Friday, March 23, 2012


10 years ago today, I married the greatest guy...handsome, clever, and SO FUNNY!!! It was a misty mountain day, in front of a fire, in the HUGE two-story living room of our friends, surrounded by family and friends we were so close to that we called them "family."

I remember thinking that I should be very careful descending the stairs so that I didn't embarrass myself by falling...HAHA!!!

A lot of our life is filled with this sort of shenanigans! My husband, above all other things, has the ability to make me laugh...and considering how serious I am on a regular basis, this is a true and beautiful gift! Its the best gift he could give me - laughter.

And each day, I leave my home to work and entrust the two most precious gifts God has ever given me into his care. He's an amazing father...AMAZING!!! He has a natural ability with kids, but has a very very special love for his boys. They represent for him the amazing Grace of a loving and generous God.

Happy Anniversary, Babe!!!

I love you SO MUCH!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Two for Tuesday - the plight for those in need.

There is always a lot of news about North Korea. Its somewhat fascinating, being the lock-down, closed country that it is.

I find stories of North Korea sort of like reading a horror novel...they are often gruesome and cruel, yet I cannot look away.

In the last two days, I've stumbled nearly by accident onto two different stories involving North Korean refugees.

So, today, I thought my two-for might be a long-read and an article about North Korean refugees.

I was both startled and horrified at this article by the Guardian that is an excerpt from the book Escape from Camp 14 about the prison camp life and escape of Shin Donghyuk.

North Korea has maintained that the camps that this man describes escaping from don't exist. But his body is a road-map of torture and this story is gut-wrenching. My heart broke at the peril a child born into this environment suffers. The precious lives of children shouldn't be filled with these horrors. You can read the entire excerpt HERE.

The second article I stumbled upon was actually via Tom Davis' Red Letters Blog. You can see Tom's Post HERE and more from the New York Times HERE.

Today, I want to say that we are the most fortunate people on the planet, born to a wealthy western country that allows us to have choices, where food is abundant and where shelter and running water are things we take for granted.

There are millions of people in the world, both in and outside of our country, who are far less fortunate than most who would even have access to read this blog.

I'm going in search of something to DO to share my exceptional wealth and blessing with others...

How about you?

Peace, ya'll.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Muse - The One with the Beach:

Today's muse is LATE...

But that is what happens when you are living life...

The muse is THIS:

Which I found HERE.

And is totally being added to my Uber List as a place that I want to go before I die.

I'm gonna need some sunscreen, but I just don't think that's all that big a deal...

So, with summer on its way, where is it YOU are dreaming of going??

Peace, ya'll!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Two for Tuesday - this face and and What??

Today's Two for Tuesday is again from a sketch.

I started with this sketch from Donna Januzzi that I found on Write.Click.Scrapbook.

First up is this face. You can tell that the photos were way to full to crop to 3 x 4, so I expanded the photos to 4 x 4. I also replaced two photos with printed paper and embellishment squares for interest.

Cardstock: Paperbilities Kraft, Recollections White, Flute Kraft by Canvas Corp
Printed paper: Crate Paper Toy Box Collection Explore, Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Hello Sunshine, The Girls Paperie On Holiday
Borders: Crate Paper Toy Box Collection
Buttons: Misc
Letters: Pebbles Happy Go Lucky
Star Punch: Fiskars
Adhesive: Glue Glider Pro, Recollections
Font: My Underwood

For my second layout, I just flipped the whole thing over and used circle punches rather than star punches...

Cardstock: Paperbilities Kraft, Recollections White, Flute Kraft by Canvas Corp
Printed paper: Red and ivory Swirl Reverse by Canvas Corp, 5 & dime Bubble Gum by October Afternoon, Love Notes Battenburg Love Notes by Making Memories
Borders: Studio Calico Kraft Border, Collage Press Tell your Story
Buttons: Misc
Tickets: My Minds Eye Savy “Never Enough”
Letters: Recollections
Circle Punch: EK Success
Adhesive: Glue Glider Pro, Recollections
Font: My Underwood

And today, I have a BONUS layout...

This one is a departure from my usual style...

I started with a sketch for this one too. I believe it came from Studio Calico...I jotted it down on a piece of paper and didn't make a notation of where it came from.

Anyway, its a super quick layout using one of my most favorite color combos - Navy and Yellow!

Cardstock: Recollections
Pirnted Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite Dandilions, Scrap Within Reach Industrial Park Market Street
Stars: Jillibean soup (traced)
Ink: Mister Huey’s Sunshine
Font: My Underwood
Adhesive: Glue Glider Pro

I'm curious...what sort of things have you done lately that are a departure from your normal way of doing things? A new recipe? New art technique? New running route?

Peace, ya'll!