The following is being copied from my sister-in-law's Facebook post yesterday:
We saw Brooke last night. I cried of course and she sniffled a bit lol. She saw Tommy first and yelled "Dad? Dad!!!" and hugged him. Cody and I were down playing with a silly group of 3 and 4 year old boys and girls so he brought Brooke to us. We hung out for a bit and asked if we could take her. They said we have to talk to the social worker today. Then we asked if we could take her to dinner and bring her back but they said they couldnt let her without permission.
It brought tears to my eyes. Please Pray. They are so close, but so far and there are many obstacles. God is faithful and will take care of them all. I will be so happy to have my family back in the US again!
To read read about Brooke's story, please click here . I have XXXX through the country's name to avoid trouble for them in bringing her home. Let's just say it is very far away!
So much has happened in the last month and a half. Besides getting the craft space organized and most of our pictures hung around the house, we have made a couple of trips. I have also spent quite a bit of time sick. I'm so thankful to finally be feeling better. However, the time down was not without some good things. In fact, I had time to watch some YouTube videos, organize my planner supplies and really start using my planners again.
There is a video posted below, but there is one planner that didn't make it into the video. My work planner was sitting on my desk when I made the video so we will start with it before moving on to my personal planners. I use a Foxy Fix #5 at work and I absolutely love it. I keep a month on 2 pages calendar from the 1407 planners and then I print inserts from Etsy for the daily pages. This layout is perfect for work since it doesn't include Saturdays or Sundays. It is undated and I use it only on the days that I need it.
I'm not one to rush the Christmas season before Thanksgiving. I think that we really need to take time to focus on being thankful. However, I know that there are some things that I have to start early or I won't have time to finish without becoming too rushed. Christmas crafting is one of those things. This is especially important this year as I'm working on a huge project for our families in addition to the large amount of Christmas cards that I try to get done annually. This year I decided to organize a little differently.
I have a 3 level crate that I store my Christmas paper and embellishments in. It helps keep them organized and not mixed into all of the crafting goodies. I started by pulling them out and going through the craft room, grabbing anything Christmas related that wasn't already in the crate. I then pulled the crate and and sorted everything into piles. Though I left a few ribbon spools on the holder, I even found some Christmas ribbon and lace…
Today I have something to share with you that I've never tried before. I took a scrapbook sketch and turned into a standard A2 card sketch. I love the way it turned out and hope you will too.
I started by choosing a sketch that was originally posted on Srapbook Challenges. If you click on the sketch, you will be taken to the original sketch. They have lots of fun sketches for all you scrapbookers.
I then created my own sketch to make it fit on a standard 4.25" X 5.5" card. Each of the banner ribbons were cut at 3/8" wide.
Now it was time to create the card. I needed the following supplies to pull it off:
DCWV - The Tradewinds Matstack
Core'dinations "Timeless" Textured Cardstock (grey)
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Stampendous "Happy Messages" stamps
Close To My Heart - Outdoor Denim ink
Fiskars "Upper Crest" border punch
EK Success 1 3/8" circle punch
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
After the video, I decided to add…