Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



Brandy’s Warm Welcome

Brandy and Doug received a warm welcome as they arrived at the home office to celebrate Brandy’s million-dollar milestone. When asked if she wanted to say a few words to the crowd, Brandy was quick to thank all Stampin’ Up! employees for their part in her success and the success of all demonstrators. I think everyone felt appreciated, and I hope Brandy and Doug especially felt it during their stay here.

After working with Kathy to design a special stamp set (to be unveiled sometime in the distant future!), Brandy’s wish was to spend time with some of our wonderful demonstrator support staff.

Then, also at Brandy’s request, the afternoon was spent in our home, with her main goal of shooting a video with Sara and me to use in telling her Stampin’ Up! story and sharing how the company has blessed all our lives. It was a fun and casual chat together.

We enjoyed lunch and visiting as well as stamping and assembling the Oh, Happy Day kit before Brandy and Doug were whisked off to have dinner with a couple of corporate team members and their wives.

Yesterday began with breakfast with Bonnie at the Grand America and then treatments for Brandy and Doug at the spa, and the day ended with a delicious dinner and delightful conversation. Sara, Sean, Sterling, and I all commented on how nice it was getting to know Brandy and Doug. We were honored to spend time with a humble and grateful demonstrator who has worked hard and had the support of an incredible husband and family. Congratulations Brandy on an amazing milestone!



Ice Cream Cone Birthday Card

I wanted you to see the latest and greatest card being sent to those with upcoming birthdays who work at Stampin’ Up! It has universal appeal (unless you dislike ice cream!), and it’s pretty simple.


Cool Set

I knew exactly which set I wanted to use for Jason's birthday box the minute I saw it. Hopefully someone you know would appreciate a card, memory page, box, or tag using this cool set!


First Summer Reunion

We joined my parents and siblings and some of their children and families this weekend for the first of two summer reunions in southern Utah. Our usual gathering spot was Panguitch Lake where we enjoyed visiting into the evening around the campfire with family—some of whom we hadn’t seen since before our mission.

The weather was pleasant and activities included cycling, four-wheeling, fishing, crafting with Paper Pumpkin, and card games. Rocket launching, with homemade paper rockets, was definitely the big hit this reunion.

We were sad our kids and their families were unable to make it, but we were glad we went. It was a very nice weekend! We love camping in Utah and look forward to the next reunion.



Seth’s Driving

Sterling and I were leaving to go on a horse ride, and I noticed a car in our driveway that I didn’t recognize. When I asked Sterling about the car, and he answered that Seth drove here to work on our fence, I was a little surprised. I knew he’d turned sixteen, but I hadn’t equated it to him driving. Duh!