BIG NEWS!!! My very dear friend Jodi had her little boy last night! I got the call right before I went to bed. I'm so excited for her and we are off to the hospital to meet him in just a little bit.
My youngest sweet pea has her very first Nutcracker debut this weekend. She has been saying, 'I don't want to go on the stage, I don't want to go on the stage!!' And then finally, this week after their 'introduction' to the theatre, she came bursting through the door and she screamed, ' Mommy, I went on the stage!!!' She was so proud of herself. I'm so looking forward to the seeing the production. We also have soccer and a fising derby. Yup, another full weekend.
I wanted to share a bit of fun news is that CARDS Idea book picked up one of my Jilly Bean soup cards for their October issue....yay!! I was very pleased.
Here is a sneak peak on a little somethin' I'm working on. Most of the projects that I'm doing right now I can't share and that is soooo very hard!!
Early this week, I was teaching in a school that I hadn't been to for a while and I was in a 5th grade class. Part of my lesson was to read over the TIME for Kids magazines that were in the class. MUCH to my surprise, I opened it up and saw this!
I bursted out with '...it's Stephanie's 'J!' All the kid's were like...huh??? I told them that this was my friend's hubby and gave them the whole story. It actually became quite emotional for me. Even though I haven't yet the opportunity to meet Stephanie in person, she was one of my very first sources of encouragement and inspiration when I joined my first message board. I have watched her soar to the top of the scrapbooking world, and begin raising her two sweet baby girls, as her heroic hubby has been overseas leading troops on the frontlines. They are both so very brave and I have so much respect for them. Having the opportunity to speak to the students a bit about what is going on in our world and to bring it to a personal level was really quite amazing. Quite often, we can get so busy and live in our little 'bubble' and forget about all the amazing things going on in our world. I thank God that he placed me in that class on this day. It was such a neat experience for me.
So, if you need a good dose of inspiration, spiritually, intellectually, or for your artwork, you need to check out Stephanie Howell's blog. BUT, you will want to grab a box of kleenex. LOL!! (no worries...good tears) To Jimmy and Stephanie both, thank you for your enormous sacrifice and all you do for our country.