Thursday, March 27, 2008

playing around with color

I lost my scrap booking desk top again and need to find it. In the mean time I spread out all over the kitchen table and have been playing with color combinations. I love the Happiness background stamp, it makes it easy to experiment with different color combinations and be able to come out with a cute card with out taking a lot of time worrying if the design is going to work. I stamped the entire background in a bunch of colors - I started out with four and ended up with 12 - but that made it fun to put colors together and experiment. Here are my four favorites. I made some into a pocket card with the wild wasabi textured/scored card stock SU has for sale this month. The one below on the right still needs something but I loaned my wild wasabi stamp pad to Amy so it will have to be bare for a little while.

Fleeting moments

Yesterday and today I have been working to coordinate a family picture. We have only two and a half days that we will all be together before Robbie leaves for Brazil on his mission and only one of those days will work for a family picture. As I think about this day I am overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions. I have been especially blessed to have my wonderful married children close by. They may leave for a few months but soon they are back for Sunday dinners and occasional lunches. We help them find apartments and move in and out. We carve Jack-o-lanterns, make gingerbread houses and dye Easter eggs together. I have been so blessed to have my sweet little Ruby close by. I dropped some things off to Amy today and Ruby smiled at me! Really in response to me. It was amazing! She has changed just since I saw her on Sunday. Some how, though we've prayed for it for so long, Robbie's mission is really the beginning of the end. He will leave and I will miss him for two years - I will joy and sorrow with him as he struggles and grows but I will miss him. I wouldn't want it any other way. And before he gets home Aaron will graduate and it is very likely that they will be off somewhere for graduate school. Jordan will also graduate and who knows where they will be. I realize it will be good for them to live away from here for a time but oh how I will miss them. I hope I sell a screen play so I can afford to go visit often. The house will seem strangely empty with just two children here. Yet, at the same time it brings new opportunities. Christian and I have planned a working stream in the back yard and Jennifer and I will more easily be able to have a girls night out. I guess the gist of all this is that change is hard but life is still good!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Christian and Jen

Monday Jennifer came home from school sick. Yesterday Christian came home with the same bug. Jennifer was feeling better by yesterday afternoon and helped take care of Christian while I ran some errands and helped Amy a little bit. I'm so glad I have those two and that those two have each other. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

some stamping thoughts

I have had so much fun stamping lately. I actually had my desktop cleared off for two weeks and could work there - amazing how a clean space and a little organization can inspire someone. I actually considered entering Stampin' Up's artisan contest... but then reality struck, I have classes to work on, a missionary to get ready, a house to find under the clutter - maybe if I got it clean and organized I would be even more inspired. Maybe I will start now working on stuff for next year. I'm afraid it would consume my month and I don't have a month to spare.


 Aaron and Celisa are in Los Angeles for three weeks. Only four weeks until Robbie heads to Brazil on his mission. Pray for his Visa to be approved. Also pray that Jordan will find a good internship.

David's prayer

Last Sunday at choir practice we had been practicing Easter songs and David Messenger offered the closing prayer. His prayer was simple and totally from the heart. He prayed for two things, that our singing would truly praise the Lord as we celebrate his resurrection and that the soloist would be blessed as he sang. David is the soloist.