Trying to get his toy off the counter...
Got a lot done since being snowed in today! Really excited about my projects from my Work in Progress kit and getting projects finished up from last weekends crop!
Yesterday was the first day of my new challenge to stay away from the computer for one day a week. It's funny how much time this "time saving" thing can suck out of our daily lives, and I thought I need to change that, I need to make one day that I do everything I can WITHOUT using the computer. And I'm proud to say I did it, and I got a lot done!
Had to call the dog warden for what sounded like a vicious dog that took up residence on the side of our house! After the dog warden caught him we found that both his back legs were broken... no wonder he sounded so mean? Who knows if he was hit by a car, dropped off by someone on the street or what happened to this poor thing... I'm going to call the humane society and see if they were able to help him?
It's been 17 years
I remember... the good stuff!
I've shared Ryan's story here and keep his memory alive sharing his story through the Metro Hospital toy drive/book drive and other ways in paying it forward. And while this has probably helped me more than its helped others there are some days that I just want to sit in the corner and cry out "why me?"
Ryan truly was this sweet boy only 5 years of age, that brightened our world. Being a stay at home mom it was just him and me sharing our days together. We did all those fun things you do with a child that you might think are simple or trite but oh what wonderful memories they behold today! His teacher loved him at preschool, she said he had a calming influence about him. We still keep in contact today... she too lost a son years later when he was in college.
Ryan was a lot like me, a quiet, shy child who didn't look to be center of attention. We would walk through store aisles forever in search of something never wanting to ask for help. Then along came Chelsea who was a total opposite of Ryan. She was friendly, outgoing and became the voice for Ryan and I. If ever we were walking through a store in search of something she would speak up to the next person passing by to aid us in our search. As much as I hurt for my husband and myself, I hurt for her too, not having her older brother.
In 17 years you learn a lot too. I learned that I would have rather loved and lost than to have not loved at all, that life is just to precious to hold grudges, that people say stupid things when your grieving or going through a rough time. Most of the comments are usually out of ignorance and not meant to hurt.
So today, remember that life is too short for petty grievances, it hurts you more than it hurts the other person to hold onto grudges, and cherish every moment, the good and the bad because they are trying to teach you something... so pay attention!
I plan to spend the day paying it forward in my attempt to help someone else that may be having a rough time!
The weekend... Ahh where did it go? It just seems to fly by, especially when you have a lot going on. Like this past weekend where we had a Friday and Saturday crop to attend!
The relay for life crop was perfect. We got to go Friday and set up and work for a few hours and then once we returned Saturday we were right back to work! Hanging out with a group of girlfriends is the best, another weekend with lots of laughs! I made a mini book and worked with my 5k pictures, some of Ryan and back to that Hilton Head vacation that I hadn't finished. I will be uploading my works shortly...
Also Saturday was the boys Snowball dance... why is it they always seem to fall on nights of scrapbooking, I don't know? But I wouldn't miss taking pictures of the boys for anything. Especially when they aren't as good taking pictures during the dance!
A busy week ahead with lunch and dinner dates with family and friends and as always so many goals and things I want to accomplish!
Trying a new recipe each week goal:
Last weeks new recipe I tried was the Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast and I think my husband would agree that it was the best EVER! So good that I used the leftovers and made stew on Sunday which while wasn't a new recipe, was as perfect as the pot roast! Ready to start planning for this weeks recipe... once I figure out what it is?
I love technology and what you can do with photos today. Here are some photos I found of Ryan and more that I didn't want to scrap till I got copies. Luckily Target makes it so easy to make copies!
Chels and Ryan coming home from vacation in 1992
I love all the memories pictures can help you remember! And I can't wait to scrap these this weekend!
It's been 3 years since Trish started the kit club and I've been a fan since the very first one. I don't know how she does it as she each unveils another gorgeous kit each month, but I love it! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this design team, and when Laina suggested we all scraplift a layout Trish did in honor of the kit clubs 3rd birthday I thought what a great idea!
Here is Trish's layout
And here is mine
Joel, Zach and I headed up to the square on Sunday for the annual Ice Festival to check out all the carvings. There are some that are pre-made and there are some that they carve there as you walk around. We made our way through the square quickly as the wind was fierce and stopped in for a coffee (hot chocolate for Zach) to help us warm up!
It's always fun to go through the square, but thing sure have changed since Brenda's store closed a few years ago! I was hoping Perfectly Charming would be open to take in Joel to check out my favorite store... but it hadn't opened yet!
He loves the snow!
I love to tell the stories life creates, the things that connect us all. Life is about unraveling, a continuous cycle until you find yourself whole. Blessed with a strong marriage of thirty years, finding our way through life with the loss of our son. Privileged to have two loving grown children. A wordsmith of simple stories that loves to get lost in photography. Running keeps me as stress free as possible. Enjoy performing random acts of kindness...