Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I just wanted to pop in for a quick note to tell everyone Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all enjoy your holiday and eat as much as humanly possible.
We were going to go out to eat and skip the preparation and clean up, but we had some family invite us over to eat, so we are heading over to eat with them.
Friday I am going to get up and head down to Strawberry Fields Scrapbook Store to hit her black Friday sale. I am so excited to get there and spend spend spend. She is such a sweet lady, I asked her if she had any of the lollipop flowers from Prima a couple of weeks ago and she didn't so she ordered some up and they came in yesterday. I can't wait to get down there and get them, but I have to wait until Friday. At some point I am going to go and find a Wii. And through all that I have to work 10 -6. But that is alright. More scrapping money.
Enjoy your family, eat a ton!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Strawberry Fields Fall Frolic Crop

I had such a blast at the crop. Pam (the owner) really knows how to throw a party. Everyone was so nice and friendly. We did a progressive card and she gave out Strawberry Bucks to use in the store. I won a word game and there was tons and tons of yummy food.

This is the name tag that I made, we got Strawberry Bucks for making these as well.

This is my happy page about Lucas. I used Bo Bunny paper on this one.

Here is one I did about Alex, I used some old stash and parts of the AMM kit.
Alex again, we went to a little Fall Festival and he got to dig through the hay to find prizes. This is a page I did for Nicholas. I used a hambly transparency as my base page, it is hard to tell in this photo that it is a grid pattern on a clear transparency. I will try to get a better photo of this .

Saturday, November 22, 2008

LSS Crop

Today I am off to a crop at the LSS called Strawberry Fields. I have been looking forward to this crop all week. The owner is such a warm and friendly person and makes everyone feel right at home. The theme of this crop is Fall Frolic. We are all to bring a dish and she will provide drinks (non alcoholic) and desert. I am sure I will get loads done and I can't wait to share my LOs with everyone. Check back soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Double Blessed in one week!!!!

My current reading selection is a book called The Prayer of Jabez. It is a 31 day devotional by Bruce Wilkinson.
In the bible, in 1 Chronicles is all the begets. A bunch of lineage stuff. REALLY boring. In the middle of all that it stops for 2 verses and there is a man named Jabez, who by all accounts wasn't so important in the grand scheme of things. His name actually means pain. He should have been overlooked and carried on with the begetting. It was what he asked God for and how he asked him that got him recognition in the Bible. Here is a quote from the book.

The story of a man who started out with almost nothing but gloomy prospects, cried out a simple prayer, and ended up a man of honor in the eyes of God.
Now Jabez was more honorable then his brothers and his mother called his name Jabez saying, "because I bore him in pain." And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying "Oh, that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested.

The devotional is about opening yourself up to ask and receive all of Gods blessings. When you become a Christian, a Child of God, you automatically receive blessings. Almost like you have rights as an American, you have rights as a Christian. You know that you have the blessing (right) of forgiveness from the Father. You have the blessing (right) to ask God to provide all of your needs.
This book is about understanding that God wants to shower you with blessings that you WANT, not just need. Like a child having everything he needs food, shelter, clothes, a bed but will still come to you and tell you he wants a toy or a treat. God wants to give us our toys and treats as well. If you want a new car, lower house payment, a new computer. ASK! All he can do is say no, like any parent.
So I wake up every morning and I pray and ask God to shower me with blessing throughout the day. I tell him that I am open to receive them.
Tuesday, I went to pay a bill. I wasn't past due but somehow the guy had did something in the computer wrong and it was saying I was. So I went in to straighten it out and go ahead and pay it. My next payment of $99 wasn't due until December 1st. I was standing there with my money $52.47 and I told him I had it and that I was paying it and that I would pay the other $99 on the 1st. So he is pulling everything up on the computer and getting ready to take my money when the lady next to me hands me a $100 bill. I just kind of looked at her funny. I didn't know what to think. She told me to take it and pay it so I would be payed up until January 1st. I told her no, I couldn't take her money. I told her that I could pay it, it wasn't a problem. She said no, I want you to take the money, God has blessed me and I want to bless you. I have never had anything like this happen to me. I took the money and I gave her a big hug and a big God bless you and a big Thank You. I left all misty eyed.
That same day my boss was having a Gold Party. It is where you take in your junk gold. Broken bracelets and stuff like that. I had a little, a very little. Most of my stuff is sentimental, stuff Luci has given me. But I had a few things that was broken or I had bought and didn't want anymore. So I took it to her and she told me that she would give it to the lady and would have a check for me the next day. So I talked to her on Wednesday morning and she said that the lady had dropped off my check and it was $40. I said alright, that is about what I expected. I really hadn't given her very much. So I went into work later and she said she has a surprise for me and then she told me that she had lied and she handed me my check. It was for $175. I almost fell over.
I want to get the kids a Wii for Christmas and I didn't know where I was going to get the money and right there in 2 days I had all I needed. God is so good. So he is blessing me or my kids have been praying for a Wii and he answered their prayers. LOL
If you haven't read this book give it a try, it will truly bless you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wedding Layout, 10 years in the making

Thought I would share this LO that I did of our wedding. Yes, it has been 10 years since the wedding and Yes this is the first photo I have scrapped of it. LOL I got this photo enlarged and put into a sepia tone for the party and decided to scrap it. TFL.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

10 Years and Still Going Strong!!!

Friday was Luci and my 10th anniversary. I can't believe how time has flown by. We have had such a wonderful marriage. I couldn't have asked for a better man. He is my best friend and I can't say enough good things about him. We argue and bicker sometimes but not very often and it rarely escalates to a full fledged fight. I wouldn't trade him for anything. I have to say that I am fairly proud of us. In this day and age a divorce cost less then a couch, or bed , or a designer handbag. We have always be a team, we have always had each others back.
So to celebrate we had a small party. As a rule of thumb, you are supposed to invite 2x as many people to a party as you want to be there. I didn't go that far but I did invite a few more then I anticipated coming. I wanted everyone there but most of the time something always comes up and a few people can't make it. Not this time. Just about everyone that we invited showed up to the party. It was awesome, I feel so blessed that everyone wanted to celebrate this great day with us. Here are a few photos.
I took some of the photos from our wedding and had them printed in a sepia tone and placed them on the table, we had our original cake topper and knife set.

A close up of the cake. It didn't turn out the way it was supposed to, but what can you do? Here is a close up of the table arrangements that my mom made for me. She had such a great talent for these kinds of things.Here are all the boys, what a big difference from 10 years ago. LOL

Monday, November 3, 2008

Christmas is Coming!!!!!!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 52 days away? What have you done to get started?
At this point I have done very little. I have a box of gifts that I have been buying for a while now. It is stuff that I found on clearance. Like a Star Wars Lego set, regular about $40, got it for $10. My kids love legos and they really love star wars legos. I also got a bunch of stuff from Micheal's that was 90% off. It was in June or July that they had a huge home decor clearance. I went to a Close to my Heart card party and made 10 cards. Other then that, not to much.
So I have decided to Challenge myself, I want to make 2 cards a day for the next 30 days. Does anyone want to do the challenge with me? Or maybe you can make your own personal challenge, you may not need 60 cards like I do. I will keep you updated on my progress and I hope that you will keep me updated on yours.
Here are a few photos of the cards I made at the party.