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My day was a rough one. Actually a very bad day. But it started out so good and I will write about that instead and try to forget about the bad part.

I got the email from the owner over at my scrapbooking store Ever After that I made the design team!!!! This is great news. She is such a sweet person and I love that store. I am ready to get to work designing for her. I was so sad because we are moving and I thought that I would not be able to be on the team but she said that she loved my work so much that she would like to have a long distance relationship and asked if I would be interested. Well heck ya!!!! I would totally be interested. There are just certain people or companies that I love designing for and would not turn down the opportunity and Ever After is one of them.

I think I already mentioned that Creating Keepsakes requested one of my layouts for a small part in the Nov. issue. WELL…..They requested another just a week later! I know I have said it before but I must say it again, that God truly knows the desires of ones hearts. CK was really what started my obsession with scrapbooking. I remember buying the CK Award-Winning Scrapbook Pages, which featured layouts of HOF winners, back when it came out and I was totally hooked. I must have combed that book a million times. It was a fascination that I can’t even put into words, I was mesmerized. Anyway, Hall Of Fame has been a goal of mine ever since, although I only entered for the first time last year. So I just always felt that CK would be my first magazine to work with (and the only for all I care) πŸ™‚ So you can only imagine how happy they have made me!

Sorry to those who are reading this and dont scrapbook, I know you have no clue what this post is about, lol.

I also wanted to say THANK YOU to Wilna. Wilna is the most beautiful friend anyone can have. I was so distraught today over some bad news that we got and she sat and prayed with me. She sends me scriptures that are totally uplifting and lead me to where I need to be. She is always there to calm me down and remind me where to go for the answers that I need. I think Wilna is my own personal instant messanger amplified bible πŸ™‚ and I think she is my angel sent directly from my FATHER in heaven.

Please pray for us because the enemy is not finished trying to destroy us but he is a joke and a liar and I have full confidence in my FATHER’s word and know HE is going to see us through.

Psalm 35

Of David.

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.

2 Take up shield and buckler;
arise and come to my aid.

3 Brandish spear and javelin [a]
against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.”

4 May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.

5 May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away;

6 may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
and without cause dug a pit for me,

8 may ruin overtake them by surpriseβ€”
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD
and delight in his salvation.

10 My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, O LORD ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.

12 They repay me evil for good
and leave my soul forlorn.

13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

14 I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.

15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
attackers gathered against me when I was unaware.
They slandered me without ceasing.

16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked [b] ;
they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 O Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.

18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among throngs of people I will praise you.

19 Let not those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
let not those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.

20 They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.

21 They gape at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent.
Do not be far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.

24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God;
do not let them gloat over me.

25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 May all who gloat over my distress
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and disgrace.

27 May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness
and of your praises all day long.

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Thank you Wilna for including me in the tag πŸ™‚ I love these things, lol.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
I have always dreamt of somewhere peaceful and very green with beautiful scenery, like the Netherlands or the Swiss Alps, but would probably be just as happy on the coast on a cliff in La Jolla CA.

2. What’s your favorite article of clothing?
White t-shirt, you know the kind from Old Navy. It’s all I wear, with jeans, with skirts, with shorts, I’m trying to break that habbit and get more stylish but they are so darn comfy, lol.

3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
My hubby’s buns, πŸ™‚

4. What’s the last CD that you bought?
Probably, and this is pretty sad, but I think it was about 3 yrs ago and it was Winnie The Pooh, lol. Mike is the cd buyer in the family and the last one he bought us was Donald Fagen’s Morph the Cat. Easy listening.

5. Where’s your favorite place to be?
Anywhere with Mike, ALONE!

6. Where is your least favorite place to be?
Grocery store

7. What’s your favorite place to be massaged?
My back, carrying Blake is killing me! Next fav is my feet πŸ™‚

8. Strong in mind or strong in body?
Mind

9. What time do you wake up in the morning?
This morning was rare for me because it was Krista’s 1st day back to school. Today it was 7:20 a.m. normally it is 9:30 a.m., and that’s only because I haven’t been able to train Blake to sleep any later or else it would be 11:00 a.m. We go to bed very late too πŸ™‚

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
Kitchen????? Appliance?????

11. What makes you really angry?
A liar!

12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Harp

13. Favorite color?
Green

14. Which do you prefer…sports car or SUV?
With kids SUV,

without kids, sports
This is a Toyota Supra. We had one before I had Abbey. It was a sweeet white one and we sold it to a kid in VA whose family were into car racing. We still see it on the streets when we are in town. It is a beauty.

15. Do you believe in an afterlife?
I believe in God and HIS promises and HE promised me eternal life!

16. Favorite children’s book?
Where The Sidewalk Ends

17. What is your favorite season?
Autumn.

18. What is your least favorite household chore?
Folding clothes

19. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To Fly

20. If you have a tattoo, what is it?
No tattoo here.

21. Can you juggle?
NO

22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?
My great-grandma because she taught me who Jesus is and I miss her.

23. What’s your favorite day?
Sunday

24. What’s in the trunk of your car?
Double stroller

25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
H
amburger

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We went into LA today, just because and took some pics at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The first pic is of my Abbey with her hands in Shirley Temple’s hands. There is sentiment behind this…
When Abbey was younger she had her hair curly like Shirley Temple and I used to call her my little Shirley Temple. Well on her first real Halloween, she was about 2 yrs old, I dressed her as Shirley Temple and we went to the outdoor mall, we were living in VA then. She was wearing her tap shoes and all of a sudden she started to tap dance, keep in mind this child had never tapped a day in her life. She started to dance to perfection, she was shaking her curls wildly with the rhythm of her dance, just the way Shirley used to in her movies. Abbey had never seen a Shirley movie before, she was two yrs old for crying out loud. Where did she learn to dance like this?! She drew a huge crowd that circled around her in total amazement. People were asking, “Does she take lessons”? I was shocked, I said no, she has never had lessons. My good friend was there with her family also and they just stood there with their mouths hanging open.
Now, you ask, where are the pics of this awesome moment? 😦 Bad mommy wasn’t that into scrappin then and did not have her camera with her. But my friend did have her camcorder with her and did tape it, but I never got a copy because she didn’t know how to transfer it onto tape : (
So, alas, all I have are these pics of my precious Abbey in her costume.
And yes, this is a very true story.

This is also for my MIL Shirley, can you guess who she’s named after πŸ™‚

Krista @ Marilyn Monroe

Sophia, this is for you πŸ™‚

For Mom who loves Anthony Quinn

For my sister Dora, who has had to live with the nick name Day Day all her life, wich would translate to Doris Day by Grandma.

Lisa Chacon, this is for you my dear πŸ™‚

This is for me because I collect Donald’s

This is for my sissy cause she wicked Mickey collector, biggest anyone has ever seen!

Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Workin on a new banner but this one will do for now πŸ™‚ I love that pic of Abbey so I used it even though she was younger. I love the black and white of it all.
I forgot to tell yall what happened to Abbey’s ear. Poor thing, her earlobe got infected from her earring. She has had the same pair on since she was a baby and they finally got too small for her. I know, bad mommy. But they were my silver earrings that I wore as a child and I loved them on her. Well, I didnt keep them on her because of that, I just didnt know she was outgrowing them. But anyway, her earlobe got all black and yuky. We took her into the doc on Monday and she gave her meds. The next morning was super gross and I will spare yall the details but it is clearing up nicely now and she is being a big girl and taking all of her meds.

So we have told almost everyone that we are moving to Austin. I have never lived there before but Mike has and we both love it there. We always had dreams of building our home there to retire in but I guess we’ll just move there sooner than expected. I have been a packin fool. My back hurts but I am coming along just fine.

Crossing my fingers to hear from a few dt’s. I only submit to the ones that I really have a passion for. I know some people submit to all of them out there but I just dont see the point. If I dont have a passion for it, it’s not going to work for me and I cant create without a passion. I would get burn out, ya know what I mean.
So I am praying that I get a couple of calls here soon. I have CK treat me very well this week. I will tell more later. It may be small beans to most but to me it’s the world πŸ™‚

Love yall, now I am going to go get something to eat, I am starved.

Randon About Me Fact:
I can’t whistle, lol.

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Hello everyone. Hope yall had a great weekend. I scrapped like crazy using my new Scenic Route pp’s. I got quite a few email requests asking about the bw/color pic I used in this layout so I thought I would post a tutorial. It’s a pretty quickly written tutorial but I think it should work. So here you go…

Open you image in Photoshop CS. I used the lasso tool on the item I wanted to keep in color. I went to SELECT/INVERSE, then go to IMAGE/ ADUSTMENTS/DESATURATE. WALA! Everything turns bw except for the image inside of your lassoed section. Then you can go to SELECT/DESELECT and your done πŸ™‚

Hope this helps those who wrote to me. I learned this in college, glad I was finally able to use it, lol. For some really GREAT PS tutorials you can visit Jessica Sprague’s Photoshop Friday blog. She has some really great tutorials for you guys πŸ™‚

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