Things Like This…

That make me happy! We are a homeschooling family, some of you may not have known that 😉 It is a very hard job, especially when you are trying to jungle a business and household all at the same time. How on earth I find time to blog, I have no idea.
There are times that my heart just jumps for joy and excitement that I homeschool. These pics show one of those times. Abbey was happily doing her math work. I went to the foyer to find Blake working on his alphabet all by himself. Abbey taught him his alphabet and how to recognize his letters when he was 2. He is working on all the different letter sounds now. It was just a good feeling to see him chose to do something educational to keep himself entertained while big sister was doing her work 🙂


Just a few shots from this weekend including our trip to the mountains and the apple orchard. We celebrated Mike’s b/day with fine dining and family. It was so good. I played with several conversions and still working on editing. I will post more soon 🙂

My in-laws are coming for a visit so I have been trying to get things in order. I dont know why but I’m the type of person who freaks out when someone comes over. I have to have everything as perfect as possible. This time I’m a little slacking but oh well. I have been tired from going back and forth to the cleaners. Oh yea, during my MIA, we actually finally opened our new cleaners. I will talk more on that later.

Anyway, I wanted to at least add some visual pretties to this post because it has been so long and with my company here, I’m not sure how soon I will post again.

So, here are some layouts that I have done. I have been very blessed to have been picked up quite a bit this year. I may have never won any big contests but at least I know I am worthy of being published, lol.

Oh and by the way, I was so excited to be at Barnes and Noble and pick up the latest special issue of Scrapbooking Trends and find one of my Christmas lo’s in there. I had totally forgotten that I was going to be published in that one 🙂

Have a great day!

This is the one in Scrapbook Trends…

This one was in last months Memory Makers. I love working with them and have a suprise coming up very soon that I am excited about…

Here are some I did that I had not posted here, just want to play catch up. The first one is my favorite!…


I am more than positive that I will not have one reader for quite a while. Not because my blog sucks, my stats show that I used to have a ton of readers, but because I have not blogged in 6 months. I can’t believe, it has been half of a year since I have poured my heart and soul out onto cyber-paper.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I have not been able to bring myself to blog since my Mom passed away. It is still unreal that she is actually gone and I do not want to yet talk about it. I have so many thoughts and feeling but cannot bring them to the surface. I truly miss her.

I want to get blogging again, though. I love writing so much, it keeps me sane and my blog was always such an outlet for me to get my thoughts down, not on paper but into cyberspace. It keeps me on track of things a lot of times.

I hope to keep up with it, like I used to in the past. I hope to continue to bring you something of interest, to re-connect with my scrapbooking friends, personal friends and family. I hope to share great finds, scrapbook pages, photography and to share a few laughs along the way.

So with that MY BLOG IS BACK!

Just Some Pics…

I had made this layout for Valentines Day a while back and forgot to post it (as usual) so here it is. I used the weathered wood stamp from Stampin Up and distressed the cardstock. I wanted a shabby frilly look so I used a ton of lace and hearts. This was perfect to go with my precious angel’s picture. She is just such a doll!

Here are pics from the circus that we went to yesterday. The kids (and we) had a blast!

I hope everyone has the sweetest day ever! It has been a very stressful past 2 weeks as you can read in my previous posts but I want to take a break from all the stress to enjoy the virtual Valentine’s Day party that sweet Miss Jenn and Miss Cheryl hosted
We had a secret admirer swap and I hope my secret admirer was not too dissappointed in her gift, please keep in mind that I had to create it out of a hospital room. Here are the pics of what she got. I actually had to overnight her package to make sure she got it on time. Talk about crunch time 😉

And I received the most adorable gift box whith a precious glittery Valentines banner and the cutest vintage wrapped chocolate bar. I can’t wait to search all the blogs to see who my admirer was 🙂

We are off to the circus with our homeschooling group. A special Valentines Day surprise for the kids.

Have a heart filled day!!!!



I’m Home…

I left at the end of Jan. to be with my mom. God’s timing was perfect because I arrived on a Fri. and on Sat. we had to take her into the ER. She was very weak and had not eaten in about 3 days other than sipping on soup. She improved so much during the first days in the hospital and the Dr. suggested surgery to connect her stomach to her small intestine to bypass the tumor. We discussed it and she was comfortable with it, especially because she felt so much stronger then when she had gone in. So she had the surgery on a Thur. the day after the doc. suggested it. The surgery went so very well. Our prayers were answered with a quick surgery and short recovery time. I stayed in the hospital with her for the whole 2 weeks, leaving only for a few hours that last weekend. I grew accustomed to the hospital cot that I slept on and I must brag that the hospital cafeteria is awesome.
She was released on the following Wed. after surgery. I had to come back home to my family on that Fri. It was very hard to leave but it was also very hard being away from my precious babies for 2 weeks. My dh did an awesome job holding down the fort. He is such a blessing!

Please pray for my mom as we thought she would do so much better after the surgery but she is now refusing to eat. She says that she has no taste or craving for food. She has a depressed attitude and sounds as if she has totally given up in her fight. I am very tired and pray that God will send her strength to keep fighting. If she could only eat, she could regain her strength and fight a good fight. She was doing so well before I left. I don’t understand what is going on in her mind now. I understand that it is horrible and depressing to feel like she does but I pray that she battle it all and not let the enemy take hold of her mind. She has told me and other relatives that what is going on with her is between her and God. She cuts our phone calls short. She gets short and annoyed when we talk to her about eating. I feel like I am dealing with an anorexic patient instead of a cancer patient.

I am at the point where, although I am still here for her and do my best to support her, I have to give 100% focus to my family and my babies. I refuse to let anything, even my mom’s illness, disrupt my ability to function as a mom and teacher to my children.

Please pray for me.

Please pray for her.