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!

 

Saturday
Apr252015

Twins Turn Three

The twins turned three this week, and even though we FaceTime often, I wanted photos of them showing me their presents. I couldn't decide which photo to post, so I'm sharing all three. I wish Liam would've flashed his charming smile, but Abigail certainly hammed it up!


These fry boxes held our typical gift of cash. We included a little tub toy because they don't understand the concept of money very well. Of course the twins liked their toy, and Mom will like spending their money on something they need.

Tuesday
Apr212015

Employee Appreciation in Riverton

Yesterday was a good day—a day of celebration and appreciation for the excellent employees we work with here in our Riverton office.


 
We started the day with company update meeting—something we provide regularly to keep everyone in-the-know about the state of Stampin’ Up! Yesterday we discussed our challenges and some very positive news—our first quarter numbers were really encouraging, and we’re on track for a great 2015! I love it when we share happy news! We also provided a little surprise for our employees in gratitude for all they do.
 
After the meeting we had an appreciation lunch (much like our event in Kanab last week). The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really fun!


 
I’m always overwhelmed by the goodness of the people I work with—in all of our offices. They care about each other and our demonstrators and live the Statement of the Heart in so many ways.
 
Thanks to all of you for helping Stampin’ Up! be such a wonderful place to work. We love all of you!

Saturday
Apr182015

Change of Pace

 

A few weeks ago, the mission office couples agreed to take turns covering for one another during one afternoon a week (that way there’s always someone to answer the phones and greet guests) so we could attend the Laie Temple. This week was our turn. 

As the morning progressed, we weren’t sure we would be able to leave because we had things we felt needed to be done, but we “made” ourselves break away, and I’m so glad we did!

Since we arrived last month, we haven’t had a chance to drive to the other side of the island, and it was a nice way to spend the afternoon…a sunny day and a beautiful drive! We stopped on the way for a late lunch at Cholos in Haleiwa, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants on Oahu.

The trip was a welcome change of pace…and much appreciated!

Wednesday
Apr152015

Kanab Employee Appreciation

Hi Everyone! This is Sara. I get to post about company events while Mom and Dad are on their mission. That way, they can enjoy these updates as much as I enjoy theirs. Hopefully it won’t make them too homesick. ;)

I have to say, I love going to Kanab.

I grew up there and used to work with many of our Kanab employees, so visiting them feels like going home. Yesterday I headed down south for our annual Kanab Employee Appreciation event. (This year it was an Italian lunch, complete with an Italian soda bar. Yum!)

We had a great time, and as always, our Kanab folks amaze me. Their commitment to continuous improvement is so impressive. They’re always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective, and I truly don’t think they realize what a difference they make. They’re problem-solvers and they come to work with a great attitude. I just love them!

Whenever I have a chance to spend time with these great people, I am reminded of something very important: the people who are part of our Stampin’ Up! family are a big part of why I love this company.

We love you guys! Thanks for all you do!

Sunday
Apr122015

Our First Transfer Week

This week was transfer week, where new missionaries arrive in Hawaii, some missionaries are transferred to a different area and serve with a new companion, and those who have completed their service prepare to go home.

Everyone in the mission office had told us that transfer week was hectic, but until you experience it, you can only imagine it!

I was mainly responsible for preparing files for last-minute incoming missionaries, communicating information for those going home, and for the mission newsletter. Sterling was responsible for coordinating flights and ferries for all the missionaries transferring from island to island. (Only one missionary ended up on the wrong side of an island…something Sterling hopes doesn’t repeat itself…LOL!

The best part about the week was getting to meet young missionaries as they arrived, in between transfers, and as they were leaving the mission. They have such a positive spirit about them! Those were the moments when we didn’t plan to accomplish anything except to visit with them and bask in their enthusiasm!

We’re glad to have a transfer week under our belts and are already thinking of ways we can improve for the next transfer in six weeks.