Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fun new site...

I'm mainly using this to image host for a few things at the moment....

Monday, April 13, 2009



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Friday, October 3, 2008

My pattern....

So, obviously my pattern is generally that I'm a fairly good blogger for a month or two, then a terrible blogger for a month or two (ie: I DON'T).
Oh well...live with it!!!
No, seriously, sometimes, I have to step back from my computer and stop letting it consume hours of each evening. It can become hard for me to put it down, and when it does, I put it down, deliberately, for awhile!

Anyway, one thing I've been doing a lot of lately is writing. So, a quick "here I am again!" post of a poem that I wrote recently!.....

The Tree

Did you watch it grow?The tree that they cut down
And broke you on?

Did you watch the seed
Land upon fertile soil?
Was it you that chose
The precise location?

Did you water the seed daily
With rain, and morning dew
And watch it sprout first green?

Did you protect it from cattle
And children, in a busy place?
Or did you place it away,
Where it could grow unbothered?

Did you grow it tall
And strong
Or did you keep it small
And twisted in sadness?

Did you think
Long and hard
About what was to come
From this simple little tree?

Did you watch
As it was hewn from the ground
And hauled away, and know
Even as the lumbermen did not
Where it would go?
Did you cry a tear on the day
That it showed up
At its final resting place?

Did you think,
As you carried it from the city
Upon a torn and broken body
Of the beautiful thing it once was?

Did you think
Of this beautiful thing
You had created
Turned to a thing of darkness and evil
Of suffering and pain
Of death?

Did you scream
When they hammered the first nail
Into your wrist?
Or the second?

Did you cry
When they hoisted the broken tree
Into the air
And dropped it into a hole?

Did you weep
When the people laughed
Or when your mother cried?

Did you long for death
So you could return to your Father
So you could break the veil
So you could lead the way?

Did you plant the tree?

Did you do all of this for me?

Friday, July 25, 2008

The One About the Peanut!

Wow! Pregnancy sure has me tired, nauseous, and hard of breathing...but boy, is it ever amazing to think of the miracle happening inside of me!
I got a 'medically neccessary' ultrasound this morning, since we really weren't positive about the 'date of last cycle', and it's really important because of the fact that I'll have a C-section just a bit early because of the last one. (Thank goodness for modern medicine....Kennedy was a rush c-section, and needed emergency resscusitation!! Scary stuff!).

Anyway, depending on the gender of the new baby (which we'll find out at 20 weeks--I'm at nine right now), the baby'll come somewhere between the 13th and 20th of February as of now.

The actual due date is February 27th. Kennedy's due date, for the record, was February 26th....oops!!


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Anyway, here are some pics of our 'peanut'. Apparently, the round bit above the head is the yolk sac, and along the wall underneath, there is a light shadow of the placenta beginning to form....it will be formed at around 12 weeks. The little bitty line that looks like it might be a leg is the umbilical cord. And we got to see the little heart beating, and, of course, hear it. Everything looks great! We're very excited!

Friday, June 27, 2008

The one about the Test

Here is the pregnancy test I took this morning....
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.....

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(and, may I say....YIPPEE!!!!!)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The one about...yeap...you guessed it!

LOVE this poem...thought it was beautiful. Still working on a title. In the meantime, I figured I'd file it. Often works better to come back to something I'm stuck on a long time later. Chipboard flower is from Kim's, my LSS, and painted.
10 things I love about my little DD right now. LOVE LOVE LOVE that KI memories lace cardstock! Still the prettiest of them all. Labels are done with my little $5 Dymo label maker, then rubbed over the letters lightly with some Staz-on.
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Cute li'l girl!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The one about...well...more...uh....pages.....

Ohkay, so, I'm guilty! I realize now that I forgot to blog about the outcome of our visit to the ENT...well, there was mildly significant hearing loss, so the decision was made to put in tubes. We had them done really quickly, and indeed, had tubes while we were in Puerto Rico. Awesome for the flights!!

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We go in for our follow up tomorrow, so, pray that all is well for her!
She really does seem to be hearing and feeling much better...it's actually kind of amazing how much more vocalizing she now does!

And, the surgery went really well. Since she's such an incredibly social and curious little girl, it was decided that she didn't need the 'silly juice' to make her more calm before the surgery, which was nice, b/c once she woke up, she wasn't really woozy or lethargic. Of course, she wanted to eat before and after the surgery, but couldn't, so she was a little cranky, but I think that she did extremely well for such a little girl, not understanding anything about what was going on! And talk about grateful! Here we were for tubes...a little scary, but super routine and easy surgery with virtually no side effects, and while we're waiting, all nervous and praying for her, we here other people who are there for biopsies to see if there is cancer, and a little girl whose intestines aren't working right is there for exploratory surgery, and etc. etc....how much worse, to be waiting on literally life and death results? Scary scary! So, we prayed for those kids and their family's, as well.

Anyway, here are a few more pages, just b/c I've gotta get these posted sometime!!

If you're looking for a slightly unusual technique to use on your photos, try printing onto textured white or ivory cardstock. You can due B&W or colour, but if you're doing colour, I'd fade it out a little bit. You can then take a bone folder, and rub a little of the ink off, and let the texture shine through. Makes for a really neat effect. This is a page about having no regrets, and being pleased with where and what my life is right now. Paper is Basic Grey. Couldn't stand to cover those moths, so I cut them our and slid the photo under the cut out areas.

Kennedy is OBSESSED with the remote. Here is a photo series of her after it from across the room. The numbers and arrows are from a couple different sets/colours of chipboard, that I painted with acrylic paint to make them match my LO better. Paper is GORGEOUS and is from Kaiser Crafts...my LSS Kim's Scrap and Crop just started carrying some...this stuff was a give-away for NSD...but their paper is absolutely AWESOME!!!!

Basic grey paper, four different flower from prima, bazzil, and random other places--silk, paper, felt, and fabric...lots of texture, and a jewel brad for a center. Paper is basic grey. Title made with cricut design studio. No journalling on this page (unusual for me) but, really, it's just Kennedy at her toy box.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The one about even more of the pages....

They aren't going to stop anytime soon! I finally photographed lots and lots of 'em!!
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Here's a reflection on watching my little girl grow up...I finally got around to scrapping these 3 mths old photos of her when she was around 9 ms. old....what a difference!! And, to distress the edges of the photos.....

A very simple little trick....just use your paper piercer, or even a tack! to scratch lines into the finish on the photo....if you want an even more distressed look, take distress ink by ranger, rub a soft cloth onto the pad, and then make little circles over your lines. Rub excess off photo itself, and you have nice aged looing lines. (I didn't age these lines like that...)

The hospital Kennedy was born at....just a nice, simple page. Chipboard is painted with acrylic paint (one of my favorite supplies). Background is a circle cut into the middle of dbl. sided paper, then flipped around, and taped back into place. Journaling stamp is Autumn leaves. All paper is bobunny. Quick, simple, not my best layout, but good enough.....

Maybe someday this page'll get a titlem but in the meantime, I just adore the poem. The chipboard flower is from my LSS (Kim's Scrap and Crop) and is, as usual, painted with acrylic paint. I mixed two colours to get closer to the cardstock colour. The poem says:
You are the trip I did not take
You are the pearls I cannot buy
You are my blue Italian lake
You are my piece of foreign sky.
Stamps of Love, Elsie.

Labels are the cheapest label maker I could find...that beautiful die cut is, of course, KI Memories lace cardstock...other companies now make it, but theirs is (IMHO) still the best. Pic is of Kennedy on her Daddy's b-day, wearing a bow from one of his presents. She actually found great humor in the wearing of it. Labels chronicle ten things I love about her right now....
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She's SUCH a doll!!!
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