Friday, January 30, 2009

TROUBLE with a capital "T"

So you know I design blogs, you know I scrapbook, but have I ever combined scrapbooking AND designing digitally??? NO - not until now and we might be in trouble!  I just got my Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus yesterday - and off I went.  All I can say is "oh dear, oh dear, oh dear."  NOW I may REALLY never leave my laptop!  This wonderful program has the ability of Photoshop and other high-end software, but the ease of many other programs I have used - it is SO easy to use.  I know - I have all these paper scrapbooking supplies - I can hear Joe now - BUT I am thinking what if I started 2009 and forward digital!?!??  Hmmm - might have to think on that.  I will show you my two FIRST creations!
The wheels are spinning - my mind is a-flurry.  Joe just better go on more business trips - look how productive I am!!! 
(Now for my shameless self-promotion - if you don't have a Creative Memories consultant and would like to order this wonderful program - feel free to email me - I am a consultant (should I even admit that since I am JUST NOW using this program!?!?) and I would love to help you order it if you'd like to get started!)

Friday, January 23, 2009

My Baby Boy is 11!

Oh my - this boy has been something from day 1.  I will never forget that infamous day 11 years ago when the doctor said, "We are going to have to induce you - you are running a temperature and it isn't good for your baby or you."  SO off we went - here was the BIGGEST problem - a little man had decided to turn himself breech at 39 weeks!!!  (We should have known then!!!)  So, my doctor encouraged me to try a version (where they manually try to turn the baby - you DON'T want the details - it wasn't pretty!!) - and in my moment of weakness - I allowed them to do it a SECOND time as he didn't stay head down after the first try.  Then, my doctor thought it was a great idea to have Joe hold little Aaron's head down in the birth canal (yes, that meant he pushed down on my belly for an hour!!) until the pitocin kicked in and Aaron would engage.  Did he???? Nope, that stinker, the minute Joe let go of him, flipped right back in the breech position again.  From then on, it was only a cesarean for us.  Little Aaron made his appearance but we were never sure he REALLY wanted out.  No matter the method, we are SO glad we have him - he may have been a lot of work to convince to make his appearance, but he's been worth every minute.  He's our comedian, our sensitive little brother, and our constant source of smiles!  We love you big guy - Happy 11th!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


This is Chloe thinking:
And then she got an idea:
In Chloe's words:  "If I leave my mouth open while I think, and you guys drop money in, then I will be rich."
The child is an entrepreneur!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chinese New Year Books Post #2

Because I have been asked a few times for recommendations on books for Chinese Celebrations, I'm going to post a bunch here - this will be a long post, sorry. I am also posting them this way so that in case you were interested in buying them from Amazon - if you click here off of my site then I can earn money towards our next adoption. This is from a previous post with NEW ADDITIONS added on the beginning of the links. So, here goes:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Just G**gle It

So - is it bad if your four year old says to you, "Just Google It - then we'll know."  Hmmmmm

Thursday, January 08, 2009


We just want to say thank you to all of you that have sent emails and cards to remember us this past week with Joe's dad's passing. We are back now from Michigan after the funeral. It was not an easy funeral - as they rarely ever are. But he was quite young, and we are sad to lose him. If you think of it - please pray for Joe's stepmom - that really leaves a void for her. We are glad that God allowed us to travel there for the funeral - it was a nice time to see family while we were there.

Joe's Mom and some of the grandkids!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009 Begins

Happy New Year Everyone!  I woke up this morning and wondered what 2009 will hold - a new year, new possibilities - sounds good to me!
No big party plans here today - just taking down the Christmas stuff - you know that's my favorite part of the holidays - getting everything back to normal!  It's been nice while it's been here, but I love it to return to normal.  Enjoy your day and the New Year!
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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