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!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tick Tock

I know I've said this before, but honestly, where does the time go?  I admit that I haven't crafted much lately.  Not as much as I'd like anyways.  (I do have some almost-finished cards on my work desk).  I find it difficult to find time to buy groceries too, as Publix and Winn Dixie stores are closer, but cost more.  Walmart is farther but costs less (and filled with people that make me cringe).  Sure makes me miss my Abel and Cole home delivery in England!  

Is it really true I haven't blogged since 4th of July?  Is it really true school starts for my kids in less than 3 weeks?  Is it really true that I am almost the mother of a 16 year old? Yes, Yes and Yes!

With the latter, I almost get teary-eyed thinking about my 16 year old.  I just want to hold him forever and never let him go into this big, bad world.  He'll be a sophomore this year and seems to be turning more and more into the man I hoped he'd become as he's soon released into the real world in just a couple of years. I can only keep trying to equip him with the knowledge he'll need to become the person God intends for him to be.

On a lighter topic, he's started driving.  He's getting ready to get his learner's permit.  I have to giggle inside when he sits behind the wheel of the minivan in our neighborhood as he hesitates to add more gas and is content just "coasting" along.  So far so good, but I certainly do have to push him and work on his confidence level.

We've had a good summer and have much to be thankful for.  We had visits from both our parents in Kansas, attended 2 beach weddings, seen dolphins, taken boat rides, attended cookouts, and the kids will very soon attend church camp.  

I have plans to be incredibly crafty to make up for lost time in the next couple of weeks.  And as we all know, with it being August soon (tomorrow!) that means fall is just around the corner.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July America!

I hope you are all having a great time celebrating Independence day!  We're glad to be actually celebrating on American soil this year after the last 6 years on foreign soil. We're so glad to also be able to proudly display our flag on our own home too.  Something we haven't done for 6 years either.  We have had a great time so far today celebrating with family and friends.  Swimming, sun, and cookouts.  We're headed out to watch a fireworks show in our city right on the beach at a restaurant.  It should be a good time!

I made some cards for the occasion.  I didn't mass product like usual...Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay safe and don't drink and drive!
God Bless

Friday, July 3, 2015

In a Dream....

I am a believer that in our quiet moments of dreams we solve problems.  We get questions answered, and we have a different perspective.  In those moments of quiet, we get things accomplished and resolve issues.

In addition to that, sometimes we thing we've already done something (because we took care of it in our dream) and when you are awake and checking on the status, you realize you have yet to do it.

Does that make sense?
Here are FINALLY photos of my mother's and daughter's birthday cards.  I could have SWORN that posted these already.  Ha!  I didn't.
I guess I remember doing it, but I did it in my dream.  Is that sad that I post to my blog in my dream?  It's ok, I'm shaking my head at myself, you can join me.  I seriously thought I already posted these but obviously didn't.  So here are those birthday cards.  It was a great celebration having my parents visiting (my daughter and mother share a birthday).  They baked a cake together, we cooked out with friends, and had a great time.  I think you can guess which card goes with which person:

So since I'm such a slacker in the real world (not in dream land obviously, where I imagine conquering the world with getting things done), you get plenty of photos today.

Here are some photos from my parents visit.  They include a dolphin show, a dolphin cruise, and Father's Day cards since their visit included Father's Day (yeah!!)  And Yes, the water  IS really that blue and the sand is that white!

(this one was made with supplies from a Paper Pumpkin kit:)

and then I used the same stamp set to make my father's card, but had this card on hand pre-colored paper from a Stampin' Up clearance rack I purchased last year, I love how it looks!

Keep on dreaming and solving problems.  I now need to go check on a couple of things that I thought I did, but it may have only been in a dream...

Fourth of July cards will be posted TOMORROW!