got worse, she needed me. But now nobody needs me. This morning
I cried, 'Who needs an eighty-six-year-old worn-out man? Nobody!' I began
to cry louder. 'Nobody needs me!' About that time, you knocked, and said,
'Sir, I need you.'

I stood with my mouth open.

He asked, 'Are you an angel? The way the light shone around your head into
my dark living room...'

I assured him I was no angel.

He smiled. 'Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those


'I decided I'm needed. My flowers are needed. Why, I might have a flower
ministry! I could give them to everyone! Some caskets at the funeral home
have no flowers. People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of
them. They're all over the backyard! I can give th em to hospitals,
churches - all sorts of places. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going
to serve the Lord until the day He calls me home!'

I drove back to the church, filled with wonder. On Patsy's wedding day, if
anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have
said, 'Forget it! It's my only daughter's wedding, for goodness' sake!
There is no way I can min ister to anyone today. 'But God found a way.
Through dead flowers.

'Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's
the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.'

If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing.
If you have missed some of my emails, you may have missed a laugh.

But, if you have missed knowing our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you
have missed everything in the world.

May God's blessings be upon you.

Red Friday

Last week I was in Melbourne attending a conference.

While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer.

I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their uniforms, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and  cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded Australian who still loves this country   and supports our troops and their families. Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young  unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work, and enjoy our home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers.

He knelt down and said 'hi,' the little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.

Suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Corporal and had been in Afghanistan for 5 months now.

As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mum was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second.

Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie.

They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.'

He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a Kiss on the cheek.

He finished by saying 'Your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'

The mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum.

I was standing no more than 6 feet away as this entire event unfolded.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause.

As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own.

That young soldier in one last act of moment turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices.

At the end of the day, it's good to be an Australian.


Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday.

The reason?

Australian's who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'.

We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for Country and home in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing.

We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Australian's, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Australia supports our troops.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every Australian who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make Australia on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football team

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family, It will not be long before Australia is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is...'We need your support and your prayers'...

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.





Lest we Forget.

Fw: Thought you'd like to know....

Subject: Thought you'd like to know....

A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called, and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman drove to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring!

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1.. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a metal leash.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose..

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.

4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would moan and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning..

Thought you'd like to know.

Tea Bag Tiles - In a variety of colors

Tea Bag Tiles in a variety of colors and patterns for tea bag folding and other paper crafts.

Practice Tiles 05

Practice Tiles 05 - Simple tea bag tiles in black and white to hand colour or to use for practicing your tea bag folding. Good little colouring project for the kids too!

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Tea Bag Tiles

Tea Bag Tiles in a variety of colors and patterns for tea bag folding and other paper crafts. These prints are free to download provided you follow my copyright rules.

Fw: Shrimp, prawns + vitamin C => Arsenic (Poison!)

In Taiwan , a woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from
her ears, nose, mounth & eyes. After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed
death due to arsenic poisoning death. Where did the arsenic come from?

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical
school professor was invited to come to solve the case.

The professor carefully looked at the contents from the deceased's stomach,
in less than half an hour, the mystery was solved. The professor said: 'The
deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of
accidental death due to ignorance!'

Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death? The arsenic is of the U..S.
military for carrying rice seedlings H Gao. The professor said: 'The
arsenic is produced in the stomach of the deceased.' The deceased used to
take 'Vitamin C' everyday, which in itself is not a problem. The problem was
that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating
shrimp/prawn is not the problem that's why nothing happened to her family
ever though they took the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the
deceased also took 'vitamin C', that is where the problem is!

Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found
through experiments, food such as soft-shell shrimp/prawn contains a much
higher concentration of - five potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body! However,
in taking 'vitamin C', due to the chemical reaction, the original
non-toxic - five potassium arsenic (As anhydride, also known as arsenic
oxide, the chemical formula for As205) changed to a three potassium toxic
arsenic ( ADB arsenic anhydride), also known as arsenic trioxide, a chemical
formula (As203), which is commonly known as arsenic to the public!
Arsenic poisoning have magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood
vessels, "mercapto Jimei"??, inhibits the activity of the liver and fat
necrosis change Hepatic Lobules Centre, heart, liver, kidney, intestine
congestion, epithelial cell necrosis, telangiectasia. Therefore, a person
who dies of arsenic poisoning will shows signs of bleeding from the ears,
nose, mounth & eyes.
Therefore; as a precautionary measure, DO NOT not take shrimp/prawn when
taking 'vitamin C'.

After reading this; please do not be stingy. Forward to your friends and
family & tell them to be mindfull about the wrong combinations of food!!

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Tea Bag Tiles in a variety of colors and patterns for tea bag folding and other paper crafts. These prints are free to download provided you follow my copyright rules.