Wednesday, August 27, 2008


wow!! two shows back to back for me was a true test of endurance. 10 classes in two days, 20 classes in 2 weekends did a number on me. let me just start out by saying i loVe teaching but, when you don't have a might just loose your voice, come home exhausted and catch a little bug or is it allergies. not too sure what it is but, i have not been ok. todaY is wednesday and i still have a scratchy voice and i am all stuffy. tulsa, tulsa, tusla...don't know what to say! terrific town of amaZing people!!! i have been waiting for my students to send any photos they may have taken. i received an e-mail today saying my addy kept bouncing back {sorry v}. i think i got it squared away now. so veronica sent me a little note saying she wrote on her blog {kreativelicense} about her ckc-tulsa weekend. i did not know that she was going to write such amaZing comments about mE and sei. what a wonderful praise you gave us. thank you!!!

veronica & i

sherry & i

can i just say tulsa...amaZing!!! i even taugh 2 gentlemen in mY classes. so wish i had pictures with them. one was in my 4 flower techniques and the other was my 4 papers in motion class. these guYs were a riot to have. wish i had more of you men in my classes. i had two young ladies as well. they were all excited and stinkin' cute!! they kept up with the class and did some amaZing work. tulsa was the first city EVER to follow instructions to the T and made no boo-boos while cutting their sheet protectors!!! givin' it up to you tulsa...WOOHOO!!! remember..."there are no boo-boos in scrapbooking, it's altered and you meant to do that and move on". otherwise it will take you f-o-r-e-v-e-r {in my best sandlot voice} to complete your pages!! i was also informed by a few ladies that creating keepsakes has a message board. don't know where i have been but, check it out. there you can find comments, idea, classes, friends and much, much more. thanks tulsa for showing this arizona chick that tulsa is a "stinkin' cute" town. can't wait to come back and see manY of you next year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


so last weekend i taught for sei at ckc-charlotte, n.c. can i just tell you...these ladies ROCK!!! i had all different levels of scrappers in my 5 different classes. every class had it's ups and downs {including the teacher not adjusting to the 3 hour time difference and sleeping in on friday morning, oops} but we had a BLAST!!! i always ask my students to send pictures to me if they take any while in my class or afterwards with me. i had loads of photos, i felt like a celebrity! posing and signing autographs with mY famous words..."stinkin' cute"!i would like to share with you some of the photos that were sent. i also received some amaZing feedback from some of my students as well. i couldn't help but cry {vicki}. i realize that sometimes we find our niche in the world and love it. that you can actually get paid to do what you love. well, i found mine! i love working with the fabulous sei company, the great people and the new friends i meet at every show. how awesomE is that!!! i was once asked "do you love it?"...if you do, it's worth it!!! it is. to all of you who read my blog or just stumble across it...may you find your niche in this world. i will always have my number one job as my most valuable... a MOM!! now getting a chance to do something else i a true blessing! *hugs*

vicki and i {album technique class}audrey and i {ribbon and album classes}
jennifer and i {ribbon & album classes}we had waaayyyy too much fuN!! this was the end of the day too. love the money photo. thanks jennifer and i will be in touch!! charlotte, what can i ROCK!!!

woman and a fork...

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly.

'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply.

'This is very important,' the young woman continued. 'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked.

'Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,' said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come'.

The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, 'What's with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly be fore she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would no t be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Show your friends how much you care Remember to always be there for them, even when you need them more. For you never know when it may be their time to 'Keep your fork.'

Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.

And keep your fork.

i received this awhile back from one of my dear friends, joann. found it again today and i felt really impressed to share it. pass it along to those you are thankful for and blessed to have in your life. have a great day ladies and gentleman. remember... it's up to you to make it one! i know i will. *hugs* connie

Friday, August 1, 2008

food for thought...

i received this from my good friend, kristan. i was impressed as i read it and thought i would pass it along as well. thanks kristan! *hugs* connie
"Some of our struggles involve making decisions,
while others are a result of the decisions we have made.
Some of our struggles result from choices others make that affect our lives.
We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life,
but we can control how we respond.
Many struggles come as problems and pressures that sometimes cause pain.
Others come as temptations, trials, and tribulations."

L. Lionel Kendrick, "Strength During Struggles", Ensign, Oct 2001, 24

happy birthday dad!!!

today is my dad's birthday. i hope he knows how much i love and appreciate him. i know that it's hard to find that perfect gift when they start getting older, hehe. so my thoughts are to publicly acknowledge him today. dad, i hope you have a great day. you deserve the very best. thanks for being such a big part of my life and a big part of our family. i know all of us are blessed to have you in it!

haPpY biRthdaY dad!!!