Thursday, February 22, 2007

Baby growing up!

So... yes - it is true...

my Baby is growing up!

It's not like it is a shock...

of course we have seen it coming

& have loved watching her grow...

this past week has made me

stop & remember back

to those early months

of newborn bliss...

where it seemed every time

you looked at them

- they changed a little bit!? Sigh...

Don't get me wrong...

as much as I adored those days

- I would not want to go back there again...

As much as that baby laugh, silly smile,

& cuddled, wrapped, warm

sleeping baby in my arms

stirs up wonderful memories...

I also remember the 4a.m. feedings,

countless diapers, fighting naps,

& all the paraphernalia that

comes along with toddlers!

But this past week has sort of

magnified some changes lately

and some that are just ahead...

Valentine's Day...

My Little One got three roses

& a box of chocolates

from BOYS?!

(Not her Daddy...

but real live BOYS?!)


I am not so sure about this?!

My girl is not Boy Crazy...

she has had a very limited number

of crushes in her short life so far.

But, to see her confidence & joy

in the mere attention and admiration

from the opposite sex

has been both fun & frightening!

She walks a little taller this week,

she seems happier & a bit more confused...

she has this glow about her...

You see, she is not so sure about this boy...

he is nice & she is considering liking him...

But - I think that she may like the fact

that someone likes her

more than she likes the one who likes her himself.

Of course - we all know & remember,

if someone is nice to us & shares their feelings,

it can make them more attractive!

So - it's been fun to watch...

& I am blessed that she still does

tell me all about her days...

including her thoughts and feelings

about this boy.

We've had the talks & knows

that not only is she not allowed,

but she herself knows that

she is too young to have a 'boyfriend'

whether that is in name only,

or it includes phone calls

& seeing each other outside of school!

However, it doesn't mean she won't

- at least once in awhile -

want it!?

A few days after Valentine's Day,

there was a moodiness & hormonal shift

in the universe of our home

that was intense & - well - edgy.

Now we know...

Changes are happening

and it's a new season in our home...

Bring on the Vitamin B people...

You know what I am saying!!!

So... we have had plenty of

Mother/Daughter talks this week...

talks about grown up stuff,

as well as cuddling moments that cause me

to catch a scent of baby powder

& shampooed hair!

Aahhh - God is good!

My daughter & I,

our goal is to have a Christian version

of the relationship that

Lorelai & Rory Gilmore share!

I have done little Scrapping...

I have a new job but am awaiting the

Journaling before I can

actually dig into it!

I have worked on a few pages

for this client,

& I am looking ahead a bit

& working on some Easter card sets

for a local auction coming up in March!

My Scrap Happy group was good last week

...a total of 6 of us there...

but it was fun and everyone

accomplished at least one page?!

I am looking into organizing childcare

for that night through the church

so that will probably open up to

more regulars!

Today - I am called to pray...

our churches' Women's retreat

begins today through Saturday

and as much as I really wanted to go,

God told me to stay behind and pray.

So - after arguing with Him about that for awhile,

I submitted & obeyed

& am of to cover this weekend in prayer!

Scrap On!


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yes - I am 'that' way! I love this 'holiday'!!!

My daughter hosted a Valentine's Party yesterday...
it was small and low key, but they had fun!
(And so did I!
I got to make fun little crafty things
and Valentine's dessert...)
Anyway - as you can see, the girls all had a blast...
Busy crafting adorable Purse Scrapbooks...

and laughing and sharing ipod tunes,

And showing off the finished product...

Tomorrow is V-day...

My Honey and I rarely actually go all out

and spend a lot of money on this day...

he is excellent at picking the perfect card...

(except one year when he gave me one about bowling in Canada?!

Don't ask... I didn't get it then, and I don't get it now?!)

Anyway we usually go out for dinner - something quiet and low key.

Last year, though, God really put it on my heart to include our daughter.

I wanted to make sure that she knew that

as much as Valentine's Day is about Love & Romance

& Flowers and all of that...

it does not have to be an exclusive

'Couples Only' day...

God desires to romance us & shower us with His Love.

So - last year I rearranged our Living room

so we could put our dining room table

by our window overlooking the city

I ordered Take Out (New Thai!!!!)

& set the table with nice dishes,

candles, flowers, etc.!

The whole show!

Plus - I included Communion cups

so we could all take Communion together.

It was relaxing & nice

(& of course, I made a great dessert as well!)

Anyway, we have a roommate this year living with us.

She is a single gal so we decided

to do the same thing this year!

It's gonna be great!

After tomorrow... I will have to get to work on this new job!

I am awaiting some Journaling

& waiting for the actual Scrapbook album to arrive!

Oh - a quick survery... since you all

are so - well - you have issues apparently with


What is your favorite adhesive???

I am ready to try something new...

but most tape runners or glue sticks

that I have tried are not

'permanent' like they claim?!

So - I am looking for suggestions!

Hope you all have a GREAT Valentine's Day!

Know that you are loved...

By Him, and by me!


Friday, February 09, 2007

I WON... (Most Losses!?) LOL!

Hey there...

Well - there IS a God!!! LOL! I knew there was...
but He showed up for me last night at Bunko!
By Game 3 in the first Round I was starting to wonder...
but as time went on, it was clear that I was on a streak...
a LOSING streak - but still?!
Out of 24 Games, I lost 18!
Yeah, baby!
That gets a PRIZE!!!
And what did I win, you ask? This lovely little table!!!


I also finished up those 'unfinished' cards... ...just a few but still - nice to be done!
I went through that fun little box of Guatemala,
& now this afternoon I am off to make my own Purse album!
Oh yeah - I forgot the best part about those little gems!
I found them at the DOLLAR STORE!!! Oh yeah!!!
I bought all the ones that they had left!!! Too cool!
I will post some pix of my finished album!

Tomorrow morning,
my daughter & I are going to a Spring Fashion Show...
it's at church & is a fund raiser for our Servant's Heart ministry.
We have all the local Boutiques participating & the White House Cafe is catering,
& my precious friend is sharing as well...
I guess it will be set up like we are watching an Oprah Show!
Kaye is VERY excited!!! Sounds like a blast!!!

Anyway - I am off to trim & measure... Scrap On!

(Isn't it scrap night?! I'll be thinking of ya as I crop & glue all on my own!!!)


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Yes - it is true... it has been a busy week!
I cant' even remember what all I have been doing
(instead of this?) but it's been good!
I am really enjoying the Beth Moore Study on Daniel
& for some reason it doesn't seem as time consuming as
some of her other studies have been!
Which means I did read a book one day last week
(Karen Kingsbury - Found)
I highly recommend it!
I actually highly recommend just about anything written by her!

I had a lunch date with a friend twice within this past week
& I took a day or two to just relax and rest...
fighting off some kind of yuckyness!
We are much better now...
although Kaye still sounds horrid when she coughs
but it's going away!
I also got a nice little Stampin' Up! box full of goodies too,
so I had lots of stamps to assemble too!
Too fun!
So, with new stamps,
I have been playing around with more cards...

One of our Pastors recently had their first child... I don't know them very well but I did want to send them a little card & let them know that we are praying for them!

Plus, I am working on a few Valentine's for Kaye to hand out to a few friends... they like bookmarks so these are my unfinished cards... but, at least you can see what I am working on!

So... crazy me... I was pretty sad that my little one is now big enough to not get an official Valentine's Day party... so I suggested (innocently enough!) that she invite a few friends over next week before Valentine's Day... maybe we could do a little craft they could keep or give as a gift... well... yeah?! It started out innocent enough! I was thinking a simple hand-made tag & buying a few jars to fill with candy... so they would make a tag & a matching card...

But then... I found these little gems...

Little Red Purses... 6 of them (& 1 black one for me!)
They are actually Photo Albums that hold 4x6 photo's...
so - what was going to cost me about $20 is now running around $60!?
Yeah... oops?!
But they are going to be super cute!!!
I bought paper & fun stuff to scrap either blank pages that they can give as a gift or add their own photo's later... or they can scrap the pages & WRITE stuff where the photo's would go...
Brilliant I tell ya!
Of course, that means that I am going to have to plan it all out & precut everything too!
They will only have a few hours afterschool to complete it...
Sigh... too fun!
AND... I STILL have to buy the food for the 'party'!
Of course, now that I am at a running tab of $60...
I am guessing they will be having Little Debbies' and a Juice Boxes!
LOL! I know... (not that there's anything wrong with that!)
but - you know me... that is not gonna happen!?
And THEN... I got an e-mail last week from a potential new client
who had been referred to me...
Not only did I get the job, she has at least two other projects in mind,
AND she is great... and I can see that God has bigger plans than simple scrapbooks!
So today, I got this wonderful box of fun...

A box of Guatemala... all her photo's and memorabilia... I have to go now and play, I mean work!

So... just a reminder - no one has won yet... !?!? Anyone remember the Love Letter layout/card contest!? Yeah... well - still no winner?!

Blessings! Scrap On! Oh - yeah - and I have Bunko tonight... if there is a God... LOL!?

OK - OK... I know there is a God... I just pray He helps me WIN something already?!