Thursday, March 6, 2014
Happy 40 Sweet Man of mine.
I am married to a good man, a very good man. He loves me, which makes him pretty special, because I can be quite challenging. Not only does he love me, but he's a good provider. He gets up at five every morning, leaving the house by six, driving the van pool to work. And he doesn't complain. He does mention sometimes that he wishes he wasn't getting up alone.
So we started his big birthday out by all getting up far too early (5:30 isn't so pretty) and celebrating with old-fashioned donuts with Daddy.
We love you, Sweet Man.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I was pretty certain Week 8 was going to be a bust. I didn't take a single picture all week. It just happened that way. But I really lucked out. A sweet friend of mine is a photographer and she was at church on Sunday and took photos of the kids' program we work with as a family. So I just decided to blow up some of the photos she took and I loved how it turned out. Not a lot of explaining needed here.
This week reminded me that if I fall behind on Project Life the biggest danger is that I just don't take photos for a week. Good motivation to keep caught up!
Monday, March 3, 2014
I have been catching up on Project Life. Here is our layout for Valentine's Week. Not overly red.
My favorite part of the left side is the watercolor. I cut Gracie's painting in two and included in in the bottom pockets and I love how it ties the colors on the page together and gives it a little bit of Valentine's Day color without being overly red and pink.
I tucked in a couple of folded up sweet notes my girls wrote me this week. I love using the tiny 2x2 pockets this way.
This is the right hand side and I'm aware that I've cropped off most of the page. I wanted a close up on the photo taken in Gracie's Kinder class. I love how there are not any faces, but this mess of children. It was the perfect photo to cut up and put in all the little 2x2 squares.
And that's another week complete!
I have had my Project Life book out in our living room. It had been so long since I'd worked on it (a month) that things were starting to get set on top of it. So I knew it was time to remove the stack of paper, get caught up and enjoy the photos. To be fair I had hit pause when we bought the iMac because we had to figure out how to transfer all the photos that were in a VERY OLD version of iPhoto. Not a fun process. But that has been done for a while and frankly I had gotten out of the weekly rhythm. So it was time to catch up.
Can you tell I love orange and grey? Love. I am using the Just Add Color kit. I still love it. The 2x2 squares require a bit more attention and bit more work. But it adds for an interesting look sometimes I think.
This week was a big one. Three huge things:
1) Got my iMac off the kitchen table and set up on the desk;
2) We celebrated Mercy's spiritual birthday (an annual tradition of remembering the day she asked Jesus into her heart);
3) The Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
My favorite part of the page was the DOCUMENTED card. I printed the story on white card stock. Then I used half of a 4x4 filler card, connecting the two with the DOCUMENTED sticker. Loved the diagonal stripes.
It was a good week. I love the remembering that happens while I am working on the pages. And I love the morning after when the kids crowd around the scrapbook and look at the photos. Love that!
Friday, February 28, 2014
As I stood at the sink yesterday, washing dishes I'd used preparing for dinner company (we haven't had dinner company that wasn't family in too long, easily a year) I read the quote I have typed up, printed out, and framed on my window sill:
There's a trail of beauty waiting to be left behind you.And the nerves began to settle, a little. The prayers began to focus, not on me, but on the couples I had invited, and I was reminded why He calls us to push ourselves out of our comfort zone. It's not about me. It's about something deeper. Bigger. Much more significant.
Emily P. Freeman/Chatting at the Sky
Today I'm linking up over at Chatting at the Sky for her What I Learned series. Head over there. Write your own post and link up too. Chatting at the Sky is a refreshing breath of air.
10 Things I learned in February:
- Regular coffee with lots of creamer can replace a latte if your espresso machine stops working properly.
- This faith community thing is more important sometimes than a secluded evening at home with just my kids around the dinner table telling me about their day. Opening our front door to new and old friends blesses in ways that both stretch and shape us. When the kids are involved in hosting other kids, it blesses them just as much too.
- I am officially a middle-aged woman and I'm a little bit happy about that. Middle-aged is something that seems to fit me like a pair of favorite jeans. And even though that must sound incredibly depressing to the young souls, those born with an old soul living in a young body can be encouraged that at some point their body and soul will line up and it will be sweet. This is a sweet spot for me.
- I don't really have a color in my kitchen. It's sadly colorless and I'm not sure when that happened because it hasn't always been that way.
- I love children. I really, really love children, especial 3-5 year olds. I love to look into their eyes when they tell a story. I love the moment they realize that you are really looking and hearing them. Then they can't stop saying your name because they have a lot of stories to tell you.
- I love, love, love it when I hear a small person say "Miss Cami".
- Sometimes I need quiet rest from the blog to keep it a refreshing place for me. I am starting to feel the words swirl in a lovely way again. Sabbath is so very good.
- I've learned you can re-sensitize your ears. We've been watching the second season of HBO's In Treatment, picked up at the library on a whim. The last decade we have been more selective with our movie choices and some of the dialogue has been noticeably harsh on our ears. Do real people talk like that? The stories have drawn us in and we will likely finish out the season, but won't look for other seasons.
- Sometimes people leave a church they've been going to for a really long time and it hurts not just the pastor, but the entire faith community too. It's this weird awkward to talk about ache. And this article my pastor read and posted a link to recently is very good. If you are thinking about leaving your church, try to make yourself read it before you go. And for the record, one time many years ago when I prayed about leaving a church I heard a definite "no".
- I can go a day without pop, even a stressful one, but I sure don't like to and that bothers me, but I'm scared to try and change it.
What did you learn in February?