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Time to get serious!

1. I need to lose the last 30 pounds to get to my goal weight.

2. I need to grow as an Independent Close To My Heart Consultant.

3. I need to start writing - prolifically

You are cordially invited to join me as I share my successes and obstacles, my thoughts and feelings, and my love of card making, scrapbooking and other crafty things.

I welcome your opinions, advice and inspiration.

Come ON! Let's GO!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Heat

Lying on my bed

     Air circulating from the air-conditioner

          And two fans

              Yet, I'm still hot

                    and sweaty...

                       and SLEEPY

     I have the coolest room in the house

         And it's all worth it

               Cuz of the dog

                    At my feet....

Sunday, June 12, 2011


After arriving home from a late night of scrapbooking at Archivers, I was standing in the kitchen with Kim and Peggy Sue and surrounded by a sea of dogs. I remember stepping back and hearing one of the dogs yelp! I didn't know which one it was and I didn't think nothing of it since they are always getting underfoot. It's hard not to when you are one of eleven dogs... (Kims four, my four and three puppies).

The next day (Saturday), Kim and I noticed that Hallee was limping and not using her right front leg at all. Kim tried to check the leg but Hallee was in a lot of pain and let Kim know it. I tried to look at it but she wouldn't let me touch it. We took her to the Banfield Emergency Vet and they x-rayed her leg and found out that she had two broken toes... Poor thing. They had to muzzle her and give her pain medications that made her drool like a St. Bernard because it was making her nauseous, put a splint on her leg clear up past her elbow and made us tie an IV bag around her leg every time she has to go outside so the bandages don't get dirty. And on top of all that they made her wear the Cone of Shame! (See the movie UP).

I feel so humbled... I stepped on her paw and broke her toes, putting her through some excruciating pain and multiple vet visits. Yet through it all... she still loves me...unconditionally.  Why? Because that is her purpose... to love her people no matter what...

Dog spelled backwards is God...

Kind of makes you want to stop, bow the head and bend the knee to thank God for His unconditional love...

I am so sorry Halle Bug

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

21 Years...

I love making cards and working with paper... I love choosing the right colors, a layout, what embellishments to use, what technique to use to make the card, and what purpose the card will have when I am done with it.

Wow! That's how God is with us. He creates us in His image. He chooses the right color, the perfect layout of our lives, the embellishments that makes us unique. He also knows the purpose that each of us has.

One of the best thing about making a handmade card is that the creator can personalize the card however he/she chooses.

My youngest turns 21 in a few days. (Sooooo hard to beleive). I don't tell him often enough but I am so gosh darn proud of that man. I didn't know, back when I was 24, why I got pregnant 8 months after having my second child... but now I know. God gave me the best "card" ever in the birth of my third son. I wish he were here and not half a world away right now so I could give him a big huge hug.

In my scrapbook room the other day... I was able to get three cards done. The first one was for my son. The second I will probably send to my mother-in-law and the third one is my hubby's Father Day card. What an amazing man he is... he has and always will be a great Father to his kids.

I love the military moose. I tried to make it look like the moose was stepping over the threshold of turning 21... into the life of being a full-fledged adult.

I am sending this one to my mother-in-law. I don't write her as often as I should. I used my Stampin Up owl stamp and punch for this card. I made a boo-boo with the pearl ink for the dot of the i... but I fixed it. Isn't it great that God doesn't make mistakes?

Last but not least... I made an L-shaped card from my Card Makers Kit from Annies Attic. These are acutally quite fun.

Well...thats all. If you like any of these cards let me know and I can make a kit for you. Have fun making cards...