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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Those studio calico kits look oh so pretty! Have fun playing with them! PL has also been put to the back burner around here, although I think about it often and wish for some magical extra hours to appear in my life. Sigh. Thanks for sharing your shutterfly experience, I have been printing photos at Costco - for convenience - but I am always, always disappointed with the color quality. Boo. I need to try something new!
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You two are so cute! Love seeing you so happy and getting a little mistletoe action. :)
Toggle Commented 8 hours ago on Huntley Christmas Party at Creole Wisdom
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I'm glad to finally take a moment to sit down at the computer and share my wonderful girls' weekend in Oregon. This is year number 3 that we have made this weekend happen. Three years! Three Decembers that I have now been in Las Vegas and I love having this weekend to look forward to. I know that it is something we ALL look forward too. The group texts usually start appearing in mid-October . . . I bought a few things today to wear on our girls weekend. Clearly I'm not excited at ALL. I'm ready to declare tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at find joy in the journey
Oh, he's planning to wear some boxers alright! But I'm not sure that these "white elephant" boxers are going to make the outfit any more appropriate.
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The day after Thanksgiving we pulled out the Christmas trees (we have two fake trees) and the Christmas decorations. The kids decorated their tree - our super old 6 foot tree whose lights in the top section died this year. They have already been fixed multiple times in years past so we gave up and strung some blue lights on top. I love seeing these photos of ALL THREE KIDS decorating the tree together, because last year one child had a meltdown and had to be sent to her room and missed out on decorating the tree. The decorations have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at find joy in the journey
I love the woodsy Christmas decor! It fits the cabin perfectly. :)
This sounds like a wonderful plan for you guys! I can bet it would be harder to have those Christmas talks, lessons, spirit with the kids out of the house. So it takes effort. And a plan. One of my friends gifted us a beautiful homemade book with daily scriptures, videos to watch (on a DVD), and modern day quotes from prophets to make a Christ-Centered Christmas. We have been doing it each night and loving it! Definitely makes a difference to include these kinds of things in our daily routines.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on Keeping Christ in Christmas- at whatever
It is the evening of November 30th. Our Christmas trees are up. But not decorated yet. I pulled all of the Christmas decorations from the storage space under the stairs and the boxes and tubs are stacked in the dining room. I was excited to find leftover gift wrap from last year which I will use tomorrow to wrap our Christmas books. I just completed the finishing touches on a short but sweet message that will be stuffed into our Christmas cards this year. The half-gallon carton of egg nog that I bought for Thanksgiving is now all gone. Thanks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at find joy in the journey
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Happy Thanksgiving! It has been another wonderful Thanksgiving day with delicious food, relaxing around the house, and slowing down enough to really pay attention to each other and the things we are most thankful for. We watched a couple movies this afternoon and evening and Anna said that I belonged to her and made me her pillow. I asked her why she was so cuddly today. "It's because I don't get to cuddle with you very often." Which is true. And this is another reason I am so grateful for these holidays and days off of school when I can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Okay, I just checked out Jane . . . it is so great! Thanks for sharing! *interstellar is on my movie-going list. I keep hearing good things from so many people. *i think I saw a sneak peek of your card design in Instagram - totally cute! What a great, idea.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on hello November at Creole Wisdom
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Love this! It's like a little Friendsgiving, minus the turkey. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2014 on We need only be a friend- at whatever
What fun! Cole's face cracks me up!
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Here are a couple stories and tidbits from the month of October that I wanted to throw in before they end up too far in the past. And I may or may not have one more Halloween post. And the promised 3rd installment of Anna's Night Owl Party. {sigh} My hope was to get it all in before Thanksgiving. We'll see how it goes! One of our good friends from Oregon happened to be in town and popped in for a visit! The Cluffs moved away from St. Helens about 5 years before we did (2007), but there is something... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Jennifer, I'm so glad that this message helped you. You know, sometimes I hesitate when write these things out, but I try to remind myself that someone, somewhere might need to hear it too. Hugs!
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I sure hope she remembers this stuff. She is so much more thoughtful, intuitive, deep-thinking, and conversational than I was at that age! It makes it pretty fun for me.
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Thanks mom! :)
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Thanks Heidi! You guys know all about home improvements too! It sure takes time and PATIENCE!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 2 years at home at find joy in the journey
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Thanks Katie! Sometimes it doesn't seem like we have done a lot, but this was a good reminder that we have been busy and putting good $$ into the place! Each project (big and small) sure helps!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 2 years at home at find joy in the journey
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Oh my goodness! This house is 20 years old and it makes me nervous sometimes -- I can't even imagine a 100 year old home! But I'm sure it is a beautiful space - good luck with all your projects!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 2 years at home at find joy in the journey
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Yep, two years! You were here when the house was pretty much in shambles! haha! It's much better now. But still lots more progress to be made.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 2 years at home at find joy in the journey
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Thanks! It turned out really well. And you'll get to see it next month!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on 2 years at home at find joy in the journey
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Jen - Hello! I just loved reading your comment and your connection to Rollo! We were really impressed with him. Rollo conducted the high school choir while another woman did the middle school choir, and then he led them together for the final number. Conner was actually disappointed that he didn't get to have Rollo direct ALL of his numbers. :) Such great experiences for these kids!
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The weather this month has been beautiful! Barefoot weather for most of the month, although at this moment I am wearing slippers and my feet are chilly. I always say that November is my favorite month here. We're looking at a forecast of 70 for Thanksgiving day! Fall finally showed up too! Love! There aren't a ton of trees like this around town but the ones that do turn red get a lot of local love. Anna wrapped up her fall soccer season. At the final game she played goalie for the first half and pitched a shutout. She even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at find joy in the journey
Getting together with dear friends who live faraway is simply the BEST! Glad you had an opportunity to do this!
On Wednesday morning Anna and I walked to school as we usually do. We noticed that several of the trees on the path had been pruned extensively since the last time we walked, on Monday. "Ugh, I don't like it when they cut the trees back so much. It makes them look strange." I said. "Mom! That's just like that video I watched on the Mormon Channel! Where the farmer has a bush and he cuts it back and the bush is not happy about it. But the bush grows back even more beautiful." Yes, that's exactly right. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at find joy in the journey