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Friday, May 28, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ebony's Birth Announcement

Ebony had her 4th litter on 5-24-10, just 3 days after her daughter Miley.

Ebony had 7 puppies - 4 black (2 female / 2 male) and 3 chocolate (2 male / 1 female)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Miley's 1st Litter

Whelped 5-21-10
9 AKC Chocolate Labs (6 boys & 3 girls)

Burnt Biscuits (thanks Kathleen!)

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.
What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."

God Bless You.... Now, and Always....

So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine.!.!.!.! And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life... I just did!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Cup Runs Over

Have you ever wondered why God gives so much? We could exist on far less. He could have left the world flat and gray; we wouldn't have known the difference. But he didn't.

He splashed orange in the sunrise
and cast the sky in blue.
And if you love to see geese as they gather,
chances are you'll see that too.
Did he have to make the squirrel's tail furry?
Was he obliged to make the birds sings?
And the funny way that chickens scurry
or the majesty of thunder when it rings?
Why give a flower fragrance?
Why give food its taste?
Could it be
he loves to see
that look upon your face?

If we give gifts to show our love, how much more would he? If we - speckled with foibles and greed - love to give gifts, how much more does God, pure and perfect God, enjoy giving gifts to us?

Jesus Calling - God of Abundance
As you sit quietly in My Presence remember I am a God of abundance. I will never run out of resources; My capacity to bless you is unlimited. You live in a world of supply and demand, where necessary things are often scarce. Even if you personally have enough, you see poverty in the world around you. It is impossible for you to comprehend the lavishness of My provisions: the fullness of My glorious riches.

Through spending time in My Presence, you gain glimpses of My overflowing vastness. These glimpses are tiny foretastes of what you will experience eternally in heaven. Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive. Rejoice in my abundance - living by faith, not by sight.

Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:7

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Credit Report (thanks Carolyn!)

If my life was a credit report and I was trying to obtain salvation, based on my score I wouldn't get it.

My history shows that I've been delinquent in praise, past due in prayer, my worship has been in collections and I've missed a few payments (tithes) or only paid half (you know how we put $20 in the basket and feel like we've done God a favor).

Not to mention that my debt (sin) to income (blessings) ratio is too high.

BUT I thank God that I was able to file bankruptcy (repentance) and it cleared me of all of my debt (sin). Now I have a co-signer (Jesus) whose score is FLAWLESS..... Not one blemish (sin) on his report.

So now.... I QUALIFY for EVERYTHING! Most importantly I've inherited eternal life and I didn't have to put one penny down.

All of my closing costs were covered when Jesus laid down His life for me!!!! I hear that my future home has all of the upgrades too.

Hardwood floors? Please!! I'll be walking on gold! : - )

Thank You Lord for Your unmerited mercy, grace & favor!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Talent Show

Tonight is Alayna's first appearance in her school's annual talent show. I quickly made this card last night for all the kids involved to sign and give to the Director. All of us parents are also chipping in to get her a bouquet of flowers as well.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Kitchen Oil Fire

This > is an excellent MUST SEE video. Very very short; but impacting! >Read the short article first. >Be > safe and consider sharing with your friends and > loved ones.. This > is the first time I heard of this simple fire > prevention idea... It's so simple and effective, > that I'm forwarding it to all my family and > friends. Kitchen Fire - Read > first > then watch > READ > BEFORE YOU WATCH THE > VIDEO!! Dear > Friends, > > I was Executive Director of the Institute >for Burn Medicine for San Diego > and Imperial Counties when we lived in >California . Besides raising the > money to establish a Burn Treatment Center >at the University Hospital > there, I conducted extensive public education >campaigns in > Burn > Prevention.. > > A friend recently sent me the attached >short video - and like an old > fire-horse, I heard the bell ring and >am rushing to send this excellent > prevention piece to each of you. It is >well worth watching! And it could > save your life. > > This is very stunning - please read first >and then watch the very short > clip. > > I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be >a one size fits all lid to > cover a fire in a pan! > > This is a dramatic video (30-second, >very short) about how to deal with a common >kitchen fire ....oil in a frying pan. Read the > following > Introduction, then watch the show ...It's >a real eye-opener!! > > At the Fire Fighting Training school >they would demonstrate this with a > deep fat fryer set on the fire field. >An instructor would don a fire suit > and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a >10-foot pole to toss water onto the > grease fire. > > The results got the attention of the >students. The water, being heavier > than oil, sinks to the bottom where it >instantly becomes superheated. > > The explosive force of the steam blows >the burning oil up and out. On the open >field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that > resembled a nuclear > blast. > > Inside the confines of a kitchen, the >fire ball hits the ceiling and fills > the entire room. Also, DO NOT throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. >One > cup of either creates the explosive force >of two sticks of dynamite. > > This is a powerful message----watch the >video and don't forget what you > see. > > Tell your whole family about this video. >Or better yet, send this to > them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Born 1776, Died 2008

It doesn't hurt to read this several times.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning last November's Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

We can't change the winds...but we can adjust our sails"

All We Have is ALL WE NEED

Excerpted from All We Have Is All We Need: Daily Steps Toward a Peaceful Life by Karen Casey
These days, our lives can feel so hectic and out of control, so lacking in hope and joy. And yet every day, opportunities to experience joy and create peace-filled lives come our way. We have within us the enormous potential to create peace.

It’s a matter of how we view the people and experiences in our lives. Being willing to see things differently is all that we need. Every time we respond to a situation with love rather than anger, or fear, or hatred, we take a step toward a more peaceful life, and each step creates its own momentum for positive change—small changes that ripple their way ever outward, influencing other people, other communities, and, ultimately, the world.

That’s right. Your decision to act from a place of love contributes to the well-being of all humankind. No matter how crazy the rest of the world seems, we are neither helpless nor hopeless. And the power to effect peaceful change is as close as our next thought. We have within us all we need to do our part in making this a more peaceful world. I’m not just playing with words when I say, all we have is all we need.

All we need to do is shift our own perspective and we can create the very miracles we seek. The world we see and experience is nothing more or less than a reflection of us, every one of us, and the way toward peace comes through such simple actions as responding with love to our spouse or child, behaving with courtesy toward the person sitting next to us in a meeting or on the bus, smiling at the person standing ahead of us in line at the grocery store. We offer nourishment to all of us every time we say a silent prayer for someone. It’s all about what we send out from our hearts.

A new meaning for the dictionary

These fit so well they should be in a dictionary.

A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

Something other people have,
similar to my character lines.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Got sun?

I'm always amazed at the creativity people have using our punches, aren't you?
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Sweet Ice Cream

Love it! Don't you?
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Saw Elvis @ Culvers!

We met the KING @ Culvers after our Stampin'Up Club meeting with our upline Demonstrator Dawn Griffith!

How awesome is that? Frozen Custard plus Elvis!

Monday, May 17, 2010

I was a Winner in the Card Swap!


Here's the winning email notification from Sara:

EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, got votes for their cards! And I made it difficult for myself by allowing everyone to vote for three. But here are the winners:

Best in Show: Wanda – she received the most first-place votes, and a number of 2nd place votes, too

First Runner Up: Yvette – she received the second-most number of first place votes, as well as 2nd & 3rd place votes

Honorable Mention: Lucia and Gina– Lucia received the most total votes of everyone, but mostly second and third place. Gina received the third highest number of votes for first place.

And, of course, Wanda appears to have MANY blog-reading friends, so she wins an extra stamp set for sending the most people to the blog to vote.

And here is the good news to everyone else: because of the overall popularity of the card swap, and total number of votes, AND the fact that everyone received votes, I am going to send a retired stamp set to everyone!!!

SO: Wanda and Yvette: I will send you my retired stamp set list separately, for you to choose your stamp sets.

Once you choose, I will send the list to Lucia and Gina to choose from. The two of you can choose a stamp set up to $9.95 OR a SNAIL adhesive dispenser (which was the original prize).

Everyone else: keep a watch on your mail box for your free stamp set from Sara Jane’s Studio!

Thanks again for sharing your creativity and your enthusiasm!!!

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance.
- Marie Curie

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Excerpted from Less Is More by Mina Parker

Blessings, Bonuses, and Gratitude

Embracing a philosophy of less is more has the power to flood our lives with more of what we want and need almost immediately. We can experience an immediate change without doing anything other than getting ready to see the abundance as it comes into and passes through our lives, touching everything we have and everyone we know. Blessings abound when we are open to them. Some appear out in the open as bright blossoms, and some would prefer to stay underground, quietly toiling in the soil and fertilizing our new growth.

The most important task we have in our lives is to give thanks: the simplest, purest thanks we can intone. This cannot be said enough. Gratitude, practiced early and often, can transform things through pure thought. Small things into big ones. Simple pleasures into wonderful luxuries. Grey days into nourishing rainstorms. Daily habits into devotional practice. Try it on for size; I think it’ll suit you.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mom's Birthday

Today is my mom's birthday and here are a couple pics of the card I made for her.

Happy Birthday Mamma! We all LOVE YOU!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please, I need your help to vote

Please go to the blog to vote for my card!!! Here is the link to the blog post: .

And, don't forget to mention I sent you because I get extra credit just for you voting!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mothers, author unknown

Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up....

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best..'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother........

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!

14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom...

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair..

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she
Shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

author unknown.

Crystal's Blog Candy Alert

Hope you like this Candy.....To be eligible to win you must do the following............

Comment and let me know how long you have been blogging
Be a follower
Post it to your sidebar
One Random winner will be drawn from one of my children June 10th at Midnight is the deadline
Easy Peasy Right????, If you are a follower already before I have posted this candy, you will automatically be entered twice if you leave a comment and post it to you sidebar. You can also have a third entry if you make a post on your blogs....Just make sure in your comment you let me know you made a blog post!!

Wanna know whats inside????? Here we go...............

New Basic Grey 6x6 pad Max & Whiskers
New Basic Grey 6x6 pad Cappella
4 Packs of K&C Company Paper Ribbons - Wild Raspberry, Christmas Cheer, Ancestry, Brenda Walton Valentine
My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Better Get Better
CC Designs Swiss Pixies Nora on a Swing
Flourishes Set Flowers for a year
Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong Collection Proud Momma and Accessories
Whimsy Stamps Pretty Peartunia
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels
Martha Stewart Edge Punch Scallop Dot
Making Memories Flowers 2 Jars with 60 blossoms in Each
Flower Soft Citrus Crush
Flower Soft Raspberry Fizz
Flower Soft A pack of 10 Soft Wires
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Diamond Plate
Tim Holtz by Cropper Hopper Embossing Powder Container can be altered check out his website
Hope this all sounds yummy!!!! Thank you AGAIN for a FABULOUS year...and Many many more to come..You guys are AWESOME!!!! Big Hugs to EVERYONE, and GOOD LUCK!!!!

Mother's Day 2010

This was my first attempt at the rose tutorial I found on Kay's blog @ They didn't quite come out like her perfect cake ones, but my mother, my motherinlaw, and my grandmother were all happy to receive them on their Mother's Day cards.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Excerpted from Mother’s Love Is… by Mina Parker

A mother’s love is as big as a house, deep as an ocean, constant as the stars. A mother’s love is all encompassing, all knowing, and all forgiving. It is home. And yet, as big as it is, a mother’s love remembers all the details and knows the littlest things can be the most important—like how much chocolate in the milk, when to offer advice and when to be still, and just the right squeezing that makes the perfect hug. From the biggest moments down to the sweetest nothings, a mother’s heart stands at the ready to comfort, encourage, inspire, protect and, most of all, love.

Mother’s LOVE shows us the way.

Mother’s COURAGE can move mountains.

Mother’s WISDOM holds you close.

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to
compassion and understanding.”
~Erma Bombeck

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day Eve

Sophia Loren once said, “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

Friday, May 7, 2010

96.3 WDVD Cares for Kids Radiothon

96.3 WDVD Cares For Kids Radiothon

Friday, May 7, 2010
Beaumont Children's Hospital, Royal Oak

Thursday was a day filled with wonderful stories of hope and success. We thank everyone who contributed yesterday towards building an unprecedented showing of generosity for the children of Southeast Michigan.

With momentum rolling, we’re dedicated to breaking all records and ensuring every child has available to them the care they need. If you didn’t get the opportunity to contribute yesterday, today is your chance to be a part of the miracle.

96.3 WDVD's Blaine & Allyson are broadcasting live all day today from the south tower of Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital. 100% of the donations they collect will go to Michigan hospitals. Donations can be made right now via telephone by calling 866-963-GIVE or online at 963wdvd

Make sure to check back with this page throughout the day today for photos, podcasts, and more from the Cares for Kids Radiothon!

How YOU can HELP in the Gulf

Help Wanted!

According to Matter of Trust, last year over 2,600 oil spills occurred around the world, and while they all aren’t high profile, each can have a devastating impact on the environment. All reports indicate that the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill will be the worst in history, far exceeding the damage sustained in the Exxon Valdez case nearly 20 years ago. Spewing nearly 200,000 gallons of oil into the water each day, the spill is threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast. The salon community is never one to sit back and watch devastation like this occur. So what can you do to help? Donate your hair clippings to organizations like Matter of Trust! They collect clippings, sort them and ship the fibers off to needlepunch factories to make hairmats to use for oil spill relief. These mats help soak up oil from animal fur and coastlines. Matter of Trust also creates booms from loose hair that is stuffed into nylon stockings which are tied together to surround and soak up oil (as seen above). There are over 300,000 hair salons in the United States, and each salon cuts an average of one pound of hair per day. Please don’t throw the clippings away. Instead, set aside a designated box in the salon to gather (clean, debris-free) hair, then contact Matter of Trust right away to get involved. They’ll take all the help they can get!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Newspaper Map

Could be very useful information! WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THIS IS REALLY GOOD..

Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up...
Double click and the page gets can read the entire paper on some if you click on the right place. You can spend forever here.

Also, if you look at the European papers, the far left side of Germany will pop up as The Stars & Stripes (European edition, of course). AND, this site changes every day with the publication of new editions of the paper.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Milk Carton or Bird House?

Amazing, go check out Tracy's blog post!
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RIP Ernie Harwell

Remembering Ernie.

YAHOO, I won @ Sara Jane Studio

Rubber stamp(s) valued up to $15
Kodak's book "Scrapbooking Photos of Your Children"
Four hand-made cards, ready to send to your friends.

The winner for April is Gina W. of Center Lane, MI. Thanks Gina!

In order to enter my monthly drawing, simply Forward This E-mail to a friend using the link below. At the end of each month, I'll draw the name of the winner, and you'll be mentioned in my newsletter. Every month is a new drawing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Breaking Stampin'Up news..............

Stampin' UP is out of stock of some of the retiring 8.5X11 cardstock packs. Stampin' UP has said that the colors are no longer available and are only "while supplies last" and so I wanted to tell you STOCK UP NOW!!!
If you want any of these glorious colors, you need to place your order ASAP so you don't miss out! So my best advice I have for you is to place your order NOW and stock up so you are sure you don't miss out!

Don't miss your chance to stock up on these beautiful colors:

Almost Amethyst
Apricot Appeal
Ballet Blue
Barely Banana
Blush Blossom
Bordering Blue
Brilliant Blue
Brocade Blue
Cameo Coral
Close to Cocoa
Creamy Caramel
Gable Green
Glorious Green
Going Gray
Green Galore
Handsome Hunter
Lavendar Lace
Lovely Lilac
Mellow Moss
Only Orange
Orchid Opulence
Pale Plum
Pink Passion
Pixie Pink
Really Rust
Ruby Red
Sage Shadow
Summer Sun
Taken with Teal
YoYo Yellow

May 4th Teacher Appreciation Day

by Anonymous
I'm the voice of a grateful parent
whose child was in your class...
the one who needed help to find his way
You've been a special blessing
as you helped my child succeed
and I'm thankful for the part you had to play
You gave him so much more
than just the lessons in the books
you gave him he could learn to fly
You ignited a flame within his soul
a passion to learn and grow...
to never give up and always be willing to try
Your encouragement inspired him
and your kindness was so real
but the thing that thrills my heart the most is this...
By building his self-confidence
you changed his life this year
he believes in himself...and a brighter future is his!

IT'S UP TO ME by Haim Ginott
I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Sack Lunches

an email that circulates every so often, but so true..........................................

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time... As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.' His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.' Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks..' After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars. Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers. Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars! Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.' Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country.. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little... A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.' May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list.... I JUST DID There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stampin'Up National Scrapbooking Month Promotion

Promotion Dates: May 1-31, 2010

Promotion Details:

May is National Scrapbooking Month--the perfect time for you to share your love of scrapbooking.

SU is a special promotion for the month of May: purchase a qualifying scrapbooking stamp set or the My Digital Studio software and receive a FREE package of Designer brads--choose from four designs!

Qualifying products and Designer brads are listed below:

Stamp sets

Page Wood-Mount Item Wood-Mount Price Clear-Mount Item Clear-Mount Price
81 Extreme Elements 115181 $26.95 --- ---
119 Framed with Love** 114389 $27.95 --- ---
128 Certified** 113706 $27.95 --- ---
129 Circle Circus 115778 $28.95 --- ---
12* Elements of Style 118611 $27.95 120045 $19.95
13* Mementos 119910 $27.95 120105 $19.95
13* Elements de style 119900 $27.95 120099 $19.95
14* Rough Type 118659 $26.95 120072 $18.95
22* Sentimental Journey 118513 $23.95 120075 $17.95
25* First Day 118521 $23.95 120051 $17.95
25* Camino a la Escuela 120152 $23.95 120154 $17.95
*From Summer Mini Catalog
**Last Chance stamp set!

My Digital Studio software
Page Description Item Price
32* My Digital Studio 118108 $79.95
*From Summer Mini Catalog

Designer brads

Page Description Item Retail Price OR Priced FREE with Qualifying Purchase
179 Flower Designer brads 112579 $5.95
179 Filigree Designer brads 112577 $5.95
179 Circle Designer brads 112571 $5.95
179 Star Designer brads 112572 $5.95

AND, MY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL TO YOU IS...........................................