Friday, February 28, 2014


Yes, it's all caps because I'm so stinking happy! I DID IT!! I completed all 28 days of Lain Ehmann's layout a day challenge!! It got hard towards the end but I'm elated today. Here are the layouts I did. I learned that I can challenge myself to stick with a goal and with effort, dedication and follow through, I can do it. I usually scrapped during nap time but I wasn't afraid to take time for myself at night either. I'm so very happy that I've gotten my scrappin mojo back! Looking forward to May's Layout a Day (LOAD) challenge. Thanks Lain!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

LOAD 214

LOAD stands for Layout a Day and 214 is because it's February 2014. It's hosted by Lain Ehmann and I'm thrilled to be participating this year. Not just observing like I did for The Mother LOAD at Big Picture Classes in 2011, but no kidding participating. Like, making layouts and posting them. I'm giddy!! So here are the first two I've done. One paper and one digi. The digital layout is my first in PSE11 and yes, in reference to my last post, I did get a little teary over that too. I'm taking the plunge and learning new things! I'm making progress towards my goals and it feels good!!

Maybe I do need more sleep

I've been all sorts of weepy the past few days. My husband thinks I need more sleep. I think it's because I've had lots of very touching, deep moments recently.

Thursday at Community Bible Study I was able to connect with a little boy. He's had a history of abuse in his short 3 years, but his new adoptive family has really loved on him and allowed him to blossom. Because of his past, trust and transition are two things he has big problems with. I was able to gain his trust on Thursday after he'd been in our classroom for a few weeks. It was a precious moment and deeply moving for me. Those times when we clearly see how a child has been transformed is why I keep going back and volunteering.

So Friday at my Good and Beautiful Life Bible Study, I shared the story as a joy and got all teary eyed. I really do feel privileged to be a part of his transformation. It shows me a bit more about being adopted into God's family and how broken and desperate we are for love and then how renewed and cared for we are by God. That love allows us to better than we ever could have been on our own. But I digress ...

After study ended, I drove to base to drop a few forgotten items off to Mike. I got there as he was getting ready to take off. Parked just outside the gate, I watched him taxi to EOR and then take off. I burst into unexpected tears. I can barely put into words why. But to see, hear, feel the takeoff and know that he's in that jet? Well, I'm extraordinarily proud of him and I profoundly love him.

Later that night, a month-long challenge began of making one scrapbook page a day. It felt so very good to be creative and to document my photos. I can't remember the last time I made one! So of course, I cried a little :) As I was catching up on email, a post by Emily Freeman summed up what I was feeling. We cry when something is deeply meaningful to us. And so while I do need lots more sleep (I'm scrapbooking into the wee hours!) I also know that these have been blessed days and I'm grateful for eyes to see that.