Wednesday, December 5, 2018

One Page Scrapbook Layout - "Up in the Attic"

The attic in our old home was a place of great mystery. Our grandkids were so intrigued and curious every time we pulled down the stairway to take something up or down. They were dying to see what was up there! Just before we moved out of our home, we gave them the opportunity to go up and check it out.
Their Daddy helped them up and down since there aren't any railings to hold onto. Look at the terrified look on their faces! I guess it wasn't nearly as much fun as they thought it might be. 😏 They took a quick look around up there at the stacks of boxes and they were done! 

This probably seems like a silly thing to scrapbook, but it's just one more memory of our home  and our moving days that I'm trying to preserve. Our boys (now grown) were up and down those steps so many times during the moving process!! They just kept bringing boxes much STUFF!! They were such good troopers about it. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about how much help they were to us!! They kept us moving forward and were so entertaining in the process. I wanted to curl up in a ball and make it all go away, but their maturity, perseverance, and sacrifice just kept us going until finally it was all done! We really can't thank them enough. I've never been more proud of the amazing young men they've become. And...did I mention my daughter-in-laws!!! Holy cow! They were hoisting furniture, boxes....all in sub zero weather, blowing snow and wind! 

We're incredibly thankful and blessed to be in our new home. Yes, we still have an attic, but this time with a real stairway and a lot less junk! 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Two page Layout - "Grateful - Thankful"

Here's another layout from my 30th work anniversary celebration! My oldest son (tall, dark and handsome bearded one) and grandson (short one with blue eyes, who doesn't look much like his Daddy) were able to stop by for a cookie. My oldest friends from work were, of course, there by my side as well. I'm truly blessed with good, solid, true friends at work.
 This smiley friend above in the bottom, left corner picture with me is such a hoot! We have way too much fun. We've been working together for 20 years or so... and we never cease to crack each other up. We have so many stories to tell...we really should write a book. I've been working with my beautiful friend (upper left) for 30 years now! She was at Brotherhood before me. She greeted me within the first week. We got to know each other and have been besties ever since. We even hang out often when we're "off the clock". So she must truly enjoy my company, right? 😜
 My silly grandson has the biggest blue eyes ever!! 😍😘 He had fun hanging out with us for a little while and eating yummy cookies.The handsome man next to me is my husband of almost 33 years! He loves me well and I'm truly blessed for his example of gentleness, kindness, and patience in my life.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today !! I'm not sure what I'll be posting next, so you'll just have to come lookin'.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Two Page Layout - "30 Years"

Another blessing in my life is 30 years in my current job! It's pretty unusual to stay with one employer for so long, but I guess I know a good thing when I have it. I work for good people who care about me, pray for me and make my job lots of fun. What more could I ask for. For the most part, I feel valued and important to the people who I serve each day.
As I mention in the journaling, 30 years of employment here makes me feel really old! It wasn't even my first job out of school... It was my third!  I continued to work after having my babies! It was so hard, especially when they were little, and I was riddled with guilt for doing it, but I couldn't see any other way to make ends meet.  Now that they're grown and have turned into great, well adjusted adults, I realize it was worth it all, and they survived it all just fine.
My husband works at the same company (another blessing). I'm pictured here with my husband, my direct manager, and the CEO who makes a point to be here for all of these types of celebrations. Our company has seen enormous growth over the last 30 years and I'm very proud to be a small part of it all!
My life is so busy and stressful at times, but also full of great people, lots of laughs, the blessings of steady employment, and the joy of serving our agents and customers across the country.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Monday, November 26, 2018

One Page Layout - "Blessed"

I try to do life with an attitude of gratitude, but I certainly don't achieve it most of the time. Even though I have so much to be thankful for, I sometimes get stuck focusing on the small negative things.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for that very reason. It's a reminder to focus on all of our countless blessings. It's a day to hangout with family, eat yummy food that we typically don't eat the rest of the year, and to thank God for all that he has blessed us with.
This family of mine is by far my biggest blessing. We're not perfect, and we don't always see eye to eye on everything, but we are always there for each other. The lists of wrongs are kept short, and love rules the day. Each of them bless my heart in countless different ways, that they're probably not even aware of.
This layout is from the last Thanksgiving meal we shared together in our previous home. That home holds many fond memories, and we'll never forget bringing our babies home and raising them in that special neighborhood. We're so grateful for the blessings of being able to buy it, make it our own, and enjoy it for 28 years! We're now in our new home and the blessings just keep coming. The new memories are stacking up, and we are trying to use it for God's glory in every way possible.

Thanks for stopping by today. Take time to count your blessings, even though you may be going through some rough times. Being grateful can and will change your attitude and rub off on everybody around you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Two Page Layout - "I'm Grateful"

Today I'm sharing our Thanksgiving 2016. Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday of the year. I love them all, but Thanksgiving is so very special to me.
 It's a day to be grateful and thank our Lord for all that he has given us. Most holidays have been commercialized, but not this one, except for all of the Black Friday hoopla. It's all about counting our blessings, pitching in on a wonderful meal with special recipes passed down through the years, and recognizing that God has given us everything.
 I'm incredibly thankful for this crazy bunch! I remember when my first daughter-in-love gave me a sign with the saying on it, "Remember as far as everyone knows, we are a nice normal family." This is so perfect for us. I'm most thankful for this tribe of crazies that we call family! They make life worth living and full of surprises.
May your week be filled with crazy good fun, food, and lots of thanksgiving to our creator! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! ...Off to make the pumpkin bread. 😍

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Two Page Layout - "Tomorrow will be..."

Last fall was a very bittersweet time for our family. The bitter....My Mom was in the end stages of her battle with Parkinson's disease. What a horrible thing to watch your Mom just waste away. It's a very slow and painful process to watch. She didn't seem to be in pain, thankfully! The son was getting married to his forever love and we were all super excited and blessed for her to join our family.

The hardest part was that these two major life events collided in one weekend. My Mom passed away on Friday October 13, the day before my son's wedding. My brother called to give me the word as we were pulling into the venue for the rehearsal dinner that we were in charge of. Well, you can imagine the rush of emotions and anxiety knowing that I had to pull myself together in order to be ready for the rehearsal dinner guests.
 Some how, by God's grace, we pulled it off. The venue looked cute and the food was yummy, and really that's all anybody cares about anyway, right? I was riding on my happy emotions and was able to let joy rule the day and the rest of the weekend.
 As happy as I was/am for these kids of mine, I knew we were becoming empty nesters. I was experiencing the feeling of being parentless and childless all at the same time! My kids and all of the family visiting for the wedding helped me push on through the sadness.
 The wedding was beautiful! I'm working on their album now and will start sharing those layouts soon. I do love this layout, but it still brings tears to my eyes as I remember the roller coaster of emotions that were going on inside of me that weekend and for weeks afterwards. I really didn't have much time to actually grieve. Remember...we were building a home, getting ready to sell our home, pack all of our belongings, and move at the end of the year. I was literally too busy to think about my emotions for very long.
Yes, there was loss, but I also gained a daughter-in-love who is beautiful inside and out! Yes, my youngest son left the nest, but they are very happy together and a Mama can't hold on to her babies forever. That's the way God intended it to be. There have been many changes for my husband and I since last fall, but we are so very happy in our new home and enjoying all of the settling in and decorating.

Whew...longer and more emotional post than normal, but thanks for reading. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two Page Layout - "She Said Yes" is the layout featuring my son popping the question and my daughter-in-love saying YES! I was so glad he was able to pull off this surprise and we were all able to enjoy the pictures from this very special occasion.
 I sure wish my hubby of almost 33 years and I had such great photos to capture our engagement! Back then, Mom or Dad snapped a polaroid photo and that was it! Yes, I'm old!
 Again, I love the muted and distressed patterned papers, and of course, the lovely deer head! I'm still obsessed with deer and antlers. It seemed appropriate for the page, right?
We are so thankful and blessed that both our boys have found their forever loves! It's so fun having girls in the family! I always wished I'd had a girl to raise, but having DIL's is pretty special too! I only wish they'd call me Mom!! Maybe that's not "a thing" anymore? They're still my daughters, either way! And now, a cup overflows with pink, purple and all things lace...finally! 😍

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Two page Layout - "Future Mr. and Mrs."

Here's another layout of my son and daughter-in-love's engagement photo shoot. This was a planned photo shoot, but the engagement was a surprise. These particular photos were before he popped the question.
 Aren't they the cutest? I love the way their pics turned out. They had a lot of fun, even before he  proposed to her.

The heart banners are printed on the paper, but I added the more colorful neutral banner for just a little more pop on the page.
 She has a ring on here, but it's not THE ring. I will post the She Said Yes layout soon.
Thanks for looking! Stop back soon!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Two Page Layout - "Goodbye"

This layout evokes so many memories for me! These pictures were taken December 24, 2018 just days before packing up and moving out of our family home. We purchased it and moved in when I was pregnant with my oldest. It's a very tiny, 2 bedroom/1 bath home, so we planned to live there for 5 years, build equity, and then move to something bigger...Well, we stayed for 28 years!!
 Our second son was born two years later and they could easily share a room. We were loving our home and the neighborhood, and we just stayed! It really didn't feel that small until the kids became teens. There wasn't a lot of space to have friends over, or have family guests stay over with us, and then suddenly they were 6ft 4" and they were sleeping in bunk beds where they couldn't stretch out very well....but we still stayed. 😲
 The biggest reason we stayed was for financial reasons. We were paying tuition at a Christian school from Kindergarten through highschool, then college tuition...But we started planning, hoping and dreaming to build our own house one day.
 Meanwhile our oldest son got married and later on blessed us with grandchildren, our youngest graduated from high school and got engaged. He was living with us, saving for the wedding, etc. and we LOVED having him back with us again after college. But when the whole family was over, the walls were closing in on us. It was tight around the dining room table, and my youngest had to give up his room for the grandkids to spend the night. So, we started getting more serious about our plans, pulled the trigger on a beautiful little lot, and held off breaking ground for a few more months to save up the rest of our down payment.
I'm glad that we stayed as long as we did, though. We never had to uproot the kids from their neighborhood, and all things fell into place financially after we were finished helping with college tuition....We were out of debt and ready to make our dream home a reality!

These pictures are the last family photos taken at our old house! We made so many memories there together with our little family. My hubby spent so many hours fixing up that little house. That's probably one of the reasons it sold 6 HOURS after going on the market. It was the cutest little house in the neighborhood and the market was (is still) so HOT here in Fort Wayne. The timing was perfect in all ways for us and we give all the glory to God!

Thanks for sticking with me through this longer post. Thanks for reading! I will post layouts of our new home some time soon. We are loving it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Two Page Layout - "Grandparents Day"

This little girly is our joy and sunshine.😻 Love that she's able to go to a wonderful Christian school where she has every opportunity to excel in anything that she wants to do, while learning about Christ. She has grown and learned so much in the last couple years...It's quite amazing to watch.
It's always worth taking time off work for her daytime school activities....A beautiful photo-op with my favorite girl, seeing her face light up as she spots us in the crowd, and celebrating her accomplishments in every way possible!

 Her class played the bells and they did so great! When she was in pre-school, she wasn't very excited about performing, but she seems to be into it now and we are so blessed to be so close and able to attend everything that she has going on at school. We're hoping she'll be a star volleyball player like her Mama! This Grandma played too back in the day! But, she will choose her own activities and we'll be excited to support her in any way that we can...Unless it's baseball, then I'll have to pray for more patience.
You probably recognize the papers from Graphic 45. They were actually given to me by a fellow scrapper who is always generous with her srapping supplies. Thank you, Karen!

Hoping you are feeling thankful and blessed! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "The Perfect Pair"

Last March, my youngest son asked the love of his life to marry him! 😻  He planned to propose in the middle of a photo shoot they had scheduled for themselves as a couple.

These photos were taken prior to the proposal in a coffee shop. I love how they turned out!
 They're obviously smitten with each other. They're also good for each other. Each of them is a better person because of the other. A match made only in heaven. The girl we prayed for him to find since he was a little boy. We are blessed that both of our boys have found the one true love who completes them.
 I don't remember where I got this paper, but it was quite perfect for engagement photos, don't you think? I added a little metallic washi tape and cut a few large diamonds with my Cricut.
These two are now happily married and I'm working on a wedding album for them. More to come on that project. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Happy Halloween"

When our boys were little we didn't do much to celebrate Halloween. They had their school parties, and as they grew up, they celebrated with their friends. Now that we have grandchildren, we celebrate with them. 😊
 This layout is from two years ago. Sawyer was Captain America and Scarlet was, of course, the cutest fox ever. Look how much fun they are having, bringing in their haul of candy!
 I wish the weather today was as nice as it was two years back. It could be a little soggy and chilly as we walk through the neighborhood with the kiddos. Today, a new tradition starts! The littles will trick or treat with their Mom's family in her brother's neighborhood and then come to our new house and trick or treat with us! We are loving our new home and neighborhood and we're excited to show off our sweet grands and get to know our neighbors a little better.
Lots of patterns and colors going on here, but it's kind of like scrapping Christmas...You just have to go with it. I really love this paper and the purple and green title! Hope you like it too. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a fun and safe Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Trick or Treat"

It's almost time for trick or treat! Each year the whole family walks the streets together with the kiddos to scrounge up yummy treats. I love watching their faces full of excitement. This was 2015, so Scarlet (ballerina girl) was just getting the hang of it and Sawyer (Curious George) was hanging around in the wagon.
 I decorated a bag for each of them and packed it full of kid-friendly treats for them to eat later. I know, Grandma should be spoiling with all the candy, but I knew how much they would hauling in that night.
 I used a clear liquid that dries like a shiny gel to accent the spiders and bats. You may be able to see it on the close up.
 Who knew purple and orange were so fun for scrapping Halloween? Check out my DIL (Minnie) and son (Wolverine)...never too old for Halloween fun.

Thanks for stopping by today! One more Halloween layout to share soon!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "Legacy of Love"

Here is my final layout of our fall family shoot of 2015. It's the whole crazy, beautiful family!
 The stitching is just drawn on...I don't have a sewing machine, but it's pretty hard to tell that it's drawn on once you get the layout in the page protector, right? Again, I've used washi tape, a border punch along the edges, and a few punches to layer up a small flower circle embellishment.
 I love this crazy bunch of people! They bring so much love and light into my life. We struggle and we fuss over issues sometimes, just like every family does, but we stick together like glue through it all.
 Here's a close up of my faux stitching....Not perfect, but I think it adds a lot to this layout.
So now you've seen them all.😲 Thanks for hanging in there with me and looking at some of the same pics in multiple layouts. Some layouts were for my grandchildren's books and some for our own.

Next up will be a few Halloween layouts.  See you soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Two Page Scrapbook Layout - "All MIne"

Fall is back! We lost it to winter for about a week, but hopefully it's back for awhile now. Just in time for a few more fall layouts. It is my favorite time of year, so I can't help myself.
This man is my rock. He is the most patient and kind man I could ever ask for in my life. He's a wonderful husband, Dad, and PawPaw. I'm a very blessed woman to call him mine! And then there are these crazy, fun-loving, non-stop, beautiful grandchildren of ours! My cup overflows...😻
 I can't get enough of these colors and the blue distressed woodgrain background paper. It really pops the orange in the leaves and in our clothing. The banners are all random paper scraps that I've saved. My scrap container comes in handy for layouts with banners. I love when I find a bunch of patterns and colors that all work together. A little washi tape and ribbon...and done.
I think I have one more fall layout with the whole family to share with you soon...and then next up will be Halloween. :) Thanks for stopping by today.