Monday, October 25, 2010
I've decided to use this banner to signify when I am doing a blog post for one of the class assignments. Today's assignment gave us four possible themes to write on. I've chosen the question "What Advice Would you Give someone you would like to help."
TO MY GIRLS
"Just in case" are words that go through my mind everytime I work on a new scrapbook page. When you two were growing up, I always worried that I might not get the opportunity to see you both grow up. I've always known that life is not guaranteed for any of us and so I continue to write journal entries, produce scrapbook pages which express my love for you and prepare scrapbooks about who I am so that my future grandkids will at least know me if I develop alzheimers or meet an untimely death. Morbid? maybe but I always have liked to be prepared for all things and one thing that I'm sure about is that when it is my time to leave you, I want to make sure you know how much I love you, how very much you have blessed my life and what I've learned along the way that might help you in your own lives. I just spent a wonderful week at Jekyll Island with my two favorite girls in the whole world. I love watching you two play and have fun. Your laughter is music to my ears. My wish for you has always been that you three would all be close and learn to rely on each other and share your lives with each other. The bond of sisters is something to be nourished and cherished. I hope you will each do your own part to keep up a close relationship with each other. Call each other regularly. Try to talk at least once a week. Make sure that you visit each other at a minimum yearly....more often if you can. Devote one week of your vacation time to the sisterhood. Rent a condo on the beach or a cabin in the mountains and just take time to reconnect and share your lives. My Mom just recently took a trip to visit her sister who is two years older than her. They are now 86 and 88 and getting feebler with each year. They are both near the end of their lives but they have remained close through 86 years. I cherish the pictures of them together so excited to see each other and visit and talk. I wish that for you two as well. I hope some day this will be you two anxious for a chance to be together and laugh about all your memories. May you always cherish each other and maintain that bond of sisters no matter what you face in life. Share your good times and your bad and always be there to help and support each other. I cherish my time with you both. I treasure every memory you've given me in my heart. I'm so thankful that God blessed me with two of the most beautiful daughters I could ever hope for. I love you both and am proud of the women you have become.
As fall comes upon us, I've been settling down for a little more serious scrapping time. I just finished my Cathy Z. class (Me the Abridged Version) which I am still finishing up the album for the class. And my "Book of Stories" from Big Picture Classes. I kept up with the reading and some of the exercises on this class but I still need to develop my story saving/sorting book. I hope to be able to finish up the Cathy Z book this week and then concentrate on the Story sorting system as well as begin to work on the Jessica Sprague Heritage class. Sometimes I sign up for these classes when things are quite busy so I try to push myself to go back and finish them up as soon as possible so I get my money's worth from the class. I've got many projects to complete this winter. Just waiting for the weather to turn colder so I can hibernate inside. This week I'm starting yet another class developed by my UK scrapping buddy, Shimelle. I try to support her in all her classes since she is a friend and I want to see her succeed in her business. (Plus, her projects are some of the favorite ones I've completed so far....love her ideas and style) She always inspires me. Sometimes I follow right along with the class and sometimes I end up playing catch up later. Some I still have yet to finish projects for. Her latest class is called "True Stories" and it is a journaling class. I may use my blog as a place to complete some of the assignments but I look forward to doing more writing this month. I think I need to just spend a day and thoroughly clean my house so I can sit down guilt-free and have some solid scrapping time. I can always convince myself of things I need to clean or do before I can sit and scrap. I got the laundry done and bathrooms cleaned today so after ladies bible class in the morning, I hope to come home and get back to my class projects. I am really loving my "Abridged Version" book. I chose to do mine on Russ and I and call it "We" the Abridged Version. Cathy made the project so easy to complete. I just need to take an evening and write the rest of my entries and print out my pictures and I will get it done quickly. Looking forward to yet another Shimelle class. If I can keep up that's one less project I'll need to do later.