Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.

Friday, July 24, 2009


I FOUND MY COLUZZLES!!!!!!!! I have been out in my building working this evening. I came across an Iris case with several old page kits and my complete Coluzzle set. I have been calling around and asking everyone if they have seen it or may have borrowed it. I had even decided that I needed to begin purchasing another cutting set similar to Coluzzles (I hate to see them go) because I loved my Coluzzles so much.

I learned to use these the day that I first walked into a LSS. Nancy at Scrapbook Mania showed me how to use Coluzzles and how to make a landscape photo look like a window and stretch it. I was just beginning to scrapbook and had already learned 2 techniques. I felt like a million bucks. I worked on pictures from our California trip that day and then showed them to my dad that weekend at the deer camp.

That weekend was the last time that I really got to visit with my dad. I had such a great time camping with him and Gabe that weekend. I saw him a few more times after that. The last time I saw him was Christmas of that year. I miss him so much. Just last week I put on Ernest Scared Stupid for Marianne and Elijah and couldn't help but laugh at memories of watching that with my Dad. He actually looked a bit like Ernest, and could make many of Ernest' faces. I also think that Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs looks a lot like my dad, so each time we watch that I am reminded of him too. It has been 6 years now and it has finally gotten easier to deal with. I can think about memories without crying. I can laugh when Elijah does something that my dad would have done. I can laugh and tell Gabe that my dad would have enjoyed certain movies, songs, etc. I know he would have LOVED the song Shiftwork, which happens to be Elijah's favorite song in the world.

I love ya Daddy! We all miss you alot!

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