Thursday, November 26, 2009

I like Free! How 'bout you?

Free photobook at Photoworks Coupon code is BONNIE and can be used on the 8x11.5 size book with 20 pages. Thanks, photoworks, for making Christmas even less expensive!!!

Christmas Gift Ideas!

I didn't really like dolls a lot while I was growing up but these may have changed my mind. These are so soft and cuddly and cute!!! If I had any little girls on my gift list this year I would definitely be giving gifts from blabla. Check out their line of finger puppets too. Soooooo adorable!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Have you heard of "The Pioneer Woman"?

Talk about a blogging success story!!! Ree Drummond has gone from blogger to successful published author! Her cookbook is fabulous with a combination of homespun humor, photography, recipes and folklore. It'll make you smile and fill your tummy at the same time! You have to check out her site Pioneer Woman

Why do you have a blog?

I was wondering about this the other day........what was my motivation to start this blog and why do I attempt to keep it up? I really didn't know a lot of bloggers at the time and I'm not the journaling or srapbooking type so a blog was not a natural transistion to make. I started last summer just before our annual vacation to the "Great White North". I knew that I wanted to document our adventures and I wanted a way for other members of my family to keep up with us. Instead this has turned into more of a journal than I anticipated. It's so easy to look back with a blog. I love it!!! I've even found a place that will print and bind your blog into a book. What a cute idea for a family Christmas gift a few years from now, don't ya think? I love both and I plan to get this done every couple of years. I'd do it more often if I was a more prolific writer but.....I'm not!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Actions of Others

I had the priviledge of speaking with a wonderful woman who is a married mom of six boys. We hadn't spoken since we were both teens and it was wonderful to feel that connection come back so quickly. As we talked she felt much more free to let me into some of the secrets of her life. I felt so priveleged to be able to hear her out and let her talk about things that were such trials in her life. Her husband had betrayed her 7 years ago and had been excommunicated from the church. They made the decision to stay together and work out their marriage. She is so full of faith and forgiveness. I don't know how she does it. It would have killed me! She described to me the feelings she and her husband had shared as they were sealed; a physical, life changing feeling that holds her and him up to this day. Not only that she has 3 sons who are mentally disabled and has to homeschool them because the school can't provide the programs they need. Yet almost all that she talked about was the love she had for all the men in her life. That included a brother who had cut himself off 20yrs ago, a husband who loses job after job and cheated on her, a father who was much less than he should have been and her wonderful boys. She kept talking about how she wanted to be a better model for them; to show them how forgiveness works. I looked at how she had reacted to all of these difficulties in her life and how she chose to react to them. She was able to put aside all the hurts that had been piled on her by others and see past them. Yet what I saw was the pile of actions against her. How much she had done to her and how it could have changed her for the worse but hadn't. Her heart was as pure as a newborn child. If only I could be like her!!!

Well that was a shocker!

Ever had anybody say something to you that just shocks you to the very core of your view of yourself? I received a note today that blew my mind. My behavior was called into question. Not by the note writer but by their significant other. This is a very dear old friend; some one I have known since childhood and considered a constant support in my life. Now their new love interest is jealous of our friendship. We have to curtail talking to satisfy them. Argh! Talk about needy!! I am seriously frustrated and hurt. I know that a love is more important than friends but it was the way it was delivered. Of course they should come first but they want me to go away entirely. I guess I'm just some sort of bad influence or something.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I've been away

Ok maybe not physically but definitely mentally! LOL!! I've been busy starting a new job and finishing up the old one. I've had a few photoshoots and lots of editing as well and I guess I'm just not the type to be able to juggle everything and keep it up to date.

So, about the new job. I've left the Depot in the dust and work here in town instead of that long commute to the city. They pay me more and combined with the savings in gas I am making a killing.....kidding. The best part though is that I am here for my son more often. I've gotten 2 hours back in my day and no early morning shifts anymore!!!!! I've never been a morning person so I am particularly happy about working normal daytime hours.