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Username Post: VCW Week #224 - Making NEW friends and Renewing the old!        (Topic#1559979)
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Once upon a time, things got quiet here on the weekends, so a thread was started to just hang out and do a virtual crop. Since then it has expanded to run all week long. We have our regulars, but new friends are always welcome, too.
And we miss some of our old friends too!!!!

FAIR WARNING: We may talk about anything and everything. We're women. We chat. You never know what might come up in conversation.

Sharing your recent scrappy work is encouraged, but there are no guidelines for what or how much you have to do.

So come on! Don't be bashful! And don't be afraid of the fact that this thread MOVES. Just jump in wherever we are, and we'll be glad to get you caught up on what's happening. We never know what we're going to talk about or how silly we will get.

WARNING: Reading of, or participation in, this thread could result in food or drink being sprayed across your computer or sleepless nights ... Just read responsibly.


 
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YAY! It's Friday!

Hubby is taking all of next week off and we are splitting it up between
-hanging at the camper and lake
-taking a short bike trip to southern Ohio
-and winding up (hopefully) in Conneaut Lake, PA for a classic boat show

I say hopefully because he only just uncovered our boat 2 nights ago and we still have to get it all swelled up so it doesn't take on water and make sure it's running. Which we will do this week at the lake most likely.

It should be nice. And I need the uplifting of just a free week of no cleaning, no working around the house, no hassles. I let hubby know yesterday just how bad all this hassle with my former employer is getting to me and he decided I needed a time out...I think. LOL


 
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So yesterday I spent over 3 hours working on some stuff for the attorney investigating some things with my former employer. I half wish none of it had ever started. And I can't really go into too many details here. But it is started. And they got personal...lies and personal attacks...so now it cannot stop at this particular juncture.

So by the time I got done working on it all...I was fried. Mentally. Emotionally. I was angry. I was depressed. I am feeling very .... I don't trust anyone right now....I don't even trust my own judgement about who my true friends are anymore...with only a couple of exceptions.

So after it was done. I took a long hot shower. I got in my gas sucking-SUV, which has hardly left my house in the last 3 weeks (cause I've hardly left my house in the last 3 weeks) and I drove an hour away to a sb store that was going out of business. Walked out with a whole pile of stuff at 50% off. (my garage sale money, so it's all good). She then told me about another store on the opposite side of the city that was also going out of business. I figured since I'd already driven that far, what the heck. I did some serious damage there at 40% off. BUT, I didn't buy for the sake of buying. I bought things I truly believe I will use in Jamie's book and his soon-to-be little sister's book. Or in my new room. I had hoped to come out with a nice little spin-rack that I could use similar to the floor model clip-it-up, but that was not to be. They were sold already.

I ran some other needed errands while I was down there. Had a semi-stressful, stormy, stuck behind accidents, heavy traffic kinda drive home, but was in no particular hurry.

Came home to dinner ready, a quiet eveing watching stupid TV with hubby, snuggles and snores. And no mention of the morning's events.


 
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This morning I got into the scrapbook.com superstore, filled my cart up with lots of goodies to complete a project I got stuff to do, entered today's 10% off coupon, entered my $25 gift certificate, did PayPal and Bill me later, which will give me $10 back, and it will all end up costing me a whopping....$3.55.


So now I need to seriously buckle down and get some work done around this house.
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And now that this has become the "leebla thread", I'M OUT!


 
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  • leebla Said:
YAY! It's Friday!

Hubby is taking all of next week off and we are splitting it up between
-hanging at the camper and lake
-taking a short bike trip to southern Ohio
-and winding up (hopefully) in Conneaut Lake, PA for a classic boat show

I say hopefully because he only just uncovered our boat 2 nights ago and we still have to get it all swelled up so it doesn't take on water and make sure it's running. Which we will do this week at the lake most likely.

It should be nice. And I need the uplifting of just a free week of no cleaning, no working around the house, no hassles. I let hubby know yesterday just how bad all this hassle with my former employer is getting to me and he decided I needed a time out...I think. LOL


Man you're on the wrong side of the state.


 
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  • leebla Said:
This morning I got into the scrapbook.com superstore, filled my cart up with lots of goodies to complete a project I got stuff to do, entered today's 10% off coupon, entered my $25 gift certificate, did PayPal and Bill me later, which will give me $10 back, and it will all end up costing me a whopping....$3.55.


So now I need to seriously buckle down and get some work done around this house.


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We finally have a confirmed closing date. It took 3 closing dates to get here but we're here. We close on Tuesday. Yay!!!


 
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Now that it has turned into the Liz show, I'm out. I'll check in later.


 
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  • leebla Said:
YAY! It's Friday!

Hubby is taking all of next week off and we are splitting it up between
-hanging at the camper and lake
-taking a short bike trip to southern Ohio
-and winding up (hopefully) in Conneaut Lake, PA for a classic boat show

I say hopefully because he only just uncovered our boat 2 nights ago and we still have to get it all swelled up so it doesn't take on water and make sure it's running. Which we will do this week at the lake most likely.

It should be nice. And I need the uplifting of just a free week of no cleaning, no working around the house, no hassles. I let hubby know yesterday just how bad all this hassle with my former employer is getting to me and he decided I needed a time out...I think. LOL


Man you're on the wrong side of the state.



ROAD TRIP!


 
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Hey ladies. I have a very busy day ahead. I'm off to a baby wearer's meeting, then a friend is coming over, then william will be napping, and then I've got another friend's birthday party to go to. Hope all is well!


 
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Hi ladies!

Dh is very excited about his trip to Atlantic City. They're going to an MMA fight tonight and then they have a poker tournament Saturday morning. I think I'm going to spend tonight finishing up my wreath for the living room and then I might work on my wedding album (it has been three years now... lol). I also have to make a couple cards. Tomorrow I'm going to go to the LSS and then to my Mom's for some swimming.

Yay for sales Elizabeth!
Liz - yay for closing! How exciting!


 
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Wow! Lots of big weekend plans!

We leave for Charleston WV on Sunday but now my husband's brother and his daugher (she's almost 38, never married, never had a job, never went to college, just lives with her mom for a while and her dad for a while or whoever will support her).

She tried selling furniture once and tried selling sinkhole insurance once. Don't think she ever got a paycheck though and will tell you in a heartbeat that she has no intention of working, she is looking for a rich sugar daddy.

I don't know what she dies all day - in the 5 years I've known her she has just partied day and night. Not sure if she's living with her mom or her dad now.

She's difficult to travel with. When we were in New Orleans we went to the St. Louis cemetery #1 - the oldest surviving cememetery in New Orleans. Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen is buriend there. The cripts are very tall - like 10' buildings and crumbling. You can see exposed corners of coffins occasionally - it is in total disrepair. Many movies have been filmed here.

When you get to the end of one row you can't see around to see what is around the corner.

The internet says to go in a group and stick together. Lots of haunted tours go to this one, but they tell you - do not wander off.

People get mugged in this cemetery constantly. It is a high crime cemetery. Bill told us we had to stick together, it was a dangerous part of New Orleans and the cemetery is extrememly dangerous because it is dilidated and you can't see around corners so do not get separated.

He couldn't believe she wore a sundress cut unbelievable low with a push up bra that pushed up everything. She look like she walked right out of a low budged porn flick.

He asked her what she thought she was dong wearing that when he had told her the cemetery was notorious for muggings and even rapes. She said it was okay, she took her rings off and put them under the car seat.

Bill made her go put on a blouse over the dress. Then she actually wandered off a couple times.

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Anyway, I will be in a car 2 weeks with her.

Last time we were at a plate show her father asked her why she was wearing a hooker outfit she told him, "Because I'm going to stand behind the table to attract the men. You will sell more license plates when there is a pretty girl behind selling them."

Two weeks! I think now we may leave Sunday and come straight home next Sunday when it is over. That way we will only be gone 9 or 10 days!

We talked about going to Washington for a couple days but I told Bill, "we will go when it is you and me. I just want this trip to be over with and get home."

We stopped to get junk food at a WalMart last year and a fire truck was in front. She walked up and started talking to the firemen and threw me her camera. I said, "What do you want a picture of?" She said, "I want my picture in front of the firetruck." The firemen started backing away and she said, "Come back - the reason I want the picture is so I can remember all you handsome, strong, good-looking men."

Of course, they all gathered around her and posed. he really older men really ate it up. She then wanted her picture taken with each of them individually so she would remember them.

She met them for 2 minutes when we were walking into WalMart. She didn't actually meet any of them!

It is like this every single day with her.

Tonight will be good though. Crops are always good. This is a pot luck so I'm taking corn souffle to the crop. Have to start getting ready soon.


 
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Oh my Henri Jean, I don't envy you.
My week will be me and hubby mostly and our dog, except when we are on the bike. Then he'll be home with kids. random kids will probably pop in at the lake I suppose. They usually do.


 
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Sounds like you will have a wonderful weekend!


 
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I will be in Storm Lake, Ia with my boyfriend's widower father. Mark's mom died in 2002, and Mark does not like the idea of dad being alone all the time. He's the only sibling that can make the trip regularly. I go along (usually), though it is tough for me b/c I feel like I'm constantly being scrutinized. It gets down to money: his family has it, mine doesn't. Boyfriend's dad is not upset about my education, just that I went into debt to do it (read: I don't have a wealthy father to pay for it). The famiy thinks I'm after Mark's inheritance money (even after 21 years of knowing me--I had thought that if they got to know me, they would see I'm not like that!) One of my favorite stories about Mark, which really shows his character and disregard for the family money is this: Mark's dad changed his will so that Mark cannot spend any of his inheritance money without his brother's approval (I feel that this is aimed at me). His dad thought he'd be angry, but Mark said, "I don't care. It's not my money, it's yours. Do whatever you want with it!"

So, even though this guy feels this way about me, I go on the weekends. Part of the reason I go is that Mark's dad has been passing out lately, and I don't want Mark to be alone should anything happen. So usually it feels like a sacrifice. But I want to be where Mark is. On the occasions when I just don't feel up to bearing all the scrutiny, I miss him as soon as he walks out the door and think that I should be with him.


 
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I just discovered something about myself--I am terribly sensitive and defensive when it comes to money. I don't like it! I will quit! I think it's b/c of 21 years of having a boyfriend from a wealthy family who thinks that I am after his inheritance money. I shouldn't let those people do that to me! I don't care about his family's money!


 
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Every once in a while my mother says she is going to give her money to charity so it will help people and I tell her its fine with me. She earned it, she can spend it or leave it in whatever way will make her happy.

One thing I do wish though - every trip Bill and I take he invites my mother to go and offeres to pay all of her expenses and she just says she doen't want to go anywhere she can't take her easy chair.

Of course she has got some serious money but hopefully, in fact I know it will nearly all go to my brother who helped build the family business.

I've done nothing for the family business - its in another state. But my brother also worked in another state and when daddy had open hard surgery in 1980 he quit a high paying job and moved where they were to help them to make it easier on daddy and has been there ever since. He's really helped build the business. He is there at 6AM every morning before customers come in.

If you want him at midnight every night - that is where you will find him, still working. Six days a week.

Daddy died in 1993 and my brother has kept it going for my mother. He deserves it all. To me it is fair. His blood sweat and tears are in that business and he sacrificed a good career to help them.

His wife is wonderful and she hates being in the country where they live but she willingly moved there and works in the office of the family business and helps my mother so she deserves it too.

They have worked for it. I haven't.


 
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Money can bring out the worst in people...and the best. I have over 100,000 in education debt (I figure people my age are in debt, for house, car, etc--mine is investing in myself). My boyfriend's family worries about me saddling him with the debt, which I would never do--though if we get married, my debt will be his debt. I will keep a separate account!

Hooray for your brother and sister in-law! I like your attitude about the 'serious money." I know as a teacher I will not make much. But I have committed myself to a life of service, which will have rewards that money can't buy.

Gotta go. Mark gets off work at 3, and will be home by 3:30. I like to be home when he gets home! I will try to stay level-headed this weekend. I always feel ultra-scrutinized at his dad's house, but maybe that's all in my head. Kathleen is the daughter-in-law who can do no wrong, and I am the one who can do no right! The last instance of this was when I made my famous (Mark loves it) sweet n sour pork for Mark's dad for dinner. He said he could taste the sweet, but not the sour! And it had crushed red pepper flakes, which he said set his mouth on fire! I will never be accepted--oh, well. I offend the whole family!


 
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Yeah money can be a hard issue. I think that's the only thing my husband and I ever really struggled with he's a saver and I can be a spender. I think, over time we've kind of balanced each other out. We worked out a set amount of money that we save and that I can spend with each paycheck. Things are fine now but we used to argue about that a lot. Money really does bring out the worst in people sometimes.


 
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Money can be an issue. We are fortunate that my husband spent his whole life saving up and planning for this part of his life so we are okay.

We are on a budget, being on social security and military retirement but we are still able to do pretty much what we want, we just have to be careful.

On our upcoming cruise we will not be spending hundreds every day on ships excursions on shore, we will venture out on our own, use public transportation, get with another couple and share the cost for a cab.

In one port (Malaysia) it was $175.00 I think, per person for the ships excursion into the city to see the sites. No way .... Just, no way. And the bus ride was an hour a 45 minutes each way. That is 3 1/2 hours on a bus.

We met another couple and paid $6.00 per couple to split a cab to the train station. Then for $7.00 each we got a round trip ticket to the city and it got there in well under an hour. So while the ships people were on a bus for an hour and an hour and 45 minutes, we were in the city having a great time.

We bought our lunch - so did they. We paid $3.00 for all-day monorail pass and went everywhere and saw all the same sites.

We had our train ticket back so we paid $6.00 for the two of us for our share of the cab fee back to the bus.

At the end of the day they paid $175.00 each - $350.00 per couple and spent 3 1/2 hours on a bus. Plus lunch.

We spent $15.00 each - $30.00 for Bill and me together for cab, train, monorail and back on the train and then cab to the ship, plus lunch.

We ate lunch together for under $15.00 so it was a $45.00 day for us.

Plus we spent about an hour and 15 minutes counting both ways into Kuala Lumpur. the spent 3 1/2 hours.

In Egypt we did not want to pay $275.00 for the excursion to the Valley of the Kings. We got into port and found out that you could not leave the port by the ship, couldn't go more than about 200' from the ship unless you were on a ship excursion.

Egyptian armed guards were there with heavy weapons to keep us next to the ship if we weren't on an excursion. We were not free to walk around at all. We didn't expect this, as in Alexandria Egypt we were able to walk around the city.

Anyway, we didn't have seats reserved and we didn't want to stay on the ship all day - we wanted to see Valley of the Kings and King Tut's tomb!

But not at $275.00 per person!

Bill walked to each of the tour buses (there were 19 of them I think) and asked each driver if they had seats. One did - said he had two extra seats. He let us have them - two for $175.00! That was under $82.00 each! He said the only thing was, we did get a Coke and bag of chips on the bus. But we got the tickets to see the tombs and the big lunch with everyone else that was paid as part of the tour.

In Ushia people paid $99.00 each for the end of the world train tour. At the dock we went to the train station and picked it up for $50.00 each. Same train - same ride, in fact the ones who paid $99.00 each were on our tour.

One of my favorites was the whale watching trip in Cabo San Lucas. We really wanted to go whale watching! It was over a hundred dollars per person.

Another couple wanted to go to so we went to the boats where they were loading the cruise ship people and Bill and the other man we were with pulled the boat guy over and asked how much. It was over a hundred dollars each.

The other wife said, We don't have that much, we can onlhy afford $28.00 each. The guy said, okay, I have plenty of seats and we went for $28.00 each!

So we watch pennies very carefully but I don't feel we sacrifice anything. We are comfortable, but we have to spend wisely and be careful.


 
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Hi honeys I'm hoooooooome!

*leaves bags of Egg McMuffins*


 
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Hey girls! Happy Sunday!
Getting ready to head to the lake for the week. Don't know how much I will be around!

Don't forget that you have until June 30th to go to Liz Moxie's CM website and place an order with ME as the host to participate in my catalog party! Come on, help a girl out or let all your scrappy friends know!!!

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Hiyas!


 
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Hi ladies. I've been insanely busy.

Elizabeth have fun at the lake.

Ria thanks for the egg mcmuffins.

Henri jean you are a very wise holiday-er! lol.


 
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Hi ladies!

Have fun Elizabeth!

I'm getting ready to clean my kitchen, it really needs it. After that I'm going to do some laundry and spend some time in the craft room.


 
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I'm, you guessed it packing. I want to be all done by tomorrow night, so I'm pushing. Need to get DH to get me more boxes. It just took 5 to pack the stuff under my sink. Who knew I had that much stuff? I've accumulated so much stuff in the last 8 years. Even got rid of stuff I don't need.


 
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We are in Columbia South Carolina tonight.

It was a nice day - glad its almost over though and we are in our motel!


 
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Been paper wrangling this evening. Nothing scrappy but taking care of piles of paper and mags and books.

Books have been bagged to give to the book sale. Other books ready to put back into bookcase.

Mags - most of them tossed.

Bills and such sorted and ready to file.

Now I am sitting with a stack of mags to see why I kept them. If nothing jumps out, they'll join their friends in the recycling bin.


 
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Jane good job paper wrangling.

I've been playing with my alcohol inks.


 
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I should be reading articles on LORD OF THE FLIES, which I will be teaching (student teaching) in the fall. I really don't like the book, and I hope I never have to teach it after I graduate. But it's funny--I COULD teach this book easily. I think it's b/c I would not have to worry about doing the book justice. Can you teach a book by just saying what is bad about it? So while I should be doing scholarly stuff, I am playing around on the scrap site, hopping around and looking at cool LOs! I know my "free" time this summer is running out, though. Sooner or later, I will have to seriously give thought to lesson plans, etc (I have some ideas, but I need to take the time to work them out). Well, there's always tomorrow!


 
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i never thought I'd like a cruise, b/c I don't like the idea of getting dressed up for dinner. Do you have to do this? Or do you just do what you want? Maybe I would want to take a cruise someday. My mother and brother went on 2 cruises together, and I scrapped the tours for mom's scrapbook. They went to Alaska and Belize in the Carribbean. My brother sang to mom part of a Smoky Robinson song, saying "I love it when we're cruising together." So that was a natural title for the pages. I hope you have tons of fun, and I'm sure you're capturing every memory to scrap!


 
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Lord of the Flies was very interesting and horrible - but it made one of the largest impacts on me of any book I had to read in school. More than any Shakespeare or or Chaucer or anyone.

It made me realize how important organization and leadership is and how things run amuck when there isn't any. How innocense can turn to total destruction without cooperation and order. It really made me think and every once in a while I think of that book and I'm 62 now. I can't say that I really loved or enjoyed the book. But when I think about things I read in high school taht made a difference in the way I think, this is the one I think of. Much more of an impact than Romeo and Juliet and so many other things we had to read that I don't even remember the titles of.

Book it was well presented and was used to really make us think about society and how things can get out of hand. The fact that it was kids made that much more of an impact.

Wasn't there a character named Piggy - in fact wasn't he the one killed. Whenever kids started teasing the kids that didn't fit the "attractive kid mold" I always thought of him and it did change the way I acted and behaved towards people like that. Sometimes I'm tempted to go back and read it because it made such an impression.

If we are leaving one place in the US and returning to the same place I take a dressy outfit and a jacket for my husband. If we are going to board or disembark overseas I do not take dress-up clothes with us.

On RCL you can't wear shorts in the dining room ever at night and men's shirt can be polo style. On RCL they don't enforce formal nights and we just wear dress casual, as many do. Some were tuxes, some wear a nice Polo.

However, on Princess last year men needed a jacket but they had some to lend. My husband is a big guy and they gave him a small jacket. He told them, "I can't get into this!"

They told him, "You don't have to actually wear it - jsut toss it over your arm and when you sit down put it over your chair so you have one with you."

Rather silly but we played the game when they had lobster.

Our next cruise is Holland America and I have a feeling they will be stuffier about it. Will probably thow a jacket in the suitcase and black sneakers for Bill and something dressy for myself although I've worn a muumuu and him an Aloha shirt on formal night.

I wish they would do away with formal nights!





 
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Yes! I remember! We had to read that book in seventh or eighth grade. I didn't particularly care for it, it was more of a boys' book.


 
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  • Henri Jean Said:
We are in Columbia South Carolina tonight.

It was a nice day - glad its almost over though and we are in our motel!




I live about an hour from Columbia (In Florence)


 
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2011 has struck again. A friend of mine and her family was driving home from Columbia (an hour west of where we live) last night and the back tire of the car blew out. It caused their car to flip several times. The dad had a mild concussion, the mom had only seatbelt burns/injuries, the 2 youngest children are fine but the wreck claimed the life of thier 9 year old little girl. Savannah was her name and she was the sweetest child. She recieved Christ as her Saviour last year so she is Home with Jesus but it still breaks all the hearts that were left behind and tied in some way to her. I'm serious when I say I hate 2011. I'm so scared of what 2011 is going to have in store next. I pray HARD that my family is protected. Ladies, we all lead busy lives but can I just say to stop and play with your kids today? I know I am. I have such a habit of sending the kids off to go do something in their toy room or watch TV so i can get stuff done. Then something like this happens and puts everything in perspective for you. The tears have not stopped since I heard. Please pray for this family.


 
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I will pray for this family. How tragic! I just read your note to my husband.

It is time for 2011 to have good things happen for you, and they will. Every year has wonderful and good things and tragic and bad things. Some years may seem worse and some better, but God is in control and no year is jinxed.

The year I lost my dad a lot of tragic things happened to us that year, just seemed to bad and then the year got very good and things happened for me that were some of the best things that every happened in my life.

Just the thought of that terrible accident and the lost of the precious little girl just wants to make me cry. How sad.

But please don't think about what tragic thing is going to happen next. It sounds like you and those around are ready for the good things that 2011 will bring!

There is so much peace knowing the child is with our Heavenly Father. He is so awesome.

And He is as awesome in 2011 as He has been in the past and as awesome as He will be in the future!

Again, my condolences and prayers are going to you and the family of this child for peace.


 
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I will pray for this family. How tragic! I just read your note to my husband.

It is time for 2011 to have good things happen for you, and they will. Every year has wonderful and good things and tragic and bad things. Some years may seem worse and some better, but God is in control and no year is jinxed.

The year I lost my dad a lot of tragic things happened to us that year, just seemed to bad and then the year got very good and things happened for me that were some of the best things that every happened in my life.

Just the thought of that terrible accident and the lost of the precious little girl just wants to make me cry. How sad.

But please don't think about what tragic thing is going to happen next. It sounds like you and those around are ready for the good things that 2011 will bring!

There is so much peace knowing the child is with our Heavenly Father. He is so awesome.

And He is as awesome in 2011 as He has been in the past and as awesome as He will be in the future!

Again, my condolences and prayers are going to you and the family of this child for peace.




Thank you Henri Jean. God is good all the time. It is just so hard to see it sometimes.


 
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I see what you're saying about things falling apart without order. But I believe that as humans, we have an instinct for order and civilization--laws, etc. I don't think kids being stranded on an island would lose every desire for order. So that part I think is done with too heavy a hand. I will ask students if they think it is believeable. "Instinct" is a big theme in the book--savage vs. civilized. We could have some good discussions!


 
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I agree with you, Henri Jean: God is in control and no year is "jinxed." Superstition only causes fear. I, too, will pray for this family!


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Henri Jean, I agree that LORD OF THE FLIES deals with leadership--it would be a good discussion if I could get students to analyze what makes a good leader. Stuff like this is what I meant when I said I could teach the book, even though I don't really like it. I could bring up themes that can yield good discussion: loss of innocence (again, I think it's overdone), leadership, instinct, individual vs. group identity, etc.

My very favorite book is THE ODYSSEY. Followed closely by anything from Steinbeck. It's OK for an English major to not like something--in fact, it's one of my biggest peeves when English majors pretend to love everything they read, as if that's a rule!

I will stop talking about this!


 
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Hey ladies.
Big day today. TWO of my very close friends found out they're pregnant. One wasn't trying too long but the other was en route to In Vitro! It's a true miracle!!!

I had another friend over today just to hang out. The kids had fun.

William is into a big boy bed for about a week now. Last night he rolled OUT of bed... and continued sleeping lol.

That's about it for me. Doing laundry...

I loved Lord of teh FLies in school. I even watched the movie for the second time, just the other day!


 
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Hello ladies how is all. I know i pop in and out but things are going well. I had to get two teeth pulled today so i am some pain but i am deal with that.


 
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YAY! It's Friday!

Hubby is taking all of next week off and we are splitting it up between
-hanging at the camper and lake
-taking a short bike trip to southern Ohio
-and winding up (hopefully) in Conneaut Lake, PA for a classic boat show

I say hopefully because he only just uncovered our boat 2 nights ago and we still have to get it all swelled up so it doesn't take on water and make sure it's running. Which we will do this week at the lake most likely.

It should be nice. And I need the uplifting of just a free week of no cleaning, no working around the house, no hassles. I let hubby know yesterday just how bad all this hassle with my former employer is getting to me and he decided I needed a time out...I think. LOL




Sounds fun like lots of fun


 
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I don't think kids would take it to the extent of killing. I really don't believe that. And I think that most humans have an instinct for law and order and organization and doing what is right.

But I think there are people or groups in our society that could get out of control. I remember a movie, Escape from New York, which reminded me of the book. I coulnd't not sit through that movie!

Most people would never give into that kind of savagery, but there are gangs and criminals, that given no organized structure and enforcement of laws, they would behave as animals.

The book wasn't believable, but it was an illustration for me. I think most people want order and will follow it no matter what the circumstances. But that is what we know.

There are societies that used to practice cannabilism and I think it does still go on in remote areas.

It did play on my conscious and make me aware, even if the illustration was exhaggerated.

But I think we are brought up in civilized societies and that is what we know and stay with. But I do think savage societies exist, even though very limited and not in a civilized part of the world.

Although gangs and gang activity, given absense of laws could very easily stoop to this level. I think the book really made me never want to be involved in a gang, although I don't think I would have anyway! Just not the way I was brought up!

The book kind of gave me a childlike respect for cops and other authorities. I already respected them, but that reinforced it.


 
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Just read your note at the top of the page. Our teacher taught it as you referenced and brought out some of the best discussion I've ever had in a lit class.

I also enjoyed the Illiad and the Odessey. I don't remember too much of them though.

When I was in Italy, either Naples or Rome, don't remember which there was a statue of the siren and I researched it and learned the story again. I really enjoyed that!

In fact I scrapped the story and her name is a complete blank for me now. Was it Loralei?

She is the one who used to sing and cause sailors to crash into the rocks and die or keep them captive until the died of starvation!


 
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Here is what I was looking for - its the journaling from one of my Naples layouts:

This episode of Greek Mythology actually happened in the waters on the Amalfi side of the Sorrentine pensinsula which was named for one of the Sirens that tempted Ulysses (from Homer’s Odyssey).

The Sirens were beautiful half fish half women who lived on the rocks in the sea. They were the daughters of Phorcys and Ceto and sang so beautifully that any man who heard them was compelled to jump off his ship and swim to them. Unfortunately, most of them died in the rough waters and those who survived the waters perished of hunger because they could never move from the Sirens.

One of the Sirens, Parthenope, threw herself into the sea out of despair over what she believed to be her lack of allure because she could not seduce Ulysses with her voice. She did not know that the men of Odysseus were saved by Odysseus filling their ears with wax and binding himself to the mast so he couldn’t go to them when they sang.

Her body washed up on the coast a few miles away at the spot where mythology says the city of Neapolis (Naples) was founded. Actually, it was the city of Parthenope, which then became Neapolis. Many modern Neapolitans still refer to themselves commonly as Parthenopeans.


 
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3 new things I've added to the gallery lately,

Teacher Phototray By Mbrune04

Notebook By Mbrune04

Mother and Daughter By Mbrune04


 
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Misty - I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's daughter.

I love the "Illiad" and the "Odyssey" too. I also really enjoyed "Beowulf". I know we went over the "Lord of the Flies", but I only remember bits and pieces. I'm an English major, but I'm not studying to be a teacher so I haven't had to read many of the high school books since high school. I did re-read "The Giver" and "1984" recently though, I've always loved those books.


 
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I veguely remember reading Beowulf but I don't remember what it was about.

There are times when I would really love to go back to school. I should do it but I don't think I can sit in those hard chairs for hours and hours. A friend of my husband's went back for law school and the hard chairs bothered his back so much that he had to drop out after a few weeks.

I love the pages that have the sleeves for pictures. I never would have thought about doing each of the six frames like mini pages. How cool. I may "borrow" that idea1

Love the mother and daughter page too. Just beautiful!


 
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If you like the "Illiad" and the "Odyssey" you'd probably like "Beowulf". It's an epic poem, and it's much shorter than the other two. http://www.alcyone.com/max/lit/beowulf/ you can find it at this website. They have it separated into shorter sections.


 
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I read Beowulf several years ago. Maybe I should read it again, since epic poetry is one of my research interests (I was trained in Classics along with English). I like to read books and material that others call "epic." T.S. Eliot's Wasteland, which just about every professor introduces as "epic" is just a conglomeration of elements of epic forced onto a bad poem! And I entertain myself wondering if we could ever have an American epic--I know alot of people are trying (again, I think Eliot failed). I have decided that we can't have an American epic b/c we do not have the gods. Not only do the gods DO THINGS in epic, they lend the work the whole "divine/human" aura.


 
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I think you are right about that. You need a lot of mythology to pull those things off.

Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, even Mythology for the Hawaiian Islands and other islands in the South Pacific. But American Mythology? We can't qualifiy that one.


 
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Hey ladies.
I think William has chicken pox.


 
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Hi, Henri Jean--

I remember somewhere you were talking about your adventures in card-making; you said you came home crying. I make cards, but they are very simple. I love to recycle old greeting cards--a design here, a sentiment there. My cards are front-only. But people can write on the back (if it's a dark card, I will put some white paper on the back). My cards are just like the long ones that people send out for holidays. I don't care what anyone says: that's my style, I have a blast making the cards, and my friends and family love to get cards from me. That's what it's all about to me. These cards here may not last forever; I am planning a trip to a place called Archivers to get a ph pen for 1.29. Then I won't have to worry about my greeting-card parts deteriorating. My cards are different--oh well! I guess I'm trying to say express yourself and have fun, and don't let anyone tell you that the only way to make cards is to stamp! I know my digital pictures are bad!
let freedom ring By Jaspernonyx


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may the beauty of the season fill your heart with peace By Jaspernonyx


 
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peace/season's greetings By Jaspernonyx


 
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may the light of peace and the joy of love be with you always By Jaspernonyx


 
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Those cards look like something I might be able to handle- very nice. But I just don't enjoy making cards.

To me cardmarking has become such an art is more of a competition and I just don't enjoy it. I stick to scrapbooking, which I really enjoy.
Yours are beautiful though and if I ever decide to make a card, that is a style I would enjoy. Especially the bottom one!


 
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Yeah, things like that are supposed to be fun. If it's not fun, what's the point? I fear too many scrappers and cardmakers are turning out beautiful stuff out of a compulsion for perfection--they may not be having fun. I am reminded of playing darts with my brother. I was having fun while I was losing, and when I complimented him for his playing, he said, "yea, but it's not fun for me." I don't want that to ever happen to me. I must confess, when I first came to this website, I felt so overwhelmed by what others can do. I thought I'd never "measure up." That kind of limited my creative output. But then I was inspired again to work with white (which I had never done), to use different colors from my norm, and to scrap "outside the box." Each page of my 1980s book is experimental--doing things I've never done, in ways I never thought I would, jamming 2 or more ideas on one page (instead of just going "title one," "title two," etc, writing out dates (I get bored writing dates in the same ways--but there's not many options for writing dates), and trying to get away from my ideas of proportion (which is OK sometimes, but I need to play with proportion, instead of just having symetry all the time--my ideas of proportion come from graduate study of ancient Greek sculptors, famous for their proportion). I am experimenting and having a blast doing it. My pages are simple, but they reflect alot of work (and experimentation).


 
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How is William doing? I hope the chicken pox aren't too uncomfortable for him.


 
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Abby is 75% effaced and dilated 1 cm. Jolene Rose should be here sooner, rather than later.


 
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What a pretty name!


 
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Yay Joy! How exciting!


 
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Hooray Joy! Thats awesome..

I have news too... I'm pregnant! Holy crapp!


 
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Oh my!!! That is exciting news!


 
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Yay Susy Congratulations!


 
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Hi, Henri Jean--

Back from your cruise yet? Have fun? I can't wait to see your LOs.


 
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Thanks for the congrats! It's been a long time in coming. I just hope it sticks. We're so early yet. I got my beta back, 17.2 LOL. So so early.

William's doing ok with the chicken pox now. He doesn't feel so sick anymore. He can actually play, and the spots are finally actually showing. He's not really scratching or asking for cream yet though. I think he might only get a mild case. I hope he doens't get it again later!

I haven't been able to focus on scrapbooking at all. lol. My mind is all over. I had horrible nervous butterflies all day yesterday. I could barely eat and it only made me feel worse. Today I'm much better though.
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Hope you can calm down and have some fun thinking of things that will eventually go into your LOs! You've got alot to journal, it seems.

Pardon me for just jumping in when you don't know me! My manners are a little "rough around the edges" sometimes.


 
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No worries!


 
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Congrats Susy!!! That's so exciting!

I'm not looking forward to tonight or tomorrow morning. Tonight is the viewing for my friends 9 year old. Tomorrow is the funeral. The only good about tomorrow is my husband is coming home from being out of town since Wednesday.

It's been a rough day around here. I can't stop my mind from thinking of that precious angel and her parents. I have been crying off and on and Christian is asking questions. I've tried to explain to him the best I can but I don't think he understands she isn't coming home. He knows she is with Jesus and he is so excited about that but he thinks we all should be happy. (Which we should rejoice with her) but he doesn't understand the heartache associated with it. Keep praying for this sweet family.


 
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Misty I'm sorry you're going through this. Big hugs to you.


 
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I need to get home (I use the local university's computers) and work on a spread about a quilt that my boyfriend got after he was in an accident at work and was in a coma for several weeks. His aunt sent out 'blocks" to family and friends to write messages on, then she made the quilt. I have been trying to scrap it for months now. Problem is, all the blocks are different colors, many boldly patterned, and the messages go both horizontal and vertical. LOTS of visual activity going on! I just couldn't get it right. But now that I am not running away from white, I see that white is the ONLY color that will work. The facing page will document milestones in Mark's recovery. But I don't know how I will do that yet, so I need to play around a bit. Need to go with it when I feel inspired, b/c I have been discouraged for so long now!

Glad to be taking on this challenge again! I WILL get this spread scrapped!

later!


 
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I will pray for the family. What is the child's name? If we were closer or on the phone or something, I would say we can pray together. But I'll join my prayers with yours and everyone else's! Let's just hope for healing. I am going to walk home and write down this prayer request on my list of things to pray about in my morning devotionals.


 
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Misty, i am awful sorry about my post talking about going home. we must have written our posts at the same time! I did not read your message until I had submitted my post!


 
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Congratulations Susy.

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What difficult times for that poor family and what difficult times ahead. I'm glad their faith is strong because nothing else gets you through a time like this!



 
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The big cruise starts Sept 26th I think. My husband has exact dates.

But we are home from our last cruise!


 
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i finally finished my layouts of my boyfriend's "get well" quilt. Took me months of playing around, giving up and trying again, etc.
quilt of love By Jaspernonyx


 
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I'm here ...
Gabriellas been having a tough week so its mostly been spent helping her ... DH also took my computer to clean it and re-install all my programs ... he is only half way there so most of it doesn't work ... but at least I can watch my trial now ... I know I'm weird ...

It took me almost a week to finish this lO but finally its here ... Im trying to get Gabriella and Anika not to call me for every little thing ... I never get to sit still for more than a couple of minutes .... I need peace and quiet too ...

untitled - 007 By Tink-Hildur


 
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This is absolutely gorgeous! You did that in a week? I couldn't have done it in a monrh - or even in a year! Love the vintage feel!


 
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it usually only takes me about a day to finish a LO and having the same one staring at me for a week bugs me out ....

thanks ... I think I need to make the next few vintage .... since they are all over 60 year old photos ...


 
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I've never tried working with an older photo and I love the vintage list but have no idea how to go about creating it.

Maybe when I get through with all these travel pages I copy some old photos and give it a try. However, I don't know where to start!


 
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I've never tried working with an older photo and I love the vintage list but have no idea how to go about creating it.

Maybe when I get through with all these travel pages I copy some old photos and give it a try. However, I don't know where to start!



I use the everything including the kitchen sink approach .... and muted colors ... lots of brown ...


 
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I may yell HELP! when I get to them.

I do like the browns with the vintage layouts. There are so many pictures on my computer of my family I could work with.

I would probably do them more to frame than for the scrapbook - if they turned out anything at all as nice as yours!


 
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I don't really have old pictures, but I have pictures of old things, so I would like to give my pages a vintage feel. In my boyfriend's dad's garage, there are a 1950s refrigerator and oven. They still work, and they look so cool! That was when things were made to last...

Mark's dad also has 1950s Folgers tins. I got one of them from him (he was using it to hold stuff in the garage, and he told me if I give him something to put the stuff in, I could have the tin--I collect coffee-themed stuff). I need to ask him for the other Folger's tin, and he has one 1950s Butternut tin, which advertises "6 cents off! I will be there this weekend, and I think I will spend time in the garage, looking at all that cool stuff!


 
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I used to collect tins. At one time I had over 2,000 and then sold the collection.

I did keep a few favorites. When Play-doh (for kids) first came out it was in tins and I have one of those. I have an old Mennen baby powder tins I kept and a couple keywind tins that hair permanents came in. Hard to believe the first home permanents were packaged in tins. Those have never been opened.

I have the cane-bottom rocking chair that my grandfather made for my grandmother around 1900 and all his old love letters to her when he left around 1910 to find work. They are really sweet - they talk about how he found a job that pays $11.00 a week and he knows they can pay rent and both live on it with the baby!

In one letter he says to her, "My dear little wife, I haven't heard a word from you in over a week. Have you done quit me now? Please let me hear from you."

He always signed them, "You loving husband, E.A. Gibson"


 
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Ever since Mark's mom died, Mark has been going to his dad's for the weekend, b/c he doesn't like the idea of dad being alone all the time, and he is the only sibling that can make the trip on weekends (about a 2 1/2 hour drive). Mark's dad is 80, and it just occurred to me last night that I should make a "Storm Lake Weekends" book, cause dad isn't going to be around forever. I could make a copy for his 3 siblings.

I also want to scrap dad's garage and all his old appliances that still work. I always worry about running out of inspiration for LOs, but it hasn't happened yet! Probably won't happen now that I have a digital camera (on clearance at Target for $42--only problem was that the package had been opened. The one I had my eye on was going to be $90!) I have 198 pictures on it already.


 
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You had over 2,000 tins? How cool! Mark's dad has some old greeting cards and postcards. They are still in good condition, which is why I use parts of greeting cards in my own cards. I don't have any cool love letters, but my mom recently gave my grandma a lovely red net box that contained letters from Vietnam from my late uncle.


 
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I hated to sell them but my ex-husband and I separated and they paid the mortgage for several months!

I have may 10 or 15 now and only about 5 really old ones.

I have tons of pictures of my old collection. Maybe it might be fun to do an album sometimes on my old tin collection!


 
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An album of your old tin collection would be so neat! I, for one, would like to see it!


 
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ok I finished a LO ... I'm going to fix dinner for DH and the girls and then get back .... I have wonderful photos taken of my grandmother and her siblings around 1930 ....

Dagný og Ásta - 008 By Tink-Hildur


 
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Henri Jean
In response to Tink-Hildur

Another gorgeous one! Just beautiful!


 
Tink-Hildur
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Tink-Hildur
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I got all my grandmother old photos ... she let me scan them in and soon I will get a few from her siblings ... I love these ....

Wish I had more photos of me when I was a kid but my dad burned everything after my mother died and what little did survive his new wife threw away since it wasn't hers ...

My grandmother gave me a tin can with cookie cutters in them from the British army ... and I have a cooking book from my great great grandmother that is from 1860 ... I love it but I don't dare to use it though ... but I know all the recipes by heart anyway ...



 
bcblondie
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bcblondie
In response to Tink-Hildur

Hi ladies.
I'm having a really hard time focusing on anythign but this pregnancy. I've had 2 losses so I'm really paranoid.

Tink your layouts are just gorgeous! Great work.


 
Tink-Hildur
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Tink-Hildur
In response to bcblondie

  • bcblondie Said:
Hi ladies.
I'm having a really hard time focusing on anythign but this pregnancy. I've had 2 losses so I'm really paranoid.

Tink your layouts are just gorgeous! Great work.



Thanks ....

I know what you mean ... I had a number of miscarriages and I always just kept in mind that stressing isn't good for either of you ... and that stressing about it will not change the result ....
Relax and enjoy the happiness ...


 
Tink-Hildur
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Tink-Hildur
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Well Im going to bed ... its been a long day ...
See you girls in the morning ...
have a nice evening ...


 
mbrune04
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mbrune04
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  • jaspernonyx Said:
I will pray for the family. What is the child's name? If we were closer or on the phone or something, I would say we can pray together. But I'll join my prayers with yours and everyone else's! Let's just hope for healing. I am going to walk home and write down this prayer request on my list of things to pray about in my morning devotionals.




Thank you very much for the prayers. The child's name is Savannah she was only 9. The mom and dad are Tab and Jonathan and they have 2 other children, Brice and Ryleigh. Thank you again for adding them to your prayer list. They laid her to rest today (Friday).


 
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