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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rest in Peace Kellie Beck...gone too soon

The first memorial service was held tonight for Kellie Beck. Kellie was just 15 years old and about to start her sophmore year in high school. My daughter had just started getting to know Kellie last school year and said she was a super sweet girl. Kellie was taken from us in a tragic accident. Her best friend was playing with a 357 magnum and thought the gun was not loaded. She pulled the trigger once with the gun pointed at a window and nothng happened, so she pointed it at Kellie and pulled the trigger and ended the life of her best friend. It is so sad and so hard to watch the kids go through this. They amaze me though at how they have forgiven the shooter already. They are not only praying for and concerned about the Beck family but April's family as well. God can always show us the good that can come out of a tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to both families and all of the friends as well. Rest in the peace of God's arms Kellie...and April.
April is now facing manslaughter charges in juvenile court. She has a tough road ahead of her and will need the love and support of her family, friends and community. I hope she knows that God is with her and that her friends support and love her and know that this was an accident.
Hold your children tight, lock up your guns tight and be grateful for the life you have and the ones you love.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fabulous ETSY find!!!!

I ordered some really cool intricate die cuts from...nikilindesigns1225's store ( They are so beautiful and I can't wait to get them. They are very reasonably priced. You should check them out. There are butterflies and corner scrolls, birds, small swirls and large swirls, frames and large full sheet pieces. Such a wide variety and they come in different colors too. All of the pieces of designed by the seller and die cut by her out of cardstock. A great addition to any scrapbook page, card or altered project. I can't wait to get mine and play.

I also ordered some yummy Pink Lemonade cookies. This sound divine. I could have ordered several others that she offers too, but held back. I think they would make great little gifts to send to friends you don't see often. A nice little sweet treat. I will tell you how they taste after I get them.
Well I'm off to bed now. Long day ahead of me on Sunday. Lots to do.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wreck this Journal!!! It's here and it's wrecked!

I have been stalking the UPS man waiting for my box from and it is here! Finally! I ordered some summer reading books for the kids and 4 of these amazing journals! They are by Kerri Smith and are called "Wreck this Journal." The whole idea of the journal is to mess it up...BIG TIME! Each page gives you a different task and each task is open to your personal interpretaion. Things like draw circles on this page, chew on this, burn this page, compost this page and watch it deteriorate, place sticky things here, do a rubbing with a pencil, poke holes in this page with a pencil and so many more wacky, crazy, fun and messing things. I can't wait to enjoy the process of wrecking my journal and even more I can't wait to do this with my kids and see what their wonderful minds create.
You should seriously check this out. I saw them first on Teresa McFayden's blog... and loved her idea. Her birthday is coming up and she got a journal for each of her kids to do and give them to her on her birthday. Well, I have a birthday coming up too next month and I thought that was a fabulous idea! The kids LOVE them. When we got to church tonight we all walked in dragging our journals by strings. We were taking them for a walk. We certainly got some strange looks. My friend was getting out of her car and called out to me and asked what in the world I was doing. My journal went for nice calm leisurely walk into church. The kids journals went fast and furious and in circles and spinning...flying up the stores and bouncing behind them. Phillip just kept telling people "I'm taking my journal for a walk, just taking it for a walk." It was a hoot. Most of the youth group got involved in it too and several are planning on getting one this week. I want to start a trend around here. How cool would that be. Teens and kids all around Mobile, off the computer, away from video games, being creative, being kids, thinking outside the box.
By the time we left church, our journals had taken trips off the youth area balcony, been run over by the van (put neat little gravel marks in the back of mine), thrown againist the chalk wall. Lauren's was stomped on and eventually the cover came off and was duct taped back on. Josey chewed on the corner of his book where it says start here and Phillip had written a hidden message in his. I was allowed to found it and it said, " I love ya'll!" How sweet is that. Josey and some kids used his as a baseball and batted it about the game room. It was great to see him interacting with some of the other youth. He tends to be a bit shy at youth. Who would have thought that this is what would get him to interact more. God is good and works in mysterious ways!!! Now my journal is not looking nearly as wrecked as the kids...yet.
Lauren is planning on taking hers to school with her, when it starts back next month. She wants to start a trend at her high school. You never know you may be asked to do something to our journals too. Craig is going to work in all of ours. We all know he would never do a whole one on his own.
Go out and get one for you and your kids or friends. I know what I'll be giving teens for birthday gifts from now on. I can't wait to see Kerri's next book when it comes out in September...It's called "This is Not a Book." You can check out more of Kerri Smith's books at
See you all later...I've got a journal to WRECK!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

aaaahhhhhh a trip to the Chiropractor!

I always feel so good after a trip to the chiropractor. Dr. Snell is a miracle worker! My headache is gone and my back is feeling so much better. Thank you Dr. Snell! If you've never been to see one you must try it.

So I have found a new scrapbook website that I have fallen in love with! You should check it out. Lots of neat ideas and I love the way the message board is divided up. There is some serious inspiration in the gallery! It's got me itching to get scrapping. So tonight that is what I plan on doing. (My studio is now workable.) Their monthly kits are too cute and very affordable. I ordered the July pp kit and cardstock it and a few other fun things out of their store. I can't wait to get my goodies in the mail. I see lots of scrapping in my futrure! They are having design team tryouts and I am seriously thinking about trying out. I haven't ben a DT for a while now and I kind of miss it. I miss the challenge of working on products that I might not have chosen. I miss the push to get more done. I always get so many more pages done when I am on a DT.

Well, I have got to go and take some pics of recent layouts and then get supper cooked. Ya'll have a nice evening....oh and do something sweet for loved one tonight. That's my challenge to you. Go and brighten someones day with a little note or sweet comment or do a chore for them.

aaaahhhhhh a trip to the Chiropractor!

aaaahhhhhh a trip to the Chiropractor!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yes, I know I am a bad blogger!

I know I need to be better at updaing my blog. I promise, again, to try and work on that. I really do like blogging.

There really isn't a lot going on right now in our lives. Just the usual every day stuff. Spending time with the kids during the summer. We've been going to the pool and trying to take it easy before the hectic school year begins. We went to Tuscaloosa and spent some time with family. It was nice trip and was definitely a nice getaway.

I'll post some pictures from this summer later. Now I've got to get back to cleaning my scrapbook room. See you all soon.