stories 2017 | around the room


I LOVE OUR BEDROOM! To me, it's perfect. It is only a 14 x 14 space but with the hardwood flooring and the gray painted walls, all the blues and white quilts, Bible verse, prints that mean something, the red chair, bookshelves filled to the brim...lovely. 


The quilt is my latest acquisition in the quilt department. With winter coming around the corner I probably will have to pull out one of our heavier blue and white quilts, but this white with blue will serve it's purpose for now, beauty and comfort.

The ocean print I ordered from Etsy, had it enlarged at Persnickety Prints and framed it in black. The ocean waves crashing against the shore - gorgeous! Both Jeff and I love the water so it is a fitting addition.

I still love our pencil post bed. It is over 25 years old and still looks beautiful. I love our bedside table lamps. They are indigo blue and white thin-stripped with a white shade. They are sitting on Indigo blue shibori napkins which I'm using as doilies. Above my lamp is the wood art, 'In the morning when I rise give me Jesus'. I cannot say enough how just that simple phrase sets my mind on things above. It's one of my favorite worship songs.

On my bedside table is a gift from Jeff. A photograph of him in his Roman Calvary uniform on a big white Percheron. Love it so much.

If I could change anything in the room it would definitely be our bedside tables. Don't like them at all. I do, however, like the size, so maybe they need re-done somehow.


The far walls are filled with prints and paintings. Each one is purposeful; a reason for each one. Like the red and gray subway art of every place in the world Jeff and/or I have been in our travels over the years. Our wedding date. The tiger print because we both adore tigers. I have a big stuffed animal tiger, still, from Korea. Elizabeth made the paintings. 'Your hand in mine...' is a personal phrase I've felt deep down about Jeff taking my hand to hold.

More quilts, the red chair and ottoman, a couple pillows, shear white curtains and navy blue shade... 


The rows of books, ever-growing, on bookshelves made by Jeff. Those Lord of the Rings poster prints (arranged near the bookshelves) are super special and represent the Lord of the Rings trilogy I read out loud to the boys in their 11th grade year of homeschool. Hats, tigers, bible verses on the shelves.

It's a beautiful room and one I love simply walking into. It seriously makes me smile.

stories 2017 | details


I saw a magazine page on Pinterest somebody had pinned, I assume, for the design. It was thin rows of photos at varying heights plus a paragraph of words at varying heights also beneath each photo. That ad became my inspiration for this page.

I am a big-time scrap lifter of others' pages, without shame; I do, however, try and make them my own. I love how this page turned out and the individual stories I was able to tell because of the skinny columns.

The journaling is sort of a what's happening around here, things making me happy, what I'm into, where I'm finding my smile. Pretty simple things, really. Like, books and bookshelves arranged by color. Or, Saturday morning breakfast out with the fam. Bible study with Ashley. Or, playing dress up with new clothes and jewelry - and shoes (and I am not a shoe person at all; yet, it's been fun).

stories 2017 | amazing you


For every one serious photo I am able to capture of Ian, usually capturing when he isn't looking, I catch a hundred other photos that are silly Ian, hamming it up, confused Ian of what to do, playful Ian, or chatty Ian like when he's in the middle of one of his many stories. When I get one serious photo I treasure it.

None of this is to say that I don't like all those goofy photos I've captured, because however I capture Ian it is simply - Ian. 

Amazing Ian.

Digitally speaking: I love how this page turned out. While it only took about a half hour to put together it came together how I envisioned it and I think I rocked the page!

stories 2017 | us


This page was downright FUN!

I searched my Ali Edwards stash...and it is a big, gigantuous stash, too...and found circles, circles, and more circles. I was inspired by a page that used hearts in varying sizes. While I liked that page, I love this one so much better!

I was tempted to add - more - but, then realized I liked it just like this.

The picture is Jeff and I in Augusta. We visited this restaurant called California Dreaming for one of our date nights, while I was in Augusta (at his place) for the weekend. This long distance living is for the birds. Seriously. It's challenging and trying. We do it wrong sometimes. And, other times we get it right.

stories 2017 | Ian right now


When I scrapbook sometimes I envision a page, inspired by a magazine layout, an advertisement, or even just the digital product. I envisioned something quite different from the end result of this 12 x 12 digital, monochromatic page of Ian and - right now.

Sometimes, that's the way things go.

I'm not sure I've ever went the monochromatic design route but I kind of like the effect from changing the photo to black and white to the whites to grays to black tones. I like the repetition with the arrows and, especially, I like that the arrows direct your eye to the photo of Ian.

The page is about Ian - right now. Some of his likes, his habits, and his dislikes. It is important to me to tell these little stories about my grandchildren. I have the worst memory so scrapbook pages are my memories when I look back on them.

stories 2017 | so fun


Taking a much-needed break from the mundane of back to school, being cooped up, struggling to stay focused in class, and just plain climbing the proverbial walls when they could be climbing trees, needing a bit of adventure and fun. Ashley and Brad moved everyone OUTSIDE to a neighborhood park. Samuel even got in a bit of tree perching. Ian moved outside of his comfort zone and Wyatt worked off some excess energy. 

I've read that kids need playtime more than homework. They need running and jumping and climbing more than iPads, computer games, and television - so much more. They need to go outside and play. I'm glad Ashley is doing this for the boys - and for herself. Yes, it's hot - still. But, it's so good for all of them. My prayer is that time outside will be a regular occurrence; that it will promote their imaginations and increase their attention spans and they'll just feel so much better.

stories 2017 | king of the world


I was inspired by a one-photo page on the left with an up and down arrangement on the right. My arrangement on the right is totally different from the inspiration but I love the finished work.

But, then I also had a really great photo of Wyatt and some fantastic digital products by Ali Edwards to work with.  


I love, love, love this picture of Wyatt shouting King of the World. Perfection.



I'm not sure if this was after encouragement to get the kids outside or just so Ashley could play with her new iPhone 8 - lucky girl - but I'm thankful anyways and hopeful that this will be a regular activity for them.

stories 2017 | cheer


This page of Ella, at her first football game as a cheerleader. When Ella showed interest in cheerleading Elizabeth found a local, on-post organization to sign up Ella for cheerleading. She immediately began working on her splits and tumbling. She diligently learned the routines at practice so she would be ready for her first game. 

Elizabeth said she cheered exuberantly and had a great time! She looks like she is to me, too. Oh, this brings back memories!

Digital Scrapbooking: I went way outside my comfort zone and used a busy template and Ali Edwards Story kit products, CHEER. Fitting I say.

stories 2017 | poppers and playlist


After church yesterday I got busy on preparing our contributions for our first life (small) group gathering coming back together after an extended and lengthy break over summer. Earlier in the week I had visited the grocery and purchased all the ingredients for Roast Beef sliders with White Cheddar Horseradish cheese - divine! And, bacon, jalapeno's, and cream cheese for Jalapeno Poppers, a staple at each and every small group gathering when we bring food to share. It is pretty much a tradition, now.

I finished assembling the sliders, cheddar horseradish cheese, Boars Head shaved deli roast beef, French fried onions, horseradish sauce for an added punch spice, on whole wheat slider rolls with a Worcestershire sauce and butter combination drizzled on top.

With John at work, Jarrod was in charge of prepping the Jalapeno Poppers.

Instead of pinning on Pinterest I told Jarrod if he'd de-seed the jalapeno's I would add the cream cheese and wrap them in bacon. He jumped at the help!

But first, I set up a Playlist of praise and worship music we could jam with; some of our recent favorites, and some older favorites, too.

We chatted between songs, put together sliders, and sung our hearts out.

stories 2017 | don't blink


For one photo, one small story pages I am loving the 6 x 8 size. Design doesn't take much thought and when you scraplift a page shamelessly, like I did for this page, even less thought is needed.

Ian and Jeff sitting on the front porch having a conversation because Ian is like that with his. He wants to converse. Something comes to mind - I'm not even sure what they were discussing - and he wants to share. I love that our grandson's are comfortable with us. Well, Ian and Wyatt anyways. Noah warmed up to Jeff a bit and Samuel has warmed up to me quite a bit but not enough to let me hold him for any length of time.

Digitally, I used Ali Edwards' Story kit TIME.