My girl, Lindsey, turns 14 today. I love that girl so much.

This is when she was around 4 years old – one of my favorites.
Look at those eyes!

Here she is a couple of weeks ago learning to solder. She did a great job!

This is her 8th grade softball picture.

My prayer for Lindsey is she will continue to grow in her walk with Jesus and be a warrior for Him!

I love you, Lindsey!

PS – thank you to all of you for your sweet comments on my last post. It means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

To my many blog followers (just kidding – I’m sure I don’t have any followers left!) I want to say sorry for being a lazy blogger. My life has had many turns and twists these past few months and my creative spirit has been on hiatus! And without creative things to post I haven’t known what to write about.

One thing that’s been happening in my life is I have been on a journey to lose some weight. It’s hard to write about this because the last thing I want to do is draw attention to myself. But I have been encouraged by other blogs written by women who have taken the same journey that I thought maybe I can be an encouragement to others as well. That would be amazing!

This is a vintage poster that my sister’s friend, Rolane, of The Vintage Barn, posted on her blog last summer. I studied it, laughed, and then printed it off and put it on my frig.


It cracked me up, but it also made me stop and think really hard.

In August 2010 I decided to try the Nutrisystem weight loss program. I had been on a path leading to this decision for quite some time. The TV show, The Biggest Loser, has made an impact on me. I would watch each season and when the makeover episode came I would just sit and cry.

Here is a picture taken of Ray and I three days before I started my weight loss program.


Well, it’s been going great. My family has been so supportive and encouraging. It’s a journey – one that isn’t over. I’ve lost weight before but always gained it back, plus more. So I do have anxiety about that. I’ve always thought that losing the weight is much easier than maintaining the weight loss. But I trust in God and have placed my life in His hands. This is something that’s been “weighing heavy” on me for a very long time and I don’t ever want to go back.

I don’t have many recent pictures, but I took this one of myself a few days ago to send to Kelsey to show her my new necklace (thank you Jewels by Park Lane and my friend Evelyn!). It’s a strange angle but kind ofย  shows the progress I’ve made.


I am learning a lot, but have so much more to learn.ย  I know I love Nutrisystem and don’t quite know how I will do this when I go off of it. That’s where the learning part comes in. My friend, Mary Anne, has been so encouraging and helpful. She lost weight a few years ago and has kept it off successfully. I will be learning from her.

I might make this blog a place to keep a sort of diary about the journey. I don’t know yet. Maybe I should have done that 7 months ago! I think it would have been a valuable thing.

One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s much easier to stay on track on the days I go to work. Today was a temporary lay-off day for state employees and I found myself struggling with the munchies.

I am hoping to get back into the creative side of my life too. I have all the tools! I love to collect the tools and supplies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a card and envelope I made for a friend at work recently. Love the company “October Afternoon” – where the paper is from.

Arlene

The month of July has gone and I have to say I didn’t do a lot of crafting during the month. I did make two cards for Lindsey when she was away at camp. Here they are…

I like how they turned out. The second one doesn’t have any stamping – very simple.

Here is a card I made to thank my friend who loaned me some of her Cricut cartridges – love that Cricut!

And here is a card Lindsey made to thank someone who pledged money for a workday she participated in to raise money for camp, using one of those borrowed Cricut cartridges.

So there has been a small amount of crafting around here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy August!!

Arlene

I haven’t posted in awhile…..end of school year brings a new routine and schedule! Contrary to my good intentions I haven’t pulled together a card-making workshop. For now I am going to put the idea on hold – I just can’t seem to make it happen!:-(

Lindsey has been busy making some cards and they are turning out great. She is quite the designer. She is making them for the wonderful friends and family who have sponsored her to work at a church workday to raise money for her week at Bible camp.ย  She has been using the Cricut – what a wonderful and fun tool for papercrafts and card-making!

I just finished a book that my dad loaned me called “Same Kind Of Different As Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.ย  It was wonderful and I recommend it highly. Go buy it right now!!

It’s baby shower season! (Is there really a season for baby showers???) Here is a cute little 4.5″ x 4.5″ card I created last night. I love the little giraffe. The paper is from the new paper pack called Zippidee. Perfect for a little baby boy card.

I’m still working on details for my upcoming card-making club. Stay tuned!!

Happy Memorial Day. We had a very moving video at church yesterday reminding me what this day means.

On May 20th I had my first CTMH Home Gathering. The hostess, Evelyn, did a great job inviting her guests and we had a great time.

Here are Lisa, Hannah, Kristine and Melanie enjoying the creative process. We all made a cute card using, what else, Cherry-O from the new Idea Book. (It’s my current favorite as I’m sure you’ve already guessed.)

I made a cute little gift tag for a baby shower this week:

Here are a couple of other variations on that same little card:

And a thank you card using the new Splendor paper:

I’m in the process of putting together a monthly card-making club at my home, starting in June or July.ย  There will be a fee to cover the cost of supplies, or the fee will be waived with a $25 minimum order. Space will be limited – details soon!!