Something to Think About… Scrapbooking

I think scrapbooking is great.  I think it’s a terrific way to preserve memories and write your family’s story book.  Notice, I said write.  Without journaling, or writing about what was going on, or your thoughts, or at least the who what where when why and how, they’re just pictures in a book.  Now don’t get me wrong, the pictures are wonderful reminders of the good times you’ve had.  They are wonderful snapshots of your life.  I just don’t think they’re enough.  I think that’s why we started scrapbooking to begin with, at least it was one of the reasons I started.

In addition to the things above, I love to add scriptures from the Bible to my pages whenever I can find something that fits.  I think it reminds us and those who will read it in our future of our dedication to God’s Word.  Who knows?  Perhaps a child or grandchild will see the scriptures and be drawn to the Word and the Lord by reading what we’ve written. 

I encourage you to write scriptures, captions, and  notes to your family in your own handwriting.  No, you may not think your writing is pretty;  but, let me tell you.  My mother died several years ago, and anything that has her handwriting on it is absolutely precious to me.  I don’t have much.  I want to make sure that my children have written reminders of my love for their father, our family, our Lord, and for each of them.

Just Something to Think About….

Cherish Yesterday-Dream Tomorrow-Live Today

Cherish Yesterday Art Print by Karen Tribett

www.allposters.com 

Hi,

I guess I’m feeling a little introspective today.  I ran across this little saying, “Cherish Yesterday-Dream Tomorrow-Live Today” on a little wooden sign in a country primitive catalog.  The above sign is different, but it’s available from www. allposters.com .  Don’t you just love country primitive decorating?  You can use all the worn out less than perfect things you find; and,  it looks great!  Ah, but that’s another post altogether….

My mother died at 51, too young to my way of thinking, of cancer.  It began as breast cancer, went into remission for several years, then reappeared with a vengeance.  They’re sad memories that I’d rather not think about often. 

Anyhow, my momma was only 17 years older than me.  She was a child bride, and I came along just before their first anniversary.  I’m now 42.  I had a mammogram last year and the results were fine.  I need to schedule another one as soon as I can find a way to pay for it.  We have a lot of differences in our lifestyles, but heredity is a factor.  But-God is a bigger factor!

I have a lot of yesterdays to cherish.  I don’t know how many tomorrows I have left to dream.  I do have today, this moment to live and live well. 

 Like you, I have good memories and bad.  Probably also like you, I tend to look at the past through rosy glasses, remembering just the things I want, such as the house I wish we’d never left.  It’s great to remember.  I have my scrapbooks; and, I’m working on books for the kids, too.  Still, it’s just the past, just a memory….

Dreaming and planning and wishing and praying for tomorrow is great, too.  Realistically, though, no one knows if she has even one tomorrow.  I’ve had a terrible tendency to put off fun and enjoyable things with my family to do the stuff that’s pressing.  What if I never get to do those fun and enjoyable things?  What if I never make those memories with my children and for my children?

Today…it’s all I have.  It’s all you have.  I have to choose those things today that are best…things that will have a positive impact on my family and those around me.  Though my circumstances are rather hard right now, I am right this moment choosing to follow some of the best advice my LORD JESUS ever gave me in Matthew 6:24.   

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Now realistically, I’m going to have to keep making that choice over and over.  Somebody remind me of that when I am feeling whiney!
This day…this moment…how will you spend it?  How will I spend it?  I think I’m going to go hug my kids, tell them I love them, and grab a game off the shelf. 
What about you?
Just something to think about….
Sincerely,
Laura
Happy at Home

A Thrifty and Busy Day

Hello!

I have had a long afternoon and evening away from home.  I joined friends for a scrapbooking/cardmaking crop from about 1:30 p.m. until about 10:00 p.m.  It was very fun.  I love having time to just be creative for long stretches.  It seems that I have an unwinding period before the real creativity kicks in.  Are you like that too?

 Well, here’s how I spent my time. 

First, I completed a crocheted dish cloth that I started earlier this week.

Next, I started working on scrapbook pages for my kids.   I completed twenty-four pages to be devided amoung their books. 

Perhaps I’ve already told you that the big gift for my kids this year was a scrapbook for each of them.  I did this very frugally by using a white three ring binder.  I  inserted  an 8 x 10 photo in the front of each child’s book.   The pages were white cardstock inserted in page protectors.  I had one for each child and one for my mother-in-love.  Tonight I continued making pages to add to their books.  I worked on the year 2000 using extra photos left over from doing my own scrapbook from that year.  My main scrapbooks are done with Creative Memories. 

Last, I made some greeting cards, a total of 17,  most were for Valentine’s Day,  a couple were for Christmas, and a few were just friendship cards. 

So, where does the thrifty come in?

Well, other than the cardstock I bought the other day, I didn’t buy any of the supplies that I used tonight.  They were items that had been given to me,  I borrowed, or that were left over from other projects.  I used scraps, scraps, and more scraps. 

Gee, isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about?  ~smile~ 

I encourage you to look at what you have in your hand and do the best you can with it.  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  Good words for hard times.

God bless you all!

Laura

Happy at Home