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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Mail Day!

It was a Happy Hump Mail Day this week.
I came home to a envelope full of Bellas & a Halloween card from my good friend Teri who lives in Hawaii! MAHALO TERI! (that's Hawaiian for Thank You)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Congrats Curt!

Congradulations, my friend Curt!

You so deserve to be on their team & they are truly blessed to have you!

Hats off to YOU!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Cards

I made an assorted set of 12 cards to send my 2nd grade cathecism students along with homework, of course. Unfortunately I needed a sub for class yesterday, but fortunately it was so worth it to hear all of my son's teachers "brag" how good of an "A" student he is his first year of high school. YEAH ALEX! WAY TO GO! I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up and you'll have a scholarship in no time!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October OneCardSwap w/Chris

And, this is the card I made for her:

Look at the awesome card I got yesterday from Chris, my October OCS partner:

Plus she included a surprise goodie of ribbon! Thanks Chris!

You can go visit Chris' blog @

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby Carriage Card

Go check out her GREAT photo tutorial!
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Dawn's Sesame Street

It Dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!
From all of us
  For my (2) greetings on  my Birthday card  I used the Family Phrases  stamp set # 114960  "From all of us"  and the "Happy Birthday ". 
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Christmas Trees

Awesome friend & upline, head on over to Dawn's Stamping Thoughts!
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Jen's Christmas Tags

When you get a chance, you should head on over to a famous friend of mine in Hawaii who was on TV!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Treats for Cathecism

I made these treats Monday night for my 2nd grade cathecism class on Tuesdays. I was inspired by Erica Martin aka Stampin' Mamma and at our club night when Laura brought one in with pink legs.

And, today is the day that Ebony gets her stitches out! Praise God!
Especially since we leave for up north tomorrow night. Can't wait for a long fall weekend up north with my kids.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Mary's elegant creation
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Kristine's Manger

Go check her out at Ink something!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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RAK Request from my friend Geri

Won't cost a penny, only takes a minute:

My nephew entered his mom into a competition to win a free roof for their house.
She is a single working mom and is one of the three finalists, but she needs you to vote.
Please go to this site, read his touching letter and place your vote.
She is #3 St Clair Shores.
Thank you!!!


Can you guess what punches she made these out of before you go check out Diana's blog?
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Living a Five Star Life

Excerpt from: Living a Five Star Life,
by Betty Mahalik

In this day and age, we are surrounded by messages that virtually scream, "Your life would be perfect if..." My life would be perfect if I had a different job, a different house, car, nose, spouse, bank account (fill in the blank). Or my life would be perfect if I could be like some celebrity whose life appears so well-ordered and perfect-o. This week I encourage you to stop playing "my life would be perfect if," and start playing "my perfect life." What's the difference? Three things: being in the present, an attitude of gratitude, taking action with what's available now.

When we're caught up in the "my life would be perfect if" trap, we've lost touch with the present. And the moment we detach from the present, we can no longer practice gratitude. Think about it: it's difficult to be grateful for what you don't have...and what you don't have is always somewhere out in future-ville.

Look around you right now. Think of 10 things you're grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? I'm guessing the answer is yes. Do you have at least a few good friends or close relationships? Then appreciate them too, right now. Keep going, and practice being in the present and being grateful for what is here and now at least a couple times a day.

You're also probably sitting there thinking "yes but." Yes, but I want more money, a better relationship, more time to travel, to be thinner, happier or whatever. It's one of the great mysteries I'll never figure out. The minute you stop focusing on what you lack, start focusing on what you've already got, and add the "magic" ingredient of action, you actually begin to attract more of what you want. It's an amazing formula for really living your perfect life!

Let's say you want to lose weight or get in better shape, but you don't have an hour a day to spend exercising at the gym. Therefore, you've pretty well resigned yourself to not losing weight or getting in shape. What if you had five minutes though...just about everyone can find five minutes to exercise, stretch, walk around the block or walk the dog. Would you be willing to be grateful for five minutes and make the best possible use of it? Therein lies the beginning of your perfect life!

A simple formula may help you remember how to apply this principle:

The present
+ an attitude of gratitude
+ positive action
= my perfect life.
Try it for a day.

Each time you start dreaming about how perfect your life would be if...come back to this moment, give thanks for what is, and do one thing to perfect what you have and who you are right now. There's a saying that "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." If you're ready to start perfecting your life, your teachers are all around you.

What are you waiting for?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Story posted by Gina K. Designs

I had to share this story that I saw Gina K. posted on her blog.
It's a true story and maybe someone needs to read it today. I don't know but here it goes.

This is how God works.

There was a young man named John who was in college. He didn't really know God. He hadn't been brought up in a spiritual environment and although he had heard stories about God, he never really paid much attention to them. He was just going about his life.

His roommate, however, did know God. And because of that, he was constantly bugging John to come to church with him or to at least try praying with him. John would always laugh and say no but his roommate never stopped offering.

John was on the diving team in college and many nights he would head over to the pool to practice. He loved to practice in the dark because there was a really cool sky light. The moon would shine in and cast an awesome reflection off of all of the diving boards and other pool equipment, and it would create beautiful shadows all over the walls.

On this one particular evening, John headed over to the pool for a quick practice before bed. He used his code to get inside and left the lights off.

He climbed way up the dark ladder to the highest platform and stepped to the edge of the board, his back to the water. As he prepared for his dive and he stuck his arms straight out and looked straight ahead. They way the moon was shining through, he saw his shadow on the wall and it looked just like a cross.

He stared at the cross on the wall for a minute and remembered some of the things his roommate had told him about God. He'd been unsuccessfully trying for almost a year to nail this one dive and something gnawed at him to pray about it. So, he stopped, knelt down and folded his hands...

Just then, the lights flew on! A man's voice yelled up at him, "Hey, what are you doing up there?" It was the custodian.

"Uh, praying?" John answered, a little startled because the custodian had never worked at the pool this late.

The custodian said, "Well, it's a good thing because we drained that pool today for cleaning and if you go off that board, you're gonna' need it."

That's how God works.

Thanks Gina!


Stitched face w/drainage tubes, ugh! The vet expects me to flush the wound w/betadine and let it squirt out the tubes 3 times a day. Not a fun thing to do, let me tell you.

Thanks for all your well wishes. She goes back to the vet tonight and hopefully he will take out the drainage tubes, I hope!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bad News / Good News?

Ebony slashed her face on her crate Wednesday morning, about 3 maybe 4 inches long, but not all the way thru her cheek, although deep enough to require stitches. I was able to take her to the vet today (48hrs later) at 7am before taking Alayna to school and getting ready for work myself to be in the office by 9am. Unfortunately, with all the bells & whistles, the surgery to sew her back up is going to cost $341! ugh. It would have been another $100 on top of that for her annual shots that are due as well. I just pray he doesn't have to put in a drainage tube and can sew her up without it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Simple Truths
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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. I can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

So if you want to make your heart smile, just click here to watch. And don't forget to forward this to everyone you know and love. It'll make their day!

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wunder bar!
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snowman globe

isn't this so cute?
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Happy Mail Day

Oh Happy Mail Day! Look what I came home to from Risa, a beautiful thank you note for the brak card I sent her last month for her birthday. Let me tell you, she is one talented lady, I must say! You should go visit her blog and give her some love, kwim?

Dog Bone Buttons

This is Curt's submission, look very hard at the card to see if you can find his "dog bone buttons". If anyone knows where I can get them, please do tell.....
Many of you have encouraged me to try out again for the DT spot over at House Mouse Monday Challenge.  So, I've thought about it and have decided to try out again.  I so love the HM images, and their design team is simply awesome.  It would be an honor to be a part of that group.  So, the first thing I need to share is my card to show them what I can do.  Here it is:
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Last night's concert

Took Alayna to her first concert at the Palace to see Miley!
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