Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bring the Rain

I figured that was an appropriate title because of so many reasons lately.  First off I have been wanting a decent snowfall for years.  I haven't seen a good foot of snow since I was a little child and that was quite a few years ago.  So this morning we were to get approximately 3 inches of snow with some ice on top of that.  So what do we get instead?    You guessed it... rain ALL DAY!  Schools were closed and it has been nice being with Emma and my mother today but I digress.

Secondly, we all hear so many things with the poor economy.  I have lost a considerable amount of my retirement just since October.  So many have lost their jobs.  No pay raises despite bills continuing to rise.  With CHA this week we see how that has hit businesses.   No Scenic Route.  
And even more importantly peoples health.  So many people have had loved ones with cancer or sudden illnesses or worse death.  You are not guaranteed tomorrow people.  Our Father loves us.  He refines us through these fires!  You just have to lay your trust in him.  Someone at my church challenged us to post scripture on our Facebook each day this week.  What a great challenge!!  I would like to challenge you to do the same.  What a great way to witness to others.  So be thankful for what you do have.  Be thankful for family.  Be thankful for food on your table.  And I know some of you grapple with that daily.   It burdens me that some of my dear friends have to choose between medications for their children vs. food for their family.  It just seems so unfair.  But I know God has a much bigger plan.  I heard this song on SpiritFM the other day and I wanted to share it with you.  Please listen to the words and focus on the message.  

Friday, January 23, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thanks Amy [http://amy-littletreasures.blogspot.com]for this award!! How very sweet!! I hope to get creative tonight!!! :)

I am supposed to choose 5 recipients of this award. Here goes:

1. Terrie http://scrapevangel.blogspot.com/
2. Angela http://www.landofteenageattitude.blogspot.com/
3. Sandra http://sheisascrapfreak.blogspot.com/
4. Danielle http://lifeonelayoutatatime.blogspot.com/
5. Sasha http://sassysasha.typepad.com/

Thanks Amy!  I am honored!!  

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Elles Studio

I love their stuff! I am using their stuff on my 25 days of Christmas album which I have not finished because I ran out of patterned paper. I am using November 12 Fridays patterned paper if anyone wants to sell me a couple of sheets. Thanks.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Life Preservers January Guest Design Team

Here are my creations with Life Preservers Alternate Kit.  One of my favorite 3 Bugs collections. All products are from the kit collections.

Thanks for looking! I think it is funny how one has so much white space and the other so cluttered. My brain is so frazzled of late. I have been battling headaches the last few days, trying to exercise and eat better to get back into shape, and prepare for teaching I have to do all Saturday morning. So busy busy busy!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Life Preservers Weekend Crop

Well I haven't gotten done nearly as much as I wanted too but I have completed a sketch to post for the crop with a sample and 4 layouts.  Here they are:

This is the sketch that I drew for the crop.  

And my take on said sketch.  I used Rosa Moka paper, Elles Studio diecut calendar, Sassafras buttons, WRMK rub-ons, Tim Holtz chipboard and Ranger Inks, and MM paper.  The pictures are of when Emma was baptized this summer.  

This was a challenge that you had to do a page about someone you love with 10 reasons why.  Picture of course is of my husband.  I used Pink Paislee paper and rub-ons, Bazzill cardstock, Scenic Route chipboard and rub-on, Daisy D's rub-ons, 7 Gypsies stamps, and Fancy Pants transparency.  
This challenge was to use office supplies and include journaling.  This was Colorbox journaling cards, Doodlebug sticker letters, Chatterbox paper and felt stickers, Basic Grey rub-ons, Prima flowers, paper clip, and Paper Salon paper and stickers.  
This challenge was to scrap something not someone.  I used Cosmo Cricket paper, 7 Gypsies paper, Creative Imaginations sticker, MM felt alpha and diecut journal sheet, SEI diecut flowers, and Scenic Route diecut journal box.  
My challenge has to be posted by 8 am EST but most of the others are 8 PM!  I hope you can come participate.  It has been a blast thus far!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!

I hope that the year 2009 is prosperous for all of you!  2008 has been a whirlwind of events and emotions for me.  I won't bore you with all the details but suffice it to say the Lord is good!  Two things that stand out for me is traveling to Costa Rica which was incredible and I am so glad that I shared this with my father and daughter.  I would love to live there.  Seriously!  And second is work.  I applied for the Trauma Nurse Coordinator position a couple of months ago pretty much thinking I had it in the bag.  However the powers that be chose to hire someone with far less experience which was only limited to the hospital itself.  Of course they can provide no reason why.  Not that they have to mind you but I think I deserve one.  I have applied for this job 3 times.  The first two times I was upset but at least the applicants were experienced, seasoned providers of various disciplines in trauma.  This time..... well I am just going to say I have dealt with a lot of anger over this.  Don't get me wrong.  I love what I do.  Flight Nursing is everything I imagined it to be.  I love knowing that I am helping people who truly need it, not someone using the Emergency Department for their primary care physician.  I don't necessarily blame them I blame the health care system overall.  I have to keep telling myself that it is Gods will not my own.  However that does not always immediately eliminate the fleshy anger!  Let me just say this.... Jeremiah 29:11
  As far as 2009...... who knows what the future holds.  I will be traveling a lot to scrapbooking events.  My usual Scrappers Dream Vacations at least twice this year, to Tennessee in March for Twelve Fridays weekend, and to Kentucky in April for the Life Preservers Retreat.  I am very excited to get to meet some of  my online friends.  I would love to make a living scrapbooking but that will not happen.  But I do have some good news!!  I am the Guest Design Team Member for January at Life Preservers.  We are having a crop this weekend and I am doing the early bird challenge which is a sketch.  :)  I hope to see all my scrappy friends there.  
Now I am going to post some of my favorite layouts of 2009. I can't think of a better way to greet the New Year!!

Thanks for sharing with me in 2008!!!