Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday errands

Went to do my typical Saturday errands. Except for one thing, this time I decided to try and use the myriad coupons that find their way through our mailbox. I confess, I also went to a couponing website ( for the inside scoop. I used to be a coupon aficionado. When I was an at-home, homeschooling mom, I used coupons out of neccesity. But it became something of a contest I played with myself, just to see how much I could actually save. I viewed it as my contribution to the family income. While I might not be earning money while at home with my children, I could be actively saving money. I also read somewhere that saving money was really worth more than earning it, as you don't pay taxes on what you save. Anyway, suffice it to say, it's been awhile since those days and since returning to the work world, I have not been paying much attention to coupons. So imagine my surprise when, after some time on the computer and a few minutes with the weekly Publix ad, I managed to save $66.20! $20.00 of that was coupons and the rest BOGO's but STILL. Pretty cool, huh? I think I may be hooked....


Friday, September 3, 2010

The Hurricane Wedding Memories

Today makes 6 years since we "officially" joined our lives and those of our families. While I love the fact that we're married, memories of the "hurricane" wedding still bring me close to tears. Except that, as always, the love of family and friends brought me through. That is the real take-away message from any storm that I have weathered. I am loved....and those who love me, are always there for me! They listen to my rants, make me laugh through the tears, clean up my messes and then usher me through to a new chapter. Maybe that's why we need storms, so we can be reminded of God's love, shown through His people. So Happy Anniversary for Dan and Me and thanks for all you do to our families.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Life is Sweet

This is one of my latest art journal pages. I really love it! I used papers from the art swap I did with artists from the Flying Lessons group. This painting used paper sent by Robin at Robin has shared through her blog her latest adventures moving back to the states from Germany. From what she has written, I knew it was not an easy move and I prayed for her and thought of her and her family often while I created this piece. Maybe that's why I feel such energy and peace when I look at this painting. I ordered some note cards and other "stuff" from Vistaprint using this design. I'm so excited to see how it turns out! I'm looking forward to using some of the other art papers sent by Trine and Bette. I'll post as soon as I have new things to share....