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project52bannerNo I did not miss week 3, I just didn’t tell you that that photograph with the minus 31 degree temperature was the photo of the week. My brain was probably still frozen! This week as every week there is dance. I have such joy in being able to share my love of dance with both my girls. My dance group is wrapping up the season this weekend celebrating with our families. Anna’s dance team is still working hard as they prepare and perfect a routine that will be done at their first national competition. And Ellie started a ballet/tap dance class this past fall. She has fun “teaching” Mommy what she learned in class. Her latest favorite step is: shuffle, ball change. Her little tap shoes are what captured my eye this week:



…I love him. Loads of lovely things are coming out just in time for Valentines Day and I was inspired to show my hubby some love through my scrapbooking. Amy Teets has this great new kit available at ACOT that I used (I’m still blessed to be on her creative team right now):

jeff-dec-all-mine-webSo this one’s for you Jeff–I do love you!

Second challenge in the “His Holy Name” challenge at  Faith Sisters–Another attribute of God–He is Sovereign. I picked a verse in Daniel where Daniel describes a vision of the preincarnate Christ, Daniel 7:14.

sovereign-webAll encompassing power, all control, all forever. We can only glimpse what the sovereignty of God means, the rest requires faith.

I was determined to make a start on Ellie’s “Four” album this afternoon and was happy just to get the first month done (see September 2008 in previous post). Now I’m elated to have completed two more months: October and November. I was so good at keeping up to date with her album until she turned 4. Only a month behind now so not too bad. I’m afraid I can’t say that about the rest of my albums and layouts! Oh well…



Here are some more layouts of my girls. First the oldest:

a-girl-that-i-love-web1This is another one for Amanda using part of her “Renew Collection”.


And now for my youngest:

 sept08-webA collection from last September for her “Four” book. I try to do a two pager every month that shows the highlights. I guess I’m a few months behind! Look for more soon as I try to catch up to the new year.

What a difference a day make, yesterday we were still in a week long deep freeze here in the Upper Midwest. I couldn’t belive the actual temperatures were that low so I took a picture while at a stop light. Here is the proof:

31below-webThis morning at about the same time the temperature was a balmy 21 degrees F above zero–a 52 degree temperature difference! WOW! I guess you could call it a January “heat wave”.

I so loved the week 2 photo of my daughter Anna that I couldn’t wait to scrapbook it. And just my luck, Amanda Rockwell had some great new stuff I needed for this. I am on her guest creative team this month and she has some wonderful new papers and elements that are part of her “Renew Collection”. Amanda’s shop is at scrapartists:

Here is what I made with Amanda’s Calming Meadows kit (the bright happy colors are just what I needed today with -21 temperatures–Yikes!):


A few weeks ago Taylormade posted this awesome tutorial on how she did a mosiac layout that had lots of color tinting as well. See here for the tutorial:

It looked really cool and I wanted to try it, but wasn’t inspired until I took this self portrait. I love how it turned out.



I can tell already that I’ll have no problems keeping up with this challenge. I am taking photographs almost daily (but I am still thankful not to have that pressure), but I’m loving trying to choose my favorite of the week. So this week’s favorite is of my 11 year old daughter. Don’t you just love her smile?!


Finally, week 12 the final week of course work is completed. Yippee! The assignment was to reinterpret sketches that we’d previously done. As Cathy Z says, ” Nothing in design is really new. It is simply just reinterpreting things that are built upon solid foundations of design principles and elements.” I choose to reinterpret a sketch from week 5 (previously done as “Groovy Girl” and then one from week 9 (previously done as “She is so beautiful”).

week-12-a-webAnna’s friends at her birthday party. They went roller skating/blading, ate pizza and cake, did makeovers, had a dance party, worked on scrapbooks (that’s my girl), watched a movie, slept a little, ate chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and cleaned up. I needed a nap the next day, but it was a fun party.


week-12-big-webChristmas eve celebration with all the in-laws. The evening started at a church service where grandpa sang in the choir. A wonderful meal at Grandma and Grandpa’s house (Ellie was hungry and started sneaking food from the table) was followed by singing Christmas carols with Brandon playing the piano. Then the chaos of gift opening. It was a blessed Christmas celebration with some of my dear family.