Saturday Layout Challenge: A Love/Hate Relationship

Springtime is officially upon us and the birds are singing and even hatching and we were lucky enough to catch sight of some frog eggs that have been deposited into the pond at the barn. I love this time of year. Fall and Spring are my favorites and that hasn’t changed much in a lot of years. This week’s challenge deals with the things we love (and even the things we don’t love). You have all seen those favorites layouts that have been circulating for the past couple of years. Have you ever done one? If not, now is a … Continue reading

A Man Called Peter (1955)

Recently I watched a favorite movie of mine. ‘A Man Called Peter’stars Richard Todd as Peter Marshall and Jean Peters as Catherine Wood, who later became his wife. The movie was adapted from the book of the same name written by Catherine Marshall. The movie starts in Scotland with a young boy struggling to go to sea. But God had other plans for Peter Marshall as he found put when God saved him from falling into an abandoned quarry. At that time Peter Marshall vowed to live his life for God. Peter did end up crossing the seas as God’s … Continue reading

Saturday Layout Challenge: Beyond the Favorites

This layout challenge really has me motivated this week. I have spent the past several months playing around a little in my scrapbooking. I am hoping that these ideas will get you motivated to try some new things too. Today’s Challenge: Your layout challenge for this week is to go beyond the traditional favorites list and look at specifics in your life. For instance, the question has been posed “What is your favorite thing to wear?” Go beyond the normal answer of perhaps “jeans and a t-shirt”, and showcase your favorite pair of shoes, your favorite t-shirt, your favorite hair … Continue reading

Your Favorites Might Lead You to a Business

For those of us who are at the beginning stages of a home-based business, maybe even trying to figure out what sort of a business to start and whether or not we are even cut out to embark on such an adventure, a little advice about how to search out and find the right fit might be in order. It might be a good idea to start with your favorite things–those things you love to do, hobbies, and interests–these passions might lead you to a great home business idea. Look around your world and make a list of those things … Continue reading

Top Scrapbooking Idea Books of 2007

Scrapbooking idea books bring loads of ideas, how-to’s, techniques and layout inspiration. They are a wonderful addition to any scrapbooker’s bookshelf, however should be purchased carefully. All those idea books can add up in cost, and take up a lot of valuable room if they aren’t being used. It is also difficult to know which idea books to get when you don’t know anything about them. You can either check them out at the library or find other sources to borrow or look through them before deciding if you want to purchase them. Below I have compiled a list of … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Life’s Little Annoyances

Life is full of annoying things. And no matter how blessed we are, or feel, they can sometimes aggravate us. I recently read a book that talked about facing these annoyances before they get out of hand. It is about learning how to laugh at the situation, instead of getting frustrated or angry and accidentally taking it out on the wrong person. What annoys us, might not annoy anyone else. That doesn’t make it wrong, it just means we have to try harder to let it go. Have you ever noticed how annoying your husband’s snoring is? Or perhaps those … Continue reading

Homeschooling Days: Reading

In October, we will be looking at different parts of our schedule that make up our home schooling days. Whether you use the “unschooling” method or whether you are strictly classical, you can add tidbits here and there to make things more fun and augment your child’s education. Feel free to take and leave suggestions here on the comment board. If you have a reader, your story is probably similar to many other moms that I know. One day, they just started reading. You might have done some phonics instruction but reading is as much a developmental milestone as is … Continue reading

“You’re talking about bugs again?” Obsessions and Asperger’s Disorder

One of the hallmarks of Asperger’s disorder (and certain other disorders) is a child’s tendency to be obsessed with particular topics. He might want to constantly talk about video games, race cars, cartoon characters, movies, or even bugs. It can be very frustrating for parents and teachers to deal with an obviously bright, articulate child who is somehow “stuck” in one particular frame of reference. How can we break kids of these obsessive thoughts and ideas? The honest answer is… we may not be able to entirely eliminate them. Some children will gradually leave one special interest behind, only to … Continue reading

Those Blasted Grass Roots Movements

I recently heard someone comment on how home schooling was one of those “grass roots” movements as if being a “grass roots” movement was a bad thing. Then I thought about it, and I realized he’s right! Grass roots movements simply have to stop! After all, consider earlier historical efforts in grass-rootism. Grass roots movements cause wars! About 200 or so years ago, these people decided that it was unfair to be taxed without having a say in the government. They start talking about it and before you know it–poor England has a grass roots movement on their hands that … Continue reading

All About Me: Favorite Things

We all have a list of things that we just cannot imagine not having in our lives. It can be a big thing like our family, and it can be the small things like the smell of autumn. Rebecca Sower, a scrapbooking icon, created a wonderful layout several years ago depicting her favorite things. She started the trend and it has continued every year. Following in Rebecca’s footsteps, why don’t you take some time to create a layout commemorating fifty to one hundred things that you love. Think about your favorite things. What’s your favorite food, or clothing? Do you … Continue reading