Thursday, September 21, 2017

Project Life 2017 :: August


I'm back again with another monthly Project Life layout.  I didn't take a lot of photos in August with my regular camera, but I did with my phone camera.  It feels good to be caught up again!

We started our new homeschool school year in August.  Joshua is doing "learning time" with us as a pre-preschooler and Jeralyn is in 1st grade.  So far it's been a good year!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Be Your Beautiful Self

I used to write these muses, encouraging blog readers to "be yourself, it's the best person you can be". I still feel very passionate about that, but probably even more so these days as I've sort of come out of this transformation journey.  I suppose I will always be on this journey toward self-acceptance, seeing my true value, and learning to be loving and compassionate toward myself (and toward others).  I feel like I have a lot to say on this topic.  I have no idea who reads this blog.  I'm not going for popularity. It started as a place to share the cards and scrapbook pages I was creating.  I would like it to be so much more than that.  Over the years, I've shared lots and lots of my creations, but I would also like to share my heart.  I know so many women struggle with body image and thinking they aren't good enough.  There are so many lies out there saying we are too much or not enough.  The pressure to have this ideal body or to look a certain way feels insurmountable.  It's in our face.  All.the.time. We are more than our body.  In fact, our body is the vessel that carries us, but it does not define us.  I have a lot to say on this topic.  In fact, I sort of have been saying things about this in little sprinkles over the years, and I've labeled those posts with a label you will see attached to this post: beyourbeautifulself

I feel like God has given me a voice in this.  I love to create. I love to write.  I also love to read.*  I love to encourage.  I'm tired of the lies and ugly voices out there brought on by diet culture.  So if you are interested, as I am inspired, I will be writing posts all about encouraging you to be your beautiful self.

Until next time, be your beautiful self!  Be you, it's the best person you can be!

*I've always been a reader, but in the last year and a half, I've really become even more of a reader.  It's something I should share more about on this blog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Project Life 2017: Week July


I finished the pages for July a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to sit down and post them until today.  July had a lot of photos, so I made a double spread.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Giant Granny Square Blanket


It's been a long time since I've posted anything about what I've created with yarn.  The biggest reason (honestly) is that I'm lazy about posting about such projects.  But the real reason is that I haven't really been able to knit/crochet because of my sternum.  My what?  Yes, my sternum.  Two years ago I started having issues with my sternum popping and coming out of alignment.  The condition is called costochondritis, which is inflammation of the sternum/ribs and weak shoulders.  I had to take a long break from needle-work because of the posture my body likes to be in while knitting/crocheting. And when I did get back into it, I had to work in short increments (20-30 minutes).  I even had to take days off in between those short spurts because my pain would flair up.  It's super annoying.  I'm so thankful for my friend Kate who has inspired me over the years.  I have been knitting vicariously through her for the last 2 years.

When I was pregnant with Jeralyn and Joshua, I knit them baby blankets.  I couldn't do that for Joel, but I still wanted to knit him something.  Last fall I worked on a blanket for him that is more for a toddler bed.  It took me weeks to finish this project.  One of the things I love about crochet is that it's FAST (especially with bulky yarn)!  So even though I was moving slowly, I was able to finish it rather quickly.

If you would like more details about this project, please look at my Ravelry project page.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Joshua's 3rd birthday


Another layout!  I think this means I'm caught up on everyone's birthdays.  I'm having fun creating!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Joel's 1st birthday


I was in the mood to scrapbook this afternoon, but since I am caught up on Project Life, I decided I would scrapbook Joel's 1st birthday.  It's funny though, because I actually saved this layout as Joel's 2nd birthday!  He's only ONE!  I was cracking up!  I even put a number "2" on the page instead of a "1".  And then I noticed what I had done.  Ha!

Joel's birthday was very simple.  We had our friends Jeremy and Kate over to celebrate.  Normally, I like to go all out, but since we just moved and we didn't know hardly anyone yet to have an all-out party, we stuck to simple--but still fun and very special.  Joel was also sick, which is a first for a first birthday in our household.  But boy, did he like his chocolate cake!

It's really fun to be scrapbooking again!  I would love to create more everyday pages to combine with the Project Life pages in our albums.  Since completing Joel's Baby Journal, I feel like I can do anything.  Such a good feeling!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Project Life 2017 :: June


June was a month filled with travel, fresh-picked cherries from our own back yard, family, friends, and sunshine.  So happy to have these memories captured.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Project Life 2017 :: May


I had a lot of photos for May, and I think there are even more on Quent's phone (that I'll have to make another separate page with).  But so far it's 4 pages for the month of May.  It's been fun to get caught up.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Project Life 2017: April


I'm on a roll!  I even managed to remember to write down a few things that the kids did/said this month.  It think it's really fun to add those things to these pages.  I need to do this more.

I'm already dreaming up some regular scrapbook pages, starting probably with birthday pages for the boys.  It's just nice to have goals, but also know that I can do whatever I want.  Yay!

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Project Life 2017: March


Well, it's time to move on back to Project Life (monthly).  My goal was to complete Joel's Baby Journal before moving forward.  And with that goal completed, I'm ready to dive into some other projects and pages.

Project Life has helped me to capture our life in such a simple and time-saving way.  I was just talking with someone about how (before children) I would scrapbook almost any photo and then I would dream about scrapbooking our (future) children.  And now I don't have much time to devote to scrapbooking, but Project Life helps me to still scrapbook, be creative, and capture our life on page.  I love it!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Weeks 51-52


Guess what?!  Joel's baby journal is finished!!  Yay!  Or at least the first year pages are.  I'm SO excited!  I am so thankful!

Weeks 51-52

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Weeks 49-50


I'm almost done with Joel's baby journal.  I'm so so thankful I kept up with it...even if some things weren't "perfect" (lack of journaling and photos).  I know he will enjoy looking through these pages.  Just today the kids and I spent some time looking through some Project Life pages.  We were laughing and just loving looking through the photos.

Weeks: 49-50

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Weeks 46-48


I'm on a roll with posting!  Yeehaw!  

I combined three weeks for this layout.  We were sick during these weeks and we were still in transition after moving.  We were doing the best we could with what we had.  I had zero energy at times because of being sick.  No fun.

Weeks 46-48:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 44-45


I had to combine two weeks again.  We just didn't take very many photos during this time.

Week 44-45:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 42-43


I only had two photos for two weeks.  Yes, our life was a bit crazy!  Well, there were other photos, but not with Joel in them.  Oops!  It was life...and it was a very busy time.  Whew!

Week: 42-43

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 41


This was the calm before the storm.  And I managed to journal.  Yay!

Week: 41

Monday, June 12, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 40


I'm slowly working through the pages.  And I even managed to remember some things that happened this week so I could have some journaling.  That last page looked so sad without journaling.  I'll do my best to think of what may have happened that week. *sad face*

All 3 kids have had their 9 month photo on our brown recliner.  Yay for consistency! (because it doesn't always happen)

Week 40:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 39


This was the point where I stopped keeping up with journaling about his week.  And I feel REALLY bad about it.  Like this sick-in-my-stomach regret.  It makes me feel so sad.  And I don't even feel like I can even make anything up because honestly, I don't remember much.  I do remember when he started crawling. I remember when the packers came to our house and when we moved.  It was a very crazy time and it didn't settle down until he was almost a year old.  And just recently my phone died, which means I lost some information that I had put in my notes about him (like when he got his first tooth and other teeth).  I feel so bad.  *sad face*  I hope he understands...

Week 39:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 38


And yet ANOTHER 1-photo week!  It's sort of embarrassing.  Sigh.

Week 38:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 37


This was one of those 1-photo weeks.  Oops! does that even happen? 

Week 37:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Weeks 35-36


I combined a couple of weeks this time.  I think I may have done the same with Joshua's baby journal.

Weeks 35 & 36:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 34


Here's Week 34!  I hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 33


It's crazy how I had to be very conscientious of taking photos of Joel.  I think he has less photos than Joshua at this point.  Oops!  I guess that's what happens...

Week 33:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 31


I'm getting caught up on some posts.  Be on the lookout for more posts in the upcoming days.

Week 31:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 30


Yes, it's been many weeks since I last posted.  I'm being careful about how much time I spend on the computer.  It seems that our very nice computer chair doesn't agree with me at times, so I have to limit my computer time.

Week 30:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 29


I just love this sweet baby boy!  xoxo

Week 29:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 28


The poor little baby of our family just doesn't have a lot of photos taken.  Poor kid!  This week only had 2 photos of him.  Oops!  

Week 28:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Joel's Baby Journal: Week 27


I'm making progress on the baby journal.  I work on it bit by bit during the week.  It doesn't take me long since I have Joshua's journal to work off of (if you compare some of the pages they look very similar).  Sometimes I don't have to change much.

Week 27: