Buongiorno Italia

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In a few weeks time our family will head to Italy for 3 years.  Sometimes I can’t believe we get to live in Europe and other times I’m ready to go back to what is familiar- America.  Living in England the past 3+ years has been for me such a growing experience.  I’ve learned that I can put my trust in the Lord.  Although I’ve known that in the sense that the scriptures teach that (Proverbs 3:5-7), I’ve not had to test this in the truest sense.  Receiving answers to prayer that are the complete opposite of what I wanted and going forward having to trust because I couldn’t see how the Lord’s way was going to work has been the most important lesson I’ve learned here.  I know that I can trust the Lord’s will.  This was put to test again for me when we got our assignment to Italy.  I know, I know– How can you not be excited to live in Italy right?  Well I wasn’t.  I wanted to go back to the States and live in Colorado- half-way between Husband’s family and mine.  The perfect solution.  Or so I thought.  In March we found out we had the assignment to Italy and I finally became okay, and now excited to go in June.  Because of some previous experiences  I knew to trust the Lord, but I still felt let down, sad, and a bit confused.  My prayers would have been something like “Please let it not work for us to go to Italy” about 3 years ago. Instead they have been “Please help me to understand and be comfortable with this change. Help me to know what my mission and role will be in Italy.”  I want to do what the Lord asks, and realizing that changing my will to His will brings me lasting happiness and peace.

So now the adventure begins of packing, selling vehicles and then searching for our next home begins.  Things are a bit crazy right now. Thankfully the military hires packers to come in and take care of boxing up our belongings and shipping them off. 

My family (mom, dad, sister and brother) just left yesterday after being here for 2 weeks, and we are turning the house over in a week and a half. We found some graves of our ancestors and some churches that they would have gone to. It was a great visit and we traipsed all over England, into Scotland and they even made a quick trip to Ireland.    

I Can’t Wait Until I’m 8!

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Blake was baptised this year!  Jessie and I are both so pleased that he made this choice. My friend Vanessa took these photos of Blake for a birthday present.  They turned out so well.  I was grateful that she captured this moment because I was in The States until the day before Blake’s birthday and baptism for one of my brothers’ wedding.

The baptism went well, and another friend made the birthday cake. We got the idea from pinterest.

Blake shared this special day with a dear friend from primary.  His 1st and 2nd grade teachers came to his baptism and that really made Blake feel special.  He is a loving and sensitive boy.  He works hard and accomplishes much.  Jessie and I are so blessed to be his parents and we are grateful to have him in our family.

Maxwell Turns 10!

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I can’t believe I have a child in the double digits.  For some reason Maxwell is in my mind forever 6.  So when I think that he is actually 10, and in 2 years will be ordained a deacon, I’m so surprised!  I’m am so proud of this lovely boy of mine.  He is becoming a wonderful young man, and I can see greatness in him.  He works hard and is always trying to do what’s right.  Maxwell loves to help others, especially when they are sad or otherwise not feeling the best.

For his birthday this year (in February), we had a party at an indoor pool.  He wanted a dollar bill cake, but I knew that was well beyond my capabilities, so I convinced him to have an Angry Birds Cake instead.  I copied the idea from someone else, but don’t remember who. He loved it, which is all I could ask for anyway.

Cards in The Making

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These are some cards that I made for a card class this month.  I love the fun colors for the little boys and the sweetness of the girl cards.  This year I’ve decided to send birthday, anniversary, Mother and Father’s Day (mom and dad cards to our parents only) cards to all my immediate family members– which is no small feat.  I’m one of nine children and Jessie is one of 5.  With a total of 55 birthdays and anniversaries, I’ve been making the cards.  It’s been fun to feel the creative juices flow.  Because I don’t like to take too long in completing a task, cards are ideal.  Remember the long list of crafts to complete before the big move?  I haven’t forgotten, and haven’t made too much progress either.  Yikes! I’d better get to work.

Card Positioning Systems- 252

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The Very Vanilla was pre-punched. I was given a box full of SU card stock that had all sorts of pre-punched shapes and different papers. I’m trying to use as much of that stash in all of the cards I’m making.

Card Stock: Green- stash/ SU Very Vanilla

Paper- Stash

Stamp- SU Posy Punch

Ink- SU Rich Razzelberry

Embellishments- SU Chocolate Chip 1/4 in grosgrain ribbon/ MS Aquamarine Crystal Glitter

 

Linking up to Card Positioning Systems

Scripture Totes

I bought myself some larger scriptures a few years ago because one of my lovelies ripped a couple of pages out of my Book of Mormon.  He was trying to “help,” but in doing so required mom to need new scriptures.  I’d been wanting a new larger set anyway, so great reason right?  The “helper” will be inheriting the old set, okay only partially- can’t have 5 pages out of 1 Nephi missing- so we’ll get him a new triple.

With a new set of scriptures, I needed a new tote.  I’m not keen on the ones that are readily available because I think they look like luggage (and are so NOT cute).  In the meantime my poor scriptures are being toted back and forth from church in my church bag- aka what do I have in here that will help my children be quiet reverent for 1 hour.

On my list of incomplete projects is my scripture tote.  I started one- a quilted one that only needed the handles sewn on it.  But decided I didn’t quite like it.  It’s cute, just not me.  On to plan B- use only fabric I already have (because fabric in England is WAY too expensive & I don’t like waiting a week or more for fabric to be shipped from The States). I didn’t have any interfacing either which makes it very flimsy.  If I ever get around to making another one- that will be a must have item.  And this is what I came up with.

I’m going to be helping a friend of mine make one, so be on the look-out for a tutorial.

To Pin and to Do

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I love pinterest.  I love looking at all the fabulous ideas that others have and that I can copy or do something similar.   One such idea is a 30 photography challenge.  The Husband bought me a nice camera a few summers back.  I have taken a class, which I highly recommend from HERE.  I took the Photo 101 coarse and it was fantastic.

I haven’t gotten out since and just taken photos for funsies (as my dear sis-in-law would say:)  This challenge is just what I needed.  So join me if you’d like.  You don’t have to have a super fantastic camera, just pick up what you have and start shooting.  Here’s the link:  30 Day Photography Challenge

 

Here’s my Day 1 Photo (Straight out of the Camera) SOC:

 

Unfinished Business

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I am the queen of starting projects and NOT finishing them.  I have things that I started about 3 years ago and still they sit, taunting me.  We are up for a move in August and I don’t want any unfinished business to go with me.  I’m going to list out the things that need doing and will check them off with completed pics.  Hurray for making a list and checking things OFF!

1. Aprons for sister and me

2. Finish binding sampler quilt

3. Quilts for 2 of my nieces

4. Quilt for Sister

5. T-shirt make-overs (stained shirts)

6. Birthday Cards for family

7. Christmas Tablerunner

8. Scripture Case for Me

9. Tights to Leggings

 

I thinks that’s it.  If I come across any more I’ll add those as well.

 

How many projects do you have lurking in the craft cupboard?

Can you tell?

Whenever life gets really a tad overwhelming for me somethings needs to give.  Usually it’s whatever is low on the priority list.  Unfortunately or I guess fortunately this blog is the first thing to go.  With Christmas just passed and all that goes along with it, Husband went TDY for 2 weeks, and just life happening the blog just went by the wayside.

I’ve been thinking about my priorities and the commitments that I have.  My responsibilities at home, with the kids’ school and with Church take up a good chunk of time. I’ve realized that I do however have time to do the things I love when I put the Lord first.  My word for 2012 is PRIORITY.

One of the BEST talks I’ve heard about how to prioritize is from Julie B. Beck in the 2010 Women’s Conference at BYU.  Since reading and studying this talk I’ve learned just how much I can do when I make sure the Essentials and Necessary things are done.  When life tends to overwhelm me,  I can pinpoint it to my priorities out of order.  I’ll spend too much time reading, or crafting and not enough time making sure the things in my home are in order.  The essentials aren’t usually neglected– this has come through experiences that have taught me the importance of daily scripture study and intent praying.  When we ask, the Lord is there to help us- even to help us order our lives so that the most important things are accomplished.

What are some thing that have helped you prioritize your life?  How do you find the balance between the three categories, essential, necessary, and nice to do?  Have you struggled too?

Cover Up

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It’s been a while since I’ve sewn anything.  I’ve done a little bit of quilting, but not much sewing.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget in the business of life the small things that bring joy and pleasure.  A friend of mine is pregnant with her first little bundle of joy.  She really wanted a nursing cover, but boy are they expensive.  I knew I could whip one up and so I had a look around the internet for a good tutorial.  I found two that I liked- HERE and HERE.  The great thing about nursing covers is that they are a bunch of rectangles sewn together– a great beginner project.  By combining two tutorials I came up with mine.

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