Wednesday, January 28, 2009

52 Blessings {Week 4}

My little sister Julie lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Chris. She is the youngest of us girls but my brother is the youngest of the family. Julie had a sickly childhood. She had horrid allergies and terrible asthma. Life was often crappy for her. She was allergic to so many different foods, including corn (all forms of it) and corn is in nearly everything. She was allergic to milk too. Those are the two that I remember the most. She was always on medicine. Some of the medicines gave her hallucinations. One time she was so mad at us because we were all floating in bubbles and she couldn't figure out how to get in a bubble too.

She has grown up to be a healthy girl! She still has allergies but thank the Lord they are much milder than they used to be. I am so thankful that she is so much healthier now.

We don't get to see each other much, but when we do we always have loads of fun. Our favorite thing to do is play Canasta! We even formed a Canasta club!:) If we don't get in at least one game when we are together we feel ripped off! So we usually find the time for at least ONE game! We also love to play sing star and American Idol!

Love my littlest sister!:)

52 Blessings {Week 3}

I am so blessed to have FaithSisters in my life. I knew with all my heart that the Lord wanted us to pursue our ideas for FaithSisters. The way things came together it could have only been God. The way things have grown it is obviously God! Each day I am so blessed to chat with likeminded Christian women and see how their day has gone. To pray for their needs. To know that when I have needs they are praying for me. My FaithSisters are the first prayer warriors that I head to when I need prayer. We have seen so many answers to the prayers we have lifted up.

I knew FaithSisters was going to be awesome, but I never really imagined it could be this awesome! I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful women who I call friends. I have only got to meet a few of them in person. Hopefully I will get to meet more of them here on this earth, but if not I know that someday we will all be celebrating together in heaven!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Scrappy Organizing - ordering albums

Wow! It has been a long weekend already and it is only Sat night! My friend Diana came over Friday morning to keep me company in my scraproom while I cleaned and organized. She was scrapping, which of course made me quite jealous! But I did what I so desperately have needed to do for the past year! It is now almost midnight Saturday but I feel like I have accomplished SO MUCH! WOOHOO! My scraproom is I didn't say it was beautiful or anything (hoping for cabinets and countertop someday- watching the bulletin board for a good deal!)but it is at least better than it was and I can scrap in there now! Finally!

I had over 100 layouts made without pictures! From conventions, classes I have designed and taught and then last year I made a new kit each week at Get Crafty Studios. Wonderful scrapbook pages, mostly two page spreads...with no photos and journaling. So that stack has been laying in my room, piling up with more and more all along for the past few years...and really grew last year with creating all those layouts for the kits every week! I FINALLY tackled the stack! I went through boxes of pictures and just worked most of the day Fri and Saturday putting pictures onto those already scrapped pages. I still have 13 single page layouts and 3 two page spreads that are pictureless. I need to print some of my digital photos, but I at least know which ones I need already so that is a good thing! Not only did I get pictures on these layouts but tonight, I just put all of them into the proper albums!

Putting all those layouts into albums has caused a huge problem though! I am now out of album space and page protectors! So I am placing an album order! Anyone who needs 12x12 We R Memory D ring albums, let me know and I will add your order to mine. I will be placing the order hopefully by Wed of this week.

I have lunch in the crock pot for after church~ Creamy Chicken and Noodles (if it is good I will post the recipe later!) Diana and her family are coming to eat after church. Then we are playing a game of Canasta. The boys will then watch football while Diana and I escape to my scraproom for some serious scrappin time!! I am treating myself to a day of actual SCRAPBOOKING since I accomplished so much. That attatching pictures to already finished pages was pure torture...I just wanted to scrap! Which is exactly the reason that I haven't tackled that stack before now! Whenever I think I might, well I just start scrapping and lay the stack aside! WOOHOO. I am just so excited to have that stack dwindled down and into my albums!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

52 Blessings {Week 2}

Today was a wonderful and relaxing day. We had a great service at church with Preacher Jack from Peacemaker Ministries. I took a long nap after church and then started working on some My Prayers For You Challenge stuff for FaithSisters.

52 Blessings {Week 2}

I have been so blessed for the past 34 years to have a wonderful Christian grandfather. We lost grandpa on New Years Eve. His memorial service was just breathtaking. There were more people in attendance than we ever would have imagined. The parking lot was overflowing and cars were parking along the road on both sides with people having to walk quite a ways to get to the church. Some people have even told us that they didn't know what to do since the parking was so far away and they decided to just leave. We know know there were over 200 people in attendance at the funeral. That is alot of people at the funeral of a 79 year old man! We shouldn't have been surprised though becaue grandpa was a very well liked man.

He was very quiet and soft spoken. As a child I remember him always singing. He lead singing at church. Grandma babysat all of us while mom worked. When grandpa worked night shift we would have to be very quiet. Sometimes we would hear grandpa singing and think that he had gotten up...but he was singing in his sleep! He loved to sing. The last song that we sang at his memorial service was Sing and Be Happy. That is my favorite song of all of his favorites and I can remember him singing it years ago as he lead singing at our church.

My grandpa was such a blessing to so many people. He fought a long hard battle with Parkinson disease but through it all he always did all he could to attend church and set a Godly example. I am sure that the angels were rejoicing when he joined their choir on New Years Eve!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

52 Blessings Project Week 1

It was a freezing cold day here in WV. We had a Snow Day! No school. So good for me because I was feeling very bad today. Would it be to much to ask for a snow day tomorrow too? Oh I could sure use another day off;)

I am so excited to be starting the 52 Blessings Project from Faith Sisters. The challenge is to Post 1 Blessing for each week all year long. Maybe this will help me to be a better blogger too:)

52 Blessings Project Week 1
There are so many blessings in my life. The first one that I will spotlight is my wonderful family. I feel so blessed to be married to a wondeful Christian man. Chad is such a great husband and loving father. I could not ask for a better husband. Sure, he isn't perfect, but he works hard to be his very best. I admire him for his commitment to everything that he does.

My three children are healthy. They are the joy of my life. They are smart and talented and so sweet. The Lord blessed me with the most wonderful family!