Wednesday, July 25, 2007

notes to self

Another from the August HSC kit from My Scrapbook Nook.
- Don’t take the easy way.
- Count your blessings.
- Only those who do nothing make no mistakes.
- Life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
- Be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
- Opportunities are never lost – someone will take the ones you miss.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

our blessing cup

Another one with the beautiful August kit from My Scrapbook Nook!
The Blessing Cup. A tradition derived from the Jewish Seder meal, and carried on in our Christian faith by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. After eating, Christ took the cup and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matt 26:27-28.

Our church, St. Angela’s, has a tradition of passing the Blessing Cup from family to family. At the end of one of the weekend masses, the family that has the cup and the family receiving the cup come forward and make the exchange. The congregation sings, “Our Blessing Cup is a communion with the blood of Christ.” The receiving family takes the cup home for the week.

When we had the cup, we set it on the table each night at dinner, and Mark read a brief prayer and reflection. The boys loved having the cup in our home, and even though they probably did not fully grasp its significance, they still seemed to sense that it was special and deserving of reverence and respect.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

one amazing girl

This is from the awesome Home Scrap Club kit at My Scrapbook Nook, where I am honored to be a guest Design Team member for August!
Our sweet friend Sarah.
Such a kind and special little girl.
May 29, 2007

lean on me

This was for a "use your stash" challenge at, including a requirement to use up some eyelets!
I love to catch the 2 of you in moments like this. You were watching TV together when I went in to check on you. This is what I found – Tyler peacefully and sweetly curled up with his head on Ryan’s lap, sleeping. Ryan, legs a bit uncomfortable, but not wanting to move and disturb this little nap. If this isn’t what brotherly love is all about, then I don’t know what is.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


This is another page I had the pleasure of doing as a contributing designer for the Got Sketch? blog.
It’s no longer enough for us to just read a book to you at bedtime. Sure, that’s Step 1. Then, as soon as I say “the end” we move onto Step 2, where you proclaim “now I want to read it to YOU!”

And read it, you do. Well, I guess I can’t technically say that you are reading it. You are only 3 after all, and don’t know how to read yet. But it is remarkable how well you will remember the story, and re-create what you just heard – oftentimes repeating phrases or whole sentences word-for-word.

I love that you are already developing such excitement for books! I hope that your thirst for reading continues for the rest of your life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

blessed to be brothers

I was honored to have the opportunity to serve as a contributing designer on Valerie Salmon's sketch site, Got Sketch?

You two have such a sweet, caring way with each other. You were made to be brothers.

Monday, July 9, 2007

this is your turf

Greenery. Plants. Gardening. SO not my thing. I don’t care for it, and I’m not good at it. So – in our house, this is left to you. You like to get your hands in the dirt, and you are much better at it than me. Just one more thing that I love about you! June 2007

simply cute

This one was for a white space challenge at My Scrapbook Nook.

Tyler & Sarah 5.29.07

best buds

This layout was for a sketch challenge at My Scrapbook Nook.
Tyler & Sarah in their own world, sharing the fun at another baseball game. Summer 2007.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Laughter is better

Laugher is better when shared with someone you love. Spring '07

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Minialbum: We Love the Zoo

I don't do a lot of mini-albums, but I could definitely get bitten by the bug! This little 7 Gypsies album was so fun to put together. The papers are all from The Paper Loft's Well Worn line.