Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

(Hanging my head in dismay)

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since December!  I am hanging my head in dismay - as I try to post monthly.  I have tried a couple of times, but have not remembered my password and had to go through the hassle of resetting it.  You can relate, right?  We have passwords for this and passwords for that.  Some have criteria (one uppercase, one symbol, numbers too), others won't let us create a "new password" that is similar to the old...on and on and on!  It's exhausting trying to keep up with passwords.  I understand the need for passwords.  For the most part they do their job. But if you forget...and you know you will...then it becomes a burden!  Can I get an Amen??

I have actually been keeping busy.  With what you say? Well, let me tell you:

  • My son had a nice long Christmas break and went back to college mid January (finally!!  haha)
  • I made birthday cards for family (my nephew 12/31, my sister 1/1, my father in law 1/7 and my father 1/11)
  • I made Valentine's goodies for coworkers and Valentine cards for family
  • I went to a christian concert Big Daddy Weave (awesome!)
  • I made St. Patrick's Day cards
  • Husband and I renewed our zoo pass after taking 1 year off and went to see the new displays and exhibits
  • I get up at 5:30 a.m. 3-4 times a week to exercise and am trying to eat better
  • For Lent I am getting rid of 1 item every day in my house (don't worry, I made a promise to God I wouldn't get rid of my husband)
  • My daughter received her driver's permit!
  • A friend reached out who is part of a fibromyalgia group and asked me to make her purple cards with butterflies (x12) and 1 unicorn card for her (that was the most challenging one!)
  • My husband decided he'll officially retire December 2019 after 22 years of service to the USAF.  Can I get an AMEN?
  • The base organized a fly day for spouses but it was cancelled due to fog.  I was still able to do a practice simulator and see some big guns.


Phew!  What month are we in???
Breakfast doing it right:


Beautiful orchids at work:

Butterfly/purple cards for custom
order:




My new friend Humphrey:

Easter will be here before we know it.  Do you have a church you call home?  If not, I challenge you to find one.  Start with Palm Sunday, and stick it out for 4 weeks.  God can't move mountains in your life if you don't give him some of your personal time in the valleys!  You are loved!!!!



Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice!
Every year in December I look back at how quickly the current years has flown by!  I'm always in shock and awe that the calendar will be rolling over to a new year.
Once again, God has been my rock and has guided me along the way.  I'm truly blessed by His grace and mercies.  I have so much to be thankful for to include my salvation, family, health, roof over my head, friends, and so much more!

I had fun making this year's Christmas cards.  I found a previous card I made in card club when we were in England.  Of course, the best way to make them is by mass production:









I had fun making these as I always to.  I also made some brown bag snowmen ornaments and did some woodburning.  I haven't made these since we lived in Missouri.  The simplicity brought back good memories...especially of when my kids were little.  Oh how they've grown!


May your heart be filled with true joy and peace that only God can give...know you are LOVED!  Blessings from Florida.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October!

In between seasons I have been trying to make more cards for my grab box. In other words, when I need a card for an occasion, I usually go to my grab box which is divided by categories.  Birthday, thank you, friendship, etc.  I am running low and need to replenish.  Below are some of those cards that I wanted to share.  


The pink flower above I specifically created for my mother in law who just had a major surgery to remove cancer.  I stamped the below in it to give her words of encouragement:










Thanks for stopping by!  I'm working on a project for all my coworkers for fall treats...something to do with puppy chow.  Happy October!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Because Life IS a Beautiful Thing

Well, it's officially fall!  Although, you wouldn't know if from our temperature heat index last week being in the 100s.
I remember growing up and the seasons were pretty definitive in Kansas.  Fall "started" in September as the leaves changed colors.  Winter picked up as the leaves were all on the ground and lasted through mid March.  Then all of a sudden it was Spring with the buds blooming followed by sunny hot summers.  
Maybe it's just me, but the seasons seem so crazy these last several years.  It's hot (ok, I know I live in Florida) and humid into almost October.  Some are still getting snow into April and summer heat never seems to end.
I do miss those lovely sugar maple trees in the midwest and watching them change glorious colors.  Hence, I made some fall cards to fill my void.





Don't worry...I'll be grumbling soon about how my toes are cold and I can't seem to keep warm enough.  Yes, even in Florida (we are in the panhandle).  I do, however, love to wear my jeans and just breathe in the seasons of change. After all, life is a beautiful thing!  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Bittersweet

This summer has flown by as usual, but there's a different feel to it.  Yes, we've gone to the beach, taken a cruise, had cookouts, been swimming, visited with family and so on.  God has truly blessed us!  

The different feel comes with the first born leaving the nest.  Yes, that's right. Isaac heads to college one week from today. This mother has asked herself:
"Did I raise my son in a Christian home?"
"Have I been too hard on him sometimes?"
"Was I too easy on him?"
"Did I raise him so he's prepared to be a man in this world?"
"Did I do it right?"

I think these are typical questions that moms ask themselves when the day comes and our kids step out into adulthood.
No, it hasn't been easy.  Isaac was a beautiful baby with bright blue eyes.  He was also up and walking at 10 months old and into EVERYTHING.  He was stubborn and ornery.  He was exhausting.

But he was also loving, funny as all get out and a very likable kid.  He loved the outdoors (still does), built stick forts, turned legos into weapons and swords, loved playgrounds, and loved all kinds of animals (he's our encyclopedia for different kinds of snakes and exotic creatures).

We've almost completed the college shopping list and haven't eaten in the very full dining room as it's presently overflowing with those college "essentials."  We're just about as ready as we can be.

When I sit back and reflect on how we've lived in Nebraska, Missouri, Turkey, England, Florida, visited Paris and Belgium, and how Isaac even went to the Austrian Alps...I can see how awesome he's turned out.  He's been molded along the way, growing in Christ.  He's polite, respectful, still funny and seeks to serve our Lord.  What more could I ask for?  

Please pray with me as Isaac turns the pages of this next chapter in his life. Pray for wisdom, guidance, life-long friendships and a shield of protection.  I've heard that Satan attacks those especially who want to go in the ministry.  With your prayers and God's love, Isaac can head to college and continue to serve.  Well done son!  We are so proud of you and love you very much.

Matthew 25:21 (KJV) His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Summer is here!

Well, it's official.  I am a mom of a high school graduate and sophomore.  My babies are growing up WAY too fast!  I loved being able to hold my babies when they were little, squeeze them tight, hold their little hands when they started walking, wipe away their tears...but I don't miss sleepless nights, poopy diapers, ear infections, shots, temper tantrums, spilled koolaid...
I love my kids!
Isaac's graduation was loads of fun and a huge success.  We were truly blessed to have grandparents and family fly in from Kansas to help celebrate.  
I (of course!) made graduation cards to share with Isaac and his friends.  They're pictured below:




Summer isn't over yet, Isaac is headed to Washington D.C. with his best friend for a week, he and his sister have summer camp in July, and August 8th will be a harder day than graduation...so prayers please as that is his moving day into the dorms!  Thank you Lord for blessing me!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter uuuuhhhh April Fool's....Easter!

Happy Easter!  I find it funny that it is the same day as April Fool's Day this year.  I am on the ball and sent out Easter cards



We were truly spoiled by amazing weather on Easter weekend.  We had a cookout with about 15 other friends Friday night, I laid out in the sun on Saturday AND on Sunday.  Temperatures were in the upper 70's.  I wanted to go to the beach, but it would have been very windy and red flags.  Of course, that didn't stop the tourists and sadly, there was even a drowning the weekend before Easter off the pier.

Olivia's friend had a birthday party, here's the card I made for that.
Phew!  I have a little reprieve before all of our June birthdays, anniversaries and Mother's Day/Father's Day.
May and June will be CRAZY for us as our oldest graduates high school (*sniff*).  I've got this!