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My Hallmark Wedding Day

A little “Flash Back” to July 4, 2006…. I posted this in 2009 on my first blog. We are celebrating 14 years of marriage today. I stood before God, our family, and friends and married my Marine….after 4 years of his active duty…his 3 tours overseas defending our country….a war that we will never forget….there were no emails….sometimes I waited months for phone calls or letters….

If you knew us then, you know how much we LOVED each other…and our country….I mean, we chose to wed on July 4th…EVEN WHEN IT WAS A TUESDAY! It pains me what our Flag and our Country (which is, in my heart and mind, ALL OF THE PEOPLE that compose this beautiful melting pot) are enduring right now. I pray for us all, everyday. And, on that note….all I really wanted to do was share my Happy Wedding Day (14 years ago) with you….

On July 4th, 2006….I married my best friend…..

Of course, I had to have my best girls get all dolled-up with me…

And keep me sane…

And in case there was a scene….The Men had it all under control……”which one of these is not like the other..” (hint: he’s the love of my life!)

The church was heavenly. We got married at Grace Lutheran where I attended K-8 growing up. We are now members with our own family.

And, here we are…JUST MARRIED

MR. & MRS.

Pictures at the Park

And “I Thought I Loved You Then….”

The Calvin Klein pose

The Wedding Party

The sun set on our day…but our life together was just beginning

Our First Dance as Husband & Wife: “Me & You” by Kenny Chesney
And I leave you with what I’ve dubbed “The Money Shot”

HAPPY 4th of July!!!!!

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The Common Table Prayer: Free Printable

I didn’t forget to post this morning….I was just contemplating what I wanted to say.

I have often been found making jokes over the past week regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation.  I do that.  Call it a coping mechanism…or whatever you want.  It’s how I do life.

I’m not going to get into what I think about whether it’s overblown, not being taken seriously enough, or if my family has enough toilet paper to make it through the next few weeks.  (I do know I have plenty of scrap fabric….so we’ll be good, I think)

If you have questions or concerns, I DO suggest you look to the CDC (they are called the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL for a reason)  If you want a more personal opinion: see how your friend or family member that is a Health Care Professional is living their life and taking care of their family.  We go about this the same way…all the time.  We go to work, deal with the diseases everyday, and wash our hands a lot.

What I WILL say is this is the first time my husband and I have discussed the spread of disease and germs so thoroughly with our children. (with the exception of when my mom was sick and couldn’t come visit)  We don’t get to protect them from the world around us…the world and it’s problems will find them.  So we make sure we are part of their safe place and sounding board.

As we sat around our dinner table last night….

we discussed what’s happening, and some of the possibilities of what is to come….

and We Prayed.

We prayed the Common Table Prayer and Return Thanks that we do every sit-down meal.  If you’ve prayed this prayer before, it’s likely you rush through and never give it another thought….but I urge you to slow down.

Ponder each line.

It’s so good.

It’s so NEEDED.

And that is why I knew I needed to share this project I made back in July of 2012 with you.  Please feel free to print and use in your own home.  The Super Large Framed version is what’s hanging in our kitchen right


CIRCA July 17, 2012 from my previous blog:

I have a great idea for some artwork for our Kitchen Dining Area…but I needed to first make the Subway Art Print.

While I was at it, I thought I’d share 🙂  It’s a 4×6 jpeg….but think how fun it would be printed out 2ft. x 3ft.!

The Common Table Prayer:

Black & White



White & Black



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Flashback Friday: Lucky Craft from the Vault

One of the things I am most excited about is sharing with you some of my old blog posts from “For What It’s Worth…or Not” from way back when…
So, on Fridays I’m going to treat you to some Flashbacks!
It’s crazy to think that this was originally publish on March 8, 2011.
NINE YEARS AGO?!?!?!  woah. that can’t be, I remember this so vividly….
At any rate, here you go….no editing, just raw content here.  I totally STILL have this frame, and it’s part of my yearly March decor. 🙂
Find an early-90’s Home Interior Special picture frame
(or any old frame you are not particularly fond of)
and paint it Green
Pick up some wooden letters at your local craft store
These came in a pack of 2….
so a lucky someone is going to get a surprise from me soon
Paint them Green
Make the U into a Horseshoe by drawing a little design
(Hint: if you go with a lighter green, you can use a permanent marker to draw on it, otherwise, you’ll have to use a paint pen or paintbrush)
Arrange your letters in any way you’d like on a piece of cardstock
I used the “LOVE” sign as inspiration
Place in your frame, and show off your last-minute creativity
If you don’t make this craft you will have 7 years of bad luck and every time you wear the color green a bird will poop on your head….even in the middle of winter.
Just Kidding!
(it will only be 6 years)