Wow, I know I say this almost every year but the time is really flying by! I can't believe it is March already. The Cozzi family has been keeping busy. February is always a rush because we celebrate not one but three different birthdays. This year I turned 50....ahhhhhh!!! It still kinda brings me up short. I'll look in the mirror and think, "wow, I'm 50!!" Then I'll second guess myself and think, "surely that can't be right!"
I do find that age does have some privileges though. It is good to be at a place where I'm comfortable with myself. Long gone are those painful years of transition where I wasn't sure who or what I was going to be and wondering what value I could possibly have. God's rescue and His sweet provision all these years have added not only joy but also sweet contentment to my life. Being certain of a calling, finding value and worth in God's priorities and being surrounded by a generous and loving family truly make the passing years not a thing to dread but something to rejoice. It gives me a chance to look around and see all the miracles both small and large that God is constantly working in my life.
I'm still serving in Women's Ministry helping to oversee our Women's Bible study. We are currently doing a study on Exodus. Each day as I work through our lessons I'm overwhelmed by the all-consuming nature of God's love for us. This week we "sang the song of Moses and Miriam;" praising him because He is highly exalted, He is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation, He is my warrior, He leads me with His unfailing love. He is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, always working wonders. What more could anybody possibly want or need when the love of such a God is ours?!
The boys are all doing well. Alex is on Spring Break and took the opportunity to fly to Indiana and visit Pastor Rob and Lori. I'm so thankful for the gift of these precious friends and for the way they DON'T let time and distance interfere with the loving relationship they established with Alex all the years they were here in S. California. Anthony is a joyful light in our home; he has such a gift of finding joy in each day and sharing that joy with others. He is playing volleyball this spring and I think he has found a new "favorite" sport. His height is serving him well and he has become quite an exceptional blocker. Austin has been blessed this year in his teacher, Mr. Fikse. They have a special relationship and Al has a gift for drawing Austin out and helping him to make the most of his gifts. He is still playing the trumpet and handbells, loves algebra (go figure?!) and has been having a great time working on his science project.
Mario is still working with Wells Fargo. He is happy and content with his work and really enjoys his co-workers. He is still volunteering his time with our church Youth ministry as well as volunteering with our church music ministry playing piano during worship and Vesper services. He is hoping to put together a couple of traveling soccer teams for the fall but we are not sure if he will be able to round up enough boys for the teams; we shall see.
My partner Stacey and I continue to produce our monthly online magazine and I continue to design digital scrap products for the Guild. We have expanded into several different stores and our board of contributors has grown both in terms of numbers as well as artistry. I'm thrilled with our end product every month; it grows in its creative merit with every issue. This month I'm the featured designer at one of our stores, E-scape and Scrap. You can read all about it on their blog and find a link to this free sample:
I haven't had a lot of time to "scrap just for fun" but here are a few layouts I've made in the last few months: