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Since this is mainly a papercrafting blog and since I haven’t been doing a lot of papercrafting lately, I should put something here.

And what a something she is. This is who has been consuming my attention.

Addilynn Ann

She just arrived on Monday. But I’ve been dreaming about her for years and years. And between home, work, and church and daydreaming about Addi, not a lot of papercrafting has been going on. I hope my scrapbooking will get a jumpstart with this wonderful new subject matter.

She is beautiful.

She is perfect.

She came into the world in an extraordinary way where we were privileged to witness miracles and the exponential infinity of God’s love for us. We’ve been given a witness of the power of prayer and what a blessing to know that people who don’t even know us were praying for us. How many temples held Shannon and Daren’s names on the temple roll? How many friends of friends put them on their prayer chain? How many knees were bent on their behalf? I can’t fathom it. I just know it worked. It worked. It was worth every prayer.

She has the two most devoted parents on the planet IMHO. She has the most remarkable birthmom who I pray for nothing less than God’s blessings every day for the rest of her life.

This is my new season in life as Addi’s grandma. God is faithful and true and knows me. I am so thankful that he let me see my beautiful daughter become a mom.

I am blessed beyond measure.


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Stunned, joyous, speechless…

Less than 24 hours ago, I was just me.

Now I am an expectant grandmother. My heart is so full. I’ve dreamed of this since I was 6 years old. Seriously, since I was 6 years old. My wonderful grandmother was so much fun to be around I thought to myself, “I want to bake cookies all day and have my grandchildren come and stay at my house on Saturdays and Sundays and play with me. But I’m afraid my name doesn’t sound right. I don’t have a name like Doris or Dorothy or Mildred. I hope I can still be a grandma with a name like Susie.” That thought crossed my mind over 40 years ago.


With all Heavenly Father has to do for His children, I am overjoyed that he thought to bless my sweet daughter and son-in-law, and our family. But in all this, my heart is the most grateful for a beautiful and brave young woman who is choosing to make our dreams come true in less than 3 short months. I plead to the Heavens that the Lord keeps her safe in His tender care and showers His love down upon her every moment of every day.

My heart is filled to overflowing.

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Mojo? Where are you? Come back!

Life took over and it seems my creativity is vacationing in the Sahara Desert right now. But today, I actually made a card. This is a very big deal for me.

Our office manager left, so I’ve been working longer hours at work to pick up a little slack… Cub Scouts and Kids and Church and Husband and Trips to College and an Easily Distracted Consciousness all conspire to keep me away from papercrafting. And that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy all those things but I have missed papercrafting and it felt soooooo good to make a card today. I even used a 13 year old stamp on my card and it STILL felt good. Papers are by My Mind’s Eye.


One of the happy reasons I’ve chosen to do other things than papercraft was a couple of weeks ago I took Child #3 to BYU-Idaho to start college. What a great trip, I got to spend time with my daughter and son-in-law who live nearby, and Trevor is safely ensconced in his all-male apartment complex preparing for adult life, and that is wonderful. I miss him a bunch though. But that is as it should be… and I believe he is right where the Lord wants him to be.trev byui_sm

Yay Trev!

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Cards for husbands aren’t exactly the easiest thing to come up with…

I don’t like giving my DH really mushy cards, it’s just not me, although he can give me a really romantic card and it will make me feel kind of sw00ny… anyway, it’s hard to come up with something handmade and heartfelt, but without lots of frou-frou because… well, he’s a guy and frankly the frou-frou doesn’t do for him what it might do for a papercrafting-appreciative girlfriend if you get my drift.

So in my quest to stumble onto something handmade and heartfelt 🙂 I came upon a 70’s retro website… INSPIRATION!  DH and I are Tweeners – in between Boomers and X’ers… I found a photo of some Funny Face Drink Mix from the early 70’s and the card in my head came to life!  I think he will appreciate this, because what kid from the 70’s didn’t love Jolly Ollie Orange?funnyface015

On the inside of the card I used some Classroom Alpha stamps from CTMH (still trying to keep some of that grade school feel to my declaration of love!). 


No, it’s not the most romantic card on earth, but after 26 years of marriage, DH knows I’m not a mushy girl… but I think this little card will still surprise him and make him smile.

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