Maybe my word should be BE. It's all encompassing. BE nice. BE creative. BE happy. Maybe I will BE in an asylum before the New Year is out. LOL
I’m sure there are lots of great words out there that would be inspiring. Like, CREATE. It’s a great word, but I already do that, as much as possible. Or LAUGH. I like laughing. Or HAPPY. Who doesn’t like to be happy? I’m full of HOPE, for lots of things and have FAITH that lots of the things I hope for will happen.
Largely, all of these words depend on more than just ME. I will ASPIRE to lots of these words every year, not just this year.
So, what is YOUR word for 2009? Maybe I’ll steal it, or maybe I’ll just BE.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
Can you believe we're on our last challenge? This year has absolutely flown by! Be sure to show me your creation when you're finished! I hope you've had fun with the challenges and I can't wait to show you what I'm doing with my completed cards! :-)
Excerpt from Caitlyn, 14: "I try to make my parents proud of me but I feel like I'm not trying hard enough. My parents work so hard for my family to be happy but no one is happier than me...I wish that my parents were happy...they always believe in my every dream...I will always be there for them...I wish they knew how thankful I am for them each and every day...Thanks Santa.
Excerpt from Peyton, 12: "This year, because I know you do so much every year, I want you to have a very merry Christmas yourself...Christmas is more than just presents, it's spending time with the people you love...it's more about giving than receiving...sorry for the s'mores, doesn't exactly go with milk. LOL I love you Santa!"
I'm telling you, they made my whole day! Now I know exactly what needs to go on my last Year in the Life card. Stay tuned for the last Year in the Life challenge tomorrow.
Excerpt from Suzanne, 46: "I will work harder to appreciate the blessings in my life. There are things in my life that I wish I could do over, but all I can do is look ahead with optimism and be so thankful for the things that already make me so happy... a loyal husband, who understands that having an awesome camera is important to me because I've "taken scrapbooking to a whole new level. Thanks honey, I think that's a compliment? LOL Loving children who write sweet letters to Santa, knowing full well the meaning of Santa. And faithful friends, who support and love me, warts and all. Truly the best gifts ever!"
Wishing all of my readers the joyous blessings of the day, whatever those may be!
We always say we're going to get outside the box and try something different. Maybe a standing rib... yum! But we never do, tradition always drags us back to the box. LOL So, our menu this year will be the same as all the other years:
Sweetened yam pie
I hope that all my scrappy friends have a very happy Christmas and Santa brings you everything you deserve! Well, hmm, maybe I should rephrase that... brings you everything you WANT! LOL Thank you for reading and all the very kind comments over the year. I appreciate each and every one of you! I wish you and your families warm memories. :-)
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness
and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her
things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her
house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him
which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would
like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the
young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
"What's that?" came the Pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be
buried with a fork in my right hand."
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.
"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and
from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those
I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of
attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of
the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over
and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that
something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish
apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my
hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you
to tell them: "Keep your fork, the best is yet to come."
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young
woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see
her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better
grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would
be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience
and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they
saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand.
Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?"
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the
people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before
she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized
to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork
and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking
about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it
remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a
very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to
succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being
friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND even if it means sending
back to the person who sent it to you.
And keep your fork.
Speaking of Urban Anthology, I'm so excited to get their January kit with Websters Pages! Can.not.WAIT!
Stace sent me some Kraft paper. Why didn't I know about this stuff before! I LOVE it! Thanks again, Stace! :-)
And because I didn't have enough to do, I decided to pull a Martha Stewart and make this pretty, non-usable menorah. LOL I couldn't find little glass votive holders, so I used the larger sized dessert cups, which took up the whole length of the table. I don't want to get melted wax all over the rocks, so we're still using our chanukiah handed down from Gram. :-)
No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, I hope it is bright and joyful!
Another creation from yesterday, I used some scrappy gifts from Stace. I've never used Kraft paper and I'm diggin' it! Fun stuff, thanks Stace! And see that flourish on the left? Terri sent me some metallic rub on stuff and MAN! That stuff is AWESOME! :-)
When you're finished, please comment with a link to your creation so I can see! :-)
Speaking of gifts... I know there are at least 3 readers that have completed every challenge this year! Thank you friends! Your creations have been so inspiring! Please email me at Mi4Angels@aol.com with your mailing address so I can send you a small token of my gratitude for keeping me motivated all year. :-)
I can't believe that there's only 2 more YITL challenges left. Thanks to all who have played along with me, I've enjoyed all of your fabulous creations! I am already working on card placement on my cornice board that will go over my scrap room window and will post the finished product when it is done. :-)
Today it's 70 degrees. What's up with that! Not that I'm complaining, mind ya! Today is a perfect day! :-) By the calendar, the highs should be in the 40's here in Alabama.
Whats the weather where you are? Normal, or not?
I'm not sure how this photo came out so yucky since I took it with my new Nikon D80...probably user issues. :-D Just as well, I just used up some extra photos that I had laying around to do a year in review layout.
This is a photo taken at dh's Christmas party last week. I decided to scrap the layout and then put it in a shadowbox as a gift to dh. The tag on the bow says "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. ~ Henry Ford" I hope he likes it! :-)
I made this page using some of the fun scrappy stuff my dear friend Terri sent me! Oh my gosh, I LOVE Fa La La by MM! Even though these are pics of the day after Thanksgiving, I couldn't resist digging right in! Thanks again Terri! :-)
Thanks for looking! :-)
And that's all I have to say about THAT! :-D Have a great day my dear blog friends!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when youʼre not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangeloʼs David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someoneʼs life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Anyway, I did manage to spend a few hours in my scrap room today. :-) I used October Afternoon paper. TFL!
I'd like to take this opportunity to say I AM thankful for all of you for visiting and commenting my blog all year. The Year in the Life challenge has been so much fun for me and I can't wait to show you what I do with all of the cards! Your kind comments have kept me encouraged and committed to keeping up with them, so thank you for the accountability! It's hard to believe there are only 5 more words left! 8-O
I already have plans for another, different challenge next year. Look for a sneaky peek soon! :-)
2. Lickety Split - Black/white cat
3. Kenya - Border Collie mix
4. Shema - German Shepard
5. Muffin - Rabbit, RIP
All of these animals are significant to our family, but by far, my favorite was Hera. She showed up on our doorstep, emaciated, and after years of saying no to pets, what else could we do? She found US. After posting signs and asking around at the local vet clinics, we decided to add her to our family.
She was so beautiful and such a gentle soul, the perfect family pet. About 7 years after she found us, she grew a tumor on her belly. We took her in for surgery, but the cancer was too far gone and the tumor grew back within a few months. We set a date to have her euthanized and we all said our goodbyes. It was heart wrenching. We all cried as Glen and Hera drove away. The weather matched our moods: rainy and gloomy. Glen stayed with her the entire time, petting her and talking to her until she passed.
As the story goes, as he drove home, the rain stopped and he saw a rainbow. I don't know if that's true, or just something he told the kids. I never asked, and I don't want to know. Whenever we see a rainbow, we still say that it's Hera looking down from Heaven on us. :-)
I got this joke from my friend Terri. She's always sending me stuff that makes me laugh out loud. :-D
THREE WOMEN,TWO YOUNGER AND ONE SENIOR CITIZEN, WERE SITTING NAKED IN A SAUNA.
SUDDENLY THERE WAS A BEEPING SOUND.
THE YOUNG WOMAN PRESSED HER FOREARM AND THE BEEP STOPPED.
THE OTHERS LOOKED AT HER QUESTIONINGLY.
'THAT WAS MY PAGER, SHE SAID. I HAVE A MICROCHIP UNDER THE SKIN OF MY ARM.'
A FEW MINUTES LATER, A PHONE RANG.
THE SECOND YOUNG WOMAN LIFTED HER PALM TO HER EAR. WHEN SHE FINISHED ,SHE EXPLAINED,
'THAT WAS MY MOBILE PHONE ,I HAVE A MICROCHIP IN MY HAND.'
THE OLDER WOMAN FELT VERY LOW-TECH. NOT TO BE OUT DONE, SHE DECIDED SHE HAD TO DO SOMETHING JUST AS IMPRESSIVE. SHE STEPPED OUT OF THE SAUNA AND WENT TO THE BATHROOM.
SHE RETURNED WITH A PIECE OF TOILET PAPER HANGING FROM HER REAR END.
THE OTHERS RAISED THEIR EYEBROWS AND STARED AT HER.
THE OLDER WOMAN FINALLY SAID........ 'WELL, WILL YOU LOOK AT THAT... I'M GETTING A FAX!'
1. My dear friend Jessie, whos mother is dealing with lung transplant issues.
2. My scrappy friend Niki, whos young daughter has DIPG.
3. My wonderful friend Terri, whos 2 year old granddaughter was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Is she not the sweetest thing! Here's where you can donate to precious Jilli's cause.
I indeed feel very thankful that my family is healthy, but my heart breaks each and every day for my friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them each day and I just wanted them to know that. May your season be blessed with all that is good!
Conversely, I felt compelled to lift this card from my scrappy friend Joanne. I totally LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration, girlie! :-)
Next up is the halloween photo. Yep, ONE photo. Thinking I might do another "white space" layout. Wishing y'all a scrappy weekend! :-)
I wish I could sew. Yes, I realize this would add another thing to my job description, but how cool would it be to have a useful thing and say "I made this!"
I wish I could cook. Well, I CAN cook, I wouldn't starve, but I would like to LOVE to cook and make fabulous creations like my hubby. He just has this natural talent for mixing ingredients and coming out with yumminess!
I wish I could quilt. I love quilts. Again, no sewing talent whatsoever, nor the patience to see a huge project through to the end, but I would love the end product.
I wish I understood HTML. Then I could make my blog all fancy. And probably a lot of other useful stuff too, not the least of which is wooing people with my technical knowledge. LOL
I wish I could take better photos. After 9 months of taking photos daily, I've decided that my lack of good photos is decidedly my camera's fault. If I had one of those cool SLR cameras, I would be motivated to learn to take better photos.
I think that my new years resolution next year will be to make one of my wishes come true. Can you guess which one it will be? :-D
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
Here are six random things about me:
1. I got my haircut today! Did you see my new profile photo? :-)
2. I've homeschooled our children for 12 years.
3. I have four teenagers. FAINT!
4. Thanks to my Year in the Life blog, I'm tired of taking photos at ALL, let alone every day. :-(
5. I have a glass of water on my nightstand at bedtime each night, but never drink any of it. LOL
6. I hate shopping, of any kind, even scrappy shopping.
Okay, ordinarily I wouldn't tag anyone, but seeing as how some of my pals haven't updated their blogs recently... I'll tag Stace, Terri and Jessie for sure! :-D
Hmmm, not sure I agree with mine entirely. What do you think?
What Your Cute Monster Says About You
You are a vibrant, vivacious person. When you live, you live as wildly and loudly as possible.
You are very bold. You are willing to stand up and be a leader.
Your inner demon is intensity. You have a tendency to let your passions take over.
People think you're cute because you're fiery. When you get worked up, it's charming.
Paperie Escape is a brand new site that my friends Stace, Summer and Rita have just started. I'm so excited because I can tell you, these ladies are so much fun and super talented. And fun! Did I say fun?! Oh, alright, on to the details... this is where you can find me hanging out. No drama, just fun. I hope you'll come over to play with me and check them out! :-)
Or this, for the music challenge... I used a song title for my title, but then didn't follow the rest of the challenge directions. LOL
I won several cool prizes, so thanks again to Kari and the nice ladies at Urban Anthology! :-)
Okay, y'all! Remember how I said I'd NEVER buy a kit? Ummm, yea, well, never mind that. :bag over head: Thanks to my friend Colleen, I went back on my word. I swear, if you look at it, you'll totally understand WHY. It wasn't my fault! I was totally tempted by this AMAZING and AWESOME "Hometown" kit from Scrapbook Deals 4 You. FAINT! Am I right? Huh, huh, am I? Wowwie! I got my kit yesterday and couldn't WAIT to create with it, even though I didn't really have good photos to scrap with. Did that stop me? Of course not. LOL
Thanks for looking, and I hope all my scrappy friends had a wonderfully scrappy weekend! :-)
I'm so proud of my baby! She's done this whole gig all on her own since I wasn't allowed to go into the show with her. And although she was overwhelmed the first day (prep day, when they colored her hair THREE times to get it right! FAINT!), she got the hang of things and managed to become the lead runway model for not one, not two, but three shows! Way to go, girlie!
Without further ado, as promised, here are Caitlyns before and after photos.
Friday night, after getting word that she was chosen as one of 3 KMS Goldwell's models.
After her color and cut:
Michael did a FABULOUS job taking care of Caitlyn. When Caitlyn asked him to pose with her for a photo, first he checked his hair, and then he floofed her hair. LOL I'm now known as "the rabid scrapper" because of all the photos I asked her to take. :-D
She's got one more day and is already sad to see it ending. She's made lots of new friends and has had a total blast!
For the next three days, Caitlyn will be a working girl, fulfilling her dream of becoming a model! She's had other opportunities, but this opportunity will pay her a gross amount of money considering she is only 14 years old! Even they were surprised, which brought on a whole 'nother set of forms to be filled out by me. LOL
Take a good look because the next photo I post here, she'll have a whole new look! :-)
As a mom to four children, I've made all of my children take some manner of music. Seems like I've heard its good for children SOMEhow. They all hated it, just like their mom. LOL I didn't care what they took, it was their choice, but they had to take SOMEthing musical. So we've tried piano, violin and guitar lessons.
The funniest story is on my oldest daughter. When the movie "Titanic" came out, she absolutely INSISTED on taking violin lessons. We found an instructor, and bought a brand new violin from Ebay to the tune of $100. Of course, she didn't teach music from the "Titanic" right off the bat. No, it was the chords. Do, re, mi, fa, so... So, one month after the investment of time and money, bye bye violin lessons. :-D
I can't really say that they, or I, regret having music forced upon us. Maybe it taught us a lesson. Maybe its that we appreciate all types of music because we've all gone through the experience of knowing what the art of performing is. :-)
Of course, that just all pretend, because in reality, everyone makes a fuss over me. I'm not allowed to do laundry, or clean, or cook. They'd make me open the presents they tormented over and I almost always cry at the handmade cards.
In either case, I'm loved. :-)