Happy Mother’s Day

Cards I made while at a Crafting Retreat in April.  The bottom right hand one is the card I sent out for Mother's Day this year.

Cards I made while at a Crafting Retreat in April. The bottom right hand one is the card I sent out for Mother’s Day this year.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my wonderful Mom friends.  I realize that there is pain associated with Mother’s Day because many struggle with fertility issues, gave up a baby for adoption, or even had an abortion. My heart goes out to all of you.  Even though I have two boys, I lost 4 other children, and that hole is always there in my heart.  But there is so much happiness as well.  I know so many fantastic Moms out there.  I am sending you all hugs and prayers.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and my Mother-in-law.  Thank you both for all you do and have done.

Me?  I am going to church and hanging out with my family.  Gotta love that.


Home-school students participate in extracurricular activities

Home-school students participate in extracurricular activities.

Many of my blog followers may not even know that I homeschool my two boys. I do not mention it often, but it is my priority over my junkin’ and selling.  The Bismarck Tribune did an article on homeschooling and participating in sports or other activities in the public school system.  I am proud of my boys who both work so hard at their academics, but also work hard in their extracurricular activities.  If you are interested, click on the link above to see two photos of Zachary with one including Joshua, as well as read the article.

Maplelag Weekend Recap

It was a beautiful weekend in Callaway, Minnesota at Maplelag for our scrapping weekend this past weekend.  Look at the view of the lake when the sun was rising.  It was breath-taking.  My sisters, niece and I took a few walks.

Most of the trees were yellow along the paths.  Many leaves had fallen, but it was still gorgeous. We came across a snake.

Ok, it was just a garter snake, but it still was a snake.

We even went walking at dusk into dark.

But never fear, I had my stick to protect us from bears.

But just in case you think we just took in the beautiful weather and scenery, here we are at our scrapping tables.  We actually all got a lot done over the 3.5 days.  I finished 22 scrapbook pages and one mini book, got caught up on Project Life, and made 27 cards. Definitely productive.

The four of us had plenty of laughs. My sister, Sue, had a birthday in September, so I brought her Mrs. Beasley, a doll she had when she was little.  Mrs. Beasley scrapped with us.

Help, where are you? I have to go to the bathroom.

She let us know when we ignored her.

This was our third year that the three sisters have gone on this retreat.  Here we are in 2009, our first year.

Here we are in 2010.

We didn’t go in 2011 because my niece got married that weekend We got dressed up instead.

And this year, 2012. Starting this yearly scrapping retreat with my sisters, and now my niece, is a wonderful thing that I look forward to every year.  I have two wonderful sisters, and a fantastic niece.  My other niece hopes to join us next year.  Looking forward to it already.

Do you do any retreats with family to just get away?

My Dad Layout

I know I just posted a layout yesterday, but I just finished my layout for today, and I had to share it.  The prompt was I Miss…, so I immediately thought of my Dad who died of colon cancer 13+ years ago.

I have never scrapbooked about my Dad before  It just seemed too overwhelming.  So, I just started writing.  I went with the first things that came to mind.  I can always do other layouts, right?

Have you scrapped about someone you miss?