Friday, June 25, 2010

FAB-"U"-LO"US" Friday.and Random Questions

Don't you just love Fridays?  (My only wish is that Friday was the official start of the weekend and that everyone had a three day weekend.  Wouldn't that be the best?)

Why is change so hard? 

Do you see each day as a gift even during challenging times?

Why don't we give ourselves more credit as woman and mothers?

Why must life end so soon for some?

Do you laugh often?

Do you find time to volunteer and give back?  (this can be in so many ways)

Why don't we live today and plan for tomorrow?

Do you play and have fun?

Why do you get up everyday?

Why do you blog?

Why do you create?

Are you filled with JOY?

Do you expect great things to happen to you?

Do you give yourself enough credit for all you do?

Are you living the life you thought you would at your age?

Is this the best life you can have?

Are you doing your dream work?

At the end of the day, are you happy with you?

Are you making the world a better place by being here?

Do you forgive easily?

Do you live the life you preach to your kids and loved ones?

Do you bring JOY to others in your day?

Do you see the best in people?

Do you trust most people?

Do you judge others?

Do you find ways to give or perform random acts of kindness?

Do you expect too much from yourself and other?

Do you feel loved and appreciated?

If you could have all your prayers answered today, what would those be?

Do you have goals?

Are you planner?

Do you expect to win and have the best?

Do you surround yourself with mentors that can truly help you be all you can be?

What are you passionate about??

What type of legacy will you leave?

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do and who would you do it with?

How do you hope others will remember you?

Feel free to copy and paste these here and leave your answers or if you plan to answer them let me know and I will head to your blog today.

Hope you have a FAB-U-LOUS Friday and weekend my friends <3


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Am I Worth It?

So says my beautiful daughter on our way to church on Sunday?  Out of the blue comes this question and boy did it make me smile.  Reminded me to thank God for her even more....oh yes so worth it every second, every minute of every day!!! 

Just a quick post before we head to the park to play for a some...just relax with the girls in the Texas Summer Heat....gotta love it!!

Have a great evening and a wonderful Wednesday friends,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Simple Things on Saturday...

Love and enjoy the simple things in life such as:

1.  Bananas and the shakes with chocolate at Sonic
2.  Our "thankful" journal that is by the bed stand for either of us to write in..
3.  Smiles
4.  Children's Laughter <3 
5.  That Demi loves going to church and loves life like every second :-)
6.  Sunshine
7.  AC
8.  Shaved legs and arm pits
9.  The funny things kids say and think
10. Nice people
11. Unconditional love from parents
12. Hope and faith
13. Pictures
14. Books
15. Our five senses
16. Babies
17. Humor
18. Tooth brushes and water
19.  Hot showers and conditioner
20.  Good night's rest....prayers at bedtime!

What about you, what simple things do you enjoy and find make your life better?


Friday, June 18, 2010

Why Do You Create and Scrap?

Why do you scrap and create?  Is it for you?  The possibility to be in print?  To make a DT?  To win a challenge? Are you like me when you create?  I have found that I have gotten away from creating the pages I used to create for the joy of leaving a legacy for ME AND MY FAMILY.  Why, all to win a little RAK.  I hope in the lesson learned this week that I remember it is not about winning a RAK or creating with the latest products.  It is not about being published because I remembered this week that I started scrapbooking because I couldn't wait to document those special moments of my brand new baby and the joy I felt and wanted to share with everyone in my family.

Will I enter more contests and challenges?  Sure but not for the purposes of what I have been doing and not to change what I love in order for this type of end result.  Why do I mention this?  Because I spend hours and days creating what I think will win a little something only to be disappointed.  In the end I do love the pages but have pages I would not normally create and often wonder where will these go and how will I fit them in our books.  Is this bad?  Not really but I want to create pages from  from the heart and in the end tell our story the way I see it and not for challenges any longer. 

The biggest problem is that I am competitive and miss the ways I used to play sports and games and find this hobby as a way to replace thpse days.  It is a little deeper then this for me but in a nutshell this sums up how I was feeling this week and months before this.  Why is it we seek the approval of others in so many things we do?  Not sure it would really matter to have all the answers but for me it was an eye opener and a reminder to create memories that will last a lifetime not pages that might impress others for a moment only to be forgotten in days and months down the road.    

Anyway I am just blabbing but wanted to admit that there are lessons to learn everyday and that although I love this hobby I am not always thrilled with the way things end up because of my expectations.    I will get back to creating what I love with what I have and if I happen to win a little something along the way then great and if not I have more pages for my albums.  In the long run I think I will be happier with the pages I create with my style telling the story my way.  What could be better than that when it comes to scrapping? 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Saturday,   I could use some prayers this week regarding my career, our home and current financial situation and an upconing court date for my bankruptcy which has been dismissed for the uptenth time.  It is important this to goes well so that I can keep the house/car until I can sell it and obtain my new position.  I am praying that God will open those doors and direct me in the direction He desires regarding my career and that God will assist one more time in the bankruptcy case which has been a mess from teh beginning.  I wouldn't wish this stuff on anyone and if you have gone throught it you know what I mean.   I really need Gods help this week.  Thanks in advance friends and if you have any prayer requests please let me know.  That is one gift I am more than happy to give back anyday and anytime!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy 10th Birthday To My Sweet Angel!!

It is hard to believe that Demi turned 10 yesterday.  Why does time have to fly by so fast?  I am a believer that you must enjoy every moment of every day and that each is a gift.  I feel so blessed to have been chosen by our Heavenly Father to be Demi's mom.  I hope and pray that I will have another 10 years to enjoy her and that she continues to live a God centered life and with the heart of Jesus as she does today.  She is the sunshine in my life and I can't wait to bring in another decade with her.  The happiness and joy she brings to each day is beyond anything I could have ever imagined or dreamed about as a young girl and lady.  There isnt a day that goes by that I don't thank God for her and our life together.

We had a very busy day with some shopping at our local mall, swimming at our local city water park and then off to Incredible Pizza where we ended the night with a bang with those we love dearly!

Here are a few pictures from our day celebrating with Demi on her "10th" birthday -

Thanks to our family, friends, neighbors especially grandma, Demi had another fabulous birthday filled with lots of fun and laughter.  At the end of the day she was so thankful and exhausted which is a great way for the day to end.

Demi I love you and God loves you always!!  Happy 10th Birthday and wishes for many more wonderful days  celebrating the day you were born back in 2000.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy American Flag Day and My Favorite Shoes Layout!!.

I am so proud to be an American and love everything about our American Flag and what it represents for all of us.  I am waving all my flags today and couldn't be happier to do so.  Love my red, whilte and blue for sure!

Here is my favorite "shoes" layout which I love because I know how happy it made my mom for Demi to have these shoes and to wear them.  Now the question is, did you own a pair too when you were a kid?  I know I did since my mom thinks every child should own a pair :-).

Sorry about the sun rays shining on the picture on the left, other than that I love how this turned out.  I used a shoestring with brads sprayed with black mist while using cardboard for my heart and to mount my pictures on to lift the pp off the background paper.  The journaling is about how Demi's grandmother bought her her 1st and only pair of saddle shoes.  These are grandma's favorite shoes by far!  Date 10/2004 <3.   Thanks for stopping by and for just being YOU!!



Saturday, June 12, 2010

Oil Cloth Flowers (You have to see how pretty these turned out today!)

So many ways you can use these flowers.  You can use them as necklaces, pins, headband decor, embellie flower, flip flop flower...I mean the list is endless.

Isn't this is pretty?  I love it and will have to put up a tutorial video to show you how to make them if you don't already know how.

Here is the bandz trend that is brand new here in Texas, bracelets in shapes of animals, crosses, fruit and in all colors.  These are how they were them too, how many do you think are on Demi's wrist?  I am going to guess 25 plus...but the fun thing is they trade them when they are out and with other kids.  Love 'em!

And of course what would the bandz be without the almost 10 year old attitude right?  Love her too!

So I ran out of daylight between crafting, the movie from redbox "The Edge of Darkness" with Mel Gibson, talk about a great movie, loved this one too and chaffeuring Dem to a birthday party but I promise you Ms smiley face Julie, I have 2 to upload and one from my favorite book that I just love.  

Anyway hope everyone had a great Saturday and that your SONday is even better!!


We Are Family and Good Friends.....

Here is the layout that I made this week for the "Double Sided" challenge over at  The challenge is to only use one PP that is doubled sided.  I love this PP which I believe is an Elsie Flanigan design and is a couple of years old, at least :-).  I cut square shapes from my 1 1/4 punch  and the journaling spot under the picture is the other side of PP.  I splattered paint on the background and used some tulle, cut out stars frm PP and used some white cardstock for journaling strips. I got the idea for the design from a layout that was featured over at AMM this week.  You can view the layout on this blog as well  Also we went to our LSS and made a really cool make-n-take with oil fabric that looks like vinyl and is so fun.  They make cute pins or in my case I am turning them into necklaces/chokers.  I will post a picture soon and let me just say you are going to love these flowers.  You can view our LSS at as well to see some free layout pages.

So be back shortly with my TAMFT layout and my flowers that we just made.

BTW, r you kids on the bandz kick and this new trend?  I have to say that I love them and think they are so cool.

See u soon,


I am so excited for this game today between USA and England.....I just love cheering on my country and hope it is a great game today.

I am also excited because I got some scrappy time this week and have some layouts to upload.  One for My Favorite Things and this challenge is My FAVORITE SHOES..I am hoping to get one more layout for this challenge done today. 

I also lifted a layout that I saw on AMM this week that I absolutely love, hers and the one I did.  I will come back with a link and my page shortly.

Until then, GO USA!!!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Top Ten Ways to Express Joy and Contentment and a Blog Giveaway at BMS

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Top Ten Ways to Express Joy and Contentment:
1.  Express JOY through your words
2.  Express JOY with your voice
3.  Sing Often
4.  Smile More Often
5.  Have fun
6.  Live out a JOYful Faith
7.  Share your JOYs with others
8.  Nurture a spirit of giving
9.  Focus on your blessings
10.Express JOY and Contentment any way you can

*Shared by Lindsay Conner in If Mama Aint Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy.

So is your home a happy and fun one?  If you want to know, just ask your kids?  When I want to know how I am doing parenting, I just ask my daughter.  You know you will get the truth because kids are brutally honest.  Do you get on the floor and play with your kids?  Do you sing and dance with your kids?  Even when they're 16?    When you have visitors, does your home scream, welcome and come in?  Does your house reflect who you are and the treasures of your heart? 

I wanted to share a give-away over at Bluemoon Scrapbooking here  I love Basic Grey and love this site too!  Good luck winning some BG.

EnJOY the simple things today and remember to hugs those you love, as today is a gift.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I loved reading this today and want to encourage you to do this as well, enjoy your riches today.  It is with a grateful heart that we are able to keep going even with our daily challenges.  Your struggles may not be the same and your jewels may not be the same but at the beginning and end of day one thing is for sure, God loves you!  (I am grateful today that my daughter knows this and shares this with others, that will surely make a mother smile)

Here is a story from the blog of Joel and Victoria Osteen at from yesterday that I thought was worth sharing today.

One time, I heard a story about a very wealthy family. The father wanted to show his seven-year-old son how poor people live. So he took his son for a drive to a little farm in the country to spend the weekend with a family they knew. They arrived at a little, framed, wood house. This family didn't have any TV or fancy furniture. They didn't even have carpet. Since there wasn't any entertainment inside, at night they would go out on the front porch and sing, laugh, and tell stories. After being there a night or two, the father and son headed back home. The father was very curious about what the son had learned, so he asked him how he liked it. The little boy said, "Oh, Dad, I really loved it." The father responded, "Well, Son, do you see how poor people can be?" The son answered, "Yes, Dad, I see." The father said, "Well, Son, tell me exactly what you learned?" The little boy said, "Well, Dad, I learned that we have one dog at home and they have four. We have a swimming pool in the middle of our backyard, but they have a stream with no end. We have fancy lanterns on our house, but they have the stars. We watch TV by ourselves at night, but they sit around as a family and have fun." The father was shaking his head. He knew his idea had backfired. About that time the son said, "Dad, thank you so much for showing me how poor we really are."
Friend, if you have people to love in your life, then you're rich. If you have your health, you're rich. If you can hear your children's footsteps coming down the stairs, you're rich. If you can talk with your family about nothing, you're rich.

Today, I encourage you to keep the right perspective. Slow down and enjoy the simple blessings God has given you. Take more walks through the park. Look at the stars at night and think about His goodness. Remember, there will always be another dream, another goal, or another challenge. Take time for what matters most and enjoy the riches you have!

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12, NIV).

I will leave you with a challenge today to find someone to bless today with a random act of kindness, a sure way to put a smile back on your face and theirs.

I will be back with some scrappy happiness today too.  I finally did some scrapping and hope to do some more today while I wait patiently for some things to start happening in the career arena. 


Saturday, June 5, 2010

If you enjoy stamping, come check this blog - HUGE GIVEAWAY!!

I want to share another blog that I thoroughly enjoy weekly as well.  Stamping and scrapbooking of course and a sketch challenge for the week!

And if you haven't seem Pamela's, you will enjoy her creativity for sure.  (I just want to know how she has time to create so many wonderful designs each day and weekly?)

I am off to scrap with my exchange daughter as it is really one of our last weekends to just hang out and for a 17 to not have plans, when does that ever happen?  TODAY -


Friday, June 4, 2010

Oh where has my sunshine gone today??

So today my lil sunshine took off for the beach on Galvston Island for a week with my sister, Sheri and her husband and their daughter Brylee.  Demi adores them all but love her Brylee and Bry loves her Dem so much that when anyone else is around she only wants her cousin! 

I am happy that she gets to go and enjoy her summer vacation.  She has worked so hard all year and I am so proud of her for passing her TAKS test a few weeks ago.  Honestly I didn't expect it, thought she would be doing summer school but she saved it up for the final tests of the year.  Thank Goodness!  Now I must say that she is a great student and is an AB honor roll student with all high As and one B (87) in reading.  Her least favorite subject unlike her momma. This trip is my sister's way of treating her to something special for doing so well and for being so loving and kind all of the time. 

So many other things going on with all of us.  We are done with school, had a school friend birthday party, a crazy day of swimming after field day, softball games, softball camp....busy but fun!  Then there is Nadja who goes home in less than 2 weeks.  It is really so hard to believe that a year has gone by.  We are going to miss her sweet accent and beautiful smile and spirit.  I know it will be a sad day on the 16th when she boards her plane for Frankfurt, 17 hours and then on to Pinneburg.  It truly has been a blessing having her join our family. I would encourage you to do this if you have the room and time to have a child in your home to experience our American ways.  Then there is the job hunting, resume after resume being sent out.  Networking, Fbing hoping that something awesome will come up and soon.  I am happy to say that I finally got my new resume done and that is a relief.  Now to go and get a lottery ticket so I don't have to worry about a job anymore.  Wouldn't that be nice?  I would welcome those challenges and trade in all the other challenges!!! 

Then, I am hoping to scrap for a bit if I can keep my eyes open.  I am not feeling very motivated to get started but know if I do I will be happy.  And did you see what my lovely friend, Wendi at made today?  FABULOUS!!  I am hoping to scrap the challenge over at that is due today "A Week in the Life".   I have always wanted to do this so why not today right?

Ok so I must run and get my winning ticket with the cash out option!!  Wish me luck.

Praying and thanking God for having his protection over Demi and my family and friends at the coast.

Thankful for this life, my faith, my girls, my home, my friends, my church family, my scrapbooking friends and the basic necessities.  Isn't that all we really need and the love that is so unconditional from all of the above.  So blesed and looking forward to God changing me so that I can fulfill his plans for me.  I want to be the best I can be everyday and welcome the NEW whatever that is today and tomorrow should it come!!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I love June for so many reasons, this is the month I became a mom almost 10 years ago!!

I have put our house up for sale. She has mixed emotions because of so many wonderful memories and wonderful friendships but knows whatever happens that God's plan is always so much better than what we can dream or envision. ♥ 

Do you have a script of your life, how you thought it would be and how it is now?  I was never one to really do this except when I was 7 and wanted to have a baby girl someday names Bobby Sue. So I dont have a Bobby Sue but I love my Demi Lou so much and there isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful for her, our life and all the wonderful memories I have with her and our family.  I am a much better person because of her. 

So I never imagined not living here in our home that I bought before she was born but I never thought that we might have a better home and life somewhere else.  I remind myself that a home is not the outside but what is on the inside.  I don't just say that because of where I am but I truly believe that as well as the neighbors and friends you make.  I have always loved people as does Demi so we will make new memories with new friends if and when that time comes.

I am praying for answers.  Answers for a new job and whatever God has in store fr us.  Sometimes we have to close doors for God to open new ones right?

So goodnight from hot Texas and hope you have a wonderful and magnificant Wednesday,