Monday, September 21, 2009

My week in Arizona - Friends were the best part

Though I am going to have to back track to tell you about the first of the week, I wanted to share with you the most important part of my week in Arizona. Though I knew a few of these wonderful ladies before I got to Creative Escape, some I had never met in person.
God truly had a plan and He knew who needed to be in our special group. This event was far worth the price because of this event I have found treasured friendships with all of these wonderful ladies. We were in every class together and we took care of each other. It was awesome.

First off, going to Arizona would not have been possible if not for my loving husband, who always makes sure that I can go to great events. Of course he loves getting in the mix too. All the ladies in our group became Dave's Girls LOL

Stacy was my CE Buddy and we joked later about being velcro buddies. Basically joined at the hip LOL There was a bonus to being my CE Buddy, Dave brought her fountain Diet Cokes when he brought me fountain Diet Pepsi. We absolutely clicked from the beginning. Stacy you were such a blessing to me all week. Thanks for being an awesome friend.
Myra was just a delight. I only regret not getting to know her better. Myra you have the sweetest spirit. I hope we get to be at another event together again. My goal then is to get to know you better.

Oh my friend Janet, you are so sweet. I loved being with you. You are always so kind and helpful. I loved being around you because your beautiful smile and upbeat attitude. Thanks for always making me smile.

When I met you, I knew instantly that you were a warm wonderful lady. For 3 days we hung out together and just had fun. I loved your spirit and hearing about your world. We will have to make time for all of us Nevada / California girls to get together and have fun. Kate you made me smile alot, you are truly a beautiful sweet lady.

Oh Patti, you are the best. I love you smile and enthusiasm. It is very contagious. You were always there to make me smile and giggle. I loved your stories and felt for you when you would share. You are a very special lady who has the world going for her. I know great things will come your way. See ya this weekend, we will have a blast at the crop. I am sure many more of these will be in our future.

You both were paint can partners and look now you are friends.
Gail what a blessing to get to know you and share CE with you. I am so glad that you became a part of this blessed group of strangers that got together for a great few days.
Carol you have been a blessing in my life forever. You have the most generous heart and are one of the nicest people I know. It was a pleasure to be at this event with you. I know we will see each other many more times but just know that you blessed my socks off and can't wait for our next event. (guess I better sign up for Expo.

Oh my sweet Renee. You so took care of me. You always made sure I had the right seat and made sure that I took it easy. Even though I may have argued with you, I did appreciate it. You always had my back. I loved hearing about you new granddaughter Ruby. I could see the love of your family in your eyes. Renee your spirit makes you one of the most beautiful people in the world. We live on opposite coasts but I know God will bring us back together again. Thank you Renee for being you.

Helen what an awesome life you lead. I loved hearing about you and what you are doing. You are so sweet and lovely. I can tell that you are a true friend, one who is there through thick and thin. Helen, I am so glad that we met and that we got to share many fun times together. We had many great times and laughs, hope to do it again.

Boy did my husband luck out. He definitely had a group of women following him LOL
Patti thanks for the shirt, it made him famous. Between soda, cupcake and airport runs, he was very busy but loved every minute of it. Thanks honey for all you did.

We need to talk about Chloe. Dave is pining for her. He may leave me for her LOL
Thanks for all you did with the cupcakes and such. That was a big job. You were awesome. I loved meeting you and your wonderful family. Hope to see you soon too.

Jill you were an awesome paint can swapper. I love my can and hope you liked yours too. Had a great time chatting with you and swapping cans. Now we both can make our own brads - yeah. Thanks for doing this swap.

Tiesha wish we had more time to chat but it was fun being your secret sister.

Oh my dear Michelle, I just adore you. You have the sweetest spirit. You are so kind and generous. I loved that you were my secret sister. I want to get to know you better. Thanks for blessing my life

I honestly know that I repeated myself many times. I just don't know how to truly explain how wonderful all these ladies are and what they mean to me. They all blessed me and I love them all.

Saying good bye was hard. We will see each other again. I can hardly wait.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I did it...............

OK, I am going for it again. I have sent in 3 Zutter projects and one other project for consideration in the Zutter Design Team. Last year I didn't make it, so we will see. I love that tool so much and the possibilities to create great things in unlimited.
Dealing with neuropathy and lupus issues, I need tools that are easy to use and do great things. Zutter tools definitely do that.
Cross fingers and maybe even your toes, because I would really love to do this.
Now I can focus on telling you all about Arizona.
More info to come
2 great crop weekends coming up.
Fiskateer crop this Saturday and Sunday
Next weekend, off to Rocklin CA for a 3 day crop - yahoo
Have a great one,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Zutter patterns available

Just a reminder that I have loads of fun mini album patterns available for sail that use the Zutter Bind It All

Enjoy and thanks for looking,

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering ..........

I thought it would be fitting to rerun an article that I wrote in 2007
Take a moment to pray for the families personally affected and for our leaders

Let's Roll............That is probably a statement you all remember from 9/11. It was spoken by Todd Beamer, when he and the other passengers of Flight 93 were going to change the course of history and not let that plane hit its designated target.
This weekend, David Beamer Todd's father spoke at our church. I just was overwhelmed with the thought of meeting this very special man. This was someone who was personally affected by this horrible act of terrorism. He lost his son, but he knows that he will see his son again in Heaven - this he was confident in.
Anyhow, he brought with him an American Flag that flew at the WTC site during the recovery process, it stood proudly on our stage. The flag is pictured above.
I have to share that the whole service was awesome and breathtaking. With the flag standing proudly on the stage, one of the worship team led in an acapella verson of The National Anthem. I love singing that song so much but acapella is absolutely the best and what a great way to recognize our great country..
All those who have served or are serving to protect our Freedom were acknowledged and received a standing ovation. The service was very powerful and emotional but then to hear Mr. Beamer speak was absolutely wonderful. He had a great attitude and a great testimony to share. He was absolutely sure in his son's salvation and that is what has given him comfort and hope.
This is what he shared and I want to share just a portion with you all. I pray this ministers to you as much as it ministered to me. He started with stating "If I say 9/11.. what do you think of?" Well you all know the answer to that. Before that dreadful day in 2001, 911 was a call for help not a horrific event in our nations history. Anyhow, likemany we all know where we were, how we heard and how we felt that day. Most of this is still with many of us to this day. It is fresh in my mind and I still shake my head in disbelief.
Then he asked "What were you doing on 9/10?" Do you know what you were doing on 9/10/01? He shared that Todd and his wife Lisa were in Rome, Italy on a paid business trip that he had won. They were enjoying the last part of a vacation of a lifetime. They returned to New Jersey, late on Monday night 9/10 and Todd had to fly to San Francisco that next morning and would be flying home on the red eye on the 11th.
The day before, Todd and Lisa were on a wonderful trip, enjoying life and the next day on 9/11 - Todd went home to be with his Lord. Mr. Beamer shared that he had Todd's date book, that his son and accidently left it at home. He had everything written out, including having breakfast with his wife and sons on 9/12. No where in his agenda was 9/11/01 10:00 a.m. die and go to heaven.
This was not planned on his part (it was by those setting forth to do an unspeakable act), he assumed that as usual he would fly across country, have his meeting, fly home and continue on with his work week and his life.
So the point of this whole message is we need recognize that today is the day before. We don't know what tomorrow holds or the rest of the week / month / year for that matter. We need to make sure to make the best of all situations and make sure that we are not leaving things undone with anyone.
The people in our world need to know that they are loved and are important to us. We can't let a day pass by without telling them that. Things change in a moments notice, it is not good to regret what you should have, could have or would have done if you only had one more chance.
Mr. Beamer shared the last time he saw his son and that memory has given him much comfort as he knew that his son knew that he loved him and vica versa. Todd had the honor of being raised in a Christian home and was a devoted Christian husband and father. Todd knew that he wasn't coming off that plane alive but knew his reward was great, eternal life with Christ his savior.
So how to end this, don't regret. Make sure all you do is glorifying to God and advances His Kingdom. If your friends and family don't know Him, speak of Him and all that He does for you. If they do know Him, praise Him forthat daily and be an inspiration to their walk and all them to inspire yours. Most of all, hug everyone and tell them you love them. Don't miss a chance to make a difference or leave without letting someone how important they are to you.
Concentrate on the day before so you will have no regrets the day after.
I hope this blesses you as much as it blessed and challenged me.
I am trusting that if you are reading this, that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ and we will all be rejoicing together someday in Heaven because God has prepared an awesome place for all who believe and I am looking forward to being there.
God Bless You Today, Tomorrow and Always

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I did it.......

I am finally playing with Photoshop. I made a new header, who knows what other fun things I will be able to do...........yikes

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What a Week and REMISSION!!!!

I have so many things to post about and will be starting tomorrow. Dave and I took off on August 24th for Arizona. It was quite a trip. The best part of the trip was the friends I met. You will hear about them very soon.
Anyhow our journey took us over the Hoover Dam, along Route 66, then to Phoenix for Creative Escape. We left Phoenix to head to Sedona and then the Grand Canyon. So many great things to tell you all and will get to it soon.

The best news of all............saw my Rheumatologist last Wednesday and finally the Lupus is in remission (drug induced) but still remission. The first time in 12 years and I am praising God.

Many great things and lots to talk about.
God is great and He does wonderful things

Till then