Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Here we go....

Well, we have officially begun the adventure of putting our home up for sale.  Every time I look out our kitchen window and see that sign standing there I'm filled with either panic or excitement.  I'm not sure which one...maybe both.  This house has served us well, and we've known from the beginning that it probably wouldn't be our "forever home".  We had originally hoped to build after 5 years or so.  I think we are officially in the "or so" camp as we have now passed the 9 year mark and added 3 kids to the picture.  While we are not any closer to finding a place to build, but we have found a home that better suits our size, layout, and location needs.  I'm thankful we aren't moving far, but it's still tough to think of leaving the home where our family began.  Saying goodbye to neighbors who have become like family to us, and leaving a neighborhood that is safe and loving enough to be a playground for our children.  But, as with all things, change is inevitable and we are excited to see what this next chapter of our lives will hold for us.

 I'm trying to keep focused on the excitement of the situation, and not dwell on the stress, but I'm a worrier.  I am not a risk taker, and I like to have a vision of how things will work out.  Well, kind of.  I also enjoy the excitement of change and the anticipation of not knowing.  This is where my husband would say I become exhausting because I tend to take each "what if", imagine it happening, and then plan out how each situation would play out.  That way I can put it on a shelf, and when the path is revealed it's all ready for me to pull down and move forward.  My head is kind of like a choose your own adventure book.  I like to have each path fully mapped out and then wait for life to tell me which page I need to turn to.  I've always been that way.  A "daydreamer" I'm called.  Daydreamers picture unicorns prancing through the clouds.  I prefer to think of myself as more of a possibilities planner;).

Faith is not about everything turning out okay. Faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out. -- Annetta

The truth though, is that I can plan all I want and life can (and likely will) still throw a curve ball.  I'm not in control (gasp, what?!).  These big life decisions often remind me to that, and leave "have faith" ringing in my ears.  This process has been teaching me a lot about faith.  Specifically what faith is, and what faith is not. I had to share this quote because it seems to keep popping up in various places for me lately.  Quite timely don't you think?  It has stuck with me and makes me realize that having faith does not mean trusting that God will give you whatever you ask Him for.  He is not a genie in a bottle.  Having faith is trusting that God knows best, and whatever path He lays in front of us, it will be good.  However it turns out, one thing is sure, it will be an adventure filled with anticipation and uncertainty.  We've done as much as we can and are ready to hold on tight for the ride.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. For more quotes and inspirations:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

December Daily is DONE

My December Daily album is officially finished.  Actually, it's been finished and sitting on the counter for quite some time, but it turns out I was better at keeping up on the days than I was with posting.  Here's a quick run through of the remaining pages.

Day 18:
Miss Cora's holiday dance show

Day 19:
Johnson Christmas

Day 20:
Grandpa and Grandma's to work on derby cars.

Day 21:
A letter to my sweet little Sylvie bells.

Day 22:
A letter to Beau on his day home sick from school

Day 23:
Daycare Christmas party and baking cut out cookies

Day 24:
Christmas Eve

Day 25:
Christmas Day

I should add that most of the supplies in creating this album came from Ali Edwards' main December Daily kit, which I believe are still available in her shop!

Friday, December 18, 2015

December Daily - Days 15 - 17

Ok, continuing on....

Day 15

The photo I used for the 15th was actually from the night before, but I wanted to include our favorite Christmas commercial.  You know, the one where the Hershey's kisses are bells playing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  I remember it from when I was a kid, and I started wondering how long it has actually been on.  A quick search revealed that it has been playing (unaltered!) since 1989!  I thought that that was so cool, and got to thinking about how I wished I could thank Hershey for providing this little bit of nostalgia year after year.  Well, I decided there was no reason why I couldn't, so I found the "contact us" information for their corporate offices and wrote them a little thank you note.

And I wonder why I always seem to have too much to do.  It's because I feel the need to do highly important things, like research Christmas commercials and contact chocolate companies!  Anyway, my page ended up using the photo of the girls with the added historical tidbit, and a copy of my thank you note.

Day 16

Just a quick page for day 16, highlighting a last minute shopping trip.

Day 17

Yesterday's page was all about Sylvie waking up with an upset tummy, and how we spent our day.  Not especially Christmas themed, but it always seems like someone gets sick in December!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December Daily - Days 10 - 14

I'm playing catch up on getting some of my days posted again.  I've been staying fairly caught up on the project, but did have a few days where I felt stuck in figuring out how to get my stories and photos to mesh with the space in the album.

Day 10

For the 10th I wanted to get a picture of each of the trees we have this year, showing off the kids' decorating skills :).  I ended up using washi tape to create a fold out style page, labeling each tree with their initial.  It didn't turn out quite how I envisioned it, but it was one of those pages where I stared and stared at it, and in the end it was just time to move on.

Day 11

My story for the 11th was going out to eat with Luke's parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who were all in town for our Christmas celebration the following day.  Quick and simple pages.

Day 12

On the 12th I went with a simple sentiment in lieu of journaling. 

Day 13

For day 13 I had a ton more pictures that I could have/wanted to use.  This is where the fact that I also do Project Life comes in handy.  I know that if there is another story I want to tell, or more pictures I wish I could add I can always save them for that album.  

For instance, on the 13th after we were all done baking I made a batch of pizza dough for supper.  To finish it off the kids all ran into the kitchen to play catch with the big dough ball.  This tradition started one day when Cora was helping me make the dough.  When I finished kneading it I looked at her, said "catch" and threw it at her.  The look on her face was priceless.  Ever since whenever they see me making the dough they want to know if we can play catch.  In fact, it was on the way home from church when I mentioned that we were having pizza for supper, and from the backseat we heard "can we play catch with the dough?!" (you all want to come over for pizza now, right?).

Here's what I ended up with in the album:

and here's a couple of the pizza pics Luke caught, that will probably end up in our Project Life album.

Day 14

The 14th was my birthday, so I talked about the tradition we had growing up of getting a Hallmark ornament every year for our birthdays.

The funny thing was that after I was done getting all nostalgic making this page my birthday present arrived in the mail from my sister.  Inside was an ornament (of course), the book Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book (our Mom was also big on Little Golden Books), and a notebook with a note inside that read:


And on that note, hungry kids will soon be tromping in from the school bus, so that is where I'll leave you.  Tune in tomorrow for days 15 - 17 :).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Daily - Day 9

Just a quick page today highlighting Cora's reaction to a note I left under the tree for her.  This was actually the only photo I had for the day and I'm getting to the point in this project where I have to remind myself to take pictures.  For me, I can always come up with tons of stories to tell each day, but I'm not so good at getting the photos to use to create a page.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Daily - Day 8 (and a catch up)

I love following along with Ali's December Daily.  I generally use her pages as a jumping off point for my own, sort of like a challenge of how I can make what she did work for the stories I want to tell.  Back on day 5 she used tags from her kit to create gratitude cards.  I loved the idea, but it just didn't fit with my story for the day.  So, I scrapped it and did my own thing.

Well, December 8th was just a tough day for me.  Nothing specific, just felt like I was doing more drowning than swimming in the sea of life.  I decided to use this project to shift my perspective and highlight 8 things I'm thankful for. Some were specific to the day and some were more general to where I am in life right now.  You can see how it came together below.

The front of the 8 tags.
...and the back.  I used the stamp "the reason why" on the bottom of each card as a reminder to myself that these are the reasons why even the tough days are just a part of a truly blessed life.

The cards read:
1.  I am thankful for a home that is full of messes because it is full of love.
2.  I am thankful for a husband who works hard to take care of his family.
3.  I am thankful for a job that allows me to be home with my kids every day.
4.  I am thankful for nights at home with no commitments.
5.  I am thankful for coffee.
6.  I am thankful for the health of our family.
7.  I am thankful that I am injury free and able to run.
8.  I am thankful for twinkle lights and the smells of Christmas.

Here's a look at them in the album.

And here is a quick catch up look at days 3 through 7 in the album:

Day 3
I added some extra flip up pages to accommodate some extra journaling and photos here.  Thank you to all of those who saved box tops for us :).  You can see their choices below!

Day 4
This was just one page vs. a spread.

Day 5
Day 5 is on the other side of day 4, again just a one sided page. 

Here's a look at the two days side by side.

Day 6
This was again just one page with a divided page protector I cut down on the other side.

Day 7
I used the other side of the cut page protector here and a transparent divider type page from Ali's kit here.

The majority of the supplies I used in these pages came from Ali's main kit with digital elements from her December Daily shop.