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!

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!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lucky Me

I am so lucky...amazing husband and beautiful children, sweet friends, good health, my church family, our home...
To top it off, I am 1/4 Irish and I've visited Ireland!
Ok, this is my belated St. Patrick's Day post with Easter being about 3 days away.  
Here are my cards for BOTH!
Yes, I made St. Patrick's Day cards (because I can!)

I also put out my teacups and teapot and decorated in as much green as I could find.  My friend, Annette, received the below little gift of Irish tea so she could help me celebrate and dance a jig!

For those of you that know me...you know I don't think of life as luck.  It all goes back to the blessings God has bestowed upon me.  I am BLESSED to have an amazing family, be raised in a christian home, have awesome friends, traveled the word and have good health.
I pray you, too, see that life isn't about luck and leprachauns, fairies, etc.  God and his angels are always looking out for us and are there with us every step of the way.
Nonetheless, I do enjoy a good Irish blessing to pass along:

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you, 
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul 
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. 
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, 
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight. 
May the blessing of God's earth be on you, 
And as you walk the roads, 
May you always have a kind word 
for those you meet.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What Valentine's Day should be...

Happy Valentine's Day!
Today we are supposed to focus on love...on letting others know we appreciate them and value them in our lives. I changed things up and rather than mass produce the same Valentine card, I made a variety.  It was fun trying out different styles and techniques.  Most of the concepts are from Pinterest, but with my "flair" on them.

My heart breaks and I send love and prayers to the victims' family and friends of the Florida school and the shooting that occurred today.  On a day that is supposed to be filled with love, many are in mourning .  My heart goes out to all those affected by the Parkland tragedy.  Especially to those who will think of this day for years to come as a day filled with painful memories.  May the Lord be with them all and give them comfort, peace, healing and love. God bless the police and school administration on their quick action in helping save so many lives.  
Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do go to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Still a chill in the air...

It was SO cold last week!  Ok, I know I live in Florida and am 10 minutes from the beach, but we are in the panhandle and right close to Alabama and Mississippi.  It did get below freezing temperatures and we even had a "snow/ice" day as the bridges were frozen and not safe to travel on.  My super awesome boss let us stay home one day this past week.  It was great!

Since it's still post-holiday season, I'm posting my final holiday cards.  Below are some of the thank you cards I made for family:

And here are the Christmas cards I gave to my coworkers.  The green and silver/embossing turned out great!

I did make some birthday cards but didn't get those photoed before they left in the mail.  I have already begun Valentine cards (made 5 so far!) so I'm on the ball now!  Please check back when those are posted.  I'm sure we'll all need a distraction until we see spring!  ha!
God bless you and yours!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fall and Christmas

Is it me or does time go by faster the older we get?
Fall was JUST yesterday, right? Oh, no, that's not right- CHRISTMAS was yesterday!
Oh my!
Ok, once again I am late posting my crafts / cards.  So you get to enjoy them all in this post!  
We had a great quiet Christmas at home. Gifts, games, music, singing, ham, looking at Christmas lights and other traditions we have.  
We face-timed with family in the midwest and enjoyed participating in a church Christmas concert.  Now we have some quiet moments until the kids go back to school on January 8th. 
I hope my craft photos bring you some joy like they brought me joy too!

My friend had a birthday, and my co-worker had a baby, so here are those cards too. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas season and a very blessed 2018!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In His Awesomeness

Drinking tea this morning, I thought to myself, "It's been about a month since I posted in my blog.  I'll put up some new pictures."  I then proceeded to log on and my jaw dropped - it's been over 2 months?  How can that be??  So for anyone out there who does like to read my posts and look at my crafting addiction, thank for your patience!

Summer (of course) flew by and is over.  Done.  Finished.  It's good to get my kids back into a routine and out of the house and their laziness.  Yet, at the same time, my heart breaks for my daughter who is inundated with homework.  I'm not kidding.  Common core stinks and with that - my kid struggles!  2-3 hours of homework each night? Are you kidding me? And on weekends.  It's just not right.  I turned out smart (or so I think), educated, I have a college degree and I did just fine without the excessive homework she has.  It makes me wonder if the teachers are not teaching what they need.  That they are not getting the information across - my daughter is super smart (like her father) and she doesn't understand the geometry.  Three chapters/lessons ago she became lost and my heart breaks for her because I am NO help!  English?  Oh yes, I can help. Math?  Uh - nope. And her father works long military hours and his analytical mind doesn't fall under the "teaching" category.  He tries to explain, but she doesn't get it.  But through God's awesomeness, we will get through this!  (hopefully sooner than later).

We survived all the recent hurricanes unscathed.  It's all due to HIS awesomeness!  (and prayers from family/friends - thank you!)  Fall is on the calendar but not in the air.  It's been almost 90 degrees the past few weeks and the upcoming weeks ahead.  The long sleeve shirts will have to collect dust in my closet a little while longer.  On a side note, I did decorate my house for fall and it makes me miss the midwest and sugar maple trees!  To celebrate, we're having friends over for game night with Snicker apple salad, taco salad and eclair dessert.  :)

Here are some crafts I made this summer and working into fall.  There's also a beautiful sunset photo from last weekend I wanted to share.  Another shining example of His awesomeness!