Friday, February 28, 2014


Look what arrived via UPS today...

A great BIG shout-out to my friend who graciously gave this to me so I can make even more cards to bless the troops (Operation Write Home) and children who are hospitalized (Send A Smile 4 Kids).
What a gift that will keep on giving! Thank you Gail!

Missing You, Thinking of You & Love You

Monday, February 24, 2014

Masculine Cards

This next month I am going to try to make more masculine cards using the latest purchase of  paper packs (like I really needed more!). Here is a sample of some I made this week:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Butterfly Jewelry Box

Here is a beautiful jewelry box made by my wonderfully creative dad - -

     My dad mentioned that it was a 'struggle' to make this butterfly. His comment reminded me of the metamorphosis process it takes to reach that beautiful butterfly stage - the wonder and miracle of eggs being laid, the hatching of the egg into a caterpillar, the struggle of the transition stage of  that caterpillar in the chrysalis which leads to the breakthrough of a beautiful butterfly.
     May I dare compare it as a possible amazing picture analogy of our lives. (I realize this is very simplistic in comparison to the real miracle that takes place.)We are created by the Great Creator God, Elohim. As the egg is fertilized by the sperm life begins and that fertilized egg settles in the endometrial lining of the uterus/womb (egg stage). In the womb we are connected to our mother by the umbilical cord which feeds and nourishes us. We  continue to grow and our bodies gradually develop (caterpillar stage). Over time we settle into the birthing position. At just the right moment we are pushed down the birth canal and burst out into the unfamiliar cold air of the the world, taking our first gulp of air outside of the womb that has provided and protected us for 9 months (butterfly stage). We, like the butterfly, take on the flight of 'lif'e!
     The analogy of the metamorphosis of the butterfly can also be applied to our lives as Christians. We are born (egg stage) and live life for ourselves (caterpillar stage). We come to the realization of a void in our life  as we struggle to find meaning (Chrysalis stage). We eventually came to recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior - we become born again and are a "new creation' (butterfly stage). We now live life for Him. Amazing!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow Angel

Okay, after all the snow this past week I decided I should make a snow angel. I have to admit it wasn't as easy to do as it used to be! My husband must think I'm crazy but he was willing to take the picture! I had a hard time figuring how to get back up - hahaha!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hobby Lobby - FUN!

I LOVE Hobby Lobby. So much good stuff, right?! I don't go very often . . . to safe money! Made a trip today and crafting papers were 50%. What a deal! New papers to make cards for men & boys to donate to Operation Write Home and Send A Smile 4 Kids . Yippee!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

OSU Marching Band

Here is an impressive video of Ohio State University (my husband's alma mater)  Marching Band. Enjoy!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Seahawks - World Champions!

I can hardly wait to see this sign in person when we return to Renton! Congratulations Seahawks!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday

The Boeing Company provided for our familiy for many, many years for which we are very grateful. A lot of good memories, working with great people. I think this 747 is beautiful!