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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!



Two Gift Packages

We’re getting ready to sail away from Barcelona on the Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation, but I wanted to post one last post for the week. Cameron’s birthday was on Friday, and Shelby’s was yesterday. We dropped their packages off the day we left, but Cameron was shaving and Shelby wanted to wait until she looked cuter—she’s adorable anytime, but I understand! I didn’t receive the photos but wanted to share these two gift packages anyway.


Congratulations Brandy

Brandy is our newest million-milestone achiever, and we’re so excited to welcome her to an elite group of demonstrators! Brandy is humble enough to tell you this milestone is an entire family effort. She’ll also tell you her husband is her partner in business. I’ll never forget meeting him on the sidewalk one year at convention and how he couldn’t stop bragging about her…so sweet! We’re looking forward to spending time with Brandy and Doug when they come to celebrate.

For those of you who know Brandy, you recognize that this over-the-top card Sara and I sent her matches her personality—bright and cheerful! Congratulations Brandy and big hugs for an incredible accomplishment!


Sleepover with the Grands

Sterling woke up in the middle of the night last week with the idea that we should invite the younger grandkids over for a sleepover. So after little planning, we headed to the cabin with seven of them on Friday afternoon.

Our first activity was swimming and hot dogs and hamburgers. Then we watched a short Book of Mormon movie about Nephi building a ship. And we finished the evening by building paper boats out of DSP.

We all slept on the floor—the girls and Grandma on one side of the room and the boys and Grandpa on the other side. Mid-morning, once breakfast was finished and we’d straightened up, we called it good and headed home.

Aside from Shelby not feeling so well in the middle of the night, the cousins were all well-behaved and enjoyed playing together, and it was a simple and fun time!




Congrats Connie

Connie Fitzgerald achieved her one-million milestone recently, and this is the beautiful card Sara and I sent her.

Connie has been steadily and quietly working toward her goal for many years. And although she’s chosen to visit Utah later in the year for her celebration, we look forward to spending time getting to know this sweet and unassuming woman who says she loves Stampin’ Up! Well, we love YOU Connie! Congrats!


Bright and Fun Packaging

Olivia turned fourteen a few days ago, and this was the gift box we took to her birthday dinner with birthday money enclosed…not a very creative gift, but bright and fun packaging to match Olivia's personality!