Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sentimental Shoes

This is my picture for the the challenge on Crystal Krueger's blog, Be the Change You Want to See. Visit her blog to see her photo and the story behind the shoes that inspired her challenge.

When I read it I immediately thought of these shoes. I've had them since 2002 when I bought them for the trip I took to Italy with my mom. I love them because they are soooo comfortable, but more importantly, I love the memories they bring to my mind about that special time with my mom before she died. And the trip to Hawaii with John after he recovered from his stroke. And the church mission trip to Guatemala. And the trip to Korea with Melea. So many memories! But I noticed this summer that they are really getting worn out. I should get a new pair. Should, but, probably won't...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Do you or don't you

use them? Lotions that is. I do. I guess you could say it was destiny. My mom used them on me when I was a baby and I used them on my babies.

I can't not use them. I get all itchy if I don't, and besides, they smell so good.

My mom used good 'ole Jergens for as long as I can remember. Me, my favorites vary from year to year and with the seasons. Fresh flowery and fruity scents in the summer and spring. Warm yummy scents in the winter and fall. Right now my favorite is, Simply Basic Sun-kissed Plumeria from Walmart.

So, do you or don't you? And what's your fave?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

just a thought

I went blog surfing today and found another one to add to my favorites list. It's called Livvy's Life. I like the quote she has in her banner: "It is important, when death finds you, that it finds you alive" ~anonymous

"Please, God, don't let me stop living before I'm dead" ~me

Sunday, August 27, 2006

alive and living...

It is always my intention to blog frequently.

Butcha know what happens?


That's right, life happens.

That's a good thing really.

I'm happy to be alive and living.

I just wish I had time to do all the stuff I want and need to do and blog frequently...

Friday, August 18, 2006


Been wanting to scrap about this for some time now. Finally jumped in and did it yesterday. The hidden journaling reads:

I was pretty young during much of the Civil Rights movement. I do remember the adults talking about it and hearing bits and pieces about it on the news. I didn't even know I was "colored"! It wasn't until I was grown up that I realized how much prejudice my own mother and grandparents experienced in their lives and just how much my mom had sheltered me from it. For example, my father's parents were very prejudiced and called my brothers and me "half breeds". Not to us. They were cordial and polite to us the few times I remember visiting them. But, it explains why we were never close to them. Needless to say, they didn't like my mom at all and she made sure we saw them as little as possible. I guess I thought that was the extent of it until my mom told me about this experience she had while moving from New Mexico to California. My grandma got sick on the trip and needed some water. The only place available had a "whites only" sign on the door. My mom was only nine or so and they sent her in to ask for it, thinking surely the would give it to a child. Funny, I don't remember if they did or not. I just remember it being a real eye opener that only helped to deepen my love and respect for my mom and grandma. They are both heroes in my eyes. It was my grandma's idea to move to California. She saw it as a place full of opportunities for a better life for her children. I am so grateful to her for her vision and proud of her for the strength and courage it took to follow her dreams. My mom was a lot like her and I am trying my best to be like both of them...

{You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be daughters of your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:43}

Happy Anniversary to Us!

This is my favorite photo from our wedding. You can just see the love between us. Two kids really. 18 and 21. Yet so ready to start our lives as one. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. For the Lord.

Today is our 33rd anniversary. Those years have been full of good times and, yes, hard times. But because of our commitment to each other and our Lord we have survived the hard times, even grown through them. We are still learning and growing. We are still in love...

{Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his... So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ~Malachi 2:15}

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Busy, busy, busy

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. ~ Charles Kingsley

Saturday: We went to our friend Lisa's for her annual Art in the Garden event. Every year she opens her beautiful garden to the community and displays her beautiful paintings throughout the garden. I took lots of photographs even though the lighting wasn't good when we went. Here are a couple that turned out ok...

Sunday: We drove down to Ashland to help Melea load her stuff into the moving van. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. I really wish I'd had it to get a picture of her behind the wheel of that van! Which, fyi, she drove the entire way.

Monday: Was a looong day. We left the house at 8:30am and didn't get home until 11:30pm. But, we got everything there safe and sound with only a few mishaps; John got lost, her TV got cracked (not the screen), and we had trouble finding the place to drop off the van. Sure do wish I had some pictures of her apartment to share. Very cute and homey.

Tuesday: I was going to do some errands in town and get some groceries, but, the car wouldn't start! Took it in for servicing and found out that it is gonna cost big bucks to get it running properly. Ugh! I am tempted to whine about it , but, am choosing instead to be thankful that we have the cash to do it. Girls, remind me if I forget and start to whine!

{...Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to count your troubles. ~Maltbie D Babcock}

Wednesday: I scrapped a page for the Freestyle Silhouette Challenge. It is very simple. I thought of several ways to "fancy it up", but, in the end I decided I liked it best plain and simple. Best of all, it didn't take me very long to complete. That hardly ever happens because:





Maybe even the world's slowest scrapper


that's a story for another post.

Here's the layout: