Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A couple of recent layouts

Created this on a recent cabin crop weekend....was having a love affair with the polka dot paper! The girl with the big hair? Yep, that was me when I lived in Wisconsin.....the other layout is a "then/now" look and Zak and Me.

Have a fun day and thanks for visiting me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Questions of the Week

"Mom, before we were born.....where did you meet Dad"?

"Did you meet when you were in college"?

I need to know these things.......Zak, 7.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How to open a bottle of wine 101 - Cheers!

Giving Today.....

I'm giving this blanket to the local homeless shelter today. It was simple to make, just tied knots all around the fringed edges that I cut into strips. The kids at school are having a "Coat & Blanket" drive for the Poverello House. It's my little donation to help someone that has less. I'm also giving two new hoodies, one from each of my two boys.

It's all about giving today and what a great feeling it brings when we do!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

What a difference a year makes.....

With the start of the New Year, comes a whole new beginning. Yet another opportunity to "get it right". To learn from our past and focus on improving for tomorrow.

I decided to look back to 2006, it was one of the toughest years in my marriage. I think every couple goes through those "tough times" in their relationship, we were no different. I think I learned that year why they make you say, "for better or for worse" in your marriage vows. Things had just gotten worse! I was struggling, we were both at a turning point. This first layout just describes "2006 in a nutshell" . It documents one of the most difficult years we've faced as a couple and how we "turned it over to God" to see us through.

I had a lot of growing to do. It felt like at that point I had hit the end of one chapter as a Mom. My kids were growing and didn't need me in the same ways they always had. I needed to move forward, to seek out a piece of my own identity. I needed time to rediscover myself...a time for change.

My prayer was to let me allow God to be the driver, to lead me in the direction where he needed me. I think he has. I think this series of layouts clearly reflects where I was in '06 and what a difference a year made to me.

In 2007, I found a little part of me again. I became a working Mother and went back to my career in marketing. The part of me that needed to be recharged, was resparked! Having a job took some of the pressure off of Rich and gave the kids a whole new respect for what I was capable of doing. They were all so proud of me and that was a wonderful thing! 2007 was a great year! I think God answered my prayer when he blessed me with a wonderful job that still allowed me to give a piece of myself to my own kids and still help out our family.

I can look back and see that he really tested us and forced us to look at our promises to each other. I found out that by honoring our vows to each other, we honor him. . It was a good lesson...a good choice to let him be in charge of the plan.

Here's looking forward to an even brighter tomorrow, a spectacular 2008!! Happy New Year!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

A few scraps....

As you can see, I enjoyed the hobby a little bit this weekend. I joined the girls over at "the village" for a mini virtual crop. A very nice group of people. ......Finally put a few ideas down that I'd been tossing around in my head. I ended the weekend with 5 completed layouts, not bad for being the slow poke that I was. I'll share a couple of more layouts later in the week.
I have decided that Scrapping makes January seem brighter to me :)
Happy Day!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Question of the Week....

Me: Tomorrow is pajama day.

Zak: Mom, Is Sponge Bob inappropriate?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Mini Virtual Crop Weekend

Starting Friday through Sunday. There are no points, it's just for fun. There will a lot of challenges and even a few prizes to be given away. You're invited!


Hope to see you there!


P.S. Sorry I've been missing in action with my Morning Crew friends. My username became inactive and I've not been able to get it reactivated. Miss you all!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

One Sunny Day in January

I came home feeling sick and just thought I would lay down for a nap. Well, when you have two little energetic boys, that's just not about to happen.

Zak really wanted to break in his new Christmas bike and Matthew thought Stripe needed some fresh air. So a homemade basket for the handle bars to carry our critter....and we were set for a brisk walk/ride to feed the ducks at the park. Yes, the kids dragged their dear ol' Mom down to the park (sniffles and all).

We are expecting 3 inches of rain over the next several days. I'm happy that we had our day in the sun. A day full of warmth, fun moments, and happy little smiles. I love these kind of days. I know I'm complete and I have every little thing I could possibly need. If I don't....well, it can wait until after the storm.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Quote of the Week

During her worst of times she said.........

"It's not the end of the world" --Susie